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One Month and Ready to Re-Ignite

Monday, July 05, 2010

Well, a month ago I was returning from a week-long vacation at the lake with my husband. I was highly motivated and really trusting that I could be successful. I had two really good weeks where I was only off-course once or twice. Then my two week "vacation" started.

"Let's go get drinks and celebrate!"

"Don't worry about dinner - we can just order pizza!"

Three baby showers in five days...complicated in so many ways!

"Liz, I really want you to meet my friend whose husband is also a surgery resident. Please join us for dinner at Los Compadres!"

Well, needless to say, I made a lot of excuses and while I still managed to lose a pound over these two weeks, I wouldn't say that I gained a lot of ground or accomplished many of my goals. So, with that said, I'm ready to get back on a routine tomorrow and go back to strictly recording my calories and planning my meals. I regret letting these two weeks pass by, but I'm also thankful that I had a break from work and was able to connect with friends (new and old), albeit over unhealthy food at times.

I have about six weeks before the regular school year (and regular teaching job) starts, and I know that I can develop healthy habits in that time and gain ground on my weight loss goals.

  
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MELROSE52 7/8/2010 8:45AM

    It sounds like you had a good time. I am so glad. You can do this.

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Progress? Sabotage?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Well, today I received my first "You've lost weight!" after 11 days of tracking my food on SparkPeople. Any encouragement is nice....and I continue to be amazed at how much I used to eat when I wasn't even hungry. Somehow the responsibility of tracking my food keeps me from making stupid choices. But of course, then this evening my sweet, thoughtful next-door-neighbor drops off some homemade chocolate chip cookies. (Please see picture below - this is the cranberry one I left for my husband.) How could I resist?? I have to admit I had one, and it was SOOOO good! Thankfully, I'd had a good day and could afford the calories, but I'm learning that my body really doesn't need things like homemade chocolate chip cookies. Not sure what I should have done - thrown them out immediately? Saved both of them for my husband? (If you know me, you know I don't have that kind of willpower.) But I am resolved to let that compliment today fuel more progress. And hopefully my neighbor won't feel like baking again any time soon....

  
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MELROSE52 6/19/2010 8:21AM

    It took something like 5 months before I got my first "you've lost weight" Good for you keep it up and it really does pay off.

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Learning Something New

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Well, I learned an important lesson about myself this week. I've recently come to consider myself an "emotional eater," which is something I've probably been my entire life. However, until the past few years, I had led a pretty easy, satisfying life, so I rarely stuffed food in my mouth to fill another void. I started this go round of weight loss on Sunday (almost a week ago), and even after just 48 hours of eating right, I felt better and actually in control. Then after a doctor's visit on Wednesday where I received not dire but not great news, I became derailed. If there had been a pizza in the house, I probably could/would have eaten all of it. Thankfully, I had the kitchen stocked with healthy food and no sugary or carby stuff. But for the first time in my life, I was consciously able to see and recognize what I was doing as I searched the fridge, freezer, and cabinets for something to fill the void I was feeling. Being able to see what I was doing and to recognize that this is what I have been doing for the past couple of years (and which has led to an unhealthy weight) for the first time empowered me. I CAN control it - I just have to continue to recognize what I'm doing and find other ways to cope. Or allow myself to find comfort in a leftover piece of pizza, but then later make up for those calories by going for a walk or having a low calorie dinner. Life won't always be perfect, but that doesn't mean that I have to compromise my figure or my health.

  
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LKIRKENDALL 6/13/2010 10:00AM

    Sounds like you have made a meaningful revelation about your relationship with food. You are not alone. Keep up the good work! Have a Super Sunday! emoticon emoticon

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MELROSE52 6/12/2010 5:07PM

    Oh my, do we need to talk?

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Back to the Real Life

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Just got back this evening from a week-long trip to my husband's family's lake house in Alabama. We had such a fun time, but it was definitely one of those vacations where you start to lose track of the days. Refreshed and rested, I am ready to get back on track with life! My husband Joe and I are going to try to work together to eat and behave in a healthier way. I'm ready to get on board.

  
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MELROSE52 6/9/2010 7:17AM

    Excellent. Make certain that you eat, healthy.Especially during the up come months.


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