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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Last week I was a cocky Sparky. I thought I owned all there was to know about losing weight. I thought achieving my goal was merely a matter of time (no, not the zero-pounds one; the BMI of 25 one). My weigh in was Tuesday, and there were over 5 lbs less of me. I was elated.



Then the scale gods snickered. I had back-to-back "Happy Hour" marketing events this week, which put hungry end-of-the-day me in proximity of foods I could not track or measure with accuracy (think aromatic, cheesy crab dip here, people). Friday I had both breakfast and lunch on the road while meeting clients. Again, eyeball reliance rather than measurement and palpably high sodium to boot. Because of all of those meetings and the time away from the office, I also sacrificed early morning workouts in the interest of office time (I bill hours like lawyers do - office time also is important). I knew I was in Sparky trouble. Big trouble. I did not yet know how much.



And I was indeed in trouble. Saturday morning brought me to my frenemy the scale. I was fearful, and rightfully so. The scale giggled, it sneered and it smugly told me that was up six (count 'em) pounds since Tuesday. Mindful of the fact that the scale does not lie but also mindful of the fact that I was tracking for all the meals that I could control - and leaving ample calories-to-go for the meals I could not track, being up six pounds blew me away.



So, what would you do? Order pizza and say "what the hell!"? Um, if you all know me as much as I think you do, you also know that was not my choice. Intellectually I believe that sodium was chiefly to blame, and if I can dilute that the pounds will pour off again. Some of them, anyway. So, I stepped up the pool laps, I greatly stepped up the water, I have been tracking this weekend with new-found zealotry, etc. Tuesday is my weigh-in day. If I drop half those six, it will be a victory of sorts.



I will update this on Tuesday morning. But here is my question - what do you predict I will weigh on Tuesday compared to last Tuesday. Up (obviously?) but how many pounds? And why? And would you handle the remedy any differently?

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Tuesday AM Official Weekly Weigh-In:

(Drumroll Please...)



DOWN 0.1 lbs for the week. Those 6 lbs of water weight vanished in 72 hours, and a whole tenth-of-a-pound more! Wow!

And fellow Sparkies, this proves the point that weight loss really is in our control. All we need to do is focus, keep our collective eyes on the prize, not become emotional or dejected, and use the tools of this web site, "religiously." If I can do this (completely rebound from days of horrible eating within the same week), certainly all of you can too!
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CATNCAG 3/15/2013 11:58AM

    It' s great that you are holding yourself accountable & than getting right back on track! That's what I do now. Before, I would get discouraged, eat more junk & gain back all the weight I accomplished to lose + more! Those days are over!

You have a great looking family! I checked out your & Susan's Spark Page & pictures. I think it's wonderful that you are both doing this together! Good luck to both of you!

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SUTERSPACE 1/26/2013 7:43AM

    Been there done that, LOL. Nice blog, thanks and GOOD JOB.

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KRYSTL719 6/30/2012 12:23PM

    nice blog, i am so glad to have read it. thanks

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APIKULENA 6/21/2012 2:18AM

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Loved it!The hole story like in a book=)

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AATKIN01 6/18/2012 10:32PM

    way to go! some of us would have said muff it and been down on themselves for days or even weeks. great blog and congrats on not letting it tear you down.

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RELLINGS 6/18/2012 11:28AM

    Interesting to find other people with similar challenges

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_CYNDY55_ 6/16/2012 11:02PM

    ✴SUPERB✴
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TZAUG2 6/15/2012 5:25PM

  Wow, great job! Thanks for sharing ! We've all been there, done that, BUT not always conquered in the same way! congrats..... emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 6/15/2012 4:41PM

    Great blog, I am going through the same type of troubles right now and I like the way that you look at things.

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LILLITO 6/15/2012 11:31AM

    congratulations on fighting those demons!

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K_RENEE 6/15/2012 10:56AM

    great blog! thanks for sharing

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PENOWOK 6/15/2012 7:50AM

    If it's to be, it's up to ME!

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VIMVIGOR 6/15/2012 4:44AM

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MYSTERY-LADY1 6/14/2012 11:05PM

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GLEEANDYOU 6/14/2012 5:37PM

 
I like pictures and the encouragement of this Blog! Its help me see to stay on course!

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LORI1132 6/14/2012 5:36PM

    Excellent blog... man, that's an event we all live through!

Lori

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4KWALK 6/14/2012 3:48PM

    I like this blog. Very well written and the pictures are worth a thousand words.

Thank you

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JIBBIE49 6/14/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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DEARTOMYHEART 6/14/2012 2:11PM

  Water is the key!!!! Water in toxins out! You can do this, you are soooooo worth it! emoticon emoticon

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QUEENDEBRINA 6/14/2012 1:02PM

    Life does tend to get in the way sometimes - I believe there will always be those times when we can't help but get off track a little. And the dreaded SODIUM - it should be the first ingredient listed for fast food places!

You jumped right back on track though and that says a lot. Thanks for sharing and KUDO's for your continued progress!

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JEANNEBOYD1 6/14/2012 11:52AM

    I can gain a ridiculous amount overnight due to water retention, too. Even though I know this, I'm mortified when it happens.

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HUMBLEHOPEFUL 6/14/2012 11:33AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. I never thought of the sodium water weight being SUCH a factor. I also can gain a LOT in a week without tracking and thought I was really an oddball.
I think you handled it perfectly...no matter what happens just start where you are and move forward.
Congratulations!
N

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LRSILVER 6/14/2012 10:42AM

    WTG. Keep up your progress. Good choices to keep the weight off.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/14/2012 10:34AM

    My weight can easily swing 5-6 lbs in a day if I don't drink enough water.

It makes for depressing "news" so I've been religious about it...since I read YOUR blog.

Go back and re-read your own good stuff. emoticon

-M

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CSHELL75 6/14/2012 10:27AM

    Entertaining blog. Keep up the hard work. You're worth it.

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ANDRAYAYA 6/14/2012 10:27AM

    I don't usually read the long blogs, but this was a good one! Enjoyable to read, and encouraging! Thank you for sharing!

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JUDYAASH 6/14/2012 10:25AM

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HFAYE81 6/14/2012 10:07AM

    Way to go!! That's definitely encouraging emoticon

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1LATTE4ME 6/14/2012 9:53AM

    Hey, I've had this week, too! (darn you, Corporate Job...) Thanks for reminding me that it's in my control.

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CINDYB3511 6/14/2012 8:44AM

    so true

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INGMARIE 6/14/2012 8:29AM

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PYNETREE 6/14/2012 8:29AM

    You grew up hearing.."Winners are not Quitters" "Quitters Never Win" And you have proven that message!
It would have been so easy to just give in..eat that old comfortable way. Exercise really doesn't fit into my day. Taste is everything...if it tastes good - EAT it.

But kudos to you! You know that that is not the direction you want to head in... emoticon

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CLEO27 6/14/2012 5:37AM

  That's awesome, wtg. I try to avoid such temptations whenever possible, but I know sometimes you can't always avoid them. You made an awesome choice when you were up 6 lbs. I may not have done the same thing.

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LBEEKMA 6/14/2012 1:20AM

    I love your honest blog. I know that's the only way to truly get results - honesty!

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POPSY190 6/13/2012 7:11PM

    Great blog.

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LUVTOBOWL 6/13/2012 6:54PM

    Thanks for the encouraging message, I needed this. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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KATHLEEN0222 6/13/2012 6:46PM

    EXACTLY what I needed to read today, as the scale snickered at me this morning!!! THANKS! emoticon

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DIDMIS 6/13/2012 6:33PM

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BLH507 6/13/2012 12:14PM

    Yay! You are showing me that it can happen. I have been straying off the path a little and need to play catch up myself. Thanks for the blog

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DTCELLO 6/13/2012 11:59AM

    Thanks. I hate the yo yos! Good for you to get back on track.

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TZURA99 6/13/2012 9:43AM

    I too thought I could outsmart the old caloriedemon. I went on vacation and gained 7 pounds! It was so easy to do. my intentions were to eat a healthy hotel free continental breakfast every day. Cereal, fruit, yogurt 0h that muffin looked so good, and those donuts. Maybe just this morning. Hah!!! Ice cream parlor, Charleston, S.C. Southern cooking, grits WITH cheese, hush puppies and FRIED fish...you get the picture. One month later I have lost those 7 pounds plus an additional 5. But (and it's a big butt) I have another vacation scheduled for later this summer! And even if I gain weight will I be cocky enough to think that I can remove the pounds this time as "easily" as the last time??? Hey, I know that I will put on a few pounds! It IS vacation after all. Just have to hoist myself back onto that horse ONE MORE TIME!!! emoticon

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KARENCRANER 6/13/2012 1:22AM

    You honest blog got my attention, and your goals got my heart! :)

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WRITINGDIVA1 6/13/2012 1:11AM

    Thanks for the reminder

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MARIANNELK 6/13/2012 12:30AM

    I believe you will lose at least a pound. But when you unleashed the control on your tummy, you let it "think" it was the boss of you, instead of you being the boss of it! Lesson learned...yes, I think you absorbed that reality!

Drinking extra water, upping your swim program, and rediscovering the correct path of food "enlightenment" are all in your favor.

Now go and sin...or is it refrain from hearing the siren songs with sodium, crap dip, or cheese in any of the choruses? Don't let that scale or tap measure win!

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AUNTJAM 6/13/2012 12:26AM

    Needed this, thanks!

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CM_GARDNER78 6/12/2012 9:54PM

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This was great to know!! Way to go...thanks for sharing this with all of us - especially for those times when the scale hops up a LOT in one week!!!

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02SERENE 6/12/2012 9:30PM

    Glad you caught yourself -- emoticon on gaining self awareness.

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MBGUYER 6/12/2012 9:17PM

  nice job -- I have to say I never tried to speed up a sodium purge by drinking more water, but next time I will! thanks

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