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Monday, July 21, 2014

OK this will take a minute to come around to my title.

Saturday I was cleaning out my closet getting rid of some too big clothes. Yippee!!!

In the back hung a garment bag containing a dress I bought to wear to last year's office holiday party. It was a cute dress that was on sale at the end of the year. I snagged the dress - can't resist a bargain! And then I proceeded to gain weight. I took a few pounds off over the summer but gained them and more back by the time of the holiday party. When I thought about going to the party that year, I got the dress out. I put on spanx - and tried on the dress and I couldn't even begin to zip it, let alone wearing it. Waaaaaa!

So back in the closet it went. To tell you the truth I forgot all about it - until Saturday. I was prepared to donate it - never worn, tags and all. However a little voice said - "Try it on first". So I did. AND it fit! In fact it was a little loose in some areas!

That was my NSV on Saturday - because the scale had shown me gaining .2 of a pound for my weekly weigh in for our 5% challenge. I was feeling a bit down because I had worked out really hard, even when I didn't want to. I ate within my calorie limits - the only day I wasn't sure of was Tuesday for our office party - but I estimated my meal and thought I was ok. So the dress fitting made my day because the scale certainly didn't.

I was feeling slim and trim, more fit and considered myself looking good!

Today we had a video conference meeting during lunch hour. I sat at the end of the table, pretty close to the camera. It caught a side view of me. There I was in full color on the large screen tv - filling my face with a turkey sandwich. I looked HUGE!!!!! I wanted to not eat my sandwich - not to mention the thinny chips I thought I deserved! Oh my! Who WAS that woman? Certainly not me! I was a lot thinner and certainly much hotter looking than that yesterday! What happened? It had to be a trick camera!

Yep, that was me. Which goes to show I still have some work to do. It also shows that certain camera angles are not flattering. Guess I needed that because I was starting to feel a bit smug!

So I won't be putting off my walk tonight. I will stay within my calorie limit today even with my granddaughter's birthday cake! I already warned her I was not going to be eating the frosting because it is just too sweet for grandma and isn't healthy for her! She understood and asked if she could have it!

I learned some things. Hard work does pay off (the dress fit). Don't puff up too much or someone/something (the camera) will let the air out! When they do be grateful - because if they didn't I would have exploded being so full of myself! I'm surprised there was room for that turkey sandwich! It's ok to be proud of the work I did and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, but not to blow it out of proportion in my mind!

There is no destination. The journey continues each day of my life, so I must continue to do make healthy choices each and every day.

Oh, and never, ever sit closest to the camera in a luncheon meeting - leave that spot for someone else!

I hope you all have a great day.

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COMPCHIC52 7/21/2014 11:25PM

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SUKIE40 7/21/2014 5:12PM

    Woo Hoo on the dress fitting girl - I bet that felt amazing! I know how you feel when you saw yourself on screen - I will take a picture of myself and look amazing and then someone else will take a pic of me and I look huge! But I am learning to love myself no matter what, to be happy and confident at this size, but creating healthier habits.

Thanks for sharing!

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KATELJM 7/21/2014 4:47PM

    How wonderful that that dress fit! As NHES220 said, you'll probably need an even smaller size by the next holiday party.

No doubt there was a bit of fisheye lens involved to capture everyone at the meeting, so you have now learned to pick a more flattering seat for your next video conference. And the old saw is that a camera adds 10 pounds.

This also brings to mind the old finishing school training to eat daintily in front of others. Or to eat before the meeting, or after the meeting. It never hurts a career to appear enthralled with the meeting's subject -- so much so that you will allow no distraction to interfere. Except in the movie "Tom Jones", eating is not usually attractive on video, no matter what size you are.

Bravo on your NSV! The scale will catch up!

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NHES220 7/21/2014 2:25PM

    Take those victories when they come and don't let the camera get you down! You are doing great, that dress fit without the spanx and that is a big victory. My guess is you'll need a new dress by the next holiday party!

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I can - therefore I will

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sometimes my head complicates this thing so much.

It is really quite simple. Eat healthy foods in healthy quantities and exercise. To lose weight, calories out or burned must exceed calories in or eaten. I just complicate the crap out of a simple process.

In my heart I want to be healthier. I want to be stronger. Wanting and wishing will get me no where. While it all may begin with a dream and some hope - it all happens with a plan, taking action and sticking with it - even when my silly thoughts say "I don't wanna".

Reality check. I CAN do this - therefore I will!

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JENNEINAZ 7/17/2014 10:16AM

  You can and you will!

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COMPCHIC52 7/17/2014 12:57AM

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/16/2014 10:18PM

    Sometimes I complicate this way too much. ME Too! I want a steady rate of return for a steady rate of effort. I did the work so I want MY earned reward. It doesn't work that way. We all know that but I still want it. In the first weeks, I would lose 6 pounds in a week. So motivating. I know that a 6 pound loss in a week isn't likely to happen at this stage of my journey. Do I still want it? Yup. Is it hard to create enthusiasm for a 0.5 lb. loss? Yup. Sometimes, I even think it would be easier to think there is something wrong with me physically or emotionally. Easier? Really? Is that something to wish for? Nope.
Don't wanna but I'll take the exponential curve where results dismiss over time while the effort expended remains the same and continue to make my slow steady progress toward my overall goal.

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STEVEN2GO2 7/16/2014 8:46PM

    YOU WILL DO IT!!! emoticon

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Stay Strong Barb.....

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Last Sunday I topped off the day celebrating a friend's birthday. We decided to go to a movie - his choice - which was the Planet of the Apes movie. I must say the smells of the popcorn were soooooo tempting. I thought "mmmmm, movie popcorn, with butter and wash it down with a mountain dew" but then I remembered I had declared Sunday my day of rest with exercise and to slack off on my food choices would make the day feel like a relapse into old habits. So, no popcorn or pop. Pat on the back! Did good!

After the movie we went to a small restaurant which has breakfast all day - breakfast as in banana bread or cinnamon bread French toast with syrup, and other fat laden stuff. They had some salads which I am not a fan of, fish and chips and some other fried food fare, and the old standby burgers. I ordered a burger with a slice of swiss cheese, some fresh mushrooms (not sautéed in butter), and some onion. The burger came with fries. I ate two of them, but I wasn't wowed by them so they stayed on the plate. I also took off the top bun of my burger so figured I didn't do too bad there.

However, Mr Scale showed a bigger number Monday morning. I stayed on track yesterday with my food. I was short on fitbit steps, but did get in a good workout in the morning. In the evening, I took my son shopping for some stuff he needed, came home and dozed off on the couch!

So today there are donuts from a local bakery in the kitchen to celebrate someone's birthday. My favorite - the basic chocolate covered one is still sitting there waiting for me to take it. I have not. I had my power bar and some fresh fruit. I am not going backwards for a silly donut - but they sure look good!

Tonight I have our summery attorney dinner party. I am sure the food will be a bit high in fat but there is usually a beef an fish or chicken portion. I am going to do my best. Downside, it will take most my evening so again I will not get in my steps. It is raining a bit right now so won't be walking on my lunch hour. Hopefully it won't run too late and I will get some treadmill time tonight.

I am staying strong - just for today! I will worry about tomorrow another day! I got this!

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KATELJM 7/15/2014 9:36PM


You are worth more than a chocolate doughnut, more than movie popcorn.

As for the scale: restaurants use lots of salt; it take a while to flush it out.

emoticon for keeping your eye on the prize!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/15/2014 8:40PM

    You were awesome. You stayed committed to make healthy choices, congratulations! You had many non-scale victories. Don't let that scale determine how you feel. Making thoughtful choices every day is a lot more important then the number on the scale!!!

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JENNEINAZ 7/15/2014 2:58PM

  You can do it.

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COMPCHIC52 7/15/2014 1:26PM

    you did amazing:) keep it up. emoticon

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NHES220 7/15/2014 12:29PM

    Just take it a day at a time. That is really all you can do. Stay strong Barb!

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And on it goes...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Completed another week of the challenge. This week I have exercised lots! Continued to try to get over 14000 steps per day on my fitbit and tried really hard to increase that veggie intake. I must say I was a bit disappointed when my weightloss was less than 1 lb. However, I am trying to stay focused on long term goals.

Started my day with some of my favorite things, farm fresh eggs scrambled with some fresh mushrooms, a little onion and just a little diced ham, a piece of toast and some farm fresh strawberries, on my back porch with my Sunday newspaper, a local radio show in the background, the birds playing in the birdbath outside and visiting the feeder. No heading downstairs to the treadmill this morning - getting outdoors for my walk today. Not quite as intense a cardio workout but much more enjoyable. Enjoyment is a requirement on my journey!!!

Today is going to be my rest day - and I am planning on cooking ahead so I have some quick things to grab for healthy lunches and on those nights I don't have time to cook a full meal. Grilling up some chicken and cutting it up, also cleaning veggies and having them ready to toss on the grill or stove, cleaning and cutting up pineapple, strawberries and washing the cherries so they are ready to eat. Then off to a nearby town to celebrate a friends birthday. Not sure where he want to go eat, he is picking the restaurant since it is his birthday - but I know I am not going to undo all the hard work I have done this week.

I am hoping maybe Mr Scale will catch up this week!

Yesterday, went to help my friend clean her yard from the tornado. It was amazing to see how much work has been done in that area. Sometimes something bad unites people to work towards a common good. Everyone was out in their yards cleaning up, helping each other. Couldn't help but feel good.

May you all have an awesome day with some serenity and enjoyment! Take a minute and make a gratitude list - and be grateful!

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COMPCHIC52 7/14/2014 12:02PM

    lots of energy good for you! emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 7/14/2014 10:44AM

  Great job!

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NHES220 7/13/2014 3:42PM

    Sounds like you are doing great with the challenge and I'm sure Mr. Scale will get on board. Enjoy your Sunday! So nice of you to help your friend, these storms are devastating.

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KATELJM 7/13/2014 2:47PM

    I've noticed that there are sticking points in weight loss. Sometimes so many changes are happening, it takes a body a while to catch up. But you know that if you are mindful of your true calories in and true calories out, eventually the scale will have to acknowledge a change!

My body is particularly sensitive to salt. If I take in a lot of sodium, my weight shoots up even if my calories were in check. Drink more water...

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    Sounds like you are planning a busy but rewarding day. Hope your time with friends this evening are positive memory making. So sad tornado caused so much damage, glad you were spared. Wonderful that you are helping your neighbors recovery. Have a great Sunday.

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The 5% challenge, the tornado and gratitude

Monday, July 07, 2014

I worked extra hard the end of last week, exercising, counting calories, drinking water. I can not tell the gratitude I felt when I lost all the weight I gained the weekend before and one pound more. I did not want to let my team down and gain weight.

I have decided not to get on that scale again until next Saturday. I am just going to do the next right things the best I can and hopefully the scale will be reflective of my effort.

I had a wonderful holiday weekend, managed to check in every day of it --- except last night. I procrastinated because I was trying to get a little more exercise in - and then the tornado came through!

There was no storm warning, no weather advisory and out of the blue this storm rolls in and a tornado drops from the sky. Talk about scary! For some reason I feel better when weather hits if it is daytime - then you can see what is coming! They were warning people to stay put because of trees down and power lines down.

Today I took my walk and saw some of the damage first hand. Talk about being filled with gratitude and sadness.

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LE7_1234 7/12/2014 8:09AM

    Glad you're OK. I love that you procrastinated checking in because you were trying to get a little more exercise in!!

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MARCIAC10 7/8/2014 10:21PM

    Glad you had no problems. I agree, storms are scarier in the dark!

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NHES220 7/8/2014 1:10PM

    So glad you are OK. They just removed the tree in our front yard yesterday that was uprooted from last week's storm and cut some big branches off of our beautiful River Birch. The weather is just crazy.

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    I am so glad you are OK. The pictures tell the story. It was obviously bad but a blessing it was not worse. I have a fear of tornadoes living in NE Texas. We get our share. Hugs emoticon

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SARAHL817 7/8/2014 9:35AM

    Wow, those pictures are crazy . . . some of that damage looks bad.
I'm glad to hear that you made it through okay, even without any warning.

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KITT52 7/8/2014 8:24AM

    glad you are okay
thanks for sharing the pictures...

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KATELJM 7/8/2014 7:23AM

    Glad you are okay, yes, tornados freak me out, too, and it is so sad to see such devastation in a blink of an eye.

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PENNYPEARLS 7/8/2014 1:43AM

    Oh my goodness. Glad you are okay. I live in tornado alley, so I totally understand the fear of tornadoes. It is scary that you did not get a warning issued. emoticon

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LYNNIERN 7/8/2014 1:20AM

    I'm so glad you are safe and sound! My neighborhood gets hit by a tornado about once a year so I know how scary that is and how incredibly hard it is to see all that devastation.


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COASTAL6 7/8/2014 1:06AM

    I'm glad your alright, and you didn't get hurt! emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 7/7/2014 11:41PM

  I am glad you are safe. In California we don't have tornadoes or hurricanes to deal with. I have always been awed by their power.

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COMPCHIC52 7/7/2014 11:28PM

    wow amazing how the storms do . Glade you are ok and hope no one got hurt emoticon

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