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Stay on Track on Vacation

Monday, November 02, 2009

I don't mean to imply that I had a drink each night of my vacation, but I did try to follow some practical rules so I wouldn't come home as a blimp! Rule #1 - don't eat past 7:00 p.m. I think this is a very good rule to follow whether at home or on the road. Rule #2 - Have an apple or low-fat yogurt to snack on while in your room. This can take care of late night munchies or an afternoon slump that seems to hit after shopping or sight-seeing. Rule #3 - Don't throw caution to the winds just because you are on vacation. With our mind on our new "Healthy Lifestyle" you can allow a splurge now and then, but it doesn't mean splurging each and every day of your vacation! When you get right down to it, is stuffing yourself on a forbidden meal worth the shock of what the scale will say when you get home??? For me, it sure isn't.

I did not do wonderful on my 5-day vacation, and I realized there were appetizers that I indulged in that were not good choices, but over the entire time I gained only .4 or .6 I do not remember which -- so I'd say it ended up quite good. I actually find that my evening hours now that I'm back home are harder to deal with than when I was on vacation and didn't have all those snacks and stuff available. So a bare room does have some merit!


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NANCYCA555 11/3/2009 6:28AM

    Hey, a .4 or .6 pound weight gain sounds like it was worth the price of that FIVE DAY vacation. Way to keep it that low. It sounds like you managed pretty darn well. There are a lot of good tips in here for when I go on vacation. Having a healthy snack in your room so you don't get to hungry when you go out sightseeing is a really good idea.

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My Goal Hasn't Been Attained, But I'm Still a Success!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yes, I'm smiling! It's because although I have not attained the weight that I set out to achieve, I know I am still a success in many ways. My weight is much less than it was when I first joined SP nearly two years ago, I'm eating healthier, and I have a better outlook on my life. That's pretty awesome when you think about it!

Sure, there are days that I slide a bit and I see my weight creeping up, but I'm smarter about how to put a stop to it before I've done too much damage! Messing up with one meal is a lot easier to fix than eating everything in sight for an entire week. It's all relative. There are also days when I look in the mirror and I'm not pleased with what I see. But, you know, today I went shopping with a girlfriend for clothing. I took a size 12 skirt into the dressing room and it was waaayy to big around the waist and hips. What a great feeling! I went back and grabbed a size 10 and it fit soooo much better. If that's not being a success I don't know what is!

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CATLADY52 10/19/2009 5:44PM

    You make me happy!

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DEBBIER9 10/18/2009 10:56PM

    way cool emoticon

you rock


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NANCYCA555 10/17/2009 1:58AM

    Wearing a size 10 is AWESOME. This was a nice, upbeat, and inspiring blog. Thanks for sharing your joy. I'm feelin' it!

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DINY123 10/17/2009 1:51AM

    YOOHOO!- I know what you mean- i wen t shopping for a coat and thought I would need 18-20 size/ when all was done I took the 12-14 size and was very happy!-

So many times we are obsessed with the scale - while in reality we are a changin! Great blog Eve- Write on-Di

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VEUVEGIRL 10/17/2009 1:48AM

    You have a great outlook, love it! Keep up the good work!!

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I'm Motivated Now!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Whoopee! I'm motivated NOW -- I've got 2 weeks exactly before I'm going to Montana! The Big Sky and cool weather. I've been invited to spend 2 weeks on a ranch just outside Missoula and that has jump-started my motivation; I want to lose as much as I possibly can before I leave! And while I'm enjoying the cooler weather there and with no chores, I want to ride bikes and take long walks and eat right -- maybe I can end up the month down to about 140 and just keep going!!!

So for now, every day that I haven't committed to other appointments I'll be hitting the gym and with a goal in mind it has inspired me to work, work, WORK! Hey! I'll be seeing you in the size 8's before you know it!


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LOVE2MEN 9/2/2009 10:11PM

  Isn't it funny how an upcoming event can be so motivational? I'm the same way! Sounds like a fabulous trip. I've never been to Montana, but have always wanted to visit there. Hope you have a wonderful trip!! And good luck with your goal!


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DINY123 8/8/2009 5:07AM

    Size 8!- wow havent seen that for years! WOW way to go and have fun EVE!-

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MARYANNE4403 8/7/2009 10:21PM

    hope that you have a GREAT time on your trip. lots of luck reaching your goal by the end of the month, i know you WILL do it

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I'm Happy Being Alone

Saturday, July 25, 2009

OK, it's not fall yet, it's the middle of summer -- but the photo looks so peaceful! And right now feeling peaceful and content is what it's all about. Like a lightbulb being turned on in my brain, I suddenly realized that the life I'm living "right now" is fulfilling enough to make me happy and content! I don't need a 'companion' or a 'boyfriend' to make me feel that my life is complete.

It is nice, of course, to have friends to do things with, and I do have a certain number of close friends to enjoy lunch with now and then, there is even a retired pastor that I call once in awhile if I feel like going dancing. He's an excellent dancer and has been widowed for a few years. So all those years I spent almost fanatically searching for the right person to share my life are now over. I can relax and be happy with who I am, where I am, and how I want to spent the rest of my life.

Certain adjustments have to be made at times, but that is true for all of us, it is not exclusively the plight of single people. Health issues fill all our lives with uncertainty, and when there is a financial crisis, it affects you equally whether married or single. I know some of my friends are scratching their heads over my recent declaration, but the more I think about it and adjust to it, the more I am convinced that the single life will suit me to a T. And, if fate decides it isn't to be, then I'll just go with the flow and see what new adventures may be open to me.

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--KREN 9/3/2009 7:53AM

    Eve, I'm glad you're comfortable in your own skin now. It's a good thing. I'm right there with you. Life is what happens while you're making other plans. - Karen

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MISSPJ 7/25/2009 11:47PM

    Scotmoma, I am 47 and I have also come to the conclusion that I am happy just the way I am. I have been single now for 16 years and was not always happy with that, but I have not dated now for over 6 years and am content. I like to say "I am a nun, don't got nun, don't want nun" lol. Right now I have a teenager home with me, and maybe when she is gone I might feel different but I doubt it, I really enjoy my alone time and when I get lonely, I just call or visit a friend, no worries. Like you though, I am open to what ever comes my way, but honestly, I am not looking.

As for the weight, now that is another matter, I am trying to lose because I want to be around when my daughter has children so that I can spoil the grand kids lol, and I can watch them give her the grief she likes to give me and listen to her complain to me about it lol. How horrible is that :) No, really, I would like to get into better shape so that I can feel better about my self and so that I don't have to labor every time I want to go for a walk somewhere. I love to take pictures but it is difficult when you weigh 300 lbs and are always worried that a little bump in the road might trip you up lol. Any way, I guess I just mostly wanted to say I like your blog


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Do You LOVE Yourself?

Friday, July 17, 2009

My dog, Amber, loves me. Unconditional love! Doesn't matter to her if I've gained 10 pounds or lost 50! It's all the same to her. She even looks at me all the time to see what I've got on. Tennis shoes means we're going in the yard or for a walk. Sunglasses usually means the same thing. She has a very sharp eye!

Actually, I have a very sharp eye also, but it's not usually in a loving way, the way it is with Amber. What I'm looking for is new wrinkles, an added roll of fat, I'm actually LOOKING for things that say "I've failed." How stupid is that? You would think I would be the one that would cheer me on, help when I'm feeling low, urging me on and telling myself I look great. I should be my #1 fan! Instead, I'm usually the first one to notice that the scale is inching it's way up and that I can't get into my skinny jeans.

Why don't we love ourselves? Is it just human nature do you think? We are the one constant in our lives, other friends come and go, even our brothers and sisters may not be a day-to-day feature of our lives; but WE are always there. Through fun and games, thick and thin, good and bad. Did you ever stop to think what could happen if we treated ourselves as our "best friend?" Suddenly we would be saying things like "I think you look wonderful today, you've lost some weight, haven't you?" or "I really love the way you're doing your hair now." But instead we're more likely to think "So you've lost 5 pounds -- wonder how long that will last?"

Let's just give it a try for a month! Be your own best friend. Be that little conscious angel that sits on your shoulder and guides your decisions or tells you wonderful things that help you stay on track! Instead of jumping all over yourself when you've gained a pound, look in the mirror and say "boy, you sure do look better than you did six months ago. You are making a LOT of headway." Then smile, and face the day with joy and a lot of self-esteem. And at the end of the month, it will have become a habit. You WILL BE your own BEST FRIEND. You CAN make a difference!

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MISSPJ 7/25/2009 11:51PM

    I like your thinking, we are indeed our own worst enemy or best friend which ever we choose. Thank you for pointing that out and helping me to take a different look at my self


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DINY123 7/18/2009 8:38AM

    great blog Eve!- good to see you on track- makes me feel I can do it too! Cute doggy!-and anyway whats NOT to love!

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DEBBIER9 7/18/2009 7:24AM

    This is a great challenge and will do my best.

Thank you for the inspiration great blog. emoticon

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WHISKERS12189 7/18/2009 6:39AM

    I know this is something that I struggle with, every day!

Great blog!

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