Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Year In Review

2012 has drawn to a close.  While I have not been trying to lose weight for a full year, it is always good to reflect on your success and also to learn from your failures.  I won't be talking about numbers in this blog post as I have already published my weight for today.  That post can be found here: http://www.belowtwohundred.com/2013/01/december-2012-wrap-up.html

2012 was the year that I finally had enough.  I became tired of being overweight and decided to do something about it.  I cannot pretend that this was the first time that I decided to lose weight.  Now more than ever before it has become a constant mind set.  Before, when I would gain back some weight or if I felt like I was not losing weight fast enough I would give up.  This blog has really helped to keep me focused and look at the big picture.  I encourage everyone to do the same.  It doesn't have to be a public blog if you do not want to share your struggles with the world.  Keep a diary just to yourself that you can reflect on as you log your journey.

Reflecting on the successes of this journey the two that stand out most would have to be deciding to do something about my weight and sharing my story with the world.  It is kind of surprising how often people will say some encouraging things to me because they have been reading this blog.  I find it very reassuring to know that people care and that they consider this worth reading.

Even as I reflect on the times that I have failed I tend to see the silver lining.  December was a bad month for me as I mentioned in my monthly wrap up.  I actually gained weight during that month.  But even despite having my worst month I am still seven pounds lighter than when I started this journey.

2012 has been a year of change for me.  Starting today, the first day of 2013, I will be trying something new with regard to losing weight.  I do not want to talk about it just yet as I want to see how it goes before reporting anything.  This has more to do with not wanting to recommend something until I have tried it for myself.  Rest assured, I will share at a later time what it is and whether or not I feel that it has made a difference.  I look forward to a very productive 2013!


  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for your honesty. I am confident that you can do it and will pray for you whenever you come to mind.

  2. Sheldon, just remember this, that it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks you should do, or what a Doctor says you HAVE to do, nothing occurs until you take ownership of it.

    You have taken ownership of what you need to do and now you simply have to own the portion sizes, the regularity and what you allow yourself to have. If you fall, it's good to recognize you can still stay positive, but don't rationalize it. We get angry about something in our lives and the only way we change it is by committing and owning it. I believe in you. :)

  3. I don't want to come across as a copy-cat by any means, but you have seriously inspired me to try the same approach as you to make myself accountable to change my weight and improve my health.I thank you for that! You, my brother, are changing lives besides your own! Here's to 2013, and reaching all of your goals - You can do it, and I'm proud of you for all of the progress you have made! - Ernie

    1. Thank you Ernie. Your words are too kind. If this does help anyone else then that would make everything twice as rewarding.

  4. I found that I do best if I plan what I am going to eat in advance Never eat without thinking about it. Don't think calories, think health. Remember that your stomach and taste buds have worked on the wrong side for too long. You can't listen to them to guide your choices--Ronda