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Another fail but with a silver lining

Friday, December 07, 2012

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LOVEISBRUIN 12/31/2012 6:17PM

    I'm going to disagree and agree with MEDDYPEDDY. I did exactly what he describes: I lost 15 pounds about 6 months before my wedding, and kept it off until the big day, but gained it and more back shortly thereafter. Two years later, I'm starting all over again...

That being said, I don't think there is anything wrong with working towards a goal like that. It's what drove me to finally eat healthy and exercise. And even though I didn't maintain it, I know I did it once, and I can do it again.

I would suggest that you just need to keep that same mindset after you accomplish your goals and the milestone dates have passed. Look forward to something else - another birthday, or a big trip, or whatever it is.

A lot of people are very successful in maintenance - you can read a bunch of stories all over SparkPeople. In my humble opinion, the key is to remember that maintenance is still part of the journey. Your goal, your birthday, your wedding - those aren't your destination. They're just pit stops along the way. But the journey will last your lifetime, and once you accomplish your weight loss goals, you need to keep doing the exercise and healthy eating to keep it up.

Best of luck, and congrats on the venue!! Wedding planning can be stressful, but also so much fun!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/31/2012 6:12AM

    I am kind of warning you for that goal setting because I have several friends who did that - got in shape for their wedding or a specific birthday. They did succeed but their effort was so focused and extreme that it took them years afterwards to get back to a healthy attitude - after the wedding/journey/birthday they regained or went back to couch-potato state and had to start a lot slower and more softly towards the body they wanted. Maybe you are doing it very sensible and slow – if so disregard this post...

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TULAA3 12/15/2012 7:37PM

    Try to use your "failures" as opportunities for learning. What were the barriers for you, how can you work around them or prevent them for next time?

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GNISULA 12/10/2012 11:03AM

    Congrats on the venue! It's good to not wait until the last minutes on wedding plans like we did. Do it early!
Also, have you tried Cetephil for the dry skin? I use it every winter (my hands and face get ashy) and it always works. We use it for sunburns instead of the green slime and have yet to get blisters or peel.

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MARUKI52 12/8/2012 11:19AM

    Congratulations on booking your wedding venue. Have you tried washing with the following for your dry skin:
Imperial Leather soap for sensitive skin (contains a moisturiser)
Aqueous Cream BP from Boots or other chemist. This is a cream often used by people with very dry skin, those who have eczema and the like. It is used in place of soap but you should put it on dry skin, rub in and then wash off. It is an efficient cleanser. You could talk to the chemist about this if you wanted more information.
Oil to rub in, best at night, such as sweet almond oil or even olive oil (fresh of course, LOL) but just use a very little, you won't need much but you would need to use it regularly to see an improvement. For the whole of the face the maximum amount you would need is one teaspoon, no more, otherwise you will feel very greasy. Try and then adjust the amount you use but make sure to massage it in well. For a whole body you would only need two tablespoons of oil so that gives you an idea of how much to use if you are looking at other parts of the body. Just don't overdo it as that can make you feel very uncomfortable. It is possible that some may came off on clothes or bed linen so that is something to bear in mind. If you are allergic to nuts don't use the almond oil. You could substitute grapeseed oil but it is thicker and more tricky to massage in.
Also don't have your water too hot, preferably use only lukewarm water if you can bear it at this time of the year!
Hope some of this helps.

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FREEDOM5000 12/7/2012 4:46PM

    Nice one congratualtions on booking your wedding venue! What an amazing thing to be doing :P nice to have that milestone out there, for you to strive towards now I bet. I know what you mean about this weather... I can still feel it and I'm next to the radiator!

Comment edited on: 12/7/2012 4:47:11 PM

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LUCIASMUM 12/7/2012 10:47AM

    The bodyshops hemp range is amazing and doesn't smell girly at all.

Well worth a try - if you go in and ask I'm sure a member of staff will show you the products and there are always testers about to have a try too.

I'm waiting to get my christmas money to go treat myself to some more :)

Hope your back is better soon :)

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CHRISTINASP 12/7/2012 10:23AM

    You can do it, you know, but you may want to be here at Sparkpeople a bit more, set small goals, and log them.
I'm sure your fiancee or another kind lady in your life could point you to a good cream for your face and hands. Or try the body shop.

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