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Better to Move Ahead a Little Than to Stand Still...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon I made an unrealistic goal to lose 4.2 pounds within a 6 day time frame. And..... being unrealistic, it did not materialize. But I did lose 1.2 pounds, so rather than feeling like a failure, I feel thankful that I lost what I did. I tried....... I didn't reach my goal; but the key word here is "I TRIED" so it shows that I'm not perfect, somewhere along the way I probably didn't make all the right food choices, perhaps I didn't get as much exercise as I should have. To me, what's important is that I made SOME progress and that beats going in the opposite direction.

You hear it everywhere you turn, baby steps, go slow to keep it off, no one is perfect, keep trying, and on and on. Most people tend to feel guilty when they don't reach a goal (even unrealistic goals) and we beat ourselves up over it. It is not only important to change our eating and exercise habits as we strive for a healthy lifestyle, we need to change our mindset. And by that I mean...... get over all those guilty feelings we harbor each time we stumble, chalk it up to experience and MOVE ON! If you can NEVER give in to temptation what would life be worth? Just remember that giving in to temptation doesn't mean eating the whole pie -- it means having a very small piece!

May your scale head emoticon 90% of the time! And when you are taking those emoticon steps, remember, they are still steps of progress!

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HELLORITA 9/30/2010 9:55PM

    This weight is so hard to lose now that I am older. When I was younger, I could lose 10-15 pounds just by adjusting some calories. Now I usually stay in my range and exercise for an hour a day and basically I maintain my 190plus pounds. I am sticking with it so I dont keep gaining but sometimes it stinks. I am going to have to treat myself to expensive healthy food tomorrow.

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PSMITH3841 9/30/2010 9:15PM

    Progress is progress....even a little at a time can turn into a lot in the end! emoticon emoticon

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    1.2 lbs in one week is emoticon

I have had weeks when any loss, even .1 was awesome!


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CATLADY52 9/29/2010 3:02PM

    A 1.2 drop is better than no drop isn't it? Relax, enjoy yourself on the trip, and come back as healthy as possible.
Bon voyage! emoticon

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ALICIA214 9/29/2010 12:32PM


This whole trip is a great learning curve, let us all strive to get to the top of the class
one step at a time. Good luck!! emoticon

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I Stumbled, but I'm Happy Where I Am!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

emoticonWhen I made the goal to weigh 140 by vacation time (Sept.30) I knew it was a little unrealistic to expect to lose 4.2 pounds in just 6 days, but if you don't have a goal what can you aim for? The first day I was so enthusiastic after losing a whole pound -- then I hit a plateau! Boom, my spirits hit a new low and I felt like a failure! emoticon

But after thinking it over for a couple of days I realized I was lucky and blessed in so many ways! I was going on vacation in a few days on a cruise to see the fall color in Nova Scotia, Canada and the East Coast! Yipee! I weigh a lot less than I did a year ago! Yipee! I'm very healthy and full of energy! Yipee! I'm not in a financial bind of any type! Yipee!

Actually makes me feel a little guilty to have been feeling so low over not losing the weight I wanted to lose, especially since it was within an unrealistic time frame. Life is not about being perfect, it's about doing the best you can, and if you stumble, or even fall, get back up, learn from your mistakes, and go on!

I'm not going to worry over every morsel of food I eat while on the cruise, but I will try to offset it by hitting the gym each and every day, walking the deck, and try to just "take a taste" instead of saying "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

One more day, then I'll see you all back here in a couple of weeks!
Hugs, Eve

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/29/2010 8:21AM

    Have a emoticon Time
Hurry back I will miss you

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THPEAKY 9/29/2010 7:00AM

    Have a fabulous trip and take lots of pictures!

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LUNADRAGON 9/29/2010 1:18AM

    Sometimes it is ok to make a goal that is unreachable. Just think, you did lose one of those 4 lbs. so you were not a total flop! Excellent.

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WALIDGAZALA 9/29/2010 1:15AM

    Don't worry, every body is like you.
Carry on and enjoy it, tell us the whole story when you come back, hopefully healthy and happy as you are!

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On a Plateau with 3 Days to Go!

Monday, September 27, 2010

emoticon emoticon I'm wondering if I'm going to lose another ounce or two before I leave. I thought I did good as far as eating goes on Sunday, but the scale stubbornly just stayed the same! And of course between errands and going to church again there was no exercise. And on top of that the backs of my legs are so sore from using the epiliptical we have that I could barely WALK! The whole thing is kind of depressing. The only silver lining I can think of is that I weigh a lot less than I did when I was ready to take my last trip!

This morning I got up early and headed over to the home I have up for rent, time to mow the lawn again, and pack up even more stuff that was left behind. I could not believe how many shoes I had stacked up in shoe boxes in my closet (it is a bit embarrassing!) but my closet is now bare, the bathroom is bare, and the area to set up a computer is bare! There is only the garage and the quilting materials in the hobby room. I'm leaving them in there until the home is rented! If I get it rented, that will be my incentive to get the rest of it moved!

Wish I could put in a sunshiny, happy face and report more weight gone, but it's just not going the way I want. So far today, LOTS OF EXERCISE, so maybe I will have a good report tomorrow.

Have a good day everyone -- I'm not going to let this get me down, made me stumble a little, but I just bought 2 new dresses for the trip in size 10, and they look pretty sexy on me. That made me emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/28/2010 3:17PM

    That will put a smile on the most unhappy person, and that's not you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/28/2010 2:20PM

    You can put on a sunshiny, happy face and report that you are alive and well - a very good thing! Priorities!

Have fun!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/28/2010 7:43AM

    You will be fine and you look great and I wish I weighed what you do now so don't stress over it and have fun on the trip

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PSMITH3841 9/27/2010 9:07PM

    Make sure you get pics of you in those dresses! Also, make sure you post the shots! Enjoy your trip! I'm back from vacation, and a little out of step, but I'll catch up... emoticon

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CBEVNOW 9/27/2010 7:52PM

    It will happen . A size 10 sounds good to me. We have a apt we need to rent and i have been lazy about getting it ready. I guess i will have to get at it. Be good to your self.

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Argghh! No Weight Loss with 4 days to go

Sunday, September 26, 2010

emoticon That's how I felt when I looked at the scale this morning!! And, the way I handle everything when I'm not happy about it, I went back over my entire day yesterday, wondering WHAT was different about Saturday from Friday when I showed a whole pound loss. Analyze - analyze, that's my motto!

My food was slightly different. Breakfast was the same,but at lunch time my BF asked if I'd like some of the shrimp cocktail he fixes. It's not really shrimp cocktail but I let him call it that. He mixes avocado, shrimp and cocktail sauce, and that's the way he likes it. I know the avocados are high cal, but healthy and good so I ate some (the cocktail sauce was the Walden Farms zero calorie) so it should have been OK.

emoticon I had started out on a walk in the morning, but called a friend about giving me a haircut later on that day (for my trip) -- her answer was "If you come right now I can do it, I've got a busy day!" Whoops! Amber and I went straight back to the house after walking only to the corner, I hopped in the car and away I went. That was the end of my walk. Then BF tells me we need to go back to the Valley (that's the locals word for Phoenix) TODAY so we can go to church tomorrow! That means getting things cleaned up and organized and I still had studying to do on my online class. The thing that got put on the shelf was the exercise (as usual).

I didn't really eat any dinner, sort of grazed as we got to Glendale and I did our ironing, put things away, sorted mail-- you know the kinds of stuff. Had a glass of buttermilk and later ate a Biscotti (90 cal).

emoticonSolution? Not enough food -- not enough exercise = no weight loss

I could be right, I could be wrong. But the bottom line is, 4 days to go and 3.4 lbs to get rid of. Boo Hoo!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/27/2010 8:38AM

    emoticonone step at a time
Try to be good now until you leave even if you don't lose a pound you are trying and that counts

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STILLFLYIN 9/26/2010 12:42PM

    Analyze, analyze - we have that in common. LOL One thing you didn't mention was the amount of salt in the foods you ate later in the day. They sound like they could be salty or not - depending on ingredients.

You might drink some extra water today to help things along.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/26/2010 11:40AM

    Ditto to what JRBASKIND said. I know. I'm trying to get shed of 10 pounds by 10-10 and guess date, I've only lost 3.8 pounds and only a couple weeks left. I don't know if I can possibly make it, but I keep on plugging away!!! I have finally figured out (duh!) that if I quit trying, the scale creeps (or jumps) in the wrong direction, so even staying the same is better than that!!!! Keep on keepin' on! If we miss our deadline, oh well. We'll just have to set a new one and never stop!!!
We can do this!! Let's go!!!!!

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BUBBLES1541 9/26/2010 11:29AM

    hang in there!

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JRBASKIND 9/26/2010 11:28AM

    Sort of grazed? To me that sounds like you ate without really keeping track. You may have actually eaten more than you realize. But I'm only guessing based on what I read.
Also: deadlines can be good, but for weight loss you may need to give yourself a little "wiggle room".
And for heavens sake, don't beat yourself up! Perfection is impossible for us as we are just people, and not angels or saints.


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One Down -- 3.2 to go with 5 days left

Saturday, September 25, 2010

emoticon emoticon I really ate according to "The Plan" yesterday, walked even more than my goal steps, and not even one small piece of candy passed through my lips!! And . . . . I was thrilled with the results, one pound down leaving 3.2 to go!

And I thank you for the cheers, the support and the kick in the butt (Vicki)! Without my friends goading me on, where would I be? Probably right back at the 162 that I started at. . . . . but that was before SP so I'll NEVER be there again.

My back is a tiny bit sore today cause I read about a new exercise you could do for your torso, and I guess today those muscles are rebelling a bit -- telling me to hold it down just a tad. Hmmmm, that reminds me, guess when (not IF) I get to the 140 I'll need to re-measure too.

All this has me so excited and revved up that I'm going out for my first walk now before it gets any warmer. It's 78 right now, sounds perfect to me!

Hugs to all my faithful followers! emoticon emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 9/26/2010 7:30AM

    Keep up the good work .... You can do it!

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STILLFLYIN 9/25/2010 1:45PM

    Ooh, what's the new torso exercise? Enjoy your walk!

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