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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Good morning spark friends,

I have had a pretty rough couple of weeks, and I am having a really hard time to get back where I need to be.

On the last day of October and first two days in November, I had to go out of town for training. Because I was staying in a motel room, and I do not have a laptop, I didn't track my eating or exercise. I actually did really well while I was gone. I put the TV on a music channel and did 15-20 minutes of exercise at the start of each day, went to a Good Life gym with my daughter one evening and exercised on the treadmill and weights for an hour, and was mindful of what I ate in the day time. Each day our tables were laden with bowls of chocolate and treats, which I chose to ignore.

As soon as I got home that Friday at supper time, I had to get ready to go to the meeting, since that week was also our C.O.s visit. Our daughter and her family came for all 3 meetings that week, as they missed theirs. So it was a very busy week. In the end, I still hadn't tracked yet.

It has really thrown me off course. I was sick through most of October, which meant I was exercising so much less. Ugh! So now I am struggling to get back on track, and I need your help. I am tracking again and went back to listening to sparkcoach yesterday. I also did a 4-fast-miles workout last night for 50 min. It was a big push though, which tells me how much harder I make it on myself when I get off track. I have put on 3.1 lbs too. Aaahhh!!!!

I am so disappointed in myself.
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    Hey, Claudette, come back and reread both your post and all the comments here!!! You have proven you CAN do this...and you have lots of encouragement right at your fingertips. emoticon
    1666 days ago
    Do NOT be discouraged! If you think you did okay on your eating and activity level, then you did okay. We can't be so dependant on this Spark that we forget how to lose without it. We have to learn to do these things on our own, and eventually be able to wean ourselves off of this. There will be times when we can't have our laptops with us. But that doesn't mean we can't handle the situation without it. We read our bibles and study it so that it gets into our hearts. Then we know how to handle situations when they arise. Same with Spark. We read it. Learn it. Get tested on it every time somebody puts a bowl of chocolate in front of us. If you passed on bowls of chocolate, you should go to bed at night proud that you stood up for yourself, no matter how small.

    1857 days ago
    You are doing a FANTASTIC job Sis!... I mean sometimes I eat out with family and friends and after deciding that I had tooo much...(but not pigged out badly) I just make adjustments during that week and usually I am back on track. This week I have a cold and realize I can't do everything, but; I decided to make my favorite healthy soup that is warm and comforting AND low fat. So I know that I am nuturing to my body. You have made great choices. Sometimes our body holds fluid. The important thing is you are on the road of healthy choices, you are doing your best and are working towards becoming a healthier and more active person. In the long is not the lbs you lose, it is the inches in the end. Why? Fat weighs less per volumn than muscle. So you could be losing inches and still gain a few lbs. Muscle holds blood which makes it weigh heavier per inches. So our goal is not really to lose so much is to be healthy and not destroy our muscle. So have fun with your friends here and don't get discouraged. (cough cough) sorry this cold is here. Today for me.. I am going to love myself and not worry about running a 'race' of madness. Think calm and glad you attended your special event. emoticon
    1858 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2012 1:34:27 PM
    Your dedication sounds encouraging to me! Stay positive, your doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1858 days ago
    Don't be, you did well as it is and the gain may not be a real gain.
    1860 days ago
    Don't be disappointed in yourself. It sounds like you are still very aware of what needs to be done. And being sick, training out of town, etc, can throw a person off. Just step back on and let go of the mistakes you think you have made. You Can do it! emoticon
    1860 days ago
    WHY are you disappointed? You have done so well at being conscious of your need for exercise and to take care to pay attention to your food choices. You did so well under trying circumstances. Tracking is just a tool. It helps...but it is not the end all of weight loss or fitness success. Learning to adjust our behaviors to make healthy choices is the biggy...and I would say you did a great job of doing the best you can in circumstances that were less than ideal Remember, perfection is not the is to be as healthy as we can as we LIVE each day. So I would say: emoticon
    1860 days ago
    Lets be positive. I once said about the same thing to my Dr. at a recent visit. He looked at me and said "Just think of how much you would of gained if you hadn't done anything". I thought...He's right. Even though things didn't work out they way I wanted them to at least I tried to do what I could.

    So You have inspired me ClaudeM1!!

    Good Luck reaching Your Goals!
    1860 days ago
  • JUDY106
    I know how an interruption in your schedule can really throw you off. It really can do me in too. So, you are not alone with your circumstances with the weight gain. You are doing fabulous to start back on track as soon as you could. hang in there and the 3 lbs will be off very soon. You know what you need to do to get it off and back on to a healthy track. Letting someone else know that you had the gain and you intend to work on getting it off is a very good thing. Now, go to it! We all have faith in you. You can do it! emoticon emoticon
    1860 days ago
    Congrats on you self dicipline at keeping moving while away from home. Really I consider that a laudable achievement!
    You have the right attitude and the motivation to knock that 3.1 back off just as fast as you got it! Seems to me you are well on your way. You can do it!

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    1860 days ago
    I have the Spark app on my phone and I track what I eat at restaurants as soon as I can. It has really helped me. Sometimes I look things up before I order too. Remember to not be hard on yourself, it doesn't help!!! You have a fresh start today.
    1860 days ago
    Lifting you up! Just take it an hour at a time, and then a day at a time. You can do it Don't be hard on yourself, just give it your best every day!! Kathy emoticon
    1860 days ago
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