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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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    2524 days ago
  • VTCRICKET84
    I am very appreciative of all the support and motivating comments!! I am so glad I found my way back to Sparkpeople! Thank you!!

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    2525 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
    2525 days ago
  • TENNESSEEWALKER
    Happy New Year! Your goals are great! I am totally in awe that you can make homemade bread. You can do anything! emoticon
    2526 days ago
  • VTCRICKET84
    Thank you for the kind comment!
    2526 days ago
  • PINKNFITCARLA
    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
    2526 days ago
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