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My Willpower Left When My Company Arrived

Friday, May 29, 2009

Boy! Talk about loss of willpower! That's an understatement of the year. . . . . My company arrived on Saturday and as it was very early morning when the plane departed, and of course meals are no longer served onboard -- naturally I suggested going out to breakfast/lunch or whatever it was to each of us. That wasn't too bad. Can't remember what I made for lunch, but when dinner time rolled around it was "No Way! You can't be cooking!" so it was restaurant time again. And it was wonderful, fattening Italian food. I climbed on the scale Sunday morning to see a whopping 2 pound gain! OMG!

The five days that I had company, it went pretty much as I described above. And naturally, like when you invite people over for dinner, you make dessert even if you normally skip dessert yourself -- you figure you need to make it for company! Brownies! Lemon Pie! Drinks! It all took it's toll, and I saw about 2 to 3 months of hard work going down the drain!

Was it their fault? No, of course not. It's just one of those hard to resist circumstances that happen when everyone is having fun and you don't want to be left out!

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DUSTYSBUMMER 5/31/2009 1:27PM

    Why do we do this to ourselves? We have the best of intentions, and out the window they go. So ... pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again. (can you hear the tune?) It's over and done with and it doesn't help to beat yourself up over it. Just stay focused and you'll lose the weight again.

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--KREN 5/29/2009 4:30PM

    "My Willpower Left When My Company Arrived" - Hey, I know that line. In fact, I live that line, lol. And YES it is discouraging to lose it by tenths and gain it by tons. Feels that way, anyway. But I do believe that newly acquired weight comes off faster. ( I do believe it. I do believe it.) So drink lots and lots of water and get right back on the bandwagon, 'cause you know what? The band's still playin', LOL. You'll recover! - Karen

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MDMNINA 5/29/2009 11:45AM

    Oh, Honey! Can I ever relate! Some people are emotional eaters. I (and it sounds like you too) am a "social eater". I do so enjoy going out with friends. And my will power always just leaves me too. But take heart. What you gain quickly, can be lost quickly too! Just dust yourself off and climb right back up on that wagon!

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Cleaning my Refrigerator

Friday, May 22, 2009

The day started out normal enough. Company was arriving tomorrow and I wanted my house to look it's best. I washed bed linens, remade beds, vacuumed the carpet, dusted and then I got really brave and decided to clean out my refrigerator and freezer. Shelf by shelf it was getting sparkling clean and I was feeling proud of myself. I threw away things I knew wouldn't get eaten up and chose more efficient ways of displaying what I kept (more organized). It was looking good.

Of course the "snack drawer" came out to be organized as did the veggie and fruit drawers. Now I had one drawer all cleaned and straightened and I proceeded to put it back into it's slot. Wouldn't go. Hmmmmm! Eventually I took out the glass that formed the shelf over it, so I could see what I was doing. I tried several more times to no avail. Now I'm losing my temper! My cool is gone completely! I'm frustrated and in desperation I call a friend (yes, a man) and tell him of my dilemma -- he says he will be right over. Fine. Then I turn back to the drawer and realize my mistake. This was my "snack drawer" and I was trying to put it in the veggie drawer slot. I quickly called back my friend, apologized for being "stupid" and hung up. It fit just fine when I put it in the proper slot. But hey, I'll bet I worked off a bunch of calories trying to get it in there!

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DINY123 5/29/2009 1:57AM

    Hope you had a great visit- and that was funny- I could use with a good scrubbing too!- hummmmm....

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MDMNINA 5/24/2009 7:49PM

    You work off those calories any way you can!!

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Is It Getting Warm Yet?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I got up and washed my face and brushed my teeth. I knew it would be warm out today, so I dressed in shorts. As I walked by my computer, it called to me, and I thought "well, I'll just see who's written, but I'll take my walk before I read them." And then...... only 30 minutes later, I fastened the leash on my dog's collar and opened the front door. The heat blasted me in the face like I had accidently opened the oven door instead of the door leading to the great outdoors.

Only slightly daunted, we started out on our journey. You could see the heat spiriling up from the pavement, and, as there was very little shade along the sidewalk, I wondered if it was too hot for my dogs paws. But she seemed happy enough, so we kept on walking. We were about a half mile from home when I began to feel drops of water on my back and realized that sweat was dripping off my hair and down my back. OK, so it was pretty warm out.

At last we come to the big grassy park and start across the lawn area. At least now I don't have to worry about my dogs feet, and I can tell she's a happy camper as she scurries around sniffing and checking everything out. Less than half a mile to go and we'll be home. We round the last corner to head home and Amber's tongue is hanging out; funny -- my mouth feels dry! Home at last. I grab a glass of ice water and Amber makes a dash for her water bowl. I look at the clock and see that it's only 6:30. Well, tomorrow we need to start earlier!

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DINY123 5/16/2009 2:21AM

    Such a cute puppy!- its been raining here- I hope you are not discouraged in your journey and may the shade find you!-Watch out for the heat- I took my dog out last year in August and her tongue turned bllue and was panting she had heat stroke!- Scared me to death!- 6:30 not early enough?- wow and that hot!- is it cooler in the evening?- have been toying with the idea of sending you some writing- though I am not too sure its good enough yet- have not forgotten abiut you- Write on!- Walk on and stay cool!- Diana

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It Really Adds Up...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Have you ever noticed with an old friend that when you don't see them for a long time, like 6 months or more, when you do see them, they look older, slimmer/fatter or whatever. But those people you see every day of your life, they tend to look about the same. I think the same is true of ourselves, we see ourselves 24/7 so we don't see the little changes taking place in our bodies. But the friend who hasn't seen us for 6 months or a year -- Wow!

I thought of that this morning as I was running my hands over my ribcage and stomach. "You have gotten smaller." It's been a long, slow process and although I knew I was losing a bit here and there, it didn't really have an impact until this morning. I've actually lost 14 or 15 lbs over the past 14 or 16 months, and when you look at it that way it's only a pound a month, and with me there is that constant yo-yo. Hey! Look at me, I'm getting better!

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 5/7/2009 9:02PM

    Congrats Scotmama!

I can't wait to feel that excitement too. Keep up the great work!

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A Step in Time

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Patience is not my middle name -- I like everything to be NOW! So when I joined Spark People the beginning of 2008 I didn't realize how much I would learn. I was just looking for a place to keep track of what I ate, pick up a few pointers, and maybe have a bit of support from other people looking for a healthier lifestyle. Boy! Did I have a pleasant surprise coming! Not only have I improved my image, but my outlook on life has taken a big upswing, I've developed lasting and close friendships with Team Members, and; most important, I feel that I am well on my way to "living that healthy lifestyle."

How this all come about? Slow but sure. I despaired in the beginning months as I continued to yo-yo and seemed to see no improvement. But as the months went by I started to notice a trend. My yo-yo numbers were in a smaller range. First it was 155 to 157, then 154-155, the going was slow and sometimes depressing, but I hung in there, mostly with support from my Team Members! What jewels they are. Having a down day? Here came a Spark Goodie in the mail, and a cheer-up note. They are all so great. Now that I'm a bit over my year anniversary my yo-yo weight is 143-145 and how do I feel about that? Baby! I'm on a roll.

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 5/1/2009 9:23PM

    Your blog is very encouraging. It really is a step at a time and when it's done slowly the progress usually lasts. Congratulations with your progress - keep it up!

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DINY123 5/1/2009 3:47AM

    And you sure do make us all feel good too!- Great for you - I'd never have guessed you 70! more like 17- haha will try and keep in touch WRITE ON!- Diny

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MDMNINA 4/29/2009 12:04PM

    I know where you're coming from. My yo-yo right now is 148-144. I hope to move that down soon. Congratulations on your progress. And thanks for sharing your great upbeat attitude!

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