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Looking Back on January

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January has been a great month in regards to running but the weight loss has been slow and tedious. Two weeks ago I had a very stressful week and returned to stress eating. After the scales showed a gain of 3 pounds at the end of that week I knew it was time to pull in the reins! I had to put a stop to that. The last two weeks I have been in much better control with my eating. I lost the 3 pounds I gained and so far this week I am down an additional 2 pounds. I have not seen 143 on the scale in a long, long time. The last time I saw it was 22 years ago and I was on my way up the scale. Of course at that time I was pregnant with my son. I feel so much better than I have in a long time. I have lost 60 pounds since May 1, 2012.

One of my goals listed on my spark page is to get into a dress I have not worn in more than 5 years. Now that I think about it, it was more like 8 years ago. It was a time when I got just a little below 150 pounds. I think at that time I got down to 146 for a wedding. I bought the dress for the wedding and I remember it being just a little tight. Well, after the wedding I went right back up the scale. Since May 1 this dress has been my tape measure for progress. I have been trying it on as I have come down the scale to see where I am. I think the last time I tried it on was in December. It was still a little tight. This morning I was standing in my closet trying to pick out something to wear to work and I decided to try it on again. The dress is actually now a little too big. If it wasn't a sleeveless, thin dress I would wear it to work tomorrow!

I plan to put the dress back on tonight to show my husband! I know he will be as excited as I am because he has been so supportive of my running and my weight loss.

My running and the weight loss has been such a stress reliever. Until I had the meltdown three weeks ago I was handling the stress of work much better. I am so thankful that I was able to see what was happening and retake control. When I was stress eating I could feel the difference in my heart rate and blood pressure. When I retook control of my eating they both returned to normal. I will have to keep that in mind when I feel that stress again.

I am looking forward to February. I know there will be challenges but I feel like I am a much stronger person than I have been in the past many years!

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AELARLEE1 1/31/2013 1:21PM

    Wow, what a great reminder of the importance of handling our "work stress" with something better than eating. I fully understand this since my work stress has been off the charts since before December!

Super congratulations!

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