2013 Farewell Party #WLBootcamp

Farewell to 2013 Party. Weight Loss Bootcamp Challenge #WLBootcamp

Today is the last day of 2013! Are you feeling a little nostalgic or ready to jump right into a 2014 weight loss challenge? Well, hold your horses just a second! Each year we set goals, create resolutions, and make big plans for the new year, but we fail to properly take stock of what went down the year before. I know I’m guilty of trying to brush all of lasts year’s stuff under the rug because: OMG LOOK! It’s a brand new shiny year!

Before you jump feet first into a brand new shiny year (and our awesome new challenge that just happens to start tomorrow), let’s take a few moments to stop and embrace 2013. CELEBRATE your successes and acknowledge the challenges you’ve faced. We’re going to have a 2013 Farewell Party, and it’s going to happen right now! Oh, don’t worry, you don’t need to get dressed up or bring a covered dish. You probably have everything you need within arms reach. Grab a sheet of paper and a pen, or your journal, or the back side of that envelope sitting on the counter will do nicely. Or you could even blog it!

I want you to answer these questions in regards to your healthy living journey. Keep your answers short! Think Twitter short – 140 characters. If you’d like to leave your answers in the comment section below, I’d love to see what you have to say!

  • What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of?
  • What didn’t work for you in 2013?
  • What made you happy in 2013?
  • What was your biggest challenge in 2013?
  • What happened that you need to let go of?

Why is it important to say farewell to 2013? Without taking stock of everything that happened in 2013, it’s hard to plan and set new goals for 2014. Without acknowledging everything you did or didn’t do, what you rocked and what sucked, HOW will you move forward and GROW? You don’t want live your life like Groundhog Day, right? NO! You want to step into 2014 fully aware of the affect 2013 had on you: body, mind, and soul. You want to ROCK 2014.

So bid farewell to 2013. Celebrate it. Own it. And then RELEASE it. You’re going to go places in 2014! I promise!

Here are my answers:

  • What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? I really cleaned up my diet, and discovered that I felt so much better when I cut back on sugar and wheat.
  • What didn’t work for you in 2013? Dieting didn’t work for me in 2013. I tried to maintain, but ended up gaining, and then I tried to lose weight, but my heart just wasn’t in it.
  • What made you happy in 2013? Strength training made me happy! Cardio is great, but nothing beats lifting some weights and getting strong. I really saw a difference in body, even though I didn’t lose any weight.
  • What was your biggest challenge in 2013? Finding time to run. I started homeschooling my kids, so the ‘free’ time I had went away completely. I tried sneaking in runs here and there, but without consistency, I sort of lost my drive.
  • What happened that you need to let go of? Losing my running endurance. I used to be able to run 5+ miles, and now it’s a struggle to get in a couple of miles. I’ve really been beating myself up, and what I need to do is find a way to make running happen again. I also gained some weight, and I need to get over it and get back on track. Feeling sorry for myself is not doing me any good!

That’s it for now! Join us, right here, tomorrow for our New Year’s Weight Loss Boot Camp Challenge kickoff post! #WLBootcamp

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  • flipflop68

    My greatest accomplishment of 2013- Completing my first 1/2 Marathon
    What didn’t work for me in 2013- Weight loss. Been at a plateau since May!
    What made me happy in 2013- Feeling more fit (despite not losing weight) I went down a size and toned a great deal
    My biggest challenge of 2013- Getting to that 13 mile mark!
    What happened that I need to let go of- I didn’t finish my 2 big races in the time I had set for myself…gotta let it go- I FINISHED!!!

    Moving on and looking forward to 2014!! Running the Disney Princess Half in February is going to be the BEST kickoff to 2014!!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Congratulations on your race finishes!!! That’s awesome :)

    • Heather A.

      Great job on the half marathons!

  • Andy Drouin

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of?
    – Running my first 5k

    What didn’t work for you in 2013?
    – Weight loss – I gained more then I lost this year

    What made you happy in 2013?
    – My family

    What was your biggest challenge in 2013?
    – Remembering that I’m not on a diet but on a life long healthy journey

    What happened that you need to let go of?
    – Focusing on the negatives instead of the positives.

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Congrats on your first 5K, Andy! I totally understand the gaining. Ugh. Totally did the same thing this year, and I’m on a mission to make lifelong changes this year. No more ‘diets’ for me…… Let’s do this!

  • Heather A.

    My first post on a new blog… excuse the lack of creativity I just started this morning!
    http://onbeachtime.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/farewell-to-2013/

  • Amy Stage

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? Ran a 5k (3 times!), lost 20 pounds.
    What didn’t work for you in 2013? Trying to run outside in the mornings during the winter months. It was too
    cold and I just couldn’t make myself power through.
    What made you
    happy in 2013? Actually sticking to a fitness/nutrition plan for the
    first time in my life. I had always planned things before and never, EVER
    actually did them for longer than a week or two. For 6 months I stuck to
    my plan.
    What was your biggest challenge in 2013? The holidays and getting sick near the end of the year. I didn’t
    exercise or diet for the entire month of December.
    What happened
    that you need to let go of? I didn’t train on the road for my runs, I did treadmill
    runs mainly- and that made my race times way slower than average and it
    got me down. Next year I will road train and get that time much faster, I
    learned from my setback ;)

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Way to go on the weight loss and 3 5Ks!!!!

  • Peggy Rose Nardini

    My greatest accomplishment of 2013 – Walking. After getting hit by a car in August it’s been a struggle getting back on my feet.

    What didn’t work for me in 2013 – Eating right. I am a chip-o-holic.

    What made me happy in 2013 – Helping plan my daughter’s wedding which will take place on 12/13/14.

    My biggest challenge in 2013 – trying to get back into an exercise routine following my accident

    What happened that I need to let go of – Negative self-talk. I need to keep a more positive attitude about myself.

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Peggy, I’m so glad you survived your accident! How scary. And the fact that you’re doing so well is such a blessing. I’m so glad you’re joining us, and I hope we’re able to help you accomplish your goals this year!

    • Heather A.

      Glad you are here!

  • AnnG

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? I lost 45 pounds this year in the first 6 months of the year, with diet change and exercise only! I felt amazing and proud of myself!
    What didn’t work for you in 2013? Relaxing after said 45 pounds were lost! I didn’t continue losing after that, only maintaining!
    What made you happy in 2013? Having my family and friends tell me how proud they were of the weight loss! And officially becoming a writer for SJ!
    What was your biggest challenge in 2013? Learning to deal with hormones (or lack thereof) and how to handle menopause stage of my life while losing weight and being a healthy and fit mom to a 10 year old!
    What happened that you need to let go of? It was more “what didn’t happen”? I didn’t reach my goal of losing all the weight I had set out to. I need to let go of that, but remember that each day leads to another day. It’s my new goal for 2014.

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Ann, you’re going to do amazing this year!! I’m so glad you’re part of the Sisterhood!

    • Heather A.

      Holy Wow! 45lbs! WTG! That is so great, just think, you’ve given your body a little break and now it will be ready lose again once you give it a little push!

  • Justine Kougl

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  • Lynn

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? Going back to school and managing to get straight A’s fall semester while in the midst of remodeling our home and still taking care of the family (3 kids & hubby) and working.
    What didn’t work for you in 2013? Keeping with an exercise plan… I just couldn’t do it…
    What made you happy in 2013? Finally purchasing our house, and maintaining my weight while quitting smoking.
    What was your biggest challenge in 2013? Quitting smoking… I have quit before, but this time seemed so much worse…
    What happened that you need to let go of? Not sure…

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Congrats on quitting smoking! I know how hard that is ;) And YAY for all As! So glad you’re joining us :)

    • Heather A.

      Wow! That was a full plate! Good luck in the new year!

  • Faith Hales

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? What I accomplished in 2013 that I am proud of is the fact that I managed to work and still maintain good grades in both of my classes except math
    What didn’t work for you in 2013? What didn’t work for me in 2013 was that I was not able to stick to an exercise routine while working.
    What made you happy in 2013? What made me happy is that I finally found my calling I have decided to become a school social worker.
    What was your biggest challenge in 2013? My biggest challenge in 2013 was trying to stay away from sugar.
    What happened that you need to let go of? I need to let go of letting other people’s negative talk and behavior affect my mental state.

  • Lori Sterriker

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? I quit drinking soda after a 24 pack PLUS a day habit that lasted for over 5 years. 1/1/14 is ONE YEAR!

    What didn’t work for you in 2013? Early morning workouts!

    What made you happy in 2013? I started lifting and felt strong!

    What was your biggest challenge in 2013? Having an abdominal hysterectomy and being taken away from my workouts for months.

    What happened that you need to let go of? My failure to be where I wanted to be right now. Forgive and forget. Start again!

    • Heather A.

      WTG on the soda!

  • Dionne Fleshman

    What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? completed 13 races in 2013. including my first 10K
    What didn’t work for you in 2013? diet pills, gimmicks, starvation
    What made you happy in 2013? I got my Zumba licensure in September
    What was your biggest challenge in 2013? I fractured my foot in 2 places on my 13th race in September. I have not been able to run since. I started walking this past Monday and am working my way way back.
    What happened that you need to let go of? circumstances in the lives of others that I have no control over.

  • Becka Wheeler

    *What did you accomplish in 2013 that you’re proud of? Believe it or not, deciding to make a change. I found this site, and started changing my habits at home. Slowly my choices have become healthier. That’s a big deal, since I didn’t care before.
    *What didn’t work for you in 2013? Trying to quit Soda on my own. I had to ask my doctor if there was anything I could maybe get to help me. I am truly addicted. She put me on a medication that is pretty harmless, but makes Soda taste absolutely horrible!
    *What made you happy in 2013? I got MARRIED!!
    *What was your biggest challenge in 2013? Once I decided to make a change, it’s been a daily challenge to keep it up. I’m pretty lazy by nature, and so I really have to work hard to achieve minimal results.
    *What happened that you need to let go of? Nothing specific, I just need to let go of my anger, and let the process work for me. The weight didn’t come on in a day, and it won’t come off in a day. I have to accept all that.
    I’m glad to have found this group!

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  • Jodi Youngman

    I ran my first half in September. The race didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I was happy I finished. Motivation was my biggest challenge, and I have to let go of how that half went-I did finish, but not well.

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