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Closing In On The End Of The Year

The scale today tells me that I have lost 87.6 pounds since starting this process, I would love to end the year at or beyond 90 pounds lost, but only because I am so close. When I started this at the end of April I would have been happy with 30 pounds lost by the end of the year, at some point in the summer I began to entertain the idea of ending the year 60 pounds lighter than when 2016 began. Now I see 90 pounds getting close and I am so excited. Now, with more than a week left one might think that losing less than 3 more pounds would be easy, or with more than 85 pounds lost you might think that I should be happy with that, both are true and I am happy and proud. I have all of 2017 to continue to work on what I have started and now it is who I am, this person who eats less and healthier, this person who works out every day, this person who no longer lives behind the weight and baggy clothes. I see 90 pounds as possible, when I would have never dreamed that would be true when I started this process, but 90 pounds isn’t where this ends, I still have quite a ways to go before I am where I am headed. 90 pounds will put me at 193.6 pounds, which leaves me with almost 60 pounds to go on the way to where I am going. I am eagerly awaiting my new AB bench, which should arrive today, but is for Christmas, so I don’t know if it will get put together before this weekend. I am looking forward to adding to my workout routine in the coming year, I have great plans, I am adding strength training, working my core and my arms a lot more. I will continue to do Zumba, and will increase my walking. We went to the Grand Canyon this past weekend and I was excited to be able to climb the stairs from the train depot to the rim without having to stop to catch my breath, and was able to walk around without ending the day sore or too tired to walk. I am looking forward to adding some hiking into my life this coming year, where we live we can hike year round, it will be nice to finally take advantage of that fact.

I am looking at resolutions for the new year a little differently than I have in the past, mostly because I am so good at breaking the resolutions that are made with no regard to where I am starting. So this year I plan to continue what I am doing, and I plan to add gradually to my routines more workouts and more challenges. I plan to continue eating the way I am eating, I might try new things or remove more old things, as I learn to balance and plan for a future where I am fit and active. I plan on continuing to write, and to build my skills as a writer and nurture my creative side. This year my resolutions are about continuing on the right path and to let the weeds grow over the wrong paths, to walk past my old ways as I head into becoming who I should be. I am looking forward to the coming year, one that promises to be better than I could have hoped for when I set about losing weight and getting in shape. This coming year will be about living life to the fullest, about loving more and growing in my faith, using my gifts toward fulfilling my calling in life. This coming year will be about taking care of myself, and taking care of those I love, those people who I can now better care for because I am healthier, because I am now setting a better example.

The scale today tells me I have lost 87.6 pounds since the end of April, but it tells me so much more than that, it tells me what I have gained, it shows me how far I have come, it shows me where I am heading, it affirms what I am doing and it shows me that I am on the right path. I am looking forward to the coming year, because it promises to be a great one, full of personal growth, full of promise, and full of hope. Whether I end the year with a 90 pound loss or not, I am so thankful for the blessings that made it possible to get to this point and I will continue to move forward.


  1. I finally got to reading some of your earlier posts….. and WOW! On Oct 25th you reached 70 lbs. lost and now you are closing in on 90 lbs. So incredibly awesome Shelly! I can ‘feel’ the change in your heart, soul, spirit. You are becoming a ‘new creature’. Praise God.

    • mrscinaz

      December 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words, and the loving support, I am so blessed to be lifted up by people who are sharing in the journey with me. I am so glad that you have come into our lives and that you are reading what I have written here.

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