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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 25: Covet

Covet | What did you covet this year?  Are you working towards getting that or just admiring it from afar?  Is it a tangible thing or just an idea?  Tell us about what you’ve got your sights on.

This year was all about wanting to lose weight and all the things that come with a healthier body – health benefits like good blood pressure; the ability to do so much more in terms of fitness; and of course new, smaller clothes.

I definitely did everything it took to get what a wanted, and I’m proud to say that I’m ending 2013 much lighter and happier than I began.  I’ve transformed myself, both body and mind, and I can’t wait to see what this new me is capable of.

In 2014 I’m coveting getting to my ultimate weight loss goal of weighing 150 pounds.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 24: Driving Me Crazy

Crazy | What one little thing drove you crazy this year?  Was it unique to this past year or has it been buggin’ you for a while?  How do you intend to get rid of it or resolve it in 2014?

I wish this wasn’t the prompt for Christmas Eve, because I want to keep things positive, but here goes.

The main thing that drives me crazy is when people are insincere or inauthentic.  Pretending to be something you’re not is just an ugly look.  I have a few “Facebook friends” who portray themselves in such a different light than they actually live, and it gets to me.  I’m not one to complain on FB, because I don’t see much point in that, and I do like to keep things positive, but these people are fictionalizing everything. Either that or they’re just incredibly clueless and un-self-aware about how snarky and negative they are in real life. So much so that I’ve hidden their posts because I just couldn’t take the fake anymore.

I think it upsets me because I live my life so out in the open and with such honesty.  I’ve worked really hard to change myself, inside and out, and to become a better person. But, I know that each person lives their own journey, and it shouldn’t affect me. These people are unhappy but unable to make the change.  I truly hope that they’ll be able to see themselves as everyone else sees them, and make the changes they need to so they can start being real.  So, I do resolve to stop letting it bother me.  I may go so far as to “unfriend” the people because I really don’t need them in my life or my newsfeed.

On a more positive note, I’m going to continue to live authentically.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 23: Ready, Set, Go!
The race set out for you | Tell us about how you’ve been running along in 2013 and the race(s) you intend to run in 2014.  These can be literal races or just the road of life.  What did your path look like this year, and are you choosing the same for 2014?

This year my path has been all about health and fitness.  I’ve always been interested in moving my body and pushing myself as far as I could go, but this year, after all of my weight loss, I’ve been able to really see what I’m capable of.

I love speed – I drive fast, I talk fast, I think fast, and I want to move fast.  So running is something I’ve always wanted to do, but until very recently, never been able to.  Not anymore!  As I’ve mentioned in many previous posts, I’m one month into a walk/run program and I’m up to running 5 minutes in a row.  Each time I set out to run I get an incredible feeling of accomplishment.  I don’t know if I’ve experienced any endorphin rush yet, but I’ll look forward to that.

I’ve already begun participating in monthly 5Ks, and plan to continue that in 2014.  And who knows, maybe I’ll up the ante to 10Ks and beyond as the year continues.  The sky’s the limit!

I first heard this phrase from the Mermaid Run series. At the time I hadn’t experienced it yet, but now that I have, I love it even more.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 22: Is the battle worth the struggle?
Uphill | What uphill battle did you keep fighting and fighting in 2013?  Are you going to keep fighting or let it go?  Why?

This post can practically write itself.  The battle that I fought and am WINNING is with my weight.  I’ve been overweight most of my life, and obese since my mid-20s.  After years of unsuccessfully trying to lose weight, I made the decision to get weight loss surgery.  It was both a blessing and a curse that Kaiser required that I lose over 10% of my weight before I could qualify for surgery.  I also had to quit smoking.  I gave up cigs pretty easily, but gained over 20 pounds in the process, and realized I was giving into emotional eating.  My weight skyrocketed to 315 pounds until I finally just made the decision that enough was enough.  When I finally refused to keep making the myriad of excuses I’d become so accustomed to, I started losing weight.  It wasn’t easy, but I just kept at it and didn’t give up.
By April I’d met the surgery requirement after 2 1/2 years of battling, and from there I knew I’d win the war. I had my surgery on May 20, 2013, and it’s been all “downhill” from there.

I’ve lost a total of 112.8 pounds, and I’m not stopping until I reach every one of my goals. It’s been a fantastic year, and I know 2014 is going to be even better!

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 21: Strange Encounters
Encounters | What thing did you keep encountering this year over and over again?  Was it something you learned from or just a strange coincidence?

This prompt wasn’t an easy one for me to answer.  Nothing jumps out at me as coming up over and over again throughout the year.  I mean, I could of course talk about weight loss or fitness, but I’ve already done that so much in the other prompts, that it seems a bit repetitive.

I guess I’ll say this… As I’ve lost weight and posted progress photos on Facebook, this blog, etc, or when people have seen me in real life, they keep saying the same thing.  That I’m glowing, that I look so happy.  And while I think I’ve always been a positive, happy person, even at my highest weight, my true happiness might have been overshadowed by my frustration with my weight.  Now that I’ve shed so much of that frustration along with all the weight, I do feel that my outward appearance finally fits with the person I’ve always known I am on the inside.

So I guess I keep encountering a happier me, and it definitely is no coincidence.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 20: Counting My Blessings
Gratitude | How did you show gratitude this year?  Did you keep a gratitude journal?  How do you want gratitude to play a role in your life in 2014?

I believe in counting my blessings on a daily basis.  I don’t keep a gratitude journal, per se, but I do make sure to appreciate all of the little things that make me so lucky.  On a simple daily walk with Sofi I breathe in, look around, and marvel at all that I have to be thankful for.   I live in a great place that’s safe and comfortable.  I have amazing friends and family who love me unconditionally and support my every endeavor.  I have a job that I look forward to going to and where I’m appreciated.  I’m well on my way to my goal weight, thanks in big part to the fact that I had weight loss surgery. I reach new fitness milestones almost daily, and the magnitude of how far I’ve come doesn’t escape me.

I am so happy with where I am in my life, and I hope to continue this attitude of gratitude into 2014.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 19: Personality
Personality | Were you an extrovert or an introvert this year?  Why?  Is that normal for you?  Or a switch from previous years?

Anyone who knows me knows I’m an extrovert through and through.  I’m bold, I’m loud, I’m opinionated, I’m blunt.  I’m me, no matter who’s around. I speak my mind. I live life in full color.

With all of that said, I do think I was more introverted in 2013 in terms of my social life.  I did see my friends and family often, but it was mostly doing quieter things – coffee and conversation, going on a walk, having a girls’ night in watching movies. A lot of that had to do with the fact that I was working hard from January – May to meet my pre-op weight loss requirement, and I didn’t want to risk anything my going out to eat too often.  The other part of it was the fact that I was getting used to my post-surgery life and figuring out what I could eat while going out.  And who knows, maybe this quieter life is what happens now that I’ve hit 40+.

But let’s be clear, even though I didn’t go out as often in 2013, I am still a very extroverted person who is comfortable talking to anyone in any situation.  I plan to continue living that way, in 2014.  Although I do want to be out and about more often in the new year.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 18: Stylin’
Wear it out | What piece of clothing did you wear again and again all through out the year?  Why?  Is it all worn out?  Are you going to replace it or keep wearing it?

The funny thing about this prompt is that now that I’ve been losing weight so steadily and so quickly, none of my clothes last long enough to really wear out.  I have recently purchased sweaters, hoodies, sweats, and jeans to have something that fits, but many of those are getting a bit loose.  For Christmas I’m looking forward to getting some gift cards so that I can replenish my wardrobe a bit more.

But to answer the prompt more directly, I’d say I wear my workout clothes again and again, especially these new pants that I’ve been wearing to run:

maxcontrol They’re Max Compression crops from Old Navy. I love them because even though they’re very form fitting, they’re also very flattering.  And, better still, they hold me in as I’m running.  Now that I’ve lost over 112 pounds, there’s a lot of jiggling going on in my thighs, and these pants make me feel a lot more comfortable.  I definitely wear them all the time, and am actually looking forward to buying another pair soon.

I’m really looking forward to hitting my goal weight so that I can start to buy a true wardrobe that will last for years to come!

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 17: Creatures of Habit
30 days | They say it takes 30 days to make or break a habit.  What did you start?  What did you quit?

Recently I started C25K, and walking/running is becoming a habit that I really like.  I love feeling the progress that each new session brings.  After trying C25K two other times, it’ really gratifying that this time I’m seeing success.  I also love that I’m not feeling any sort of pain in my feet, ankles, or knees.

Today (I’m catching up on my #reverb13 posts, so I’m actually writing this on 12/23) I started Week 4, Day 1:

5:00 warm up walk (3.5 mph)
3:00 run (4.3 mph)
1:30 walk (3.5 mph)
5:00 run (4.3 mph)
2:30 walk (3.5 mph)
3:00 run (4.3 mph)
1:30 walk (3.5 mph)
5:00 run (4.3 mph)
5:00 cool down walk (3.0 mph)

This totals running half the 5K – 1.5 miles! 16 minutes of running!!

I have to admit that I was slightly worried before I began, but with the other success that I’ve had thus far with C25K, I believed in myself that I could do it.  And sure enough, I did!  It took a bit of mental prompting at the 4-minute mark, but I made it through.  No, actually, I rocked it!!  So much so that I decided to treat myself with a new workout tee from Blogilates (who has the best inspiration workout gear):

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I love the saying: “Run with your heart when your legs get tired.”

So after 4 weeks of this C25K program, I’m halfway to being able to run a 5K (or most of one).  I’d say that’s a great new habit I’ve started.

As far as a bad habit I’ve given up, I guess I’d say I’ve given up making excuses.  I hold myself accountable for every action, and make better choices that yield better results.  It’s freeing to DO instead of SAY.  No more excuses!

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 16: Photo Opp
1,000 Words | There’s the old saying that a photo is worth 1,000 words.  Give us a photo with that impact that sums up some significant even of your 2013, or give us 1,000 words about a pivotal moment in 2013

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