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Why I Love Going to the Dentist


Thursday, May 23, 2013

I must say, there is nothing better than going to the Dentist's office after a positive life change. Since it is the dentist, you probably don't see her/him more than every 6 months, so they get to show genuine shock and awe at your new self. Yesterday morning as I approached the patient's chair my hygienist said "You've lost weight. Like, a lot. You look great!" Gotta love that.

Mere days ago, I was wondering if I would make my goal of 500,000 steps during the month of May. Fear not, dear reader! This goal will not go unattained! I have logged over 400,000 steps for the month, and I've got a week to go. I could even slack off a touch and still make the goal, but why squeak across my finish line when I have the opp0rtunity to blow it away?

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I can't think of even one good reason.

And so, I am barrelling forward at the break-neck pace of 18-20k steps per day! Whew!
Interestingly, I am not losing weight even though I have definitely increased my calorie burn. I think I know why. I'm not tracking my intake nearly as well, and I'm not militantly holding myself to saying "no" to temptations. For instance, today there were cookies available in the break room, so I had one. I didn't binge, and that cookie will not ruin my afternoon, but in March, I would have walked away from the cookie leaving it to tempt some other co-worker.
Even with this fuzzing-out of my earlier laser-focus, I feel great. I look great. I'm wearing my skinny jeans and purchasing new items 2 sizes smaller than at the beginning of the year, and they fit perfectly. I'm fine with putting on a bathing suit or short-shorts, and I'm still a full 10 pounds above my "goal weight".

So I'm re-defining my goals. I'm not going to try and lose any more "weight". I'm going to try and define my arms, abs, and legs. This will require a combination of fat burning cardio and muscle building strength training. I'm going to let the mirror tell me when I've succeeded instead of my scale.

I'm also going to see if I can get hold of some fun 40s and 50s retro patterns and make myself some replica dresses to wear in my fun Boudoir photo shoot that yes, I still plan on doing at the end of the summer. It'll be a challenge I really enjoy, and a reward that I know my husband will like.
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CHANGETHEGARDS 5/24/2013 10:31AM

    To be fair, I did earn some cred at my dentist when I had him do a filling without any anesthetic. He made the mistake of telling me before we started that if it was his mouth, he'd do it without Novocaine, so I said I didn't want any (I hate the feeling during recovery - ugh!) He agreed and did the procedure, which did not hurt at all, and it also happened to be his birthday that day. So... I kind of earned my star status.
Nonetheless, I love the feeling when they tell me how great I look!

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WHEAT_ON_TRIAL 5/23/2013 8:06PM

    I like the way you think! Nice work on avoiding a cookie binge - I must learn your secrets :)

Man, it's cool your dentist remembers you. I think mine sees way too many patients soI get no love. Or at least recognition.

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