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The Taste of SWEET Success!


Friday, December 07, 2012

On Dec. 4, I asked myself what it would take to feel good about the month of December as it relates to my healthful journey. Not just good ... really GREAT kind of good.

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The answer, to me, was obvious. I want to celebrate Christmas this year knowing I won't have to backtrack in January to assess the damage that was done between Thanksgiving and New Year's and begin rebuilding myself. I want to enter January feeling stronger, healthier, lighter, and even more determined. That's when I came up with this Streaking to Christmas idea (see my 12/5 blog post for more info).

Today was the first of many holiday gatherings that I will be attending. I don't want to send my regrets to events because it's the people who really make the event, not the food. I have all of the necessary tools in my tool box to survive the celebrations. The most important tools are determination and willpower. I have those and I want good health for myself and those I love. What better way to inspire others than to walk the walk! I may have a little extra if you need to borrow some!

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I offered to bring the vegetable platter today because I knew that would help me stay on track. I brought a wonderful assortment of celery, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and orange, yellow, green and red bell peppers, as well as hummus and some light ranch dip. The tables were overflowing with food ... a hoagie platter, mac and cheese, pasta salad, cocktail franks in sweet 'n sour sauce, hot sausage, fruit, and an abundance of cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, and assorted cakes.

My strategy: about 30 minutes before the party, I ate half of a banana. I consumed 40 oz of water this morning, along with another bottle of water at
the party, and I reminded myself this is day 4 of my Streak. I am not breaking my streak--it just isn't going to happen!

I totally rocked that party!

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I don't feel disappointed or deprived and better yet, I don't feel disgusted with myself. I feel like I can almost taste the success of my day 4. I'm not sure I have ever felt this proud of myself when it comes to feeling like a true champion. It's just one battle, but if you win enough battles, you win the war! My mindset is solid and I'm focused on my goals.

Ain't no stoppin' me now. Bella's got her groove back!!!!!

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LADYJNAR 12/11/2012 10:04PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing your inspirational attitude with us. emoticon

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NUTRON3 12/8/2012 5:45AM

    Love it!

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WEBEZE 12/8/2012 2:24AM

    Awesome. Having a plan helps me to stay on track. If I know what I am going to do before being faced with the choice it is so much easier to make. Life goes on and we can still enjoy without going overboard.
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DEBBYFROMMT 12/8/2012 12:30AM

    Wow, you really are the poster child for SparkPeople!

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BEFIT014 12/7/2012 7:13PM

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GOOSIEMOON 12/7/2012 6:05PM

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CSAGIRL 12/7/2012 5:41PM

    Yay, Bella! emoticon emoticon

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CORNERKICK 12/7/2012 5:03PM

  Woo hoo...Congrats!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/7/2012 4:32PM

    You won the battle and you are winning this war!! Fan - amazing - tastic!! Weigh to go!!!

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MIRAGE727 12/7/2012 4:04PM

    You own the lifestyle! Others will envy the strength you have. Fell good about yourself, Bella! You are rockin' right!
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FUN2BAROUND 12/7/2012 3:47PM

    I REALLY needed this just now! Having to make cookies last night and having so little willpower - and being down another pound this am - I sure don't want to be regretting my cookie party tonight. Wish they would just have a get together without having the cookie exchange! Oh well, one day then I'll be back to work tomorrow.
I'm impressed with your determination - thanks for sharing!
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Victory over Cookies!!!
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JLLOVETT 12/7/2012 3:41PM

    You go girl!!!!! The only one who can stop us is...US - no way!!!

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WALLINMW 12/7/2012 3:38PM

  Great blog. Stay motivated. You will get there, one pound at a time.

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