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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vacation

Tuesday, December 10, 2013



Hello all...well we have been on vacation since the day before Thanksgiving. I have been off-line until today. We had a good time and enjoyed seeing family and friends. Now I face the bad and ugly side of vacation. I call it the "scale." My usual weigh in day is Friday, so I'm not weighing myself until then. Do you hear the sigh? It gives me a couple of days to get back to routine and just maybe when I do weigh it won't be too bad!

I don't know about you but I find it very challenging to get myself back to my routine. In the past, once my routine went by the wayside I found all kinds of excuses not to resume my eating plan and my exercise schedule. NOT THIS TIME. Today I started back to eating correctly and I also walked 3 miles. Woo hoo!

What have I discovered? I'm here on this web site and I have adjusted my lifestyle because I have chose to do so. All of my life I made excuses not to lose the weight, not to exercise, etc. Not this time. I have discovered that it is as simple as making up your mind that this time it will be different. This time I will succeed. It is a mind set. While on vacation I found myself slipping back to my old routines, making excuses, etc. However, I also told myself that I would resume my new lifestyle upon returning home. Don't get me wrong, while I was away I did make good choices as to what I would eat, what I would drink. I did, however, give myself lots of slack if you know what I mean. BUT, I am back and more determined than ever to keep up my good habits and I will. That is all there is to it.

I'm rambling now, but I find that when I blog it helps to cement what I want, what I am determined to accomplish. It helps to set me on a successful path.

I do confess that I am not looking forward to my weigh in because I don't want to discourage myself but I will nonetheless owe up to my actions, accept the results and just get right back on the bandwagon!

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JLEMUS1 12/12/2013 12:36PM

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DOLPHINKARIN 12/11/2013 1:41AM

    I feel the same way about routines. I am really good as long as I am in my routine. Once the routine deviates ... that is my new routine.

Way to get back into the swing of things. Your routines will recover from your vacation too. :)

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WHY I AM LEARNING TO LOVE NSV's

Sunday, November 03, 2013

A comment on my previous blog was very uplifting and is helping me to change my thinking. It concerned NSV's. You ask, what is "NSV." This stands for non-scale victories. When I know that I haven't been as vigilant as I should have regarding my eating habits, I find myself dreading my weekly weigh-in. Has this happened to you? I know it happens to me because even though I KNOW that the scale doesn't tell you everything, it is still hard for me not to get hung up on that number!

So now I am learning to love my NSV's. One great result is that my clothes are fitting so much better, in fact, some of them are positively just too big for me. When I exercise I have so much more energy than when I started in June. In fact, the benefits of losing weight and exercising have improved my life for the better in many ways. Not only am I more energetic, but I am a happier more contented soul. I've asked myself why this is so. My answer is simple. I made the decision that I can lose the weight, I can change my poor eating habits, and I can exercise. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a promise, and all I have is today. So I try to make good choices for today. That is all I really have to do, make my choices for today!

So today, I choose to celebrate my NSV's!
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JAVAGAL47 11/9/2013 9:04PM

    That was a great blog!! emoticon I hope many members of Spark read it and stop weighing themselves too often. I am very proud of your accomplishment in changing your attitude about losing. emoticon emoticon A Spark friend, Betty

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TONEITUPSARA 11/3/2013 2:02PM

    This is very true. The scale tends to always lie. Hell, there may be weeks you work your butt off and eat so healthy but the scale says you gain 2 pounds!! You can't let that get you down. your body is the ultimate determination of how well you are doing. How do you feel? How do you look? What is your body telling you? These are the things that are more important than a number on the scale.

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The Power Within Us

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It has been well over a month since my last blog. During this time, I have had many days of ups and downs, discouraged when that scale just did not budge and when I felt that yes I am sticking to my good eating habits. Really? Well, maybe not all of the time.

What I have realized is that the power to change my life or lifestyle, is within me and within everyone of us who have chosen to live a more healthy life. It isn't always easy and there are days that I just don't want to exercise or that I really want that slice of cake, etc. What do I do? Most days I don't cave into the negative wants or if I do I have that slice of cake; however, a much smaller piece than what the old me would have had. Yes, I usually exercise. I tell myself, ok today I will only do 10-15 minutes. Frequently, once I get started I end up with 30 or 45 minutes and boy do I feel good about myself when this happens.

So, when I get discouraged because the pounds just aren't coming off fast enough, I try to remind myself that I do have the power to change and that my faithfulness has paid off. Thanks to SP this is a journey that I no longer have to make on my own. There is so much help and encouragement to be had here at this site. Thank you Spark People! emoticon

  
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    I can certainly echo you...

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MRSRIGS1 10/21/2013 3:09PM

    emoticon Don't be discouraged. Remember there are NSV you can enjoy. For example, I bet your clothes fit better. I also bet you have more energy when you do exercise. It takes time but NEVER give up on reaching your goals for a healthier you! YOU are worth every effort!

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MAYBER 10/20/2013 12:10AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
Taking one small step at a time
One day at a time
Love prayers peace

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    emoticon great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 10/18/2013 8:19AM

    keep pushing you got this

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    Stay Encouraged!!! emoticon emoticon

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    I couldn't agree with you more! Have a great weekend emoticon

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    We can only live this moment. So let's focus on the choice in front of us and celebrate the one precious life we have been given. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 10/17/2013 9:54PM

    Do not get discouraged....nothing worth it is done quickly

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SUSIEMT 10/17/2013 6:54PM

    Well said! You can and will do this! We are in this together!

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ROZZIEOZZIE 10/17/2013 2:56PM

    Sometimes it is difficult not to get discouraged, but we can do it! And I know what you mean about the exercising - if the weather outside is bad and I wind up using my elliptical, I usually tell myself that I'll only do it for 20 minutes or so. Once I get going, it usually winds up being 40 or 50 minutes - all it takes is to just get on the dang thing and start going! Nobody said this would be easy - and it isn't! I just keep trying every day!
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SEAJESS 10/17/2013 2:56PM

    Thank you for your reflection from your eye in the storm. It is a long journey with easy days and hard days. Your sharing is helping others to get to where you are and I hope it helps to remind you when you're in those days where cake calls your name.
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CHARTHESTAR 10/17/2013 1:40PM

    I love spark people!
We are so blessed to have this site for us to use.

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NONNAOF2 10/17/2013 12:01PM

  Unfortunately, it is not an easy journey to accomplish, but it is attainable. You can do it, don't look back and keep on moving forward, no matter how small of a step you take! :-)

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KMVBBAM 10/17/2013 10:49AM

    You motivate us..thanks for sharing.

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    You are right on about keeping the faith! emoticon

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CHRISBEM 10/17/2013 10:04AM

    I guess the Just Do It slogan is a great one, huh?

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CHERYLHURT 10/17/2013 8:06AM

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HAPPYMENOW58 10/17/2013 7:55AM

    Great attitude! You are on the right track! Keep up the faith.

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    those pounds did not get there over night ..... give yourself time emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 10/17/2013 6:51AM

    Only I can change me!

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/17/2013 6:27AM

    Your faithfulness will, indeed, pay off. Simply keep going and the points will add up in your favor.

Great blog!

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    When I get discouraged about not losing weight fast enough, I have to remind myself that I didn't gain it fast either. It will happen. emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 10/15/2013 11:52PM

    it's a marathon, not a sprint...it'll happen...keep doing what you're doing...health and happiness xo

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EDELWEISS33 10/15/2013 6:50PM

    I learned changing my diet & portion sizes. Then I learned to change up my exercise routines. I started with the 6 minute workout videos on sparkpeople. I worked my way to 10 minutes. before I knew it, I was up to 20 minutes. Then I started walking the track and doing planks. I realized it was ok to do intervals, so I jogged and walked. In about a month, I was jogging a 1/4 of the track. a few months into it I was up to jogging a lap and walking a lap. about 6 months later, I was jogging 3 laps. I worked on my planks and finally made my way to crunches and pilates moves. Before I knew it, I was doing an air force workout with 3 sets of 30+ situps and pushups each! It is possible to do it!
I have lost weight and never believed it was possible!

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FIRECOM 10/15/2013 3:36PM

    Positive thoughts and actions always win in the end. Keep it up.

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HMBROWN1 10/15/2013 12:44PM

    Great progress. I have days where I don't want to move either. Glad to hear I'm not alone.

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    Great encouragement. Continued awesome success to you!

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Blue but Hanging In

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Feeling a little bit blue and a little bit overwhelmed today. I thought I was doing so well and then I weighed myself and gained a pound. It will be three months on Sept. 19th that I became serious about weight lose. Trying to stay postiive, I visited my goals and realized that according to the charts I need to lower my goal weight by 11 pounds to reach a good BMI. That is a little bit of a downer to say the least. Anyhow, I made the change to my goals and I will strive for this new LOWER number.

So, putting a positive spin on this, I realized that I have met 1/3 of my goal weight...2/3's left to go! I will do this in increments. I know that I can succeed with a postiive attitude. Clonk...that is the club hitting my head with an attitude adjustment LOL! I've no reason to feel down because I am doing fine and I have to learn not to obsess over what the scale tells me. I'm back into smaller sizes, physically I have more energy, etc. Get over it girl!

In retrospect, losing the first 20 has not been so bad and I do enjoy my new eating habits. Guess I have to learn to be kinder to myself.

On that note, I am off for a walk and I am putting a smile on my face.
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BETHLOVESBIKING 9/7/2013 11:16AM

    Good for you. emoticon

Weight can fluctuate so much from day to day. I have the same thoughts sometime---oh no---all that work and I'm going up. But I try to notice the long-term trend. You are doing great emoticon

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GUILTY (Pleasure)?

Sunday, September 01, 2013

New neighbors and new friends. When you are retired and you don't live in a retirement community it is sometimes hard to meet people. Happy days we have new neighbors who are very nice and we are happy to welcome them to our neighborhood. What's the downside? They are owners of a fantastic Italian restaurant and they are more than generous. I didn't have to cook yesterday because they personally delivered chick parm, antipasti salad and a four cheese pizza to our door. Wow!

Of course I ate this delicious dinner and of course I felt somewhat guilty. The good news you ask? Since being with SP I have learned to eat smaller portions. I ate about 1/3 of the chicken parm, a little less than 1/2 of the salad and I couldn't resist a (small) slice of pizza. Yes, this was more than I usually eat. We ate around 2:30 in the afternoon and I didn't eat dinner. I had a snack...frozen grapes later on and then a SP blueberry muffin. So I was a little over my calories BUT it was worth it.

Once in awhile we have to treat ourselves. Am I rationalizing? Yes, probably so but life is to be lived and enjoyed.

So, I guess what I am saying is a guilty pleasure is sometimes worth it!

  
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