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Reflections & Decisions

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

With less than a week to the New Year I think now is a good time to review this past year and start to decide what I want to focus on for next year.

Looking back over the very few blogs I posted this year here is what I discovered.

Jan 30th I was 243 lbs and trying to find a way to deal with Stress. I made stress my focus for the year and yet.... Here it is December 26th I'm 256 lbs and still have not managed to find a way to not let the stress of life get me off track.

In case you didn't do the math that is a 13 lb GAIN over the year! I am ending this year heavier than I started it - Not good. Now on the plus side, Some of the clothes that were too snug at the beginning of the year actually fit better now. Also my Doctor says that while my numbers (cholesterol and Blood Pressure) still need improvement they are better than before, and my blood sugars that were borderline diabetic a couple of years ago are solid in the desired numbers range - Doc was impressed with how well I did with that.

The other thing I noticed in my review was that I was not very active in my groups and hardly tracked food or exercise minutes. I know I chose to cut back on tracking when I started getting too stressed and busy at work, but I thought I'd stay active in the teams and posting on the message boards. Instead I just "vanished" it was like taking a SparkBreak without actually planning to.

Now I am looking at how to plan for the coming year and looking at my past year is making me wonder how to break free and move forward.

Do I try and commit to getting more spark time? Should I focus on tracking or being active on my teams? Will trying to find sparktime add to my stress? Is it even something I can actually commit to - or will it just fall through the cracks like it did this past year?

Should I take an official SparkBreak? Maybe focus on other things this year instead of weight loss (and the stupid scale)? Maybe getting away from the computer more often will give me time for other stress relief things - Like my crafting hobbies or just getting OUT and ABOUT (been a hermit this year! to the point that Doc added checking my vitamin D levels to the blood panel for my next visit).

I have already done something towards planning for next year. I found a great idea on Pinterest ( pinterest.com/pin/195836
) It was to pre-plan a date night for each month. My husband and I haven't had a "date night" in years mostly because we couldn't get past the "What do you want to do?.... I don't know, what do YOU want to do?" circle. So hubby agreed that for our Christmas presents to each other this year was for him to plan 6 and I planned 6. I made sure most of mine are "Active" type of dates. Can't wait for him to open the January Date I planned (they get opened on the first of each month). I am also hoping that having these dates already planned will help with Stress Relief - and give us something to look forward to each month.

I just need to decide how I am going to approach my weight loss goal for the new year. Do I put it on the back burner and focus on other things? Or do I re-commit to it? and if so what do I make a priority - tracking food and exercise or being active on the teams? I know with everything else life is throwing my way that I won't be able to do both.

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    LOVE your date night idea! emoticon

    As far as your big dilemma goes… emoticon

    Congratulations on improving all those important numbers! That's definitely a NSV! emoticon

    Last week I watched Hungry for Change and it really opened my eyes to what I've been doing to my body and why. If you haven't watched it, I highly recommend it.
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    2938 days ago
    Sounds like you have a lot to decide for the new year. You just have to figure out what's best for YOU! Your date night plan is great. emoticon emoticon
    2941 days ago
    It sounds like you have really gotten something out of your reflection. Here's to more dedication in 2013!

    And I LOVE the date night idea -- will have to try that with my husband!
    2943 days ago
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    Sounds like you have some really good questions there! Unfortunately, only YOU can answer them! Sometimes, when one thing doesn't work, we have to try something else! If you should decide to go on a planned SparkBreak - know that you will be missed! Otherwise, jump back in with both feet!!

    2943 days ago
    I really like the prepaid date night. I think I'll try to use it concerning Spark. Thanks for sharing.
    2943 days ago
    emoticon Date night once a month... pre-planned. Great idea. Asking DH to plan 6 and planning 6 yourself... even greater idea!

    Now, could you also use that strategy for weight loss? Pre-plan a meatless meal once a week or pre-plan a salad night once a month. Take turns finding healthy recipes and prepare them together?

    Just some thoughts that came to mind when reading your blog.

    Day dreaming is a great stress reliever. emoticon
    2943 days ago
    Love the date night idea. I may have to borrow that one!

    Pick a strategy and stick to it. Once it is more like a habit, it will become less stressful and just be a part of your normal routine.

    I read a quote today -- "Someone who is busier than you are is out running right now."

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    I love your datenight idea!!!! Now I just need a date!! LOL!! We can do this......TOGETHER!!!! I think we all need to plan better, focus & just DO!!!! Looking forward to seeing what you plan!!!!
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    2943 days ago
    great idea about the date night love i sute you will both enjoy it.you have already decided re the exercise even though you may not realise it by the fact you said you made sure that the date night you picked were active.re the other question what do you get more out of.tracking or the fun and support from the spark teams.which ever you decide i am sure it will work for you as you want it to work.let us know what you decide.i also wrote my end of year blog today as well love.keep on keeping on.you can do this love emoticon
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