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Gratitude

Monday, November 16, 2009

Had a great day today...been psyched about fitting into an ancient, yet never worn pair of size 38 jeans over the weekend. I believe they were bought DECADES ago when I had my stomach stapling surgery and it seemed to be on my way to this size but my bad old eating habits struck and de-railed me for years and years.

It feels like SUCH a victory to return and CONQUER the JEANS...lol!

So today I just dressed up in my size 40 pants (don't have dressy 38s...yet! :-) ) and size 16 shirt (which is already getting a tad roomy...!) because I really felt proud of myself and wanted to show off...plain and simple as that. Although this is not at ALL like me it feels good to claim more confidence in my appearance, to be able to give myself more credit. Everyone at work thought I was on my way to an interview and getting ready to leave them...lol! Working as an intensive case manager for the mentally ill, like many, I've grown pretty comfortable with casual clothes, for the most part.

I've been busy as all get-out lately working together w/ my DW in rehabilitating our home which has gotten far too little attention over the years. Turning things upside down to tear things out, replace, re-paint, re-EVERYTHING! Wanting to get a whole lot of stuff done before Christmas.

Haven't even had time yet to get out my Balance Board I bought from the SparkStore, inflate and start trying out. I'm hoping it may help improve my adjustment to cross country skiing. But I suppose I have to USE it first...? :-) I'm going to be lucky to catch my breath before the New Year arrives!

Today I got a SparkMail from another member giving me a pat-on-the-back for getting so close to my goal and she wondered what I would do when I accomplish this, would I leave SparkPeople...?

Leave the SPARK?!?! Perish the thought!

I'm here for the long, long, LONG haul! I have SO much for which to be grateful from my SparkFamily that I know I'll be here for the duration paying forward all the knowledge, kindnesses and support that I've received from others here in this wonderful community!

Have a super week everyone!

Don
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_MAOMAO_ 11/20/2009 2:02AM

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If everyone who succeeded at a desired number of pounds or kilo's up and left, who will inspire and motivate and mentor the rest of us? How could they think such a thing?

I'm so glad you're not going anywhere too far, Don!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/17/2009 6:38PM

    Good Lord. Leave SP?!

Um, at least in my case, that would pretty much be a recipe for maintenance disaster...
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Heck, I was offline for 4 days and THAT was long enough to gain 6 lbs! Yikes.

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LOGHOUSE 11/17/2009 12:56AM

    Congrats on beating the 38" jeans !! Hope you're getting rid of all the bigger stuff as you go along (no turning back, right?).

Take Care,
Rick

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CAOMAGIC 11/17/2009 12:13AM

    SparkPeople will always be a part of my life, I can't imagine life without it!! I have considered lap band surgery but in many cases of lap band and gastric bypass surgery I have seen people gain their weight back again!! You have to learn to eat and live right.

Good luck in the house renovation, and have a happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 11/16/2009 10:43PM

    YES! I feel the same way -- still here, still striving in my healthy lifestyle, and here as long as I can imagine into the future. :)

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