Dec 26

2012: The Year In Review

Header - Post - Weight LossAs I think back over the course of 2012, I realize that I have made progress with my health and fitness routine.  I have not achieved all of my fitness goals, but I am encouraged by the fact that I have incorporated exercise as a regular part of my life.  Overall, I lost 11.2 pounds from the time I joined the gym in April until the end of the year.  Yay!!!  It is not as much as I planned to lose when I started, but I’ll take a small victory over no victory at all.  As I analyzed my weekly progress, I realized some of the problems that I encountered that prevented me from losing more weight.

Weight Loss ProgressBetween the plateau, Hurricane Sandy, the Nor’easter and another extra-curricular project (more on that in Spring 2013), I had not been visiting the gym or weighing in regularly.

Weight Loss Progress 2

Here are some of the changes that I plan to implement in 2013:

  • Exercise more frequently and for longer sessions
  • Exercise at home more often
  • Take the stairs more often
  • Park my car further from the entrance more often
  • Drink more water (I already drink between 6-10 cups on average.)

On December 18th, I started my own “Exercise Rewards” program.  MF&F Image - Exercise RewardsIn this program, I save $1.00 in a jar each time that I exercise, whether the session occurs at the gym or at home.  Because I need visual cues, I created a label for the jar and placed the jar on the dresser in my bedroom.  When I have accumulated $30.00, I am going to buy myself something special.  The item(s) may be exercise-related, but I’m not sure yet.  I’ll take each $30.00 reward on a case-by-case basis.  I have come to realize that multiple forms of motivation are going to keep me on track.

How are things going on your journey of good health and fitness?  What fitness goals have you established for 2013?  Thank you for joining me on my health and fitness journey in 2012.  I look forward to sharing more progress in 2013.  If you are interested in participating in the conversation, feel free to leave a comment at the end of a post, follow the blog on Twitter or request to join the Facebook Encouragement Group. If you just want to be a fly on the wall, become a Facebook Fan of the blog.  You can also complete the form on the Contact page.  Be blessed.  Remain encouraged.

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