Good afternoon everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I had a great time. It was great spending time with my family and seeing those I wouldn’t see a lot during the year. Over Christmas I was successful with my eating! I didn’t over indulge on Christmas Day or the following day which is a celebration here in Ireland too. My family went to my aunt’s house for dinner which we do most years. I ate enough for myself and stopped when I was full. Although, there was a major increase in alcohol over the festive period which I believe could be my reason for my gain of one pound since my last entry! I got a lot of lovely gifts from friends and family. I spend some time with family catching up and had a couple of nights arranged to spend with friends. Overall, it was a very nice Christmas indeed. But we got no snow! It is rare where I live but I would have liked some. Never too old for snowball fights!

My exercise this month has been pretty good! My plan is to do 30 minutes but there are with days where I do more than the 30 minutes. Because it’s December, winter, cold, windy and wet out I have stuck to doing my step aerobics more than walking now. Once the Spring and the long evenings hit again, I’ll get back out walking more often. But for now, with the exercise I am doing, it does seem to be working. I went to the gym early this month on a day membership. I really enjoyed it. Now I have to decide if I can afford to go full time. What is putting me off is that it’s in the next town over and I don’t have the money to get travelling there 4/5 times a week. But it is a really good gym! The town I live in have gyms too, so I might consider joining a local one because I wouldn’t have the travel expense. It really does come down to the money though. What I have been doing has been working well for me so far. So maybe it would just be a waste for myself.

2012 was a journey for me. I started the year at 142lbs and weighed the same by the time I joined 3FC on May 31st this year. Now, I’m ending the year with a loss of 13lbs, a loss of 32 inches and dropping one dress size. I’d say that’s a pretty good achievement! I’ve enjoyed doing this during the past six months and of course I have had my ups and downs. The important thing was while sometimes things weren’t going right for me, I never gave up completely! I jumped back on the wagon and for anyone out there reading this and they have slipped –don’t give up! You can do this, just believe you can.

On Tuesday it is 2013 and it’s time to make those all important goals and resolutions. In the past I would make resolutions about weight loss and never stick to them. Come to think of it, I would never start. Now that I’ve started this journey I feel if I was to make resolutions I would have the motivation to stick to them. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about the goals I was thinking of for 2013. Now I have finalised them!

My goals for 2013 are:

  • Get to my goal of 112lbs and a UK8 (US4).
  • Final Measurements: 30/25/30 or around there.
  • Clock up 500 miles of exercise – either by walking, jogging, running.

I feel like all my goals are achievable. I’m not sure of what my size and measurements will be at my goal of 112lbs but they would make me happy. And you never know, 112lbs might not be my final goal. I might want to lose some more weight after that. Either way, I want to have a good year of at least achieving those up above.

My exams begin on the 3rd and I feel alright about them. I have been studying over the past two and a half weeks I’ve had off. It’s going to be a stressful week during them but after I have two full weeks off where we have no classes or exams to worry about. Since it will be January, it will be a perfect time to give it my all for my new 2013 goals. Because of exams, I’m thinking it might be the right time to take a scale break for the month of January. My last weigh in is 129lbs, the next time I weigh in will be January 31st 2013. I’m going to keep on plan and keep working out, especially during the two weeks I have off after my exams.

I hope everyone has a lovely New Year and I wish you all the best during 2013! Let’s make it a great year for all of us at 3FC.

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Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 129lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

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