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September: A Brutal Reality Check

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

If I chose to look at JUST weight for the month of September it is a total fail!

Here are my weigh in's emoticon :
8/28: 195
9/4: 191.8
9/11: 190.6
9/18: 194.2
9/25: 192.4

As you can see it was quite the roller coaster. I was on track to bust into the 180's when the Binge Monster started to attack and I couldn't win. My weigh in for tomorrow looks to be around the same as last week. I started off the week strong and fizzled out towards the end. So I can mark September off as a total fail, or I can try to find some of the good moments.

emoticon #1: I reached out for help regarding the Binge Monster on Spark, and stayed accountable to all of my Spark Friends. In years past, I would have hid the fact that I needed help, and I would have run away from Spark and any form of accountability.

emoticon #2: Despite an arthritis flare up, I continued with my walking. In the past that would have been a huge excuse to take up residence on the couch. I believe my flare up is less painful because I am keeping it moving.

emoticon #3: I learned that life doesn't always go according to plan. I was on point doing my exercise plan and was well on my way to 2000 fitness minutes. The flare up threw me for a loop and I am learning that you have to have a back up plan. I am also learning that when something happens where you can't be as active as you like, it is that much more important to focus on your food. Had I put more energy into adjusting my food and fighting the Binge Monster, I would probably be in the 180's by now. But I am learning.

emoticon #4: I am working on a new plan for my way of eating. I am going to work on getting in more whole foods and stop relying so much on processed foods. I am also going to work on getting rid of the "refined carbs" again. I did it years ago and I felt a lot better physically, but I slowly got away from it with some of the convenience foods I eat. Getting back to that should be a huge help and I know my body will love me for getting in more freggies.

emoticon #5: I had some huge NSV's, from the doctor's appointment, to Universal! I had outstanding blood work, I am healthy and I am fitting into smaller clothes! Not too shabby!

So instead of looking at September as a total fail, I am going to look at it as a learning experience. I learned so much from myself and fellow Sparkers, and I am going to hang on to that knowledge going into October. Here is to making October an amazing month! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1622 days ago
    I think you are my long lost twin Steph! I had such amazing momentum and then the end of September fizzled out like a wet firework. With one stressful week the Binge monster came to visit. In one and a half weeks I gained 4 lbs back. All of a sudden I just stopped caring about myself. My ah-ha moment was when you and other virtual Spark friends wrote to encourage me. I realized that there are people out there who will care about me even when I don't care about myself. It literally sparked the will to shove the Binge monster out of my house and tell him to hit the curb. This week's goal.....back to the basics of smaller portions, thoughtful eating, and tracking my food. Accountability is so crucial to real change.Have fun on your trip! Eat wisely while you're gone and be sure to post pics when you get back! And if you are ever passing through Atlanta we need to hang out! emoticon
    1630 days ago
  • KIM22211
    October IS an amazing month! It is my total fav! I think exercise and everything else will be so much easier! New foods and recipes to try out too!
    1631 days ago
    even the weight thing, you had one (count 'em ONE) bad week. That plus the rest of the middling wins, looks like another successful month for you, overall.
    1631 days ago
    You definitely have a lot to be proud of! I know when you look back at the month of October, it's going to be another great one! emoticon
    1632 days ago
    You rule, your doing great, this is how you have gotten as far as you have......from learning from what is not working and realizing that you are tricking yourself!
    1633 days ago
    emoticon Amazing attitude. Focusing on the positives and not the negatives will be the way to progress.
    1633 days ago
    I, for one, remember your one chin blog. I know that was early in the month but I've been following your blog since then - so that's another positive, right? emoticon

    But seriously, the NSVs were great and the learning experiences that you're taking into October valuable!
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    1633 days ago
    Yeah!!! You know I love a good celebration.. and there is TONS to celebrate! You are in such a good mental state... a great foundation!
    1633 days ago
    Not a fail at all in my book! And a huge cheer for freggies! I am in the same process, weeding out some of the white stuff to make room for more greens. After all, this really is the season for some truly yum treats!
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    1634 days ago
    agreeing with Trixietexas! Love the attitude and how you have made september an accomplishment anyways! WOO HOO!
    1634 days ago
    Your positive attitude and your great self-analysis are big successes. October will be AWESOME!
    1634 days ago
    here's to rocking out October!
    1634 days ago
    Everyone's weight fluctuates, so I wouldn't even worry about that one! You stayed strong, hung in there and didn't give up - that's what counts! I have arthritis too, but in my hip, which is why I'm out there walking my dog at least 3 times a day, every day. If I don't walk in the morning my lower back just aches all day long. I think if you keep moving it helps the joints lubricate themselves, and once the weight comes off, that also helps.
    So you had a good month, just didn't lose as much as you had hoped. Hang in there, you will be in the 180's before you know it!
    1634 days ago
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    1634 days ago
    September was absolutely NOT a fail on many levels. Losses, lessons learned, GREAT NSV's. Sounds like a success to ME! emoticon

    Keep pushing into what you have pronounced is going to be an emoticon month and keep on sparking. You've got this! emoticon

    Baby steps not perfection and that is never a fail! emoticon
    1634 days ago
    September definitely not a fail for you! You are doing awesome and your attitude is inspiring. emoticon
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    1634 days ago
    You rocked September! Whatcha talking about?! You faced some serious setbacks, and you chose to KEEP GOING which is what it's all about. October is going to be excellent. Can't wait to hear your update on how awesome your halloween celebration is at 180 :)
    1634 days ago
    You had a very good month. You learnt a lot, you kept going and didn't give in. In your last blog you wrote about the wonderful time you had at the monster event, well September was the month you started to really emerge from your crystals. October will be even better. emoticon
    1634 days ago
    Your blog was a wake up call for me.....thank you so much! I need to start October with positive thinking!! Keep up the good work!
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    1634 days ago
    Your healthy successes outweigh the lb. fluctuations ( which you still made out ahead of anyways). Hooray! emoticon emoticon
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    1634 days ago
    Actually, it sounds like September was far from a fail! You lost a couple of pounds, you are a little smaller, you got a clean bill of health from the doctor and you kept coming back to it, just like the Energizer Bunny. And you learned a lot from the experience. It's one month of out a lifetime. Talk to yourself just as you would to your best friend. Be proud of what you did accomplish, learn from the rest and move on the stage. You are awesome for sharing your journey with your Spark friends. emoticon
    1634 days ago
  • JAYDEE1211
    You are doing so well. Keep at it! Congratulations.
    1634 days ago
    We all have and need those learning experiences in our lives. It is what allows us to learn to be more successful in the future.
    1634 days ago
    Well, you lived through a month of ups & downs and you learned from each bit of it.

    Wisdom, gained, pounds, on the way out!

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    1634 days ago
    Learning new things is never a bad thing. Here's to a great October!
    1634 days ago
  • NEWAT56
    Thanks for sharing, I am experiencing something similar now and this spurned me on! emoticon
    1634 days ago
  • ADF1981
    You did end the month lower than the beginning so that is good! I think you will feel better by trying to eat more whole foods, less refined carbs, and less processed foods. It really helps me! Plus, processed food almost seems to have more calories and usually tiny servings and you can fill up on some a really healthy meal you made yourself. I try to cook large amounts of food and divide it into servings. Lots of small containers of shredded chicken, beans, etc. If I have too much I will freeze the extra for when I am out of something else. This really helps to keep from feeling like I am always cooking!
    1634 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon , it is good to see that you are starting a new month with a positive attitude.
    1634 days ago
    There were quite a few set-backs this past month. I think you did a mighty fine job considering all that you were dealing with. I feel like a lot of us would have gotten ourselves into quite a bit of trouble but you didn't give up. I'm proud of you!

    Here's to October! emoticon
    1634 days ago
    Sounds like a pretty good month to me and the scale did show an overall loss of 2.6 pounds!

    You are an inspiration and I think you are doing fantastic!

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    1634 days ago
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