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Thursday, December 06, 2012

I was not planning on doing my daily accountability blogs until closer to Christmas, but I'm starting to feel a little bit out of sorts with all of the food opportunities, treats, celebrations, and advertisements for more and more food and treats. I'm feeling incredibly vulnerable! So, at the risk of boring you all, I'm going to go ahead and start them now. I feel like I could use the extra push to see me through the challenges, and you all offer so much wonderful advice and support. But even if nobody read or commented, I would still benefit from the diary aspect of blogging through the holidays! The Thanksgiving daily accountability was extremely useful and helped me to exceed my goals and expectations for that holiday!

If you also struggle during the holidays, and need some extra support, feel free to join The Holidays team. I know I could use all the help I can get! If I can keep this momentum up and rise above the influence during Christmas and New Years, then I will begin a new year with a NORMAL, HEALTHY BMI for the very first time in my life. The lowest weight I have ever been on New Years Day was 169 lbs.
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At this point, I'm not sure what to expect. I don't necessarily have a specific weight goal in mind because I'm at the point right now where I'm going to let my body decide when to stop losing and what can be maintained. For every ounce I lose, I am in uncharted territory because this is the thinnest I have ever been. I don't know what my "ideal" weight is because I've always been overweight or obese. So I'm definitely in Experimental- Mode with the scale! What I hope to achieve is a low, healthy body weight that will give me optimal health and fitness and that can be peacefully maintained.
But because I'm of the temperament that I always have to have some kind of goal to shoot for, I do feel it's probably best that I pick a number to try to work toward. It gives me something to focus on, and serves as a great distraction from the cookies and Mexican food that call me name on an almost-daily basis! Right now, my 'goal' weight is 135. That will likely change... like I said, at this point I'm just leaving it up to my body. When I stop losing weight and I'm comfortable, then I'll know I'm where I need to be!

Highlights for today: I don't have anywhere I need to go or be. Should be a laid back day.

Lowlights: PMS :-(
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BOOKWORM27S 12/8/2012 9:30AM

    This is exactly where I was last year at this time. My weight kept dropping into the low 120's, and I had no idea what to expect. I hadn't weighed in those numbers since I was about 7 or 8 years old! It can be exciting and scary at the same time. It takes awhile, the number will bounce all over the place.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/7/2012 8:14PM

    I actually was thinking that I need to blog more as well - it makes me feel connected and I know that the hard part of the month is coming - first Christmas party this weekend

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ASHPATCH11 12/7/2012 12:03PM

    emoticon tons of good advice posted already! you go this!

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SADWHITEWOLF 12/7/2012 10:44AM

    I have been finding myself blogging almost everyday lately. Seems I need it. I too feel very vulnerable.
We are all in this together.
So happy for you that you are so close to your goals. I agree with OOLALA53 that you change your goals from weight to habit at a certail point. Make sure you are still keeping you healthy habits but stup trying to make the numbers go down.
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NUOVAELLE 12/7/2012 2:08AM

    I think we should both listen to OOLALA53's advice below. Like you, I'm the goal-setter type and I have to link my everyday life to a goal in order to get the ball rolling. So, during my health journey I definitely need a goal to focus on! But the number on the scale is not a good goal. At some point, we'll have to stop losing, right? Don't we need other kind of goals to help us maintain what we've so hardly worked for?
Your blogging and daily accountability sounds like a good idea for the holidays' struggle and I think I'll try to find a way to do it, too!
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FREE_TO_BE 12/6/2012 9:35PM

    I love that you are listening to your body. I think having a goal of a healthy body weight that will give you optimal health and fitness that can be peacefully maintained is admirable. It is so easy to get stuck on numbers and not what is best for your body. I like your mindset!

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OOLALA53 12/6/2012 9:01PM

    I highly suggest you make your goal a set of habits rather than a goal weight. That is how you let your body decide. (Goal weights have messed up the majority of attempters for more than one hundred years of efforts. It has been a colossal failure. Its ends up being psychological static that distorts the real needed feedback from your body. Just witness the struggle of most who use the scale to judge their success.) The truth is habits get people to goal weights anyway. Why not get rid of the middleman?

I know you've been using No S, right? Why not give yourself a year to get to Vanilla No S with, say, 5 S events (one dessert/one snack/one serving of seconds = an S event) a month spead any way you want over your S days ? And working your minimum exercise minutes up from now to whatever number on a certain number of days a week? (Not every day.) Just establish the minumum. Then you can choose to do more (even every day!) just for fun. Doable and likely to keep you from gaining, as long as you stick to it.

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JADOMB 12/6/2012 3:05PM

    You can do it sweetie, you are awesome. By the way, I keep seeing folks talking about PMS................................
....Doesn't that stand for Positive Mental Solutions? ;-)

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MARTY728 12/6/2012 1:28PM

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CHRISTINASP 12/6/2012 11:37AM

    I like that you let your body decide and aren't focusing on a number.
Sounds like you're doing well - be proud of yourself!

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/6/2012 11:35AM

    Do you know what your BMI is? That is a good indication of how much you should weigh for your height. My BMI tells me I am overweight so am working on getting my 27 down to a 25, diligently logging every bite on my nutrition chart and eating healthy, no junk foods in my house.

You can eat more fresh healthy food and lose weight and you are not hungry all the time. I chew Extra gum and it comes in different dessert flavors so I don't crave sweets or junk.

Happy journey!

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GINGERHAWK 12/6/2012 10:35AM

    It really is hard figuring out what your ideal weight range is, isn't it? I opted to find the number that was in the exact middle of my BMI range. Not sure if that's the best approach, but I fumbled with it a bit and that's what I decided. My immediate goal is to get through December and maintain where I'm at. Realistically with the holidays I didn't think an actual loss would be viable. I'll be happy if it happens but I'm not counting on it. As for the PMS - I'm right there with you....boy it stinks being a woman sometimes!

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RHEYNKLAW 12/6/2012 10:09AM

    PMS + no obligations = get your sweat on!
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CATTUTT 12/6/2012 10:06AM

    Major congrats for being so close to your goal weight!

The holidays are rough. You can get through it unscathed, though! Good luck!

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FIREFLYBRIDE 12/6/2012 9:56AM

    emoticon One step at a time!

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