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I’ve been thinking about my plan to kick off the new year and how I don’t want to make resolutions as much as just refocusing to help capture the natural motivation that happens at the start of a new year.

So I’ve made a list things I’m trying to emphasize in 2013.

Scheduling workouts.
Even go as far as putting repeating events in for classes that fit your schedule.
Focus on the positive!
I read so many negative comments in the last few days –I ate too much, I look horrible, the scale was was worse than I thought, blah, blah, blah– STOP! Just stop. It’s the first step to breaking the cycle. Tell your inner mean self to shut the heck up and move on.
Prep and plan as much as possible.
Cut fruit and veggies on the weekend, plan a few meals, freeze leftovers for lunch. Planning is more than half the battle.
Get out of your comfort zone.
Whether it be what you’re eating, what you’re wearing how your moving. Try new stuff. I did this yesterday with breakfast!
Challenge yourself and get excited about it.
Have fun with it. This is why I do #YogaADay and #PlankADay. It’s fun and challenging yet low commitment. You can find 1 minute to do a plank you just have to WANT to and that’s where the excitement comes in. Embrace it. Have fun with it. Get creative. Involve some friends.
Decide what you’re ‘non- negotiables’ are.
I wrote about this before. You can’t do it all but you can decide what gets done. Don’t put yourself at the bottom of the list!
Value Sleep.
By far my worst habit is staying up to late and eating something I regret in the morning. Don’t procrastinate bed time. All the work and chores will be there in the morning. And TV? Well that’s why they make DVRs.
Accept that there is no perfect.
Your diet. Your body. Even the number on the scale. It will never be perfect but that doesn’t mean you just stop. Keep moving forward. Perfect isn’t the prerequisite to reach your goals. Consistency is.

These things are helping frame my mindset as I work towards reaching my goals this year.

Speaking of, hopping on the scale this morning was, well, interesting. But before I go there let me just say I am FLOORED at the response of my NewYear’s DietBet. As of the writing of this post we are at 491 players and $9,760 in the pot!

That’s INSANE!

The challenge starts today and run through Jan 29th. To play with us you have to pony up $20 and if you lose 4% of your body weight by the end you split the pot with the others winners. Click here for more the details.

Now, I want and NEED to stress that in no way is the DietBet taking over my Wednesday Weigh Ins. I’ll still be here every week to weigh in with you and share my thoughts on losing and maintaing a weight loss. That’s not going to change. I just liked the idea of offering a fun twist to kick off the new year and get us motivated.

Anyway, so my interesting scale showed this this morning…

Which is funny because it showed this 2 days ago when I weighed in for DietBet…

Umm yea, that makes NO sense and I’m not letting it bug me. It’s just a number and I know it will catch up to reflect the good choices I’ve been making. I KNOW it will, but still, that scale really likes to mess with our heads, doesn’t it?

Anyway, happy weigh in day. I hope you all had a great holiday break. I have so much work to catch up on today it’s making my head spin, but I’m looking forward to getting back to some routine.

How’s your post-holiday weigh-ins going?

 
  • nancy

    Happy New Year
    HW: around 450
    CW: 247
    I made it through the season and I lost 1.8 in two weeks. I am so happy and lucky to start the year with a job, home, and the ability to have choices in my life (so many women around the world don’t). Hope you all found joy in the coming year!

  • http://twitter.com/GoPokes724 Lisa Gleason

    You know, I totally agree with what you said about the negative self talk. I used to be the worst at it, but for about a month or so, I have challenged myself to stop. Instead of saying “I ate bad,” I try to just say, “I ate this” and accept it. And instead of focusing on hating parts of my body, I focus on making myself healthier and stronger. It made the Holidays so much more enjoyable because I didn’t feel “guilty”. And I only ended up gaining 2 lbs!

  • Amber

    Happy New Year All!

    HW: 225

    SW: 216

    CW: 216

    So, no loss but no gain either. That’s ok for me.It means I was able to maintain through the crazy of the holidays. So, that’s done and sorted. I’m gunna go make myself a breakfast and try to eat it. Got a Dr appointment today for my ear.

  • Rachel K.

    Hi Roni,
    Happy 2013! I’m psyched about the DietBet challenge, all signed up and weight officially verified. I appreciate your “refocus” thoughts – they’re good reminders to think about. Weigh in today…175.8 Clean slate!

  • Anon

    GW: 125
    2013 Start: 136.0
    CW: 136.0
    Change:0

    That’s a great list – and I think stayng positive may be the most important to me. The junk food is out of the house, I have a meal plan and a workout plan, and am ready to go! But I am not setting any type of timeframe this year; as long as I keep working at being healthy, I don’t care how much I lose (or not) each week.

  • http://twitter.com/Erica_D_House Erica House

    I’ve also gained a pound this week after I started eaeting healither and exercising more to make up for the Holidays – it’s ccrazy!

  • Lisa Hewlett

    Starting over today! Yay for new beginnings!
    GW: 149.8
    2013 start: 175.8

  • Aimee

    CW: 149.2 (-.2)
    Two weeks ago: 149.4
    GW: 137
    
H: 5′ 2”
    
Age: 39

    I started the New Year off yesterday with a spectacular 10K race. I got a PR. Today I am down just slightly from my pre-holiday weigh in. I feel great. The holidays posed their own challenges as always, cookies in my case, but I caught myself before things got too outrageous. 2013 is going to be the year I reach my goal weight and then some! Happy New Year Roni!!

  • http://thirteenpointonemom.wordpress.com/ Maria

    I have gained 3.2 since I last weighed in here, but I am SUPER excited for Dietbet!!! New beginnings!! Woo hoo!

  • Holly

    HW: 200 something with twins
    GW: 140′s
    CW: 155.6
    Age: 35
    H: 5’7″
    I definitely gained a few pounds and had a wonderful Christmas celebration,
    but during the month of December, I had looked forward to January, knowing that it would be a great start to our new year! I look forward to progress!!

  • Melissa E.

    HW – 173
    CW – 163 (+4)

    Last Weigh In – 159
    GW – 148
    H – 5’8″
    Age – 43

    I gained 4 pounds over the Holidays….I really enjoyed the cookies I baked! I am participating in Dietbet, I think that is a nice kick in the butt I need. I am back to eating right and I will lose this holiday weight hopefully very quickly!!!!

  • Stacey

    First Wednesday weight in (but I’ve been lurking for a while)
    HW: 189 after baby
    GW: 147
    CW: 157.5

    Joined the Dietbet, and looking forward to making (just a few) better choices. Good luck

  • kj

    CW: 166.5
    GW: 140
    Age: 55

  • LisaM

    I’m going to wait till next week for a weigh-in, for a specific reason. But I’ll share my NSV for the holiday season – when I got dressed for my first day back at work this morning, I put on the pants that are my barometer for too many pounds gained. They fit without pain!

  • Amy

    Happy New Year!

    My First Week -

    Height: 5’5
    Age: 38
    HW: 240.5
    CW: 240.5
    GW: 140

    First goal is to lose 4% for Diet Bet (~10 lbs).

  • Jenny

    HW: 178 lbs (not including pregnancy)
    CW: 175 lbs
    GW: 145 lbs
    H: 5’5″
    Age: 30
    Husband is on board with me this time, so hopefully that will help. I am still recovering from shoulder surgery, so my exercise options are limited, but I am re-joining the gym next week. First goal is to be 155 when we take a trip south in May.

  • Jackie

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
    Let me first say I am so happy to report a grand total of 38 lbs lost since July 2012. This is the first time I can remember not gaining a significant amount of weight from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Now down to business.
    Height: 5’7″
    Age: 50
    HW: 238.8
    CW: 200.6
    GW: 156

  • Jessica

    MY huge NSV this week is that over the last week, I have had a head cold that has made.me.miserable. I felt so crappy that all I wanted to do was feed my face. And I didnt. I stayed with counting calories and lost 2.2 pounds this week!!!
    Height: 5’9″
    HW: 212
    GW: 150
    CW: 162.2 (down 2.2)
    I joined Dietbet and am SO excited! I was going to join a different group, so I am very excited that you, Roni, someone who has either inspired me every post, or made me feel like I can relate to you, started one.
    Here is to awesome Weigh in Wednesdays in 2013!

  • Katie

    My first Weigh In Wednesday!
    Height- 5’7
    Age: 33
    HW-after 1st baby -190

    CW- 171
    GW-145
    Joined DietBet! So excited!! A healthy competition :) Love it!

  • Mego

    HW: 240
    GW: 140
    CW: 158.0

    H: 5’7″
    Scales are tricky little buggers! Looking forward to January DietBet and continued momentum toward goal!

  • Sarah

    HW 162
    CW 151.8
    GW 140
    H 5’3″

    No weigh-in last week, but down 0.2 from weigh-in prior to vacation two weeks ago.

  • Dawn

    HW 200
    GW 143
    CW 147.5

    Just a week ago, the number 155 appeared on the scale. I was shocked that my holiday experiment with carbs had gone so far afield. Then I read an article on how insulin resistance affects women over 40….it was so helpful. A week later, with no real “diet” but just protein, fat, and moderate veggies, I am within sight of my happy weight. I can’t quite believe how much better I feel. I share this only because I wish I’d read it myself long ago! I would have been saved a lot of struggle and heartache (and some lara bars, dates, and brown rice tortillas, and chocolate, and “healthy” cookies etc etc)….thanks for being here, Roni! It is wonderful t be on a journey towards good self talk and habits with you. And my new workout gear is great too! Thanks for the heads up on that!!

  • Megan

    My first Wednesday Weigh-In!
    HW 215
    GW 140
    CW 145

    Poor college student over here so no DietBet for me, I love the concept but 20 bucks is a week of food over here! Good luck to everyone :]

  • Stephanie

    I am stepping out of weigh in’s for about 9months! Yeah! But I am happy to say that my body is in such better shape with this pregnancy and I will still be following everyone else’s successes! Happy New Year!

    • Jeri Lyn

      CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenj

    First, thank u for keeping this weds weigh in site. I was worried.
    HW-267
    CW-184 (+1)
    GW-165
    H-5’8@
    Age-38
    I drank way too much on nye. I am sad and embarrassed about it. Working on forgive and forget but remember why I don’t need to get that drunk anymore (still nursing a headache from it). Blah.

  • NatMcC

    HW: 184.6 (July 2012)
    CW: 163.6 (-1.4)
    GW: 145
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 26

    This new year I didn’t set resolutions…I just told myself that this is MY YEAR! I have done so much for others and am always unhappy with myself that I’ve had enough and I’m going to do what it takes to bring my happy back! I was SHOCKED and thrilled with the scale this morning! I have broke the 2 month plateau! And it all boils down to … I got out there again and started moving and continued to make smart choices! Here’s to staying positive!

  • Veronica H.

    HW: 174
    CW: 163 (+2)
    GW: 130
    HT: 5’3″
    Age: 47
    No weigh in last week, an unexpected crazy life moment got in the way, but anyhoo I’ve gained 2 lbs. I know why and what caused it–not going to dwell on it. So thankful to have this blog to keep me accountable and although I won’t be participating in the Diet Bet, I will continue to weigh in here. I plan to copy, paste and put on my wall these great reminders for 2013. I wish everyone much success in the upcoming new year!!!

  • A Reeves

    HW: 252.6 (Sept 30, 2012)

    CW: 227.8 (+2.6 from two weeks ago)

    GW: 140′s

    Height: 5’5

    age: 48
    I am actually thrilled with my numbers. 227 is what I weighed at the beginning of December, so I stayed the same, in essence, for the month of December. And that’s great! My measurements, though, show I lost an inch from my bust, waist and hips each in the same time frame! So exciting.

  • Emily

    HW: 165
    CW: 151.5 (-1.0)
    GW: 143
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 39
    I was not very good on the food front this week (that late night snacking Roni mentioned hits at my house too!)- I’m afraid that 1 lb loss has more to do with donating blood this week and cutting down on the salty stuff. Either way, it’s my 1 lb and I am going to keep it off this week. :-)

  • Shan

    HW:195
    CW:172 ( up 7 pounds over Dec)
    GW:155
    Happy Weight: 145
    Well I knew the scale would show a gain over the last month and I was ok with that. I enjoyed my holiday and took a break from my schedule. I am not going to lie, I am bummed that I am back in the 170′s but oh well, move on. In the last week I have ran, 5km,6km,5km and did a 10km x-country ski, so I am happy to say I am back on track and loving it. All the cheese and wine were great but I am happy to be back to the veg again. Signed up to a half marathon for June and wrote out my running program on my calendar so I am read to take the new year on and make some hay. Thanks for the positive post. Always

  • Corrie

    HW: 174.8
    CW: 150.2 (down .8 lb)
    GW: 145
    H: 5′ 8”
    Age: 37

    Don’t let the “loss” fool you :) I enjoyed every morsel of food and moment with friends and family! I did see a bigger number a few days ago, but it’s all good. I’m concentrating on a new fitness challenge (8 weeks of 150 minute moderate-cardio per week) towards new sneakers from a running store!!

    Have a great everyone!

  • Amy

    I haven’t weighed in for two weeks due to traveling at Christmas. I had told myself that I would make good choices, and while some of them were, more weren’t. My weigh in this morning was 6.2 pounds higher than the one from two weeks ago. OMG.

    I’m not terribly surprised, but it definitely stinks. It’s time to regroup and refocus myself and get back on track.

    HW: 163.4
    CW: 149.6 (+6.2 lbs over two weeks)
    GW: 130
    H: 5′
    Age: 42

    Amy
    mostlyforward.wordpress.com

  • Raluca

    HW: 229
    CW: 153.5 (the same as last week)
    GW: 131
    H: 5′ 1”
    Age: 31

    Ugh! I know I should be happy that I didn’t gain any weight over New Year’s, but I was expecting a big loss! I was SO good about staying under my calories and I exercised more than I have in a long time! My clothes are fitting better and I feel healthier, so I won’t let the stupid scale bring me down. Moving on! :)

  • Jodi

    I just joined DietBet – thank you! :-)

  • Indiri

    HW: 240
    CW: 158.4 (up a pound? over the last 2 weeks)
    GW: 155
    H: 5′10″
    Age: 33

    I’m up, I believe it’s a pound but to be honest I’m not 100% sure as I haven’t been paying terribly close attention the last couple weeks. Anyway, the Holiday Biggest Maintainer weigh-in I participated in ended today and I’m down 6.5 pounds from our starting weigh in so it’s net progress. I didn’t go in on DietBet only because I’m too close to goal and I don’t think I can lose that much in a month anymore (my progress is more 2-3 pounds a month-ish) but I will be cheering for the rest of you!

  • rachel

    hw: 142
    cw: 110.6
    gw:108
    h: 5’1″
    age: 36
    same as the day after Christmas, not a loss, but not a gain!

  • Jessica W

    New Year and I’m ‘starting over’ on WWI numbers
    HW: 201.2 ( my ‘official DietBet WI)
    CW: 198.6
    GW: 140 ( still on the high side for my height, but I dont; want to blow away!)
    Age: 33

    NYE was a junk fest, so I’m sure most of my gain is water from too much salt and beer. ( but MAN it was fun!)

  • Theresa

    HW: 202.8
    CW: 198.8 (same as two weeks ago)
    GW: 135
    Age: 24
    Height: 5’2

    Mini-success that no weight was gained over the holiday season! I joined your DietBet challenge as extra motivation to work towards the weight loss!

  • Sarah

    HW: 222.6
    CW: 213.4
    GW: 150
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 28

  • DebM

    HW: 175.5
    CW: 167.2 (just started)
    GW: 145
    Age: 53
    Height: 5’4
    I’ve been a long time reader but decided to jump in and start my new year off right. Had many things happen this last year which caused me to turn to food as my comfort. I’m trying to break that cycle and get back on track.

  • Trixie

    HW: 215.5
    CW: 162.4 (-.4)
    GW: 155
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 40

    Down .4 from my weigh in two weeks ago, and within my +/- 3lb range of ‘maintaining’ I gave myself for the holidays, so I’m happy. And looking forward to using some of the new year’s motivation to get the extra off and make it to goal soon! Not able to join the dietbet so super happy the Wednesday weigh-ins will continue. Happy New Year to all – make this your year!

  • LK

    HW: 168.8
    CW: 168.2
    GW: 140
    H: 5’3″
    Age: 47 3/4 : )

    Down .6 (Hooo-rah!)
    Have registered to walk for my first 10k in March so I started training yesterday. I’m hoping that registering and committing to this race will help me stay focused on my exercise goals. Have also loaded the Lose It! app on my phone to keep track of my calories. Trying to keep it real and be present in my food choices. Feeling good about this year and seeing how you work at it everyday really helps Roni! Many thanks to you and all of the people who post here for sharing and being supportive!

  • Nancy

    Hi Roni
    If you have a minute, can you please answer a question I asked on your Green Lite Bites post on slow roasted chicken legs? I’m the fourth comment.
    Thanks! By the way, love your ideas in this post.

  • Mary Ellen

    HW: 240
    CW: 190.6
    GW: 160
    Age: 51
    Height: 5’8″
    Long time fan of your blog but this is my first time weighing in. So excited for DietBet!

  • Kathy

    CW: 275, Diet weight was 279. This is the difference from night (279) to morning weight. I’ll keep weighing in the morning for sure! This challenge is just what I need to challenge myself! I didn’t realize how bored I was with what I was doing which was pretty much nothing at all! Thanks again Roni!

  • imacrazymomof4

    thank goodness jan is here!!!

    HW: 200+ (when pg)
    CW: 137 (+2.8)

    GW: 129
    HT: 5’6
    Age: 43

    so i was up almost 3 lbs from last week, but it was worse in the middle of the week if you can believe it. i started to freak a tad because i had been so good the week before but then realized that it was probably because
    1. i hadn’t exercised AT ALL for almost 10 days due to the craziness of the holidays,
    2. the extra cheer i was sipping on
    3. AND the ham i was eating EVERY meal to get rid of
    4. i joined DIETBET and figured there was NO WAY i wouldn’t reach my 4% once it started (WHAT MOTIVATION!!)

    i’m feeling much more in control knowing the holiday parties, celebrations and goodies are BEHIND me. Dietbet is just what i needed to get my body fine tuned for my ARUBA spring break trip in MARCH!!! thanks roni!! this is so exciting!

  • Elise

    Hello.

    C.W. 133.7
    Goal 125

    This morning I have a bad headache due to the fact that I ate too much sweet. It is a reminder that eating good food make my life better. Back to healthy eating this morning to get to my goal.

    Have a good day.

    Elise

  • ItsMeVsMe

    I’m pretty psyched that I actually LOST nearly two pounds the week after Christmas while on a road trip. I was so happy to see some results to my hard work!

  • Noelle

    HW – 170
    CW – 152…+4 pounds from before Christmas :(
    GW – 135
    HT – 5’6

    I’ve been following the weekly weigh-ins for a while but this is my first time posting. I’m hoping it will provide a little extra motivation because the scale hasn’t budged for a while.

  • Dukebdc

    HW: 148
    CW: 122.4 (no change)
    GW: 120-125
    HT: 5’2″
    Age: 34

    Well, my scale shows no change since last week’s weigh-in. Still above my lowest weight recorded in these Wednesday checks, but within my maintenance range. I am honestly surprised there wasn’t a gain this week, but will take the grace period, and am getting back to normal today after a week out of town. Wishing best of luck to all the DietBet-ers in the New Year!

  • Jeri Lyn

    HW: 200
    CW: 136.8 (up 1.8lbs since last week, SUCKS)
    GW: 125-130
    HT: 5’4″
    Age: 40
    So disappointed in the gain!! I’ve been having steady decreases for the past few weeks, small but steady & this gain almost eats them all up!!! Literally & figuratively!!! :(
    I’m going to try & join the “Diet Bet” when I get home tonight. I know i’m late, but i’m a procrasinator & that’s how I usually roll!! Good Luck to everyone participating in the Diet Bet & the Wednesday Weigh-Ins.
    As always, THANKS for all you do Roni!!!

  • Sheri J

    HW 305

    CW 259.8 (+1)
    GW 150
    HT 5’3″
    Age 56

    As you can see I am up a pound from last week. Man am I surprised! NOT! I did sign up for the DietBet and so glad I did because as I was commenting I was mindlessly MUNCHING on almonds! Thanks for the extra motivation!

  • Svanhvit

    I am here! I am here!! Just took a longer vacation over the holidays, much needed, and got home today. Excited to get back into a routine. The whole family desperately needs it by now!!

  • Nina Nevada

    My post holiday weigh in was a big motivator to put down the damn cookie and go play in the snow. You’re blog is amazing by the weigh (<- Ha did you see that? wasn't even on purpose)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/pattyaizaga Patty

    I lost 1 lb this week. Making it a total of 4.6 since up rejoined weight watchers. Love the list! Especially that last one :) Happy New Year!

  • vicky m

    First time posting! I like to read this blog though
    CW: 161 (on Wednesday)
    GW: 147
    HT 5’4″
    Age :42

  • Karen P

    HW 187.4
    CW 114.4
    GW 115.4
    5’1″
    Mid forties

    11 months at goal weight. Totally rocking the Whole30 this month of January 2013. More than just weight control, total health. It’s like my final exam for first year weight maintnence.

  • BrightStarMama

    HW: 220+ (pregnant :-)
    GW: 150′s
    CW: 156.4
    Age: 41
    H: 5’7″ (at least that’s what I tell myself :-)

    I hit goal recently with WW & am now trying out the maintenance phase. But I’d really like to go a little lower…we will see – but what I know & want never to forget is how GOOD THIS FEELS RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Cat B

    I am restarting my weight loss journey this year, for what I plan on being the last time. I feel reeeeally weird posting my actual starting weight on my blog that some people who actually know me read, so instead I’ll post it here, and I’ll start posting my weigh-ins, although they’re going to be on Sundays or Mondays, generally. So, here goes:

    HW: 235 (and no, not while pg with my 7 year old son, I was only 213 the day before I had him…)
    CW: 233.8
    GW: 150
    41 yr., 5’8″

    You have always been a great example and motivation, Roni. Thanks for listening!

  • Sher

    HW:162
    CW: 131 +2
    GW:127

    I have been in LA for almost 3 weeks and loved it!
    I am up 2 pounds but it was totally worth it.
    I am getting back on track today and should be at my goal weight soon..

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