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Monday, July 21, 2014

OK this will take a minute to come around to my title.

Saturday I was cleaning out my closet getting rid of some too big clothes. Yippee!!!

In the back hung a garment bag containing a dress I bought to wear to last year's office holiday party. It was a cute dress that was on sale at the end of the year. I snagged the dress - can't resist a bargain! And then I proceeded to gain weight. I took a few pounds off over the summer but gained them and more back by the time of the holiday party. When I thought about going to the party that year, I got the dress out. I put on spanx - and tried on the dress and I couldn't even begin to zip it, let alone wearing it. Waaaaaa!

So back in the closet it went. To tell you the truth I forgot all about it - until Saturday. I was prepared to donate it - never worn, tags and all. However a little voice said - "Try it on first". So I did. AND it fit! In fact it was a little loose in some areas!

That was my NSV on Saturday - because the scale had shown me gaining .2 of a pound for my weekly weigh in for our 5% challenge. I was feeling a bit down because I had worked out really hard, even when I didn't want to. I ate within my calorie limits - the only day I wasn't sure of was Tuesday for our office party - but I estimated my meal and thought I was ok. So the dress fitting made my day because the scale certainly didn't.

I was feeling slim and trim, more fit and considered myself looking good!

Today we had a video conference meeting during lunch hour. I sat at the end of the table, pretty close to the camera. It caught a side view of me. There I was in full color on the large screen tv - filling my face with a turkey sandwich. I looked HUGE!!!!! I wanted to not eat my sandwich - not to mention the thinny chips I thought I deserved! Oh my! Who WAS that woman? Certainly not me! I was a lot thinner and certainly much hotter looking than that yesterday! What happened? It had to be a trick camera!

Yep, that was me. Which goes to show I still have some work to do. It also shows that certain camera angles are not flattering. Guess I needed that because I was starting to feel a bit smug!

So I won't be putting off my walk tonight. I will stay within my calorie limit today even with my granddaughter's birthday cake! I already warned her I was not going to be eating the frosting because it is just too sweet for grandma and isn't healthy for her! She understood and asked if she could have it!

I learned some things. Hard work does pay off (the dress fit). Don't puff up too much or someone/something (the camera) will let the air out! When they do be grateful - because if they didn't I would have exploded being so full of myself! I'm surprised there was room for that turkey sandwich! It's ok to be proud of the work I did and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, but not to blow it out of proportion in my mind!

There is no destination. The journey continues each day of my life, so I must continue to do make healthy choices each and every day.

Oh, and never, ever sit closest to the camera in a luncheon meeting - leave that spot for someone else!

I hope you all have a great day.
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    1310 days ago
    I agree, I get puffed up too. I start strutting around forget to look where I am going and fall on my face.
    1310 days ago
    Great job on the dress!
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    1311 days ago
  • NEWSUE45
    Woo Hoo on the dress fitting girl - I bet that felt amazing! I know how you feel when you saw yourself on screen - I will take a picture of myself and look amazing and then someone else will take a pic of me and I look huge! But I am learning to love myself no matter what, to be happy and confident at this size, but creating healthier habits.

    Thanks for sharing!
    1311 days ago
    How wonderful that that dress fit! As NHES220 said, you'll probably need an even smaller size by the next holiday party.

    No doubt there was a bit of fisheye lens involved to capture everyone at the meeting, so you have now learned to pick a more flattering seat for your next video conference. And the old saw is that a camera adds 10 pounds.

    This also brings to mind the old finishing school training to eat daintily in front of others. Or to eat before the meeting, or after the meeting. It never hurts a career to appear enthralled with the meeting's subject -- so much so that you will allow no distraction to interfere. Except in the movie "Tom Jones", eating is not usually attractive on video, no matter what size you are.

    Bravo on your NSV! The scale will catch up!

    1311 days ago
  • NHES220
    Take those victories when they come and don't let the camera get you down! You are doing great, that dress fit without the spanx and that is a big victory. My guess is you'll need a new dress by the next holiday party!
    1311 days ago
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