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Bah! Humbug! Just call me Scrooge...

Friday, December 17, 2010

I am ready for the holidays to be over. No, I NEED the holidays to be over. Even after four months wtih SparkPeople, I just cannot resist some temptations. Holiday baked treats are the worst for me to be around because I simply can't walk away without tasting. While I haven't been out of control, I have still eaten more than I need to. I really, really wanted to continue to lose over the holidays, even if it was only a pound, but it would help me prove to myself that I CAN do this - even with all the goodies surrounding me.

On a positive note, I am maintaining, and I am racking up fitness minutes and mileage like I never have before. At least I am motivated enough to combat the extra snacking with extra exercise. In retrospect, maybe it is good for me to be exposed to all of the temptation, and even give in to it - I am creating new fitness habits, and even exceeding some of my own expectations with my weekly minutes, mileage, and calories burned.

I saw the Broadway show "Mary Poppins" last weekend, and something she said frequently has stuck with me - "Anything can happen if you let it". That has been my mantra in my head this past week, alternating with scolding myself for eating the snacks, and I think it is helping to overpower the negative feeling and bring more positive thoughts forward.

So, as I head to a holiday/birthday party tonight, I will not be Scrooge, I will be "practically perfect", and remember that Anything can happen, if I let it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WANNABFIT34 12/19/2010 8:17AM

    I understand the frustration with the holidays, I think my best advice is enjoy and indulge just keep portions in mind so instead of the whole goodie maybe just a square, it will help you feel less deprived and less stressed.

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PHEBESS 12/17/2010 10:32AM

    I bake for a big holiday party, but use low fat dairy products and such to lower the calories. Then I send everyone home with the leftovers, so that DH and I don't have as much in the house. Works for me - and controls the celebrating.

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TNLONGHORN 12/17/2010 10:05AM

    Everything gets easier with enough time. Keep your chin up!

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MEMES74 12/17/2010 8:36AM

    Try not to feel to guilty for you little endulgences during the Holiday season...sometimes guilt can lead to other negative thoughts...You sound like you have got a plan, keeping up with your fitness is a great way to keep motivated. My doctor told me to let Christmas be a free day to eat what you want, and I think going into knowing I can will give me the willpower not to, does that make sense? Anywho...have a very Merry Christmas and keep up the good work.


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SAMI199 12/17/2010 8:31AM

    Way to Go!!! I love your attitude!

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The Best Laid Plans...

Monday, November 08, 2010

All right, the numbers are not stellar, and I'm getting a little frustrated. I'm not sure why - it's my own darn fault. I am losing control just a little bit of my eating. I have the best intentions, but then something comes along and manages to mess with my plans. Nothing huge, just little things, like someone bringing cookies to work and getting home from work late to find leftover pizza waiting for me. I am not sure which would have been worse - the fact that they saved pizza for me, or if they HADN'T saved any pizza for me! It would really have been better to not have any left - it would have saved me from myself, and I would have had my planned supper of a healthy chicken wrap and some squash. But, in the spirit of moving forward, I jumped on the treadmill and walked away some of that pizza, and feel so much better already! Luckily it was only 2 small pieces of pizza, so it didn't feel that traumatic to have eaten it!

So, tomorrow's lunch will be - that's right! A healthy chicken wrap and some yummy squash! I am already looking forward to a new start for a new day, and praying for just a little more self control than I had today...

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PHEBESS 11/9/2010 10:25AM

    Just a suggestion - blot the pizza with napkins before eating, it absorbs some of the excess fat.

And we probably go out for pizza every other week - I have a veggie slice with little cheese, and half a slice of sausage. That's my compromise.

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TNLONGHORN 11/8/2010 10:54PM

    Glad you aren't beating yourself up. We all lapse. The important thing is to keep moving forward. Night!

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Resisting Temptation - and SOOO Excited!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I have been struggling a little bit this past week, and was bound and determined that today would be a perfect "food" day for me. And then, as it always happens, someone in the office baked last night and brought goodies today. I managed to avoid the temptation all morning, and then lunch time hit. I ate my lunch, as planned, and had a sudden sweet craving. I walked by the monster bars (and they were literally monsters calling me!) and re-filled my water glass, praying that I would suddenly feel full from lunch and not "need" a treat. And IT WORKED!! I am full, and the craving is gone. It is so nice to be able to prove to myself that I don't really have to have dessert after every meal, and when I eat properly I can feel full! That is not to say that I will never eat a home baked treat again, but I managed to resist temptation when I really wanted to, and it feels GREAT!

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KANICKELS 9/15/2010 12:47PM

    Good for you!!! I'm so proud of you - I will have to try that next time I think I need to eat something that is not healthy!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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3 Weeks and Still Going Strong!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Three weeks in, and I am still loving Spark People! I have tried some new recipes, am eating better, and feel better already. I love using the meal plans on the website and trying new recipes! I only wish I could fit more time in for exercise, but I am getting there, and I know that every little bit helps. I am so glad I decided to take the leap and join Spark People!


Wed. 8-25-10

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I am so happy about how my week is going. I know that it is early in the game yet, but I am enjoying using Spark People to lose weight. I really like having the meal plans set up ahead of time. It helps me plan ahead and not focus so much on what I'm going to eat, since I already know ahead of time. I wouldn't say it has been easy, but it has not been difficult yet, and all of the resources that are available on this website are so amazing. I am getting a little bit addicted, and need to limit my time on here just a little bit! I am still weighing myself every day, and know I need to change that, but that will come with time, when I get comfortable with how I am doing and confident that I'm doing well. Only a couple more days, and I will have a full week completed!

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SLIMPAM23 8/26/2010 1:29PM

    Hey Missy!! Glad you are excited and motivated!!! I spend ALOT of time on SP - It keeps me moving in the right direction. You should move the scale over to Kim's house!!! Then you can go over once a week and weight and then the two of you can go for a walk or something!! I do have the Wii at my house and I do weigh on it occasionally - but I had such scale issues that we got rid of ours and I go up and use mom's scale instead. When I was in lose mode - I weighed once a that I am TRYING to maintain...I may only weigh every two weeks, but that is the max I will go - I still need to keep tabs know where I actually am. Though the jury is out on what people should do about weighing. Everyone is different - some benefit from weighing daily...I did not.
Keep heading toward your goals....Can't wait to see ya in a few months!

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TNLONGHORN 8/26/2010 7:43AM

    Good job taking advantage of the site.

I weight myself every day, too, but I only record it every couple of weeks. For me, it's an easy way to hold myself accountable. Go with whatever works for you.

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