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Getting Real

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Well it sure was a nice holiday season for me - must have been - cause the scale don't lie...
I did well at the start and really held out until late December - but eventually I gained a few pounds.
I blame it all on the Almond Roca...and my mom's cookies...and the four parties we went to right around Christmas...and the fact that my parents visited for a week and kept opening new bottles of wine - EVERY SINGLE NIGHT...
Ah well.
Time to get real..
I am almost glad I slipped up a bit and gained about 4 pounds. I know that might sound a little weird. But it is nice to know that I can ease up, enjoy a season of indulgence, and still come right back to my newer habits. I discovered that while I enjoyed EATING all that food and slurping down a glass or two of wine every night - I didn't enjoy the way I felt - sluggish and slightly out of focus.
I liked relaxing and letting myself eat sugar/flour again for a while - I think it might actually be a help in the long run - to know that I can allow myself brief periods of indulgence - that those foods aren't gone forever - they are just not everyday foods for me anymore.
It was almost thrilling to realize that I could "slip up" and then restart my healthy eating plan. In past years a slip-up would mean months and months - or maybe years - before I would get back on track. I think I have shifted my thinking. Back in the old fat days I really was an all or nothing person - either all out diet, or all out binge. And the binging won - that's why I weighed 267 at my worst.
Today i know that I can indulge - and then flip back into my healthy lifestyle. Those 4 lbs will get kicked to the curb soon and I will continue my journey. It is so nice to have this space to learn and grow with all of you as we pull ourselves out of unhealthy living. Thanks so much sparkfriends for encouraging me and journeying with me. 2013 will be a great year....

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AMELIA_ 2/5/2013 5:18PM

    Thank your for the insight. I have started feeling the same, that if a I have a day when I eat more than I need, still the journey continues and I have many more opportunities to eat just right. Eventually the days that I eat right and exercise surpass the bad days, so my body is changing. May 2013 be a great year for the body and the soul!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/11/2013 2:55PM

  Yes, healthy foods in our bodies do make us feel so good and energetic and then the other not so healthy ones bog us down and then we want to get back to healthy simply to feel better.

You have a very well balanced mind set with this food stuff.

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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 6:22PM


Thanks for sharing!


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DAREDEVILME 1/9/2013 1:44PM

    Those are great lessons learned.....way to go!!

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MS_SWEETHEART 1/9/2013 1:29PM

    Love that positive attitude! We all stray from time to time, so kudos to you for jumping right back on track! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 1/9/2013 1:07PM

    That's the spirit, Ginny!!! You can have an occasional jump from the wagon and it is still there waiting for you to hop back on! I did the same thing, and hope that by the end of January all of the evidence will be gone! Wishing you the same!

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2BEABETTERME 1/9/2013 8:50AM

    Great attitude! Way to reel back in and get back to you!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/9/2013 8:05AM

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MENNOLY 1/9/2013 7:54AM

    emoticon I agree with you entirely! You did a fantastic job getting through the holidays. I wish I had done as well but like you, I feel that the extra weight I gained will be gone as soon as I get back to a normal routine. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/9/2013 6:28AM

    Fantastic! Your mind is very healthy!

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LULUBELLE65 1/9/2013 4:40AM

    Thanks for this! I too had several nights of wine and days of cookies, but looking back, I think I was probably way more moderate than I would have been before Spark, and I bet you were too.

I have begun to hate that sluggish feeling--I have so much more energy when I eat veggies and lean protein and forgo the white carbs.

Here's to a great 2013!

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PHOENIX1949 1/9/2013 12:03AM

    emoticon Great attitude.

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KATHRYN1955 1/8/2013 11:05PM

    A very healthy attitude and a sure sign that you are on the right track.
I know how easy it is to slip back and then to use that as an excuse not to return to a healthier lifestyle.
Here's to a healthy and happy 2013 and I am toasting with a glass of ice water!
Take care.

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SPARKVERONICA 1/8/2013 10:56PM

    Yay... there are a few times a year we can enjoy indulging..... that is what living is about. So have cake on your birthday..... stuffing at Thanksgiving and a little extra candy at Halloween.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/8/2013 10:37PM

    This new kind of thinking just sneaks up on you somehow, doesn't it?
4 lbs really is no major damage.
Glad you're right back to it.
And yes, 2013 will be a wonderful year!

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MARYANN2323 1/8/2013 10:29PM

    What a perfect mindset to have!

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