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Monday, April 15, 2013

Successful weight loss has become a series of smaller victories that eventually lead to much larger victories. Today marked the end of my dietbet. I was nervous because I arrived home from my conference late last night, and wasn't sure what the impact would be on the scale. I wasn't able to get much exercise in while I was gone (as expected), and while I did try to make healthy choices whenever possible, I did go out to dinner a couple of times and didn't always choose the healthiest options.

One small but notable victory for me was that I stopped eating when I felt full, resisting the compulsion to clean my plate and stuff myself to complete discomfort.

When I got home last night, I went straight to the scale to assess the damages. And I discovered that I'd actually manages to lose weight. Immediately I was worried that two days of inactivity had caused my body to lose muscle, but my scale does some rudimentary body composition calculations, and it actually showed that my muscle mass has increased by about a pound and a half since last week!

Today I submitted my final weigh in pics for the diet bet and have been confirmed as a winner. I've really enjoyed this process, the competition, and the support and community of the team. It's been a great experience for me, and I truly think it's valuable even if I hadn't met my goal. If you're interested, I highly recommend checking it out.

For me, my biggest lesson this past month has been that I truly can go on vacation and live "the good life" without losing control over my diet. I can splurge on meals once in a while and still lose weight because I'm balancing those choices with other, healthier options. Health and fitness is not a goal to be achieved and then forgotten. It's a lifestyle to embrace and enjoy!
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