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New Mindset and Vaca Prep!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's been a good week so far. I ate in range Sunday and Monday. Today, I exceeded my calorie range slightly (by less than 100 calories) but I still ended up with a deficit due to getting some exercise. So that's good.

I have been approaching these past few days a little differently. Before, I kept trying daily to have a "good day" and then, when life happened, and I was faced with a disappointment or discouragement, it became really hard to push through and stick with my plan...because I already felt like my "plan" was foiled...because my plan was to have a good day and it wasn't happening.

So, the past few days, I have been planning to face my challenges that were going to come along (yes...there would be challenges...I quit kidding myself) and stick to my plan and eat in range and get some exercise. So, that's what I've been doing. And I've seen the scale dropping...hurray.

It's funny how just making this small adjustment in my thinking has made SUCH a difference. I am facing the day more relaxed and ready...rather than on edge and guarded. And, for some reason, life has been cooperating with me! I'll take it.

I have a vacation coming up so I have been working really hard at work to get ahead so my co-workers can handle my load while I'm gone with a minimal of problems. It's going really well and I'm really encouraged with my work-ahead plan.

I really want to get through this vacation without gaining. I've never been able to do that before. So, I've been thinking about that a lot and trying to prepare myself mentally for an improbable victory. It could happen!

Hope you all are having a great week! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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  • BD3269PM
    You can do this. It is hard on vacation, I just came back. But I did try and make good choices and I did my exercise as often as I could. emoticon
    1760 days ago
    Enjoy your vacation!
    1760 days ago
    1768 days ago
    Enjoy your vacation! emoticon
    1768 days ago
    Even w/the best happens! Stick to your plans & make adjustments along the way as things come up. Sometimes, that's the best we can do! No matter, you have a goal & the skill & knowledge to proceed, no matter what! Planning for the mishaps & obstacles is your best bet to staying the course! You CAN do it! One day at a time!

    EnJOY your vacay! Most deserving!!! And no matter'll do well! I just know it!!!

    1769 days ago
    I hope you are planning to have fun on that vacation.
    1770 days ago
    Have a good vacation. Plan on having fun!
    1770 days ago
    You said it - Life Happens! I'm glad you have changed your mind set. I think you will see better results and be more relaxed along the way! Where are you going on vacation? Does it involve seeing the new grand baby? I do believe you can come back without gaining. Cruises are known for gaining weight and yet on my last one, I lost 3 lbs! It's all in the mind set and I think you are well on your way to the right mind set.
    1770 days ago
    Isn't it incredible the way our bodies just know what to do when we tell our brains to chill out? Still the hardest part, though!

    Glad to see your spark is burning bright!
    1770 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Great job Cathy!
    I seriously believe that our mental state is half the battle with this journey! Looks like you realize that too and you're using that to your advantage. Keep up the great work!!


    1770 days ago
    Interesting, this is where my mind has been going lately. I read a blog yesterday where the woman is just too tired and defeated to keep going now and is taking some time off. This got me to thinking - I don't want my eating or exercise plan to ever leave me feeling exhausted and defeated. It must nourish me and build me up to cope with life better. Eating clean with just enough of a deficit to see the scale moving down, and exercise to keep my internal organs healthy and increasing my ability to fight stress and moving in an active life is what I am striving for. It's about getting better, not beating myself up. Right?

    You can do the vacation thing without gaining, I know you can!
    1770 days ago
    That's great! Have a good time on vacation! Rehearse scenarios in your mind of how you'll handle time away...I think that you're already doing that, but that helps me when I am going away.
    1770 days ago
  • MONA791
    Have fun and enjoy yourself on your vacation.

    1771 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you're getting things under control.

    Would your vacation have anything to do with visiting a recent addition to your family? Like duh! No doubt! Enjoy getting to know Amelia better. The changes will amaze you. I see my granddaughter fairly regularly and I can't believe how much she changes from day to day.
    1771 days ago
    This is going to be a really special vacation and you need to get away and put all your worries behind you and just concentrate on your grandbaby and family.
    1771 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan! Just the change in mindset is so important to success. Great job! You can absolutely do well on vacation - just focus on lean and green (that's what my trainer told me!). Good luck!
    1771 days ago
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