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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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  • TIGERLILLEE
    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
  • THUNDERCAT
    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
  • -WRKNG2ABTTRME-
    Way to Go. You are on your way!!
    4840 days ago
  • EMMASMART
    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
  • CATIATM
    That's the right attitude! Good for you!
    4840 days ago
  • FINDINGSANDY
    Way to go, Alicia!! I feel sure you'll accomplish your goals this year! You've laid some wonderful ground work!

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

    Natalie
    4840 days ago
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