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I fell off the horse and got straight back on!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Today is the beginning of week 6 - they say it takes 6 weeks to form a habit! I weighed in today and I'm the lowest weight so far at 85.3 kgs. That is only 0.1kg off a total of 6kgs weightloss! Wow, it really does work.

Here is my winning formula which I'm learning through SP website: calories in / calories out / tracking / weighing / lots of water / aerobic and strength training exercise / stress reduction / lots of sleep / support from SP friends / determination / courage / hope and faith !

Yesterday I worked from sun up to sun down, non stop - calories burned would have been a ridiculous amount but I did eat a lot more food and I did break one of my self-challenges and I had some beers!!

My calories intake was the highest it has ever been for one day, but still within my range considering the amount of calories I burned. So that's good! The drinking of alcohol was not as pleasant as I had been fantasising about - apart from not wanting to part with my $15 for a 6 pack of beer (LOL) I found it really hard this time to justify the 'empty calories' and the fact that I was making my liver work harder. My self-challenge was not to drink alcohol for the month of October (Ocsober) and I had been 3 weeks alcohol free and that is the longest I have gone without alcohol for as long as I can remember. So all in all I see this as something I have ACHIEVED and when I fell off the horse I didn't hurt myself in the process and I have got straight back on.

This weightloss / health journey is a process and I'm right at the beginning of it with a lifetime to go so there are going to be moments when things don't go according to plan and that is ok with me - I'm flexible by nature.

My biggest observation about myself over the past 3 weeks was how strong the cravings for alcohol were on a Friday night when I have programmed myself over a lifetime to drink alcohol to end the week. I am going to work hard on breaking that cycle and the last 3 weeks are a good start. I don't want to crave anything at any time. I also thought of a drink when strong emotions were triggered. At those times I didn't think of a cream bun I thought of a glass of chardonnay!

So with all that said and done and analysed, I am certainly much wiser about myself than I was before and I will continue to work on creating new habits and thought processes and designing and creating the new healthy lifestyle that is fit and worthy for the new me to inhabit!

I'll leave you with random photos of my enormous zucchini plants that now have zucchini babies and also my first baby squash has just started to form. I am going to be in abundance of vegetables very soon! Look closely to see the baby squash!

The dog is yawning in the photo - he is still waking up!

Have a great day/night everyone and stay strong on those challenges!

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    1553 days ago
  • JACKIE15108
    Every once in a while a friday night beer is welcome. Like you said, don't worry about it, if you have something not healthy - in moderation!
    Your dog is cute and the zucchini is a nice healthy plant.....our plants are all turning brown here now. Have a nice summer!
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    Comment edited on: 10/23/2013 3:38:29 AM
    You should come to France. The saying here is it takes only 3 weeks to change a habit! C'mon you'll get quicker results, heehee! emoticon

    What's a 0.1kg between friends, we don't mind if you round up the figures. 6kgs is totally fab, congrats!! Wish I was where you were right now, 6ks behind me. Been there, done that! Next? Can feel the green-eyed monster rearing its ugly head! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Gosh, I wouln't worry about the beer. Just think of it as stoking up your vitamin B levels and keeping your hair shiny. emoticon

    Anyway I totally relate to the Thank-God-it's-Friday night tipple. I think the cravings have just been transferred to the innocent pumpkin instead. Something to do with Halloween encroaching? emoticon

    Aw, love the yawning dog, bless his cotton socks. Hey, just noticed your shadow. Your profile is definitely more streamlined too, haha! emoticon

    Have a great day HABITATVITALITY! emoticon

    1553 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Great Blog. emoticon
    1553 days ago
    I am so pleased, you are doing amazingly well! and I love your winning formula, I will borrow that for my Sparkpage, because it sums up things so well.

    Well done on your balanced approach to the few beers you consumed. It hasn't thrown you, you just looked at the situation and decided how you were going to proceed. I don't think that alcohol should be the elephant in the room.

    As you know, I use it for the same things, strong emotions and week-end wind downs, but you were not using it for either of those yesterday, just to enjoy a few in the sun, while you were putting in some hard graft, and then straight back on plan. It shows that you are the one in control.

    Great Work emoticon

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    Comment edited on: 10/23/2013 1:17:07 AM
  • WILSLM70
    Great Blog... thanks for sharing
    1553 days ago
    awesome blog. emoticon
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