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Goodbye 2013 – a year in review

on December 31, 2013

Well it’s almost time to say goodbye to another year.
Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but for me 2013 seemed to just fly by.
It was a year of ups and downs, trials and celebrations, good times and not-so-good times. Here are some highlights, in no particular order:

At the beginning of the year, I set 4 goals for myself. I completed them all in 6 months. I was pretty proud of myself for that. But that gave me 6 months of not really having a focus.

I hit a plateau in April that I still haven’t been able to break free of. I’m working on it, but it’s hard.

I hit a milestone with my trainer Tyler – losing 100 pounds since we started working together. (For the record, I’ve lost more than that, that’s just how much I’ve lost with him)

I had to say a temporary goodbye to a dear friend when he decided to go back to school (across the country) to finish his degree. I’m very proud of him for doing that. I miss him very much.

I’m having to rely on myself now.  I’m doing the best I can, but it’s very hard. Some days I’m not sure I’m strong enough to do this on my own.

I injured my right foot (I strained the arch) in the summer because I was pushing myself too hard, too fast. Lesson learned.

I completed my first 10k event in April. It was harder than I thought it would be, but incredibly proud of myself for doing it.

I completed three 5k races this year. And I bested my time with each one.

After injuring my foot, I had to put a temporary halt to jogging, but was finally able to resume. I’m working on improving my time, and then I’ll work on speed. So far, I’ve only been using the treadmill, but hoping to try out the indoor track at my local sports centre, and eventually outside. I know the treadmill is much easier than outdoor jogging, and I know when I switch my time and endurance will drop back a bit.

Like I said, right now I’m working on increasing my time. At a slow speed on the treadmill, I’m up to 20 minutes of non-stop jogging. Very proud of that. Hoping to continue to increase my time in the new year.

I started volunteering to nourish my soul. I work with an incredible organization called Celebrate the Hero. And I work with some amazing people. I feel so blessed to be working with them.

Among the things I do for Celebrate the Hero, I write stories about the good things I’m my community. That’s pretty awesome.

I’m also doing some work for the Canadian Cancer Society, another great organization.

I’ve made some wonderful new friends this year. That’s always a good thing.

After being on it for 5 years, my doctor took me off the medication for high blood pressure. He said I didn’t need it anymore, that my weight loss and my regimen of exercise and clean eating has brought it down to normal levels. He’s very happy with me.

I’ve had a consultation with a plastic surgeon to remove the large amount of loose skin I now have because of my weight loss. I’m hoping that will take place in 2014. It will be done in stages. I’m very excited about that!

I travelled to Arizona to see my dear friend Jeff, who I had not seen in like 17 years, although we communicate regular via texting, Facebook, and emails. I had a great time and got to meet some of his fantastic family. I hope to visit again soon.


The longer I make my way through this journey, the more I learn and the more I realize I still have a lot to learn. I have good days and bad days. I always try to do my best, but I still struggle. Tomorrow is a new day, a new chance to start over. One bad day or one bad meal or one bad (or missed) workout is not the end of the world. My journey to a healthier me is a marathon, not a sprint. These things take time, and I need to remember that.

Although I’ve had a few setbacks this year, I’m determined to meet my long-term goals. I know I have a lot of work still ahead of me, but I’m not giving up. I repeat – I’M NOT GIVING UP! I just need to find my way around the obstacles in front of me.


2 responses to “Goodbye 2013 – a year in review

  1. Carrie and her Bears says:

    Hurrah! Onwards and upwards my dear friend. I would like to be a SB sidekick, that is a goal I shall strive towards!

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