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Cheesecake Factory, Coffee Maker, Five Pound Bead

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Random title, I know, but it IS all relevant to my Saturday. I ‘m feeling good now and it is because I have been keeping my eyes on the prize. The “Christmas Present for Me” Team has been keeping me on track with my program. Thank you SNOWANGELDIVA! She challenged the team to just two simple goals:

1. Drink 10 cups Water

2. Stay in Calories Range

By reaching for these goals I did not feel overwhelmed and have made great progress weight-wise and more importantly, in my MINDSET. Have I met both of these goals each and every day? No, BUT I am trying my best and not “giving up” if I have a day where I am over my calories. When this happens, it is a MINDFUL choice that is carefully calculated and weighed.


Yesterday my friend and I were shopping in an area where we had not been in a long time. We were looking for some specialty store when we stumbled into a Cheesecake Factory that we did not now was there. I have not been to one in YEARS, so we went there for lunch. I played it smart and got the “Skinnylicious” veggie burger with a salad (DEElish!). My friend just HAD to order the avocado rolls. DAMMIT. Well, I just HAD to try them. Anyway, long-story short, when I got home and looked everything up, I ended up being over for the day but I did not beat myself up over it. I thought about the FOUR things that I did RIGHT:

1. I did not eat the entire veggie burger bun (I could have, but I stopped myself).

2. When reaching for one of the avocado rolls, I selected the SMALLEST one (they were unevenly cut on the diagonal). Usually, I would look for the LARGEST.

3. I never even touched the bread basket. Oh, I thought about it, but in the end I realized that it is just bread and nothing really special and not worth the extra calories.

4. I drank water. LOTS.


It DIED yesterday morning and I had to do my Sparking with TEA. Tea is NOT meant for the morning. Tea is for the afternoon or evenings when you’re feeling a little chilly or need a little soothing. But, I (sigh) did not let my disappointment take over and I dealt with it. I told the hubby that I would need to pick one up, but he INSISTED on being the one to buy it and bought me this spaceship coffee maker. Not what I would have selected, but I thanked him profusely as he was trying to be nice (I would have gone for the cheapest model).


The pretty blue bead is the bead I bought myself as my “Christmas Present From Me!” for losing 5 pounds. No, I did not wait until Christmas. Liz didn’t either, OK? Besides, I like looking at it on my wrist and what it represents. FIVE POUNDS. I already bought all my other beads and will add them each time I lose another five pounds. No, I did not win the Powerball. These were cheap ones I got from A.C. Moore.

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    I like your idea of the bracelet. It's a non-food reward that you will enjoy wearing. looking forward to adding new beads will help you keep tracking and excercising. emoticon Congratulations on losing 5 pounds, and on your sensible dine out strategy. Keep on sparking!
    1652 days ago
    Congratulations on making your 5 lb mark already!! I am still working on it.

    I really like those bracelets, and the charms and beads can be very reasonable.

    Nice choice! So are you trying to lose another 5 before Christmas? if you did I would be very jealous!

    Keep up the great work tracking and keeping to it with the water. You look great!
    1655 days ago
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    I actually like the 5lb bead reward system. I;m not a regular jewelery wearer, but I know many are people who wear charm bracelets adn the like and the idea of being able to look down and know what that little bead means .... I can imagine it would be a wonderful extra source of motivation when needed.
    1655 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your weight loss victory! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    The beads are wonderful. THe visual reminder is very encouraging. I did something similar but with paper clips for a pound...I ended up with a looooong necklace. I'm a S.A.H.M. and my kids and I have ecletic jewlery tastes...

    emoticon I'm very proud! That clear liquid has magical properties.
    1655 days ago
    Coffee Maker envy.
    Bobby brought home one from work that nobody was cleaning and since is an industrial cleaner, that puppy has been given a second life and we have a second coffee maker.
    I love coffee. I used to be a tea girl but, I don't think having to have a 1/4 cup of cream and a tablespoon of sugar to enjoy makes me a real tea-drinker.
    I use it for those times where I'm done peeling the 3 youngest off of the wall and to bribe the older 2 to sit and chat with the mama.

    AHEM, coffee addiction conversation aside. I LOVE your restraint on your eating out! I has a migraine on Saturday and my M.I.L. slipped me some and sent me home with the remainder of which my daughter slipped me some. I go into zombie mode after a head ache and...

    Know what, I think I needed coffee to wake me up and see I was sabotaging myself.

    This is going to be a looong comment because my random is kicking into high gear so that I can avoid looking for a job a little while longer and visit. I like it here in SparkWorld...

    One sec...I need to get coffee and focus on our virtual visit.
    1655 days ago
    Connie emoticon all the way around ..I love the bead on the bracelet..My hubby & Best friend went in together on my 50th birthday in Oct and got me a charmed memories bracelet from Kay Jrwlers,its something they both want to work on filling up,and they are pretty reasonably priced.
    And your DH heck he did a good job thats one sporting coffee pot!
    And emoticon on your 5 pound loss you are doing emoticon
    1656 days ago
    Congrats on 5 pounds and the wins you did create in your day
    1656 days ago
    1656 days ago
    Whoohoo, you did well! Time for a happy dance with the bracelet on, right? Now time to figure out the coffee maker!
    1656 days ago
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