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December 28, 2012 2:39 PM
What are 3-5 of the best things you did for your health in 2012?

Mine are:

1. Start drinking green smoothies (2 cups organic baby spinach, collard, kale mix + 1/2 banana + 1/2 gala apple + 1/2 cup greek yogurt + 1 cup water + parsley, cilantro)

2. Get into cycling with my husband

3. Start some strength training (need to do more)

4. Realize I enjoy heated yoga!

5. Spend less time sitting, more time in nature
December 28, 2012 2:41 PM
lose 18 lbs - Not much compared to some but its a start and the difference between getting out of breath going up the stairs and not! :)
December 28, 2012 2:45 PM
1) got up off the sofa that day in May after feeling depressed about my weight and fitness, and going to the swimming pool
2) putting the exercise DVDs in the machine and exercising when I didn't feel like it
3) getting into the habit of looking for gyms and blagging free trials when away with work, and near home (3 on this free gym!)
4) falling in love with running, doing my first race, signing up for the next!
5) taking up weight training with a trainer to commit to getting it right :)
December 28, 2012 2:49 PM
I didn't have a stellar year this year as far as my health is concerned but I did do a few things to move me along the way on my journey. I read a couple of books on health and fitness that have taught me more about the things I want to do to make myself more healthy (Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness are the two main ones that I read). At times I have eaten cleaner, although it has slipped lately. I tried a lot of new vegan recipes and found some that I really love. I went to the gym quite a lot, did a good amount of skiing as well. I did gain some weight in the last year and a half, but I am still at the same weight that I was at 2 years ago so at least I didn't let things go too far.

I am pumped for the future, I will be more focused on my goals in the year to come but I have already gotten started.
December 28, 2012 2:49 PM
1. Lost 65 pounds.
2. Able to walk up/down steps with almost no knee pain.
3. Wearing size 12 pants when my goal was to get into a 14 (and I'm not done yet!)
4. Just overall feel better!!
December 28, 2012 2:50 PM
Before I joined this board, I've lost 13lb already. So I guess that's one....

2, Signing my husband up for a 70mile cycle because he complained of feeling fat when I was a fortnight overdue- he called my bluff, started cycling, completed the challenge and has lost 2 st. We have a turbo trainer in our living room now.

3, Took up hula hooping! It's fantastically versatile, especially if baby is sleeping.

4, Installing apps on my phone that bug men continually to exercise....... :)
December 28, 2012 2:52 PM
Not a great first half of the year. But second half joined a gym, ate healthily and got to my goal weight.
December 28, 2012 2:52 PM
1.) quit smoking
2.) started exercising
3.) completely changed my diet, including the foods I eat as well as my macro nutrients
4.) Started a food and exercise diary on MFP
5.) Lost 12 pounds since October with more to come in 2013
December 28, 2012 2:56 PM
Move into our new apartment
Lose 60+ pounds
Stop eating wheat almost entirely
Adopt a wonderful kittycat
December 28, 2012 2:59 PM
Eating healthy Oct 16 2012
Went from Couch to insanity Nov 2012
started Walking daily Nov 2012
Quit smoking Cigarettes after 20 years Dec 13 2012
Lost a total of 14 lbs since Nov,1,2012 and lost a total of 16 inches of Fat !
will complete insanity on Jan 2 2013
Edited by bbgughj On December 28, 2012 3:00 PM
December 28, 2012 3:00 PM
-Started walking 1.5 miles 5-7 day per week (weather permitting)
-joined a gym (again) but this time I have been sticking with it and going 3 times a week
-committed myself to eating much healthier and logging my calories every day
-got my husband to join me in getting healthier
-lost 16 pounds (which puts me at a heathy BMI and body fat percentage)

I owe a lot to the MFP community for keeping me motivated.

My 2013 goals are increased strength, a little muscle definition, and somewhat lower body fat.
December 28, 2012 3:47 PM
1-I got the $300 24 month 24hr fitness membership from costco.
2-I bought a bike, and found I LOVE riding the paved river bike paths all around Southern California
3-Joined MFP
4-Tracked my daily food intake.
December 28, 2012 3:57 PM
Awesome accomplishments everyone!
December 28, 2012 4:12 PM
Lost 11 lbs. Got a new doctor. Joined MFP and actually use it. Bought a FitBit.
December 28, 2012 4:43 PM
1. Had my knees replaced. Walking was really hard so exercise was painful. Surgery and rehab was very painful, but I'm very glad I made the decision.

2. Started using my Wii again for exercising. It's the difference between sitting on the couch and doing nothing, and getting moving again.

3. I got in the habit of exercising. Now, I miss it when I go more than 2 days without some sort of intentional exercise.
December 28, 2012 4:48 PM
1. I ran 10 Half Marathons this year (goal was 12...)
2. Bought a treadmill
3. Cut way back on diet sodas...

That is pretty much it! Fell off the wagon this holiday season in terms of weight so I am climbing back on - again. Glad I found this community!
December 28, 2012 4:50 PM
Started weight lifting last June.
I am AMAZED at what weight-lifting does for your looks, health, beauty, and overall fitness.
And, it's fun!
December 28, 2012 4:59 PM
Lost 50 pds - achieved my goal of 100 days in a row of working out.
December 28, 2012 5:06 PM
1. Joined TOPS and stuck with it (80+ pounds lost)
2. Joined our senior center which has a pool , fitness center, and trainers to help set up your program - although I have to confess I haven't been nearly as faithful as I need to be.
3. Started taking my lunch to work - which also meant more veggies, fruit, and dairy and a lot less fast food and soda.
4. Began to believe that I am worth the effort and deserve positive things in my life.
December 28, 2012 5:12 PM

Lost 50 pds - achieved my goal of 100 days in a row of working out.

I love the 100 days in a row goal. LOTS of days I don't do any type of workout when I don't get to the center before they close. A goal like this will get me to do the things I can at home or pop in Leslie S. walking video. Thanks for the inspiration.
December 28, 2012 5:20 PM
Began consistently working out( minimum 5 days/ week)
Began strength training
Got my husband working out
Began eating better/ healthier and sharing meals out with my husband
Gained muscle and lost inches
Changed my attitude about myself love
December 28, 2012 5:50 PM
1. Joined MFP and started logging my exercise/food intake regularly

2. Completed a road race in the exact time I wanted to

3. Started exercising with my husband

4. Lost pounds and inches; fit into clothes I haven't worn in years

5. Started new exercise routines that are more suited to my personality
December 28, 2012 5:55 PM
Losing 40lbs since August! Even though I have a bit left, with it came a higher self esteem and with that came good grades this last semester. =]
December 28, 2012 5:56 PM
1. I took a risk and tried Zumba. I finally wasn't afraid of looking foolish/sweaty.
2. Risks continued - spinning, boot camp, body pump, running and weight lifting. I ran my first 5K in 38 minutes and my second in 36 min.
3. Became serious about logging food and exercise.
4. Lost 21 pounds so far, along with 8 inches.
5. I am slimmer/fitter now than I was before I had my son (2010) and before my wedding (2008).

Here's to an even more successful 2013 for everyone!
December 28, 2012 6:02 PM
1. Joined MFP; best health decision ever, bar none. Tracking calories makes all the difference in the world. And the stories here keep me interested and motivated.
2. Got back into running.
3. Got back into exercising in general. I actually enjoy doing exercise videos at home, and I've got quite a library to choose from now.
4. Trying to do more (heavy-ish) lifting and less cardio (but still keeping a balance between the two, which for me is part of enjoying exercise).
5. Started paying attention to my macros and specifically trying to increase protein.


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