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2 Day Bender - but it's ok!


Friday, August 26, 2011

I went on a bender for 2 days - yesterday I just threw all caution to the wind - it was either that or take a "spark break" and I have never taken a spark break yet. My biggest fear is if I take a spark break - I might never return so it just isn't an option.

I am back up to 124 but it is ok as I know it is only temporary. I just needed a "free day" I think. Usually I try for damage control but yesterday I just didn't care - that is the closest I can explain it - and I knew today I would be back to normal and I feel I am.

I must go now and try to calculate the damages on my tracker as I know it was over 3000 calories.

It's ok, I am not mad at me so there is no forgiveness necessary!

Wow! That's an "AHA" moment all by itself!

**edit:
To me it really is a lifestyle change - not a total changeover - what kind of life would it be if I couldn't overextend sometimes? Life without sweets is just not sweet enough for this old gal!

I've come a long way - now instead of thinking I screwed the entire day - I tell myself, you went over today - enjoy the rest of the day and tomorrow we will pay for it (getting on the scale) and get back on track = staying within my range!

Hey! Works for me!!
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LINDAJ0621 8/28/2011 8:30PM

    I love your attitude! Of course we will have benders...we are human! The key you know (and I am learning) is to get back on the healthy wagon without any regrets and move forward!
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KELLEEH 8/28/2011 1:22PM

    I love your attitude! You are really leading the way for us and showing us just how a lifetime commitment and maintenance works! I'm really happy for you!

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FITGRL124 8/28/2011 6:43AM

    We all need to do this sometimes! It's not all or nothing! The good thing is that you know exactly what to do to get back on track! Excllent!

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DBCLARINET 8/27/2011 11:46PM

    Ahhh, I've done that a couple times and often beat myself up for it. I'm trying to break myself of that -- beating myself up. I had a bender myself today, and the damage wasn't quite as bad as I expected, so I call that a win. Your attitude just helps reinforce for me the idea that it's not totally unhealthy and it makes life a little... sweeter!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/27/2011 11:45PM

    LOVING IT Linda, now THAT is takin care of YOU in a BALANCED way my DAWG Friend !! GOOD GOOD GOOD !!! Keep UP the smart idea's and blogging to us what to do CORRECTLY !! WOOHOOOO ! This will quickly come back off,,,and isn't it FUN to do this now and then? its really NOT a big deal,, rememember SP is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE ! This just PROVES IT !

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2011 10:48PM

    Very practical. Keep in mind: one "real" pound is 3500 calories. So: no real damage done.

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ALASKASKY 8/27/2011 5:35PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/27/2011 4:09PM

    Taking it one day at a time is the answer for me... and I think for most of us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/27/2011 3:56PM

    Your attitude is refreshing. You go girl!!

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BLUESKY_321 8/27/2011 12:34PM

    I believe that is a very healthy attitude. When you can trust yourself enough to give in and *enjoy* (even in excess!) a walk on the wild side because you know you will return to the path, you have truly changed your relationship with food!


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HEALTHY1JESS 8/27/2011 6:09AM

    Your thought process is really inspiring for me! Thank you for sharing your observations and your growth in handling a challenge! I will come back and read this blog again someday when I really, REALLY need to read these words again!

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RORYLYONS 8/27/2011 3:38AM

    It's ok to have an oops & get back on track..lately I did have a ahem moment but remind myself as you did to take control... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERTSMOM 8/27/2011 12:23AM

    Way to go, Linda. You have a great view of your journey and are very positive even in harder days. Im proud of you!

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2011 10:55PM

    Hi Linda! Good for you ! We all need to do this occasinally ...
Then we can get back on track again ...
Thank you so much my dear friend for all your lovely comments and support on my feeds and Spark page..
It really helps to know we are not alone!
Love and Hugs Susie
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DINGALLSTOO 8/26/2011 9:18PM

    Good for you, just a pause, it will be fine in the end. YOU are my hero.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2011 8:59PM

    I admire your sensible approach so much. Good for you! You'll be right back where you want to be in no time!!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/26/2011 8:03PM

    Your comments to yourself are wonderful, Linda. It is about balance. If it is always nonononono and never okay today I don't think balance is reached. Good for you for saying today I have a foodie day and tomorrow I return to my normal, LOOK AT THAT WORD, NORMAL activities. You done great girlfriend.

Kudos, Gini

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CAREN77 8/26/2011 5:15PM

    We are only human. Once in a while you have to indulge or you'll feel totally deprived. You have the right attitude--just acknowledge that it happened and move on. No punishment necessary, because you've proven you can stick with the program. emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 8/26/2011 4:12PM

    emoticon I think it's okay to have a "cheat" day once in a while. I don't think I could ever give up my favorite things, like ice cream and chocolate, forever. You earned it!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/26/2011 4:02PM

    Kren....a fellow sparker....once said to me after I did this....WOW You really are human.


I know you will get back on track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/26/2011 3:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's the attitude to have! HUGS!

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MARTY19 8/26/2011 3:26PM

    You are emoticon I want to be like you if I ever get to goal.

Love you
Marty

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ESILBO 8/26/2011 2:08PM

    emoticon MY FRIEND...I LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE, THIS IS THE REASON YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE NOW...A BIG L-O-O-S-E-R emoticon

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ASTORRES1 8/26/2011 1:38PM

    Linda....I totally agree!!! I have been there...done that also!! Sometimes a BREAK is what is needed to keep up on the right TRACK!!!!


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LOPEYP 8/26/2011 1:24PM

    If it makes sense for you then it's okay. You only have to answer to yourself!

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GIRANIMAL 8/26/2011 12:55PM

    Seems perfectly sensible to me! emoticon

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T2SEE140 8/26/2011 12:33PM

  Good for you! I have to remind myself to not be too hard on myself because this is a life style change and you make it the way you want it to be.

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KIKI0531 8/26/2011 11:54AM

    Good for you !! I have really learned to be more forgiving with myself. I make an honest effort not to go too overboard - just because I know how guilty I feel afterwards. lol

Maybe when I hit 124 !! wow, what a success story ... I will be more inclined to live the "sweet life" more often.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/26/2011 11:41AM

    Wonderful attitude! Yeah to lifestyle change emoticon

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LITTLETEALOVER 8/26/2011 11:36AM

    You are living proof that one bad day is not the end of the world. Thanks for sharing!

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HELLODANAE 8/26/2011 11:21AM

    I think that if you did not do that then I would be worried. Life is not a straight line (whatever that means) life is valleys and mountains. Grateful that you are part of the Spark!!! emoticon

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JENNIFER_67 8/26/2011 11:15AM

    Hey, its just a couple of days. The important thing is you recognize it for what it is, and you're getting back on track. Glad you aren't beating yourself up over it.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/26/2011 11:07AM

    emoticon I like your back in the saddle attitude! Nothing here is lost! emoticon

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WALKING_WONDER 8/26/2011 10:19AM

    You're so into your cardio that I'm sure that you will have no problem whatsoever getting back on track!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 8/26/2011 10:01AM

    At 12:01 it became a new day. No worries!

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LIZABETT 8/26/2011 9:38AM

    Let me guess. You will be back down to goal by this time next week! I know you and I know you will do it! I totally understand your break and it was good that you did it....you didn't fall off the track, you jumped off on purpose.
Now you are back on. emoticon Proud of you!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/26/2011 9:34AM

    You are to be commended for two things. First of all, you have gone a very long time without seriously falling off the wagon. Secondly, you are ready to hop right back on!! We are all human. You will be fine.

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DESTINYE 8/26/2011 9:16AM

    Today is another day!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/26/2011 9:02AM

    You are very smart to hop right back on the wagon.

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GRANDMACOO 8/26/2011 8:42AM

    I have learned to forgive myself those "oh dear" moments, because if not, they become so overwhelming that I keep up the poor choices. I have also learned that it's okay to get off track once in a while, as long as I know that I also must get back on program within a day or so.

You are doing awesome, especially knowing that you don't want to take a spark break.


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DORENC 8/26/2011 8:15AM

    Way to go, Time to get back on track. You can do this.

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ERLYWA 8/26/2011 8:11AM

    Everybody needs a naughty day every once in awhile! :) As long as we don't let it turn into a naughty week, month, year...etc.

Great attitude! ;)

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MACMOM57 8/26/2011 8:04AM

    Good attitude we all have days like that. What nice is the next day is a new one to do how ever you feel. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2011 8:01AM

    Linda sometimes a girl has to do what a girl HAS to do emoticon

You knew it was that or something more drastic so you obviously know yourself very well.
Break over, back to the well worn straight and narrow emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 8/26/2011 7:56AM

    A break is not always a bad thing. As long as you recognize it as a break and get back on track - you'll do just fine!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/26/2011 7:56AM

    that was yesterday! begin again!!!!!!

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HARMSEEE 8/26/2011 7:54AM

    U go girl--start a new spark!

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