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Goodbye December ~ Welcome 2020

Saturday, January 04, 2020

I have come to realize that December's are now a rough month for me, which is sad as Christmas time has always been my favorite time of year. I love all the lights, decorations, of course the Christmas movies and my birthday is just after the holiday. It has been a busy time of year for me up until the last few years since my parents and my mother in law have now passed. I do not spend the holidays alone I have a wonderful husband however our traditions had always involved our parents. I realized too late this year what was happening and went way off the deep end with emotional eating. Making new traditions will be a focus of mine so next December is not the same avalanche of emotions burying me.

My birthday was always made a special day as to not get lost into the Christmas holiday. My dad made sure of this because we shared a birthday and as a child his was not made special, more for the financial end as he had 7 kids in the family. Growing up that was a very special thing to share the birthday however it leaves a big hole in the heart when one of you is not there to share the day. My husband tries hard and does a great job on filling the void.

Getting back on track for 2020

I was not very active on Spark during December and hope all my friends had a wonderful holiday and are off to a great start for the new year, new decade, and new attitude. I have spend the last few days reading entries and blogs to catch up with all of you. Thank you goodies, comments and most of all for your support.

This year I choose to have a word of the year ~ Positivity! I want to have a bright outlook on life and choose happy (thanks @texashsmomof3 and @stillsparkleigh for always showing positivity). I have armed myself with a new goal board (a birthday present to myself) and will update monthly and change as needed throughout the year.

I took my measurements and had a successful year (not going down the path of it could have been better!) overall I lost 50 lbs, 5" from my waist, and 7" from the hips. I have removed all 5X clothes from my closet, can only wear the 4X around the house (my phone in the pocket makes them slide off), and the 3X ones are loose too. This makes me happy and I have pulled out clothes I long ago packed up to enjoy again (okay some were out of style and went to donations or trash).

Sparkpeople, Spark friends and the 5% challenges have been my successful partners on this journey. They have made a last call for signing up for the challenge if you are interested in joining it is a great way to have accountability and support from teammates is awesome.


2020 is going to be Great
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  • BATGURL250
    Great job on the weight loss! I love your goal board!
    4 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I know all too well that feeling of sadness you described regarding celebrating your birthday and Christmas without your family. Although my mom is still alive, she chooses not to come to our house and I desperately miss my father during holidays, especially/

    You've made exceptional progress! I'm so proud of you.
    17 days ago
    Congratulations on your progress!
    18 days ago
    emoticon on all of your weight loss so far! emoticon

    It sounds like you're really on the path! emoticon

    I'm sorry to hear about the difficult Christmas and birthday that you had this year. Maybe next year can be better.
    41 days ago
    So sorry for your losses. :( But 50 pounds anyway?! You are unstoppable!!
    44 days ago
    I can relate to so much of what you wrote in your blog. My holidays have changed drastically since losing my dad, my marriage and my oldest daughter and granddaughter moving to Ohio. I shared a birthday with my grandma, on December 5th, and it was always such fun celebrating it. I always got special treatment from her. After she passed, my grandpa would take me to breakfast and would often give me little trinkets of hers or a piece of her jewelry as a gift. Now he's gone too. Life's changes are so hard, and I'm not good with changes. I can relate to how you're feeling for sure.

    Great idea with the goal board! I was going to do something similar but haven't gotten to it yet. I really should. You've had some great success this year. I hope 2020 is a great one for you my friend!

    emoticon Kristin
    45 days ago
    Great job on the inches lost! 2020 is here and you will do great!
    45 days ago
    Belated happy birthday wishes to you.

    Like you I miss my parents during the holiday. They were a huge support and anchor for our family.

    Congratulations on losing inches and going down in clothing sizes. WOO HOO! Way to go! And you are right, 2020 will be great.
    45 days ago
    45 days ago
    Happy belated birthday. Ok those measurements show an incredible accomplishment this year.
    I'm sorry holidays are hard, and I feel bad I should have reached out to you! Thanks for sharing though because now we know and your spark family can show you extra love. And anytime you need some positivity you let me and Sis know and we will drown you in some love because you are amazing!!!
    love and hugs beautiful lady!!!
    45 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2020 3:56:43 PM
    THERE is My SUNSHINE emoticon !!! JAN.....I noticed your absence....and did not want to pry.....but I am SO glad you blogged and shared this part of yourself with us here. So, First things FIRST......HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY emoticon emoticon emoticon My Lovely Friend!! Having just welcomed a family member with a December Bday, I can see where extra planning to separate that out is important....in 2020 let's make sure we snug you up tight here on your other home emoticon emoticon . SECOND emoticon on the 2019 Progress!!! THOSE are some mighty fine stats emoticon and I know you will emoticon and get where you want to be in this year emoticon #gogoGO!! THIRD (and last emoticon ) YOU make Spark BEAUTIFUL with your COLORS my Friend!!! I think of YOU when I think of your Focus Word emoticon of #positivity LOVE YA Sis!! emoticon
    46 days ago
    Happy belated Birthday. So glad your DH made it a special day. I’m sure you dad enjoyed your special day, too. Great memories are never lost.
    46 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Happy Belated Birthday, Jan. I’m so sorry you had a heavy heart during the holidays. Sending you best wishes and big hugs! I’m here to lend support through 2020! I hope you have a great year.
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    46 days ago
    Thank you for sharing all this with us! I'm sorry that your Christmas season & birthday had struggles and yet very thankful you have your husband by your side. I love your idea of making new traditions next Christmas.

    New goal board and word of the year are great ways to help with the goals you have for this year. Happy belated birthday! So happy for you about all the clothes stuff, those type of things really make you feel good! Not always the clothes sliding off part though LOL.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend and excited to be doing the Winter Challenge with you.
    46 days ago
    All signed up and ready to go! Thanks for the heads up
    47 days ago
    You are right 2020 is going to be Great! Look ahead to doing more of what makes you happy!
    47 days ago
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