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A year in review

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ah, I made it a full year without giving up! This is spectacular! In years' past I have gone a couple months and dropped off or tried a month here or there throughout the year. Oh but not this year! I have been faithful to myself in making changes. It has not always been easy and sometimes I see myself wanting to go back to old ways- but I keep plugging along!

Since I am a teacher (and we always begin with positives) I want to review my successes of 2013: emoticon

I have stayed pretty faithful to logging on, chatting, and maintaining a portion of my day to sparkpeople to help me with my goals.

I I have lost and kept off 23 pounds! (Sometimes this fluxes by 2 lbs, but I can live!)

I have made time to go to the gym or exercise multiple times a week.

I spent money on myself to take care of what I need!

I even now am starting to enjoy comparing my pictures too!

These are the front shots from Jan 12, 2013 and Dec 5, 2013

These are the side shots from Jan 12, 2013 and Dec 5, 2013

Now to the obstacles that I have let get into my way: emoticon

I have struggled staying consistent with tracking. As I let myself get back into some bad habits with work and all- tracking went downhill. (The fitbit has helped with fitness tracking)

I have dropped off going to the gym as often as I would like/ should.

I have allowed myself to get back into some bad routines with late nights at school and eating out too often.

Some things that I am working on now to help myself as I enter a new year of this lifestyle change: emoticon

Getting more sleep (at least 7 hours if not more every night!)

Getting back on track with tracking daily

Make a fitness plan and stick with it- it does make me feel better afterwards so not letting myself talk my way out of it!

Allowing myself more me time and not just giving it all to work.

Cooking or preparing a ton more meals at home!

Well, so many things can happen for 2014. I look forward to revising my SMART goals, resolutions, and plans for a new year! I am going to enjoy the last 6 days of 2013 by spending it with family and relaxing- but still keeping up on my current goals!

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    emoticon Rachel,
    You have done so well and I am so proud of you. I hope you are so very PROUD of yourself. So glad you are giving yourself more ME time. You have succeeded in so many things. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1968 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/28/2013 11:20:13 PM
    emoticon emoticon on your successes this year and losing 23 lbs!!! I think you have set some great attainable goals for this coming year! We all need to make time for ourselves. Keep up the great work and I'm sure this next year will be even more successful than this past year. emoticon emoticon
    1970 days ago
    emoticon on your successes in 2013. emoticon for 2014. emoticon
    1971 days ago
    emoticon 23 pounds is three gallon milk jugs--GONE! Excellent job! keep up the good work. And remind me that I'm stealing your resolution to get to the gym more often.

    Happy New Year!
    1972 days ago
    The goals you have put together for 2014 are great. You have proven you can do it by maintaining your positivity and pushing through 2013. Teaching is a tiring, time-consuming job - you NEED to find time for you! (I speak from experience.)
    1972 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    You are doing a good job. Keep going emoticon
    1972 days ago
    Wow you look Wonderful!! Excellent Job! Keep on Keeping on!!
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    1972 days ago
    emoticon you doing great - Everyone slips on a Banana Peel as long as we recognize those slips we can easily pick ourselves up ! Your doing Great ! Happy Holidays !
    1972 days ago
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