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Long hard year

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

As I begin the new year, it is with hope that this year will bring positive change. The past year has undone most of what I worked so hard to achieve here on Spark. The fight with breast cancer added those 30 pounds back and zapped my energy. Although I still look ok, I can feel the extra weight. It is past time to do something about it. My energy levels are returning and I'm feeling like myself more often than not. I know that to get the rest of the way, I have to get active and eat clean.

So starting today, I'm doing just that. I made a trip to Aldi yesterday & stocked up on salads & healthy snacks. I will go to the grocery store tonight to pick up what I couldn't get last night. This time I'm shooting for a high protein diet and focusing more on strength and conditioning rather than cardio. True the first few weeks will be cardio heavy as I work my body back into condition to lift, but I will put more and more lifting in the rotation. I really love it and I'm looking forward to seeing those muscles again. So here's to a healthy and productive 2011!

Me filling out a jacket that was loose by the end of the 2009 season.

Stays help lots, but you can still see the extra weight.
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    Hey - you had a LOT to deal with in 2010. I think you have a terrific attitude and know you can achieve your goals!
    3606 days ago
    Great to see such positive vibes!! On with 2011!!!!
    3617 days ago
    Frolic, it's great to have you back here with us on SP! We've so missed you! Like Michelle said, you haven't undone your fitness, you'll get back into it and will be just fine! You look fantastic as do the new men in your life!! Congrats! Many blessings, hugs and prayers that you will have a healthy comeback in 2011 and every year after that!
    3618 days ago
  • FROLIC838

    Thanks for your thoughts and words. I am very much looking forward to returning to my Spark journey. I know this is a lifelong process and one that will be challenging, but rewarding. Here's to both of us working through adversity and making change for the better.

    ~ Helen
    3620 days ago
    Oh Frolic, I didn't realize you were struggling with breast cancer; I've been mostly awol here for a while due to a rough time in my marriage (we made it through, with a lot of tears and counseling). Your fitness isn't "undone" - your body will remember all that you did before and help you to remember too. And, you'll be working with the knowledge that (a) you can do it and (b) that we're here cheering you on.

    So, here's believing in a healthy 2011 for you. Here's a little butterfly to remind you of the freedom your fitness gives you emoticon

    3620 days ago
    Prayers for your continued recovery and strength. Clearly you are a very strong woman!!! Blessings to you in 2011. You deserve a fantastic year!!
    3622 days ago
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