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A Speed Bump Weekend - Who cares?!

Monday, March 18, 2013

How's everyone doing this Monday? It's oh so cold up here in Alberta. We've had a massive dump of snow that lasted for at least a few days and it makes me long even more for Spring. Set to begin this week, but something tells me it won't be Spring just yet.

Last week was really hard on me. I try to leave work at work and my boyfriend sits patiently every evening while I unwind and dish about my day. I really appreciate him for many reasons, but this is a huge one. I remember when I was young and would listen to my mom yap at my dad about all the things that brought her down during the day and he'd patiently just listen and nod. I would sit there thinking "jeez, this guy has the patience of a saint, I will never yap my man's ear off like she does" and like many other times I catch myself realizing I am just like my mother lol. It happens. I love my mom and I am proud to be following in her footsteps, but it's hilarious that I can clearly remember thinking that I would not be that way. Do we all grow up to turn into our parents?

Anyways, I digress... I yapped his ear off as I usually do and most times it seems the day that was bothering me has been lifted off my shoulders. Not last week though, I was so upset with the way things were going that I let it get the best of me. People who see me regularly, even strangers, have always given me the nickname "Smiley" because I am usually smiling. Even when I'm alone. It makes me feel good and they say it can make others who are feeling low smile too, so I try my best. I was horrified to realize I hadn't cracked a smile in 2 days. Almost ashamed. That's not like me. What is happening to me?

I decided to take Friday off work. I needed it and surely I feel I deserved it. I had a great weekend relaxing and looking into finding that perfect first home for us. We had a great time driving all over town looking into the possibilities. I still can't believe this is going to be a reality soon.

The bad parts... I skipped the pool on Thursday night. I should have gone because I know it would make me feel better but really, I just wanted to spend the night with my boyfriend and feel like myself. Swimming is off at my pool until Sundays so I planned on going Sunday and hitting it extra hard, but I slept right through my alarm that morning and missed it again. I wish I made it those days, but I am already over it. I forgive myself. I'm allowed to slip up here and there and I'm not making excuses for myself. Tonight I will hit the pool with full force and I will make this a great week.

Another bad part... I am .8 lbs up from what I was on Friday and that makes me sad, I attribute that to the swimming and also I got a bit lazy on my food tracking. That's not a habit forming though, I promised myself this week I will track every day again and I will do just that.

Here's some GREAT news you guys. I only recorded my physical measurements a week ago from Saturday. I have never tracked inches lost before when focusing on weight loss but I decided this time I would. I was planning on measuring myself monthly but this weekend when I saw the scales go up, I figured I may just have a look now and see if there's been a difference. Here it is you guys - I was so happy I felt tears welling up in my eyes. In just 1 week I have lost 6.5 INCHES! Now I don't know what is considered "normal" (and if you know, please feel free to share it with me) but I think for me 6.5 inches is nothing short of amazing. I feel incredible now, even though my scale went up in numbers. I did this. No one else did. I couldn't do this without all the support from my pals here. You girls are so awesome and I hope we are becoming life long friends because I think I owe any successes that come my way to you guys.

I feel great, even though I'm a little down that the numbers aren't budging in these last few days, and I am still shocked that I feel so strongly that I can do this. My numbers will continue to go down, and these inches will continue to fall off long as I work my a$$ off and put in the effort. But guess what? I'm worth it. You are too. Let's do this!
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    Don't worry about taking time for yourself! Besides, being healthy isn't just about the physical part, it's also mind and soul! It's so awesome you lost 6.5 inches! And again, it's so easy to get caught up in one aspect of our weightloss (like pounds) that we overlook other aspects that are just as important like inches lost, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. I'm so proud of you! That is awesome!
    1825 days ago
    I love your attitude. It is very catching. And congratulations on your inches lost! That is nothing short of amazing!
    1829 days ago
  • MINEA999
    What do you mean spring hasn't arrived yet?! (says the girl in Victoria where it's spring as soon as fall is over and winter is just what happens 'over there' in Alberta, bahaha).

    The older I get, the more I realize I'm like my mother. A scary thought in some aspects and a reassuring one in others. The one thing that I picked up from her that I'm determined to change is being so critical of myself and others and being so 'glass half empty'.

    Don't fret .8 lbs. Maybe put the scale away for a week - only pull it out once a week (that's what I"m doing, or I become obsessed with every .2 of a lb).

    And yay on your inches!!!!

    1829 days ago
  • ALIALI2013
    You sound just like me, with the smile part, and I'm always telling people to look in the mirror and smile at yourself FIRST every morning, then continue on your way. Being lifelong friends, wouldn't that be incredible!

    Like I always say, one step back, 2 forward, you'll be back on track in no time, and in the meantime, w'e're right here beside you.

    Remember, weight gain could be due to muscle building up, and with your inches lost, I would doubt that's what's happening, so be happy in that, don't beat yourself up, you don't deserve it.

    Give yourself a BIG HUG and then go on your way to moving forward again.

    We're all here for you, just like you are for everyone. Have a GREAT DAY!
    1829 days ago
    You've got a great attitude about the slip-up this weekend, and clearly you're seeing some serious progress with that kind of loss! That is far from the norm! Congrats!
    1830 days ago
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