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Vacation Day 65/90 - Random Thoughts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am down another pound, so happily I am now below my ticker weight! Yay!

Watermellen wrote a great blog today about celebrating her 5-year maintenance anniversary, and in it she talks about many of the things she's learned to do to maintain her 90-pound weight loss.

The thing that spoke to me this morning is that we have to understand that our weight WILL fluctuate, that upticks DO happen, that we WILL make bad doesn't have to be a catastrophe. When it happens make a FIRM DECISION to go back to the basics that worked for you in the beginning: track, drink your water, watch your portions, cut down on the carbs, eat nutrient-dense meals, get more active on Spark, reach out to your Sparkfriends, etc. Whatever works!

The WORST thing we can do is start to berate ourselves for being a failure, for letting this happen again, telling ourselves that we'll "never be able to lose weight". Because that's a lie and a copout.

I used to do that to myself all the time. And it's why I stayed 40 pounds heavier for more years than I can bear to think about. I used to think if I couldn't be perfect, "What's the use?" But as KALIGIRL commented on Watermellen's blog today, "Perfect is the enemy of the good." It's a lesson I still struggle with!

Anyway -- when I got on my compact travel scale (after avoiding it for a few weeks) I knew I had to get busy. The number on the scale wasn't a catastrophe, it was a call to action! I am not where I want to be by any means. But keeping off that 40 pounds is my line in the sand, and it's non-negotiable.

This morning we have already walked nearly 4 miles in town, and now we are getting ready to move to Moab, Utah. We will only be 6 miles away from Arches National Park so I'm hoping we can get in a lot more early-morning hiking without having to wake up at 4 am! We will go to the visitor's center for brochures and information and make a tentative schedule for the next 7 days. I know paddling down the Colorado River is going to be one of the things we do.

OK, gotta go; TC is already out there getting things buttoned up. Have a Sparkalicious Day!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAVELISMYGAME 7/22/2014 11:02AM

    Hope you are still having a wonderful trip!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/21/2014 12:04AM

    Looking forward to some "Paddling down the Colorado River" photos :)
Eating healthy while on the road can be a bit tricky indeed, but it can be done!
Congrats for making it work.

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MYTHMYTH 7/18/2014 3:00PM

    WONDERFUL blog - especially the link and the reminder that we all need right now.

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NANCY- 7/17/2014 9:51AM

    Love your attitude!!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/17/2014 6:48AM

    Watch out for quicksand.

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SUGAR0814 7/17/2014 12:08AM

    emoticon and emoticon on the weight loss!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 6:50PM

    Hey, thanks so much for the shout out -- really appreciate it!! Really appreciated your kind comments on my blog too.

Congrats to you on being below your ticker weight -- so fit and healthy you can really enjoy this great trip you're on!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/16/2014 12:59PM

    Great trip and great attitude. Now I'm off to read Watermellen's blog

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KANOE10 7/16/2014 11:43AM

    I liked Watermellen's blog also. You are so right about simply dealing with the weight fluctuations without berating yourself. Great job on being a pound under yout ticker weight. I may have to investigate that folding scale!


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AJDOVER1 7/16/2014 11:37AM

    When I took a disaster-preparedness class I learned a catastrophe is any event that exceeds the resources available to deal with it. Given all the resources we have here, a weight gain is simply not a catastrophe. I like that you define it as "a call to action."

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MEADSBAY 7/16/2014 11:28AM

    You are amazing!
I am so jealous about your entire vacation, actually.
Thnx for sharing a link to watermellen's blog...I had lost hers recently.

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BRAINBENTT 7/16/2014 10:57AM

    great trip !!!


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