Day 366

Saturday 31st December 2016

New Years Eve

I DID IT !!!!

I wrote my diary everyday for a year. I never really thought that this day would ever come at times. And what a year it has been!

I have had so many emotional ups and downs. I have put in some hard work and I feel like I have achieved so much this year. 

At the start of the year when I started to write this blog my post for day one said: 

“It’s New Year’s Day and with true New Years tradition I decided to make a New Years resolution. I AM going to lose weight this year.

 So today is day 1 and I did absolutely nothing towards dieting.

Oh well, there is always tomorrow.”

In my experience when you are dieting,  tomorrow never comes.  Well it looks like on this occasion it did and kept coming for 365 days after. 

I have always been a person to set New Years resolutions and I have always tried my best to stick to them as well. To lose weight is always near the top of the list and it’s one resolution that always got broken. 

This year I did set a few resolutions and I can honestly say that I did stick to them too. 

Some of the resolutions for this year did get added throughout the year but they were still goals I was aiming to achieve during the year. 

One was to lose 100lbs before the end of the year. Unless I miraculously lose 25lbs before midnight I failed this task. I have always hated failing things especially when it comes to personal goals. 

However, I don’t really look at it as a failure. I just look at all the things I have achieved and the reason I didn’t get to 100lbs wasn’t for the lack of trying! 

Some of those goals I have achieved only last week, like running 5 miles before the end of the year. And right now I am achieving another goal by posting my final daily blog of the year and drawing yet another picture.  The joy I get when I have achieved one of my goals far out weighs the fact that I didn’t lose 100lbs. 

This journey this year has taught me so much: 

1) A lot can happen in a year and it’s up to you to make it change for the better. 

2) Being honest with yourself and how you really feel is the first step to making a change. 

3) Listening to the things that are going on around you and getting something positive from it. 

4) Confessing how you feel about situations especially about how you feel about yourself. I have found confession is the cure.

5) Make a plan and stick to it no matter how hard it gets. When you can push on through the hard times is when you get a greater reward.

6) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. 

7) You need support so get some people around you can trust. 

8) Don’t rely on the scales, especially when the weight isn’t coming off. It will come off eventually. 

So for me a lot really has happened in a year. It doesn’t mean though that this journey is over. It just means that I have written one book and now I am about to start the next volume 


My health is now my number one priority and this will be the journey that will continue from now on. So to say that this is the end is untrue because I am sure that a lot of those issues I have faced this year will try to come back out again. But I think I am now a bit more aware of how to deal with them. 

The difference a year makes:

20th Jan 16 / 31st Dec 16
11th Feb 16 / 31st Dec 16
 

Hopefully next year I can carry on this weight loss journey with the same amount of success and achievement. I also have plenty of new goals which I want to pursue in the new year.  These goals I would never have been able to think about if I hadn’t lost the weight I have this year. 

If I could put this year into one word that word would be ‘overcoming’.  That is what I think I have done this year – I’ve overcome so much.

I have definitely enjoyed you being on this journey with me everyday. I have found it a challenge to keep up this pace of daily posts. It doesn’t mean I am gone for good. I will be back from time to time to give you updates and let you know how my New Years resolutions for 2017 are going. 

Have a really great new year and I hope your 2017 is even more rewarding than my 2016 has been. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st lbs. ⬅️➡️. 75lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg. ⬅️➡️. . 34.8kg⬇️total

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3 thoughts on “Day 366

  1. Congratulations Debbie, a great final post and love the 8 key learning points.. and we get two drawings!

    This is just the beginning.. Good work on sticking to your goals, its not easy and every impressive to be so open and share with everyone. I know a lot of so called fit & healthy people that give up by 1st Feb! and yet you only just got started!

    Looking forward to working together in 2017 and sharing your story with the everyone.. The before and after photos are great too!

    Happy New Year

    Jen xx

    Jen Adams Nutritionist & Aesthetics Therapist 07970 748001

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