Friday, January 1, 2016


This last year has just flown by and I happily got on the scale this morning knowing without any doubt that I would weigh less than I did this time last year!  I'm 22.2# lighter than this time last year but all of that has mainly happened in the last 4 months while participating in a DietBet.  I'm a big believer that once you find your motivator you can do anything.  In some ways I'm embarrassed that my motivator is money - not necessarily getting more (although that's nice) but not throwing away what I have is the stronger pull.  I'll console myself in the knowledge that being frugal is an admirable quality.  Well, that and the fact that I'm getting healthier every day and able to wear clothes that had been relegated to the back of the closet for years.  If it takes something like DietBet to keep me on track, then so be it!

We are going on vacation soon to DisneyWorld and Universal Studios!!  We are definitely foodies so the opportunity to eat at such unique restaurants is not something we are going to pass up.  I fully expect to gain a bit while we are there although I'm hoping that all the walking in the parks will counteract a bit of that and I don't plan to go on a crazy feeding frenzy by any means but I will also not be depriving myself of things I really want.  So...between now and then the hubby and I are ramping up our juicing.  Yesterday was our first full day of juicing (well...that and the glass of champagne we had at midnight) and I won't lie it was a little difficult given all the little extras we've been indulging in.  However, when I weighed in this morning I'm right back where I was before Christmas so I guess the damage wasn't as bad as I had expected.

I've also not been as good about getting in my 10,000 steps per day as I used to be so I need to be more diligent about that.  I'm not really thinking about those steps as aiding my weight loss so much as helping me to become healthier and increase my endurance.  My hubby is a half a foot taller than me so when we go hiking I'm taking more steps than he is and sometimes I have a hard time keeping up.  I'd really like to be able to keep up and not slow him down.  Speaking of hiking - I was surprised on Christmas morning when my hubby brought me a wrapped present.  This year we pooled our money and bought a PS4 so there weren't going to be any wrapped presents to each other under the tree.  This one was extra special because it was actually from his mom.  She gifted me her amazing hiking stick!  I have been looking for one just like it since I used hers while we were visiting them this summer.  The hubby and I went on a long hike in the Smokies and she let me borrow her stick.  It fit my height perfectly and the circumference was absolutely spot on for my hand.  It gave me confidence when I was navigating declines and the extra help my knees needed when climbing up.  I'm really excited to use it this summer!

My health goals for 2016 include continuing to lose weight and to make it the norm rather than the exception that I hit 10,000 steps per day.  I feel really confident I will be back here next year at this time with success!