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It is October, time to face the truth!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Okay, I have never gained weight here at Spark before! It has been a rough summer personally and I have faced a number of challenges, illness, and trouble with my husband's health and well being! This is what in my past would lead to stress eating, weight gain and anxiety and bad self esteem! I had not weighed since June!! Well, being October 1 st I thought I needed to face the truth on what was going on! I weighed in August and had totally maintained my weight and was amazed, as that is as big a deal as losing in my book! But I still did not record it, I wamted to record a loss! So, today I got on and gained 2.6 pounds! Although I was not thrilled, I see this as a victory, none the less! I actually knew in Early Sept. that I gained this...but could not bring myself to admit it! But if I can't face it here that means I am hiding, being ingenuous and that is not what I want to be! So, seeing the gain was the same after month and not more, I realized this, too, is a victory! I don't think I ever have managed this before! Four months is a long time and I had a minor manageable gain! I do not need to "get back on the wagon" or "start again", I just need to get back to tracking my food, and making sure water, fruits and veggies are back in my menu plans with a dominance! People do not beat yourself up! Learn, see victories, move on and stand proud!
Happy October to all of you! We can do this!
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    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on your victories, and better yet, for seeing them as victories.
    1158 days ago
  • RX_2_RV

    Thanks for posting this blog. I also gained weight over the summer...4 pounds. Your perspective gives me "food for thought."

    1159 days ago
    It sounds that you have had a year like me - so much stress and so much going on emotionally. Like you I have gained weight for the first time in a long time and am very disappointed because I had been losing to take me a bit below my goal weight - unlike you, I have not been hiding but I want to .. sure 2, 3 or 4 pounds is no big deal but it is more difficult to lose it than it is to gain it and I do feel that it is unfair that stress causes me to gain weight while my husband loses it emoticon

    Stay with that positive attitude it will (and already has) taken you a long way !

    great job
    1159 days ago
    That is wonderful Mary! We can all expect some weight fluctuations, and you've been going through so much. To have only gained 2.5 pounds through all of this is a huge accomplishment. You got this!

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    1174 days ago
    You can do it!! As you said, tracking and exercise are the key. Eat healthy and don't stress over it. We are all struggling, especially now this time of year. Keep active and have a plan each day.
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    1458 days ago
    That's amazing! That means you made a healthy lifestyle change and stuck to it even through adversity! That means you are a healthy person with healthy eating habits!!!

    I would do a flip for you, but can't do that just yet. :) Congratulations!
    1522 days ago
    Wow, this is what I do. Even today, i thought, "Hmm..I need to weigh myself, but I think I may have gained…I will wait until next week." That's pretty counterintuitive, because I have no idea if I have gained or lost. I can't really tell when i gain or lose and I need to weigh myself just to know. And you're right, your weight gain is very small and manageable. emoticon Stand proud!!
    1522 days ago
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    I've recently realized the impact stress can have on our habits (even when we've learned all the right moves). Hang it there, you can do this!
    1523 days ago
    You're right, Mary. We can do this.
    1523 days ago
    You ROCK, Mary!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1524 days ago
    That is an awesome victory Mary, especially considering the stress you've been under. You are doing an amazing job. And you have the right attitude too, not getting on and off the wagon, but simply making adjustments, and knowing exactly what you need to adjust. That is a definite victory as well! You truly understand what living healthy is all about, in good times or bad. I'm so proud of you!

    Take care, you are always in my prayers!

    Hugs, and love,
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    1524 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    THat is a victory, to gain such a small amount in what has been a time of enormous stress for you. I am impressed. I am also very happy for you. Nice attitude emoticon
    1524 days ago
    That is the right way to think!!!! Good blog!
    1524 days ago
    I've never really viewed my journey in a stopping and starting fashion. Just more like highs and lows, but always moving in a forward direction... some times it just happens slower and other times faster. I'm happy to hear you've maintained only gained a marginal amount. That's something that can easily be overcome and you can definitely head back down the path to good health!
    1524 days ago
    Just keep going and soon those 2.6 will be gone plus more. You're doing great.

    1524 days ago
    I believe that a 2.5 gain over four months of stress and illness is really an enormous victory. It is indicative that your relationship with food has really changed. I think it is when we are faced with difficult situations where we normally would turn to food but choose not to that we really can see that we have made enormous progress. The small gain in weight is nothing compared to the victory of habits changed. So I am going to congratulate you for the life changes that you have made that you have integrated so well.
    Hope you have a wonderful October.
    1524 days ago
  • LORRAINE10141
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    1524 days ago
    Great attitude! That is what I gained over the summer, too. We'll lose it soon enough. Good luck!
    1524 days ago
    Right on! I'm going to adopt that attitude, I just recently "started again" and I've been feeling like a failure, but considering everything I've dealt with over the past few months, which were extraordinary events, I've done WAY better than I ever would have in the past. My gain was a bit more than yours, but it's under 10 pounds ~ and comparatively speaking with my past, it's nothing to beat myself up about.
    Good blog :)
    1524 days ago
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