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Vacation + Compliments from Gammie!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

emoticon emoticon As everyone knows, it's been flippin hot, especially in Vegas. It was 116 most days, which was fine because the only time spent outside was to get to and from the car. The bad news was that it NEVER cooled off. I was planning to walk Sparky at midnight even, but it was still 100 degrees! Sparky said, "it's too flipin hot, let's skip it!"


I am not making excuses, I could have done other exercises, but I can't lie to you... I enjoyed just relaxing! It was a relatively short trip, I got there Tuesday night and left Saturday night. I had the buffet on Wednesday as planned, but we also went out to dinner on Friday as well which wasn't planned. So my eating wasn't the best, but there was something so great about just having 3 days to relax and enjoy myself.



emoticon The biggest eye opener for me was that my "overeating" while on vacation was similar to how the 272-pound-Stephanie would eat on a normal day. My tummy actually hurt after the day at the buffet, and I didn't even stuff myself to the brim like I could have. emoticon It was a great eye opener just to see how different my life is now, and I have no desire to go back to my old ways!


^Sparky and Gammie were winners! emoticon

Instead of focusing on the fact I overate and didn't get to walk Sparky, let's focus on the good stuff.

emoticon I was on track for 6 weeks without a slip up prior to vacation. The old me would have said "you are going on vacation in a week, might as well wait to start your DIET when you come back from vacation." A week long vacation could easily turn into 2 months of me not pursuing my weight loss goals, not this time.

emoticon I am back on track the FIRST day of coming back. No easing back into this, because it isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle, and things that were okay for me on vacation are not okay now.

emoticon I am only up 2 pounds, and I know this will come right off! I spent a week in Vegas with my Gammie in the past and come back home up 7-9 pounds, so this is a huge victory for me.

emoticon My Gammie gave me a couple compliments, and they were so out of the blue that they meant that much more. One was "You don't realize how small you are getting!" And the other was about how I have a waist line. I have to admit, when you are still 200 pounds, you don't feel small. As far as I've come, I am still a big girl and sometimes I really have to remind myself that I am in a much better place... I do hope as I get closer to my goals that the little voice that stays "you are still big" eventually goes away. I'm working on it though. :)

All in all, I am happy about how I handled my vacation, and how I handled the days leading up to and after it. I have come a long way in accepting this is a lifestyle and I have learned to find balance between splurging and enjoying life, and getting healthier! emoticon
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  • GRANDMABEAST63
    That's sound like a great vacation, minus the heat of course !
    1248 days ago
  • JADED_CHICK19
    So jealous you were in Vegas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vegas..Ive been there 4 times in the past 5 years and even went there for half of our honeymoon. Everything about it is amazing and I'm so glad to see you had an amazing time :)
    1248 days ago
  • MEGYSU
    Good for you. There is nothing wrong with being relaxed for a few days. I think it truly goes to show that you've made a lifestyle change that you can take a few days "off" and then go right back to healthy habits. Way to go! You are an inspiration.
    1250 days ago
  • DEBADEAU
    Welcome back Steph! Great to hear you got right back on track!
    1250 days ago
  • MERRY_XMAS
    "The biggest eye opener for me was that my "overeating" while on vacation was similar to how the 272-pound-Stephanie would eat on a normal day. "

    You must be very proud!!! You are not only changing your body, but your whole lifestyle!

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    1251 days ago
  • MOTHEPRO
    emoticon Great job getting right back on track! I'm glad you had a great vacation!
    1251 days ago
  • HEATHERFREE
    Good job on the vacation!. Yeah that heat is ridiculous down there!!! We are FINALLY getting some heat this summer, the past couple years it has just been crap, not even warm enough to swim at most of the lakes! But boy it was hot yesterday and today I got up at 9am and it was already cookin outside. Your doing a great keep pushing forward!

    1251 days ago
  • LYNNWANNABE
    How about this for a complement, last night my brother said I use to look like the kid from A Christmas story that was all bundled up, where his arms stood out to the side, but now they hang down [my husband said, yes.. she's got a waist now]. I guess I went from this emoticon to this emoticon emoticon (OK, I'm still reaching for that last one.) emoticon

    Anyway, having said all that, I'm glad you had a good time and didn't get heatstroke or anything, I heard it was miserable there with one person dying? (I feel bad for anyone that has to work outdoors in that kind of weather.)

    Also, ARE you ready for a new month? You timed it perfectly, you can start a whole new calendar of stars. emoticon
    1251 days ago
  • BEANIES_MOM
    I'm glad you had a great vacation and got to relax! emoticon for getting right back on track.
    1251 days ago
  • JACKSGRAN
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    Sounds as though you had a great time - very well done. Small changes mean a lot.
    1251 days ago
  • HAPPYTOBEME01
    Glad you enjoyed your vacation! Great job getting right back on track (and mostly staying on track as well)! I enjoyed the pics.
    1251 days ago
  • WEBEZE
    Awesome vacation. Good job staying on track and getting right back to it when you got back. emoticon
    1251 days ago
  • GEMINIGEM6
    So happy for you! Sounds like you had fun. And nothing wrong w/ relaxing and enjoying life and not counting every calories and worrying about working out. You're back on the grind now so it's all good! And you have come a long way! I tell you all the time...you're def one of my heroes on here. :)
    1251 days ago
  • MYHUBBYISMYHERO
    Good for you Stephanie. Sounds like you are back on track. Yeah Stephanie!!! Have a good week.
    Headed to bed, work tomorrow. Made 4 batches of whoopie pies today and had one crumb off the cookie sheet. Woo Hoo to me too.
    sharon
    1251 days ago
  • PROJECT_SUSAN
    Yep I knew you had this on lock down! I am so proud of all that you have accomplished! You could have just threw it all aside and gone gang busters in the food department but you didn't. I am glad you took time to relax and reboot to be ready to take on your work week on your return. You have changed so much in the last couple months! Oh let me say it like a mom...You are growing up so fast! lol

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    1251 days ago
  • NIKKICOLE83
    I am glad you enjoyed yourself with your gram. Most people come back from Vegas with herpes so the fact that you only brought back two pounds is awesome!!!! emoticon

    I know the feeling of realizing how far you have come but still being at a weight or size that reminds you how far you have to go. The good news is that we are only 30 or so pounds from our goal. We have already lost twice that! So this TOO can be done.
    1251 days ago
  • SIMONEKP
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    1251 days ago
  • JUSTLIKEALICE
    look at you cutie pie! Glad you had a good vacation! You deserve it!
    1251 days ago
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