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2012 Will Be My Year!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As I'm sitting here updating my Sparkpage, I'm realizing it's been almost a year since my last blog entry. Looking at the titles and reading them it all comes back, how motivated I was, how this was really the start of a healthier lifestyle, how I was really going to quit smoking this time... And I wonder what happened?

What happened was I did not fully take the time to make this work. I thought I could log meals when I have a chance or I'll eat healthy only when it's convenient. Or I would say oops I had one cigarette so now I might as well smoke until _____ (fill in the blank with any holiday, event, or day of the week) is over.

Well - No more! This year I really am doing this. I have 40 pounds to lose. I am making a commitment to better eating and exercising. I have joined a gym and even gone 4 out of the last 6 days. I am eating healthier and tracking everything I eat. And I realize that there will be days when I have a few beers or I don't eat as healthy as I would like to. On those days, I will still track everything and work extra hard at the gym.

I am quitting smoking (Applause). I am 35 days in using the patch. And I realize that there will be days that I want a smoke and it seems like nothing will make me feel better other than to suck in that gross, disgusting air. But I will not have one and instead I will go to the gym and breath in clean, exhilarating oxygen. Ok, maybe the oxygen doesn't smell so good at the gym, but I will revel in the fact that I can smell it!

One of the biggest thing that is motivating me right now is this site. I have never fully used the message boards and challenges up until now. Having somewhere to go when I don't feel like working out or when I think a smoke will make everything better will be a huge part of my success. Friends on the outside don't always understand. My boyfriend quit smoking and did not have an issue with it, so he doesn't always get it when I say I really want one. My friends that go to the gym with me aren't as dedicated to the goal of losing weight as I need to be.

So I promise you all right now that you will "see" more of me and I will be more active here. This is what will help me to reach my goals this year. Hopefully I will be able to help my friends here in their journeys as well.

Here's to 2012!
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