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Day 56: It's all come back

Thursday, November 07, 2013

I am so sad to admit that all the weight I had lost since restarting my clock is back. And it brought friends.

I don't know why I cannot control my eating at the moment, but I'm trying to give myself a wee bit of grace. Afterall, I've been selling all our junk and preparing to move to a new country with only 5 suitcases. It's stressful.

Good heavens! And we're doing it with a 6 month old infant. (who just cut his first two *adorable* teeth!). We're leaving in just over 2 weeks but moving in with my inlaws in about a week or so. It's chaos 'round these parts.

It's going to be okay. I'm going to be okay. And I'm going to try to make the best choice as I can in each moment.

The good news:

1. Still managing to drink plenty of liquids. Need to work on drinking less milk/tea and more water but we're getting there.

2. Eating in all but 1 or two meals a week.

3. Eating ridiculous amounts of veggies and fruit.

4. I'm not sick yet. Hubby and baby both caught the flu, and in spite of everything, I've remained healthy.

5. I'm enjoying the few weeks of summer I get this year! It will obviously be winter in the US, and it's only just switched to summer this month, sooooo no tan for me this year!

What positives can you pull out of a crappy situation?

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HEALTHY-CHOICES 12/11/2013 8:40AM

  emoticon I think sometimes the non scale victories are even more important, & it sounds like you're going through a season of growth & change & embracing life ! Keep it up girlfriend ! I hope this year is filled with lots of love ,laughter, and great new memories !!!! emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 11/7/2013 1:58PM

    I've been thinking about you lately with your big move coming up. I was telling myself that we probably wouldn't hear from you until the move was complete and you guys settled in a little bit, so I'm so happy to have an update!

Five suitcases?! That's crazy! I get it, though. You can't move everything from one country to the next. Moving is stressful enough, let alone to another country. I give the Boops family kudos.

The eating part is so difficult, as we all know. You seem to be doing some really positive things though so keep it up! It's hard to eat healthy period, let alone with a teething baby and a huge move! Like you said, you're allowing yourself a little bit of grace, and I think that's a really good thing to do.

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ADARKARA 11/7/2013 7:54AM

    I'm not a mom either, and I'm in no rush, but I imagine it has to be so difficult to manage everything with an infant! You're going through a stressful time right now but once you're settled in your own place back in the states things will calm down and you'll be back on track!

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RAINBOWSTAR13 11/7/2013 6:40AM

    Even if the scale is not working with you at the moment, all those other good choices all add up too.

Just be patient with yourself :) You have a lot on your plate it seems. No saying you can't start taking those 2 steps forward now. I love that you can keep in perspective the positives!

Keep pushing :) You can do it!

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BABYSOX 11/7/2013 5:15AM

    Just keep taking baby steps in the right direction. With everything on your plate, you are doing well.

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STEPH-KNEE 11/7/2013 5:12AM

    I am proud of you for looking at some of the positives! I'm obviously not a mommy (wish I was lol) but the fact that you had to transition into mommy mode really says a lot. You definitely can't compare trying to lose weight now to how it was before. Before you had more time for yourself to focus on your weight loss journey... but now there are bigger and better priorities! I am not saying that you shouldn't be able to lose your weight, because you deserve it and you WILL do it because you are strong... but to be in mommy mode takes an incredible amount of your time and attention. Add on to that moving, and double that up by moving to another country, that is some serious stuff going on. I am glad you are still here and I am glad you still want this. I also love that there are some habits that are sticking iwth you, and even if you haven't fine tuned them all yet it is good to know that they are still there. emoticon

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Day 43: Progress isn't a straight line

Friday, October 25, 2013

Today's a special reminder that progress is not a straight line. It's not a math equation. It's one day forward. One day oops. Three days forward. One meal oops.

It's because life- life happens. I was derailed by a pregnancy and some bad advice that took my 3kg (6.6lbs) gain from pregnancy and escalated it to a whopping 9kgs (19.8lbs). I wouldn't trade Babyboops in for a better body, but it is what it is, and once again I am a stranger in my own body.

Here's my little graph of weightloss. The first arrow is when I became pregnant, the second when I birthed.

Of course, I weigh in kilograms so thats why I have such "small" numbers.

Le sigh.

But things are getting better. I can now button my size 16s. I get severe muffin top, but they are buttoned. And this means that I am leaving my fat clothes in South Africa, and heading to the US with nothing but the clothes that currently fit or are one/ two sizes smaller.

So, all that to say, be encouraged today. This meal matters. The next one matters. My success will not be a straight line and neither will yours.

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JACOBSBELOVED 10/25/2013 2:25PM

    Ah I love this blog! So exciting that you're leaving the bigger clothes behind! It's so symbolic.

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WINDSONG26 10/25/2013 9:14AM

    Love your attitude and this blog. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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ALICIALYNNE 10/25/2013 8:14AM

    Fantastic blog!

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STEPH-KNEE 10/25/2013 5:30AM

    I love everything you said here! I know you are going to continue to lose weight and get healthier and healthier for both you and BabyBoops emoticon

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Day 41: Weigh in

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I promise to not always come on SP just to lament how fast the week goes by. But seriously? It FLIES!

It was a good week. Healthful and kind.

I tried goji berries and they are delicious. I want to put them in just about everything.

I weighed in the same as last week.

At this point, as long as I don't gain I'm better than going free for all in all this stress!

On that note, 30 days until hubby, myself and my favourite infant jump on a plane with all our belongings in a suitcase ready for a new adventure.

Man. I'm stoked.

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ALICIALYNNE 10/24/2013 10:54AM

    Wow, only 30 more days!

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WINDSONG26 10/24/2013 9:07AM

    The stress should ease a bit once you're all settled from the move. Good luck and be sure to keep in touch! :)

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JACOBSBELOVED 10/23/2013 5:53PM

    You're making me curious about goji berries. I don't think I've seen them in our stores here in California but I'm going to keep my eye out now. :)

I'm assuming the stress is affecting your weight loss but hopefully the stress doesn't get to you too much. I'm sure that's a lot to ask for since you're moving to a different country but we can at least hope for it right? :)

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Day 34: Weigh In

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Yeah, so I'm not entirely sure where this week went. But here we are on a wednesday and that means I need to pop in to stay accountable.

Well, it wasn't the best of weeks. We ran out of groceries and out of money to buy groceries really early this month. This means I get to eat whats in the cupboard. I chose to eat oats every morning and this seems like a good choice, but it's really not ideal for my body. Firstly, it takes a gigantic bowl for me to feel full- and then I just want to munch the rest of the day in any case. Ugh. I weighed in on Sunday and saw that the scale was back up to 250 and that was so so so sad. I scratched around for some money and managed to find enough to get some plain yogurt, spinach, and bananas. Woop!

Monday and Tuesday, we had our little online garage sale and managing that was crazy busy. Yesterday I lived on snickerdoodle cookies and coffee. For dinner, hubby took pity on me and got me a hamburger.

So, when I stepped on the scale I was expecting a gain.

And I did.

But not as bad as it could have been. I think a lot of it is water from yesterday so there's no freaking out here.

I weighed in up 1.2lbs- exactly what I lost last week. Ugh.

Better week this week? I think yes.

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JACOBSBELOVED 10/16/2013 2:54PM

    Ooh this week was definitely rough-sounding and busy! So sorry you gained what you lost last week, but it sounds like you're not too worried about it and think it's just water from yesterday.

This week can definitely improve and I'm sure it will! I look forward to hearing about next week!

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PIPPAMOUSE 10/16/2013 1:35PM

    You can do this. It is a temporary set back. I agree, oats do not fill me up. Lots of people go on and on about how they are great and filling and blah blah, but I don't feel that way. Not enough protein I think.

You got this though, you can do it!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/16/2013 1:15PM

    Hope things get better soon!

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ANDREAG89 10/16/2013 10:38AM

    Definitely a better week this week. Sorry to hear of the frustrations, but this too shall pass. Moving forward!!

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WINDSONG26 10/16/2013 9:16AM

    Know how you feel on that one! Hopefully it eases up really soon for you. Take care!

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DMEYER4 10/16/2013 6:54AM

  good luck on your journey. I hope you get some money for some healthy groceries. I hope you have a better week .

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Day 26: Weigh-in

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Things are still going pretty well. I've had a couple "no-no" meals this weekend, but the scale is still going down.

Shocker: I guess it's not all or nothing right now.

There has been lots of celebrating lately and it's a great place to be.

My hubby has been approved for his green card, which means we will be in the USA by Thanksgiving!

I'm weighing in today instead of tomorrow because tomorrow is going to be cray cray. I'm down 1.2 pounds from last week. Which isn't the landslide I was hoping for, but it's down and that counts! I was hoping to be back in those 16s or 230 pounds by the time I got states side, but I'm not sure that's going to happen. But onwards anyway- any smaller than now is closer to my goals and that's what matters. The time is going to pass anyway so I might as well make the best of it.

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PIPPAMOUSE 10/13/2013 1:03AM

    Congrats to you and your family. How exciting to be moving back. Where abouts will you be moving? (if you don't mind sharing.) and you are totally right, any little bit smaller is on your way to yours goals. It may not be as much as you want, but it is positive and it is moving in the right direction. Yay!

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JACOBSBELOVED 10/8/2013 2:58PM

    Wow lots of good news! You seemed to have had a good week and everything seems really positive. I'm happy and excited to see what's in store for your family!

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ADARKARA 10/8/2013 10:41AM

    Yay for the green card! It took my hubby forever to get his, and he's Canadian!

Congrats on the loss, too!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/8/2013 9:39AM

    Congrats on getting the green card! I was wondering if the shut-down would affect that at all.

Also, congrats on the loss this week. Keep up the good work!

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WINDSONG26 10/8/2013 9:09AM

    Most definitely good news all around! Congratulations! Where are you guys moving to?

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BABYSOX 10/8/2013 6:42AM

    Congrats on the good news! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 10/8/2013 5:38AM

    I am glad you will be back in the USA by Thanksgiving and can celebrate the holidays in your new home. May I ask what state you are headed to? If that is too personal I understand. :) I'm glad you are doing well and adjusting to the fact that it's not all or nothing. :) emoticon

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