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The Mall, Cookies, and THANK YOU!! C-16

Sunday, December 09, 2012

I am just so thankful and humbled by all of the support and encouragement I receive from you all... my wonderful Sparkfriends! I honestly don't know what I would do without you! I still stumble and fall, but you are all there to reassure me and help pick me up, and give me the gentle nudge I need to keep going. And this journey would NOT be what it is without you! emoticon

The Mall yesterday was actually a great experience. The line for Santa wasn't even a half an hour long. There were TONS of samples but I had the motivation (thanks to y'all) to accept the samples and pass them on to my husband (who gobbles up anything and everything gladly:). Even the Great American Cookie Co and the samples they were handing out... it was hard but I said NO!!!



Making my contribution for the dreaded dinner/cookie exchange tonight was not so simple. All of that chocolate that I had to melt, and oreos that I had to crush. It was quite challenging. And, yes, I tasted one! I made Oreo Balls (because I came across a blog about them here on Spark, but I can't remember by whom). Here's the finished product...


This is my scale number this morning!!!!!


NEVER, NEVER, NEVER in my wildest dreams could I have imagined ever getting to a weight in the 140's... let ALONE the 130's!! It was a secret goal of mine to see a number in the 130's on the scale this morning and I can't believe that in the midst of PMS and my Mexican food and Kit Kat fiasco that I would actually achieve this!! I'm elated!!

~~~ C-16 ~~~

I'm excited about today because I'm visiting a new church. It's an Episcopalian congregation and I have never been to a worship service at an Anglican church before. I come from a Church of Christ background, so this move is both exciting and uncomfortable/unfamiliar! My temperament is such that I long for spiritual fulfillment, so if you're the praying type- pray that I find what I'm looking for. My husband will continue going to the Church of Christ while I seek other options. So this decision did not come with haste.

Tonight is my first Christmas event... the wine, the dinner, the cookies. I really loved all of your suggestions about what to do during the party and what to do with the cookies afterward! Again, I so appreciate all the tips and ideas!! To be perfectly honest, it never even crossed my mind that there was any other option than to binge on them! I guess I really do have a mental illness when it comes to food so I needed your rational and logical assessment of the situation. Sometimes I just can't think right!

Thanks again, friends!
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KRISTA4REAL 12/13/2012 10:08AM

    You were made for that shirt! I'm so excited for you to hit the 130's! I know that when we are overweight we all like to think that we are "big boned" and can't get past 165lbs. That is how I used to think anyway, but it looks like I have a little more than 25lbs to lose. The way I figure is if we just keep eating healthy and working out our bodies will naturally fall to whatever weight we are meant to be! Love you! xoxoxo

PS: I'll pray that you find a spiritually fulfilling church!

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JADOMB 12/10/2012 11:49AM

    Great job, I knew you could do it. And such cute toes. LOL

Finding the right Church is not as easy as it sounds. Many non-believers and even believers think they are all the same, but they aren't. As our kids were growing up we moved around some to make sure their needs were met. Some Churches have more things for children than others. Now that our children are grown up and out of our house, we have went back to our original local 1st Baptist Church. It's mostly older folks but so much more community orientated. So it fits us best at this point in our lives.

So happy hunting, and as long as you seek God, he will help guide you on your search. God bless

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NUOVAELLE 12/10/2012 1:47AM

    This is just amazing! The scale moving down among holidays' temptations! You deserve lots of congratulations!
Your pictures are beautiful. I'm sure you all had a great time at the mall.
I hope your spiritual searches get you to the fulfillment you're seeking.
Have a beautiful week!
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RUNNERRACHEL 12/9/2012 7:14PM

    Congrats on getting to the 130s!! That is great!

I pray you find the right church family and that your family is in agreement as well.

It is helpful to have the perspective of others who are farther away from the situation. Sometimes, we are just too close to the situation to see objectively. Glad you have better ideas and plans for your cookie party.

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GINGERHAWK 12/9/2012 6:45PM

    Congrats on the weight loss - you're doing an amazing job. I hope you survived the cookie party in one piece - I can imagine that it would be challenging but it seems that you're up for it. Good luck also with the new church - looking forward to hearing about it.

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CAMAEL100 12/9/2012 2:38PM

    Wow I am delighted for you on getting to the 130's. I am particularly pleased for you are it was you that motivated me to keep going in Dec coming up to Christmas. I am losing as well which is amazing for Dec. I won't be at my goal for Christmas but at least I will be nearer not farther away!

I know the feeling of thinking that if there is an abundance of nice food around that I have to binge on it. We were at Santa too today and I declined all sweets and had a nice lunch which I enjoyed. I actually made my Christmas pudding when I came home and only tasted a little!!!

It feels so great not turning December into a binge fest and realising that there is far more to being happy and enjoying oneself than food!

I bet you were so proud posing for that photo with your two beautiful daughters!!

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CHRISTINASP 12/9/2012 1:54PM

    Thank you for sharing your joy and the pics!
Not only did you do this, you did it IN DECEMBER! lol

I'm grinning about your comment about never realizing you can do other things with cookies than binge on them. I can relate to that in a way!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/9/2012 1:25PM

    Congrats on the scale and resisting temptations! Good luck in your spiritual journey :)

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/9/2012 12:01PM

    Congrats on the scale - while it isn't everything - it is nice to see - especially a landmark number like that! What is even better than the scale is the way you look in the picture with you girls - happy, thin, healthy - did I mention happy! Have fun at the party - I am not worried about you at all!

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OOLALA53 12/9/2012 11:03AM

    I had about 8 small cookies at a social event yesterday. I loved eating them in the party atmosphere and felt quite content- besides one fleeing thought of buying more when I was alone. Had a light dinner later. It can be done! We don't have to give up all sweets to live reasonably. And we don't have to binge! Have fun tonight and imagine reporting to us how much you enjoyed yourself while tasting some scrumptious cookies and socializing. emoticon

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MYRTROSE 12/9/2012 11:00AM

    Awesome job turning down the samples! I feel guilty sometimes but one of the staples in my defense is to push the food off on my family! Your girls look adorable and thank god you didn't have to wait for hours.
Have fun exploring new churches! Much like a shrink, I think you shouldn't be afraid to keep moving until you find the right one. I totally agree with the previous poster, they are very different now than they were even 20 years ago, and it really is all about finding a good congregation.
The cookies look awesome for tonight. I think most of us on here have a mental illness when it comes to our relationships with food. Why is it always so much easier to see what someone else should be doing instead of ourselves? Hitting the 130's (YAY!) might be enough of a high to carry you through tonight's temptations with ease. Good luck! Don't get too drunk! LOL

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NELLJONES 12/9/2012 10:41AM

    And don't you feel great about not eating the cookie samples!! Imagine what this blog would have been about if you'd eaten them.

My husband grew up in the Church of Christ: no accompanied music, preaching about the Pope as the anti-Christ. At least that was his church in the 50s. I attended an Episcopal church for many years, very high church, reserved sacrament and all. It's all gone now. We used to be called the Frozen Chosen. All of them are so different now. As with all churches (and probably everything else), they are as good as the people who attend them. If you like the people, you'll like the church.

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EUEK098 12/9/2012 9:39AM

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BOOKWORM27S 12/9/2012 8:32AM

    That is an adorable family picture, your girls look just like you!

I'm doing a happy dance for you right now! We said we would see that number by the party, and you met your goal! I bet you were screaming and jumping for joy this morning. I'm so proud of you!

An Episcopalian church is very tame and traditional. Some of the sermon might remind you of catholic services. I would feel "safe" there, no chance of crazy religious behavior breaking out in a stoic service like that. ;)

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MACMOM57 12/9/2012 8:11AM

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