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Sunday, May 26, 2013

I seem to have this unfortunate knack for making things worse before I make them better. So I went with the first week of the challenge I am in now.

Week one was seemingly an excellent week with high expectations and plans. Too bad I didn't follow them. Consequently 2 pounds were unpleasantly added to my weight tracker. Was, therefore , not an excellent week with my high expectations and plans.

So I was able to git a grip on things. I usually don't need to be hit in the head by reality more than one time. Exercise has never been a struggle or issue in my life. I am pretty faithful my walking, hiking, biking and working in the garden. I am lucky to live near a beautiful bike trail, and a couple of nature reserves with hiking trails. And I use them a lot. And I have a weekly weight training group I meet with, friends from work, and our colleague is personal trainer. She has taken on 4 of us as a project.

Calories are another matter. I was needing to stop being cavalier with respect to my calories, thinking the regular exercise would more than make up for my troubling calorie increase that first week. It didn't. And it was not pretty. Time for a new, old plan.

So this week, I exercised as per usual, and carefully tracked calories.

It worked. I lost weight. I am pleased and grateful I caught this self defeating trend early and was able to short circuit the craziness.

On to week three. Still with high expectations as well as exercise and tracking. I have a good feeling about it all.

Good luck and God bless us all in our journey.
Bill
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GETSALONG 6/1/2013 11:53AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon onward! emoticon

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CVRONEK 5/28/2013 6:50AM

    That's the way to catch it and stop it before it got out of hand! Sounds like you have it together on both counts.

How nice that you have a such a good group to work out with.

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CMRAND54 5/26/2013 8:47PM

    Calories are what do me in, too. We went out for Chinese tonight and I was amazed when I did my tracking how many calories I had consumed. I better behave tomorrow.

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KALISWALKER 5/26/2013 7:43PM

    Bill good that you caught yourself in time. I read an article about us over estimating the calories we burn with exercise. Also history is a good indicator that we gain weight when we are not watching what we eat.

Are any of the others in your group Sparking? Hubby and daughter are 5% Challenge newbies and we are each on different teams. Good competition!

Have a good week!

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FUNLOVEN 5/26/2013 6:25PM

    That is was is so great on all of us here on SP - we never give up emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 5/26/2013 12:32PM

    This is SO encouraging: "It worked. I lost weight. I am pleased and grateful I caught this self defeating trend early and was able to short circuit the craziness." It's such a cause-effect formula, huh, Bill!

In my case, I find that minimizing my *expectations* tends to be a good thing in a way, too, since sometimes even when I do it *right,* things don't always turn out as I *expected.* My goal is to do these things because I know they are the RIGHT things to do, regardless of the immediate outcome.

You've certainly got all the resources goin' for you for success, that's for sure!
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PJBONARRIGO 5/26/2013 12:01PM

    Woo hoo! It sounds like you are back on track and ready for a great week! Go for it! emoticon

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