Happy New Year! It's a fresh new start for EVERYONE, if you choose to take it!
This morning the scale said 201 pounds. That's a loss of 4 pounds this week. I had hoped to start the year under 200 pounds, but that was asking a bit much as I weighed 214 two and a half weeks ago, so I am pleased with my loss, especially since I made it through the holidays without a gain. I baked cookies, made fudge, baked hams and made scalloped potatoes and all the other goodies of the season, and still managed to lose 13 pounds in December. Go me!
I've been back on Medifast since December 14, sticking to it 100% except for Christmas Day when I had a planned calorie counting/carb counting day instead. I am loving the energy I've found and the good mood and positive outlook that comes with getting out of the sugar fog. Eating too many carbs really causes me pain, physically and emotionally. My arthritis is ten times better now. No more pain meds as long as I stay off sugar. Love it!
I was looking back to see how much I weighed last January 1st, and curiosity got the best of me and I looked back at all the January 1sts since the year I started this blog. And as luck would have it, I have even more January 1st weigh-ins going back several years, because my New Year's Resolution was *always* to lose weight, so I *always* weighed on January 1st. Here are some interesting stats... an overview of my life in pounds for the past 7 years:
January 1, 2005: 278
January 1, 2006: 273
January 1, 2007: 275 (started this blog in August 2007)
January 1, 2008: 248
January 1, 2009: 230
January 1, 2010: 228
January 1, 2011: 186
January 1, 2012: 201
Hey, I've done pretty good. I am up 15 pounds from last January, but that's easily fixed. I am down significantly from all years prior. And if I go back further, we see 270 pounds in 2003, 262 in 2000, and 245 in 1998. That is morbid obesity going back 14 years. I am free.
I believe this will be the year I reach my weight goal, whatever that turns out to be. I am thinking at least the 160's, probably the 150's. We'll see when I get there. And honestly, if I got to 168 and stayed there for another year or two before moving downward again, I would be very happy with that! My body does seem to need a long break/plateau between big chunks of weight loss.
This will also be the year I become more fit than I have ever been in my life! I have seriously neglected my fitness over the past two years, and that is stopping now. I have a plan that I will share on Tuesday (and I hope you will share your fitness plan then too, as part of the Fitness Challenge) and I am READY to get this body moving. After two years of only walking a mile or two as exercise and not keeping up with my PT exercises or lifting, I am WEAK. That is about to change!
Also, don't forget the Superfoods Challenge begins tomorrow! Get your grocery carts ready, it's going to be a fun ride!
Make the very most of this wonderful new year! It can be the year you change your life.
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*
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