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Monday, January 06, 2014

2013 was a great year and I have too many blessings to count! I have a wonderful husband, 3 healthy & happy teenage daughters, comfortable home, good jobs, family, etc. I’m also a pretty healthy 53 year-old.

I started 2013 about 10 lbs. over my Weight Watchers goal (I had made lifetime in May of 2011, so I was disappointed to not make 2 years, but I was determined to get back to goal). I got back to goal by the end of April and had a pretty good summer. I was (as usual) extremely busy and challenged to eat right and exercise, but I’m always more active in the summer, so things were good. I was also starting to experience some pretty intense menopause (TMI) symptoms (still am).

I had made a New Year’s goal to get a complete physical and put that off until early November. I’m still relatively healthy, but there were some additional tests I had to take, a couple of “cautionary” results and some pending surgery (nothing serious, some “female” problems that need to be corrected, but I want to be sure of the recovery time before I schedule the surgery).

There were also a few things that were starting to “depress” me. Things that normally wouldn’t bother me so much were really getting to me and actually causing me to break down and “sob” a few times (eye roll now that I think about it). I’m also not getting enough “good” sleep, so menopause is kind of ‘kicking my butt”.

By Thanksgiving, I was already back to 10 lbs. over goal. I also gave myself “free reign” over the holidays with eating and not being accountable. I did manage to squeeze in some running, although not as often as I should have. DD#2 is my big motivation to run, but she’s been kind of discouraged with basketball (long story and part of my “depression”) and she’s not been as motivated to run & practice on her own over the holidays (although she kind of rebounded after Christmas and has been back at it!).

We had a great Christmas and DH and I celebrated our 20th anniversary on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully the bowl game that night was exciting or we probably would have been asleep before midnight! We only had DD#3 and friend that evening, so it was pretty low key.

I had already made the decision in November that I was going to go back to Weight Watchers in January. I’m not sure why I decided to wait until January, maybe it was the “new year” thing or maybe it was just an excuse to indulge over the holidays and not hold myself accountable. Whatever the reason, I now find myself 14 lbs. over my goal (I had a hard time typing that!). I’m signing back up for Weight Watchers and going to a meeting on Wednesday. The weekly weigh in and the meetings hold me accountable. There’s also the “competitive” streak that comes out when I feel like I’m “competing” with other people. It’s too bad that I’ve let this go and now I have to “come out of pocket”, but there it is.

DH is not too thrilled about the expense of “signing back up”, but he and my girls admit that we eat better when I’m committed to Weight Watchers. They actually like the “healthy meals” and DD#3 was excited about having the Weight Watchers ice cream bars back in the house!

I’m not going to set any New Year’s goals right now other than getting back to Weight Watchers and accountability. I’m still having a hard time getting back into a “routine”. The girls go back to school tomorrow (although it’s supposed to be 3 degrees tonight/tomorrow morning with a wind chill of -25-30, which is record breaking in North Georgia!), so they might close the schools.

I’m going to set some goals after my weigh in on Wednesday.

Happy 2014!
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    I loved your blog! I can relate to your blog as we have so many similarities. I am married 44 years, three daughters and five grandchildren. I also made up my mind in November to start anew. However I am WAY over 14# gain. I am more like 50# overweight. I decided not to look at the big number and just set a goal of 1# a week and if I lose more that is a bonus. Spark people will keep me accountable as long as I log in. Keep on keeping on! emoticon
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