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New Year - Fresh Start!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Well, hello there Sparkland and Spark friends! I hope the year is off to a great start for each of you.

I'm going to be honest - I've been so unhealthy the past year that I'm concerned about my health. I'm currently at the heaviest weight I've ever been and feeling very, very "blah." I have set several goals for the year and I'm confident Sparkpeople will help me reach those goals!

Goal 1: Lose at least 5 pounds per month
Goal 2: Run a 5k
Goal 3: Run a 10k
Goal 4: Eat less processed foods/cook more
Goal 5: Save one-month of expenses in our emergency fund

My current weight is 285. I about cried, then I was angry, then I was really scared. I'm going to be 30 in November and I want my weight under control so that I can give myself the gift of a healthy, active life.

Today was day one for me. On New Years Day we were driving back from Michigan, and I knew I wouldn't get to the store until today. So far, I've made a green smoothie (spinach, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, milk and honey), walked 20 minutes and made homemade mustard-based ham salad to eat on homemade bread. Day one has been successful.

And day one usually is successful...but what happens around day 3, day 5, day 20? I tend to fall back into poor habits such as not being active, or eating fast food. I can't let myself do that and by blogging, being active again on Sparkpeople and planning ahead meals and exercise times, I can be successful throughout the year and beyond.

So, 2014, I welcome you and look forward to the challenges - and weight loss! - ahead.
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  • KATHYZ10
    You've identified your goals and now, with the help of this community, you will work your way to success! You are surrounded by friends here---old and new---and together we make progress (even on those very hard days)

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    2663 days ago
    I am very appreciative of all the support and motivating comments!! I am so glad I found my way back to Sparkpeople! Thank you!!

    2664 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Way to go and I am glad to see you making some important decisions. I have a good feeling about your doing well this year. You may have 'drifted away' from the shore but you are catching it and wanting to come back. That's a huge step. Sparkpeople is a good framework to help center us all. Thanks for sharing your struggles…. and in December we will read about your success! emoticon
    2664 days ago
    Happy New Year! Your goals are great! I am totally in awe that you can make homemade bread. You can do anything! emoticon
    2664 days ago
    Thank you for the kind comment!
    2664 days ago
    Good luck with your goals for 2014! I know it's hard and we've all had our lowest points. Hang in there though, emoticon
    2664 days ago
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