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Refocused and ready for 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hello SparkWorld!

These are just some thoughts that I wanted to get down before heading into 2017--my goal is to look back upon this in a year and see how far I've come!

I've been on SP since March 2009 in an off and on kind of way. I have had a few good runs and then would lose focus as other parts of life crowded in. In looking back over the last year I've maintained a pretty steady weight in the mid-240s. I've hit 250 point something three times--most recently December 13th after a family vacation (ie..not surprising to see a bump!) Staying in the same range is a good thing in some respects--I've definitely not gained like I did for the previous 4 years. I'll take that as a positive!

But...since August 2012 I've gained 50lbs. That is super not cool. I'm reasonably healthy from a numbers perspective with low bp, low cholesterol, and low sugars, (I benefit from great genes!) but physically I can't do the things I want to do or that I used to be able to do. Plus--I have a ton of lovely clothes that are sitting in my closet and I want to wear them. I'm surprised and I cringe when I see pictures---I am sooo much bigger than I "feel"!!

December 13th, 2016 is my "start date" this time around. 250.3 is the start weight. My goal, as I put on my page, is deceptively simple. I want to average one pound a week. I say deceptively simple because if it were easy I'd have done this years ago and not crept up to 250! I've really noticed that after 40 the weight gain has changed in pattern and it doesn't budge as easily (whoa big belly, and "Hi there" second roll-where did you come from ???). I love great food and wine--and my husband is an amazing amateur chef. I am working on changing my intake but two things I will keep on this "journey" are fabulous dinners with wine after a crazy day at work. I will have less of both but this will never work for me long term if I mess with the best part of my day which is dinner with my lovely husband!

Soooo...the pound a week. One little pound a week. One measly silly pound per week. That would get me down to 195 by this time next year. I have a spread sheet and everything... :) I even got a fancier calendar this year to help motivate me (Erin Condren--you should totally check out the site if you have a love of "school supplies"). In the past the first sign of falling off the wagon has been when I don't weigh myself nearly every morning, I stop worrying about what my Fitbit says, and when I stop recording stuff in my calendar/online. You see...its not that I don't understand where I go wrong, its that life gets crazy and the picky details of intensively managing this process fall to the wayside.

So, for the last three weeks I've really pushed myself to stay on top of the details and...I've been rewarded with a 6lb weight loss. That's pretty motivating! It also isn't sustainable--I totally know this--but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts! One thing I have to be leery of is over complicating things in terms of recording food etc. Realistically there is no way I'm going to log into Fitbit, SP, Run the year, iFit, and keep on my calendar each day---so I'll pick an choose on a given day where to put my energy. SP will be the focus for food...and my Fitbit is the hour by hour (sometimes minute to minute) motivator---but the rest will have to follow when I have time.

To help motivate me on the exercise front I've joined a program called "Run the Year 2017" challenge which is to get in 2017 miles this year. I'm going to link it to my Fitbit for ease of tracking but my goal is to do as much of it as possible as true exercise miles and not just the daily stuff recorded by the Fitbit. Poetic Soul here on SP cued me into the site and it looks pretty good. I'm going to do it solo but you can split up the miles if that helps you. I did "I love to Run 2016" which was 1000 miles in a year--but that site was not really user friendly or interactive so I think I'm going to like this year's version better ( 2x the miles...holy cow)

I'm currently half way through a beginner 5K training program and its just starting to get hard...uffda! This is about where I want to slow down but I'm not going to give in to that this time around!!!!! I have a Nordic Track incline trainer treadmill that connects with the interwebs--and I loooooove it. Her name is Millie. I subscribe to the iFit site that is partnered with Nordic Track and can download all sorts of great walks/hikes/etc on my treadmill. It works through Google maps so you can see a street view of the places you are walking which is really neat. If you are looking at treadmills and have the moola--I highly recommend this one. Its quiet, its soft to jog on, the incline is sick (check your ceiling clearance), and the maps are super cool.'s to 2017. May all the promise of the new year/clean slate come to fruition!

Love, hugs, and plenty of motivation to all who have made it this far through my musings. Have a wonderful, celebratory New Year!!

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    Your Nodic Track sounds awesome! What fun! Sounds like you have a good, do-able game put your feet to the beat! You can do it! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    905 days ago
  • NUMD97
    Great blog! Great plan, too! If you KNOW you want that GREAT meal with hubs, then I respectfully suggest Meal #1 and Meal #2 be filling enough and waaaaay under calories so you can have your "cake and eat it, too" as it were. Just a thought.

    I'm still playing around with all sorts of combinations, but you are correct: After 40 it is not a breeze, and you have to compensate for that fact.

    You'll do it, because you want it. If you want something bad enough you attain it. This is just "another thing".

    Here's to a SUCCESSFUL 2017! Happy new year!! emoticon
    907 days ago
    woo hoo! You can do it! One lb a week is a perfect goal. emoticon
    907 days ago
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