My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

For Valentine’s Day I Loved ME!


“You have to stay in shape.  My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60.  She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.”
~Ellen Degeneres~

Feb 2011 progress pic, 248.6

If I had taken this pic when I should have it would show more progress, but alas I waited to take these till after the week I was sick & gained. Oh well! It’s just a couple of weeks till more are due, so you probably won’t see much then either, lol.

A quick post since I have been remiss.  Here are the progress pics for February I took last week & am just now getting around to editing & posting.  I lost a total of 3.2lbs in January.  Some people may not think that’s much, but I consider it a successful month:~)

Not only am I losing weight, but it’s at as a pleasant side effect of some real changes I am making in my life.  I’m not just eating better, I’m thinking better about eating. I am eating better foods because I want to eat better for me, not because I’m gritting my teeth & trying to stick to a diet. (I don’t know how the italics got on for that sentence, but I like it so I’m keeping it!)  That’s an awesome change that means I can make it a permanent change.

I’ve also been more active & enjoying it.  I’ve started practicing tennis outside class.  Hopefully I may actually become good at it, lol.  Since recovering from my depressive turn, I have started exercising again.  Not only did I hit the park for some backboard tennis practice, I have walked & jogged, did a hike at the local national park, & attended a yoga class.  I found out at the last Weight Watchers meeting there is a small yoga studio nearby.  I found their website & they had free classes all day for Valentine’s Day.  Score!  It was very pleasant.  My arms definitely felt all the downward facing dogs I did the next day.

Rachel the owner & instructor of the yoga studio.

Here is Rachel, the owner & instructor of the yoga studio. Her parents are hair dressers & the studio is attached to the salon. Her father got her into yoga when she was fifteen. It was a small studio, only three other people in the class I went to. I really appreciated that. She teaches a free beginners class the first Sunday of every month, but I also would like to take regular classes. (I’m angling for some yoga money for my birthday coming up.)

Oh, along with the same progress pics I took for last month, this month I also took a close-up of my face, since that’s usually the first place I can tell the difference.

My Feb 2011 progress pic headshot.

My big fat headshot! I sure am goofy looking>_< Sadly, another thing that hasn’t changed from losing or gaining weight, lol.

I also took my measurements this month.  I entered them in the weight tracker for this week, so it seems they will not show up till my weigh-in tomorrow.  I entered them right into the tracker as I went without writing them down, so I’ll have to update that after tomorrow.

I’m getting back into my housework routines, too, slowly but surely.  My room is almost ready to move into, & that will be a very good thing.  I’ve got some finishing touches to put on the mildew in there from the leak & then hopefully it’ll be safe for me to sleep in.  My head will know soon enough if we missed a spot…

All in all, I am feeling much, much better.  I met a friend for lunch before tennis last week, & went to a show with a friend here in town Friday night.  Had a lot of fun & I think we are going to do it again when they play a little closer this weekend or next.  Yesterday after class I met some friends of mine for a long lunch of laughter & reminiscing.  It was a really good day.  I’m feeling positive & hopeful.

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

8 thoughts on “For Valentine’s Day I Loved ME!

  1. I’ve been very far down but I’m climbing back up. 🙂 Hopefully.

  2. You haven’t been writing much lately. Is all well?

    • hey!

      meh. kinda up & down. when i’m down i don’t care to, & when i’m up i can’t think about it long enough to do it, lol. it’s been on my mind & going to try getting back on schedule tomorrow.

      thanks for asking:~) how are you?

  3. A loss is a success!!! End of… if you lost that every month.. in a year you would be down … 38.4 lbs!!! How amazing is that!?!? 🙂

    • very true! weight loss is like the stock market. you can’t dump your stocks every time they change in the wrong direction. you have to look at change over the long term. not that i know anything about the stock market… but i’m sure i read that somewhere (they made me take economics in college).

  4. Congrats on the weight loss for Jan! Glad you’re feeling positive and hopeful again.

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