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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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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 15: Anchor
What kept you tethered in 2013?

This prompt was a difficult one for me to answer, because I don’t really feel like I was “tethered” in 2013.  The concept of being “anchored” can mean many things – being grounded, of course, but also being forcibly kept in place.  I don’t feel I was either of those things in 2013.

2013 was my year to soar.  It was my year to accomplish my dreams, or at least get really far with my goals.  I don’t think I’ll ever fully accomplish my dreams, because there’s always something new to aim for, otherwise, what’s the point of life?

This year will go down in my memory as the one where I was able to live out so many things that I’d only dared to wish for previously.  Each time I reached a new milestone, I felt a surge of pride, power, and thankfulness.

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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 14: Feast
What was the best meal you had in 2013?  Was it slurped standing over the kitchen counter?  Was the menu written in a language you understood?  Were you alone?  Or at a table filled with family and friends?

My best meal of 2013 was on my birthday. My parents, sister, and I went to Steamer’s Grillhouse. Since it had only been just a little over a month since my surgery, I wanted to stick to seafood because I knew I would be able to handle it well, and Steamer’s is a really fun, lively restaurant.

Because my portions are so small, I ordered an appetizer:

Ahi Tuna Tartare
Sesame Crackers with Green Onion, Julienne Red Pepper Wasabi Crème, Cilantro & Oriental Dipping Sauce

tartarAfter 6-7 weeks of following a very strict post-op diet, it was perfect timing that this meal was my first in a restaurant since surgery.  And the thing is, everyone on the plate was within my dietary guidelines.  The tuna tartare was delicious by any standard, but especially impressive because it had been so long since I’d enjoyed a meal like this. Plus it was nice to know that even after having 80% of my stomach removed in surgery, I could still enjoy a meal out with family or friends like a “normal” person.

Besides the food, the meal was special because I was celebrating my birthday with my parents and sister.  This year’s birthday wasn’t a major one in terms of age (I turned 42), but it was monumental because it signified the beginning of a whole me.  I healthier, slimmer, happier me.  The me I’d been hoping to become for so long.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget this meal.  It was incredibly delicious, but also so symbolic.

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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 13: Favorite Things
Give us a list of your favorite things from 2013.  Could be material items, food, people, anything!

You guys already know how much my family, friends, and Sofi mean to me, so my list of favorite things is going to consist of items I loved in 2013:

  • Bath & Body Works shower gels and lotions.  I’ve loved their products for years, but because of my budget had done without them for a couple of years. This year I decided that these were the sorts of simple daily pleasures that I should enjoy. My favorite scents are Beautiful Day and Sweet Pea.
  •  1888939-p-MULTIVIEWAsics Gel Blurs.They’re the most comfortable sneakers, and have been great in helping me heal from my plantar fasciitis.  I have them in this pair of fun colors and another in black & white.
  • Mac Foundation.  I re-discovered Mac this summer, after being dissatisfied with Bare Minerals Ready formulation.  I started with the Mineralized skinfinish, which I really like, especially when coupled with the Prep + Prime BB.  I always thought Mac was too thick/too heavy, but they have so many different formulas now that there really is something for everyone.  My skin does well with it, too, which is nice.
  • Celebrate Vitamins have been my saving grace.  Even pre-op, my stomach was really sensitive to taking vitamins, and I’d always get nauseous, even with food.  The Celebrate chewables taste like Flinstones and go down really easily.  Plus, my doctor said she thinks they’re a really high quality vitamin for WLS patients.
  • Somersaults snacks are a new favorite.  If you get the chance to try them, you should.
  • logoMy RockMyRun mixes.  I have mentioned them many time before, but I can’t recommend the site highly enough.  All different genres, bpms, and lengths.  I just downloaded a new one today, and I can’t wait to try it. The music definitely helps me make it through tough workouts.
  • Big Train Mocha Fit Frappe has been my breakfast of choice since the summer.  In the warmer months, I mix it with Isopure chocolate protein powder and almond milk and make a shake that keeps me all morning long. Now that the weather has turned so chilly, I mix it into my morning coffee.
  • And speaking of coffee, I’m absolutely in love with my Keurig and my Kcups.  Now that I’ve cut back dramatically on my coffee intake, they’re the perfect amount.
  • 1470344_10151713862350426_7957064_n My Victoria’s Secret Boyfriend pants are so cozy and cuddly, and the fact that I wear them (the XLs are actually too big!) are like a badge of honor to me.

What are some of your favorite things in 2013? Let me know in the comments.

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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 12: Free Writing
Write for five consecutive minutes on the word “jump” as it pertains to this past year.  No editing.  Set a timer.  Just write.

Ok, here goes.  When I think of the word “JUMP,” I think of leaping.  Like a leap of faith.  The faith that it took for me to have in myself to get through this weight loss endeavor successfully.  After so many years of trying and failing, of making excuses and getting so frustrated, I finally just jumped in with both feet.  I just decided to do it.

It wasn’t easy.  In fact, a lot of it was really hard.  I kept the decision to have WLS from most people because I didn’t really want to hear everyone’s opinions or horror stories.  I knew it was what I needed to do to get to my goals, and I also knew that in no way was it taking the easy way out.  It was tough sticking to the 1200 calories diet plan while I was pre-op.  It became easier as time went on and I saw more success on the scale.

And now that I’m seeing huge success on the scale, and my journey is nearing it’s end, I’m so grateful to that girl who jumped a year ago.  Wow, I just realized that I’m over halfway to my goal.  Actually, more than that.  I have about 55 more pounds to lose to get to my goal weight.  Or at least what I think will be my goal weight, who knows?  150 pounds seems like a nice round number to someone who was 315 not very long ago.  But who knows if it will be my final weight when I get there.  I’m leaving that decision open.

The timer literally just went off.  Pretty perfect timing.

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