First of all, thank you so much for all the kind comments I have gotten on my last few blogs! I only blog when I want to share something with all of you, and I have clearly had a lot to share this past week. I am just thankful you all aren't sick of me yet!
I will be the first to say that even though I know *I* am the one responsible for my weight loss, as I am the one doing the work... I truly believe that I wouldn't have been able to lose the weight without the support and encouragement from this Spark Community! Getting feedback, goodies and comments from all of you really keep me going, even on days where this gets really hard.
The other thing that amazes me, is how many of you have commented or asked about my Disneyland goal or rubber band ball! It amazes me that you remember I am doing that, let alone think to ask about that! It truly makes me feel like I am not alone in all of this, and that we are doing this together.
So here's the scoop on what has been going on:
I am currently day 2 back on track after the "1/2 binge"! I have to say, the fact that I stopped mid binge really gave me some much needed confidence when it comes to this weight loss journey. It reminded me I have the power to decide what I eat, how much I eat, and all of those good things. I know this is obvious, but in a binge you can kind of feel powerless like you "have to eat that food", and I realize now it is NEVER too late to stop a binge. I also have to say, that what I consider a "binge" at this point, would have been considered dinner a couple years ago. I would have eaten that food daily, as dinner, along with all my other meals. Now I can not eat that amount of food... I physically can't eat that much and mentally I don't WANT to eat that much, and that is a huge victory!
The Disneyland Goal: Okay, so the Disneyland goal isn't going so hot! Yes, I was down to 181.something last Wednesday, but it looks like I may very well have a gain this coming Wednesday. That is life and I am not super defeated by it, but with this Disneyland goal getting closer to the end, I can feel it slipping away. To meet the original goal, I would have to be 177 by August 18th, and no matter how hard I push, I don't think it's physically possible.
My coworker is a little over 3 pounds away and not sure she will make it in time either. So we had to make an executive decision. We decided that we really have been trying. We have had some slip ups and detours, but we have been consistently trying since we set the goal almost 3 months ago. So we have decided to tack on one extra week to the Disneyland weigh in. That sets our new "official weigh in" for Monday August 25th. Maybe, just maybe I will be able to meet the goal by then! I sure hope I can, and I am going to try my very hardest. She is closer to her goal than I am to mine, so I told her as an added incentive, if she makes her goal by the original date, I will pay for parking on her first trip and buy her a churro. (I promise I'm not a food pusher, we have been dreaming of that churro for months.
) I just figure if she hits the original goal, she deserves a bonus.
Either way we are getting excited to go to Disneyland, and we are determined to make it happen. I believe we are deserving of the extension, because despite bumps in the road, we have been working pretty hard!
Rubber band ball: I have not forgotten about my trusty rubber band ball. Each good day (under a set amount of calories), I have been adding a rubber band to the ball. It sure is growing. I did lose count of just how many rubber bands are on there, because I stopped counting the "good days", but it is fun to watch it grow! I will post a comparison picture of it when it gets a little bigger.
New hobby: So I have to say I have NEVER been crafty. I have always wanted to be, but was never very good at it. We found out about this Rainbow Loom that a lot of kids were using to make bracelets. My coworker and I decided to try it and enjoyed it. We have been following youtube videos to make various things. I attempted an elephant last night, and I actually did it! I surprised myself! I didn't think I could. The best part of this hobby? It keeps my hands busy, and if my hands are busy, I can't possibly be eating! It also has me interested in trying to crochet again. I tried it years ago and while I could follow the movements correctly, my tension wasn't the best and it would make whatever I was making look loose and not right. I know that comes with practice and I gave up too soon. So I am going to revisit that, as it is another way to keep my hands busy.
Here is what I made last night, Billy the elephant, named after my beloved elephant at the Zoo.
^I decided to make Billy a girlfriend, here's Bernadette!
We are having a lot of fun with this new toy, so it was definitely money well spent!
We have a lot of down time at work, and this really helps pass the time!
So that is my update... it was supposed to be short, but am I ever short?!
I hope everyone has a great week and is starting off August with a bang!
I will be leaving for Vegas Thursday and not returning til Wednesday night, so if you don't see me around, that is why. It isn't because I've disappeared, you can't get rid of me that easily.