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New Year, New Alicia

Friday, January 11, 2008

Well, the new year is here, and thanks to my success this far, and all my faithful supporters, I think this will be the year that I finally achieve success.

Even though I haven't reached my goal weight yet, I already feel like a new person, because I have accomplished and learned so much here. I have exercised more in the last six months than I have ALL MY LIFE. And you know what? It makes me feel GOOD! I have learned that having a bad week does not mean throwing in the towel, and having a bad moment does not mean giving up and "starting fresh on Monday."

I've learned that I can make mistakes and learn from them instead of hating myself because of them. I've learned that I'm not alone. I've learned that happiness is not measured by a number on a scale, and health is not determined by the number on your clothing tags.

Just like negative things can be "vicious cycles" so can positive things be GREAT cycles! The more I exercise, the more I want to eat healthy, and the more I eat healthy, the better I feel, and the better I feel, the more I want to exercise. It's a wonderful feeling to actually feel good about diet and fitness instead of dreading it. It's a great feeling to want to embrace the new lifestyle instead of just the the thought of it leaving a frown on my face.

This is not to say that I enjoy every minute of it, and I'm perfect, and I'm a fitness freak or health nut or anything like that. But it does make my point about being a "new Alicia." Nowadays I prefer to think of dieting as more of a mind set than anything. And I now know that I can do it, and I WILL do it. And not just for my husband and kids this time, but I'm doing it for myself, too. And even that is something that I can't honestly say I've done before.

So in New Year's toast to my team leader and her new motto, I tip a glass and say: 2008 is (FINALLY!) the year to lose the weight!
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    Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement! There is thread in my PMC team right now about how our lives have changed since we joined SP, and I said something that I'd like to add here. I feel that it sums up my thoughts so wonderfully.....

    "And perhaps the biggest lesson I've learned is that a sense of accomplishment can come just as easily in one GOOD choice as a sense of failure comes in one BAD choice. It's about making a conscious decision to accept the fact that you may have to lose a few battles if you're going to win the war. After all, if it was easy, what could we learn from it?"
    4836 days ago
  • MAMAJO1958
    You CAN do this!!!
    4839 days ago
    I am soooo proud of you. You are really hanging in there and it sounds like you have finally come around. We eat to live not live to eat. Activity provides a great deal of diversion from food focus. Great job!
    Aunt T
    4839 days ago
    Way to Go. You are on your way!!
    4840 days ago
    Way to go Alicia. You are really getting the Spark Point! I'm glad to see you are growing in your ability to follow the program right.
    4840 days ago
    That's the right attitude! Good for you!
    4840 days ago
    Way to go, Alicia!! I feel sure you'll accomplish your goals this year! You've laid some wonderful ground work!

    4840 days ago
    Way to go Alicia! Keep up the hard work and you will reap the rewards!

    4840 days ago
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