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Disneyland Goal, Rubber Band Ball & New Hobby

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Monday, August 04, 2014

emoticon 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! emoticon emoticon

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. emoticon emoticon

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:

emoticon 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!

emoticon 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. emoticon) I just figure if she hits the original goal, she deserves a bonus. emoticon

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!

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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! emoticon 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?! emoticon I hope everyone has a great week and is starting off August with a bang! emoticon 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. emoticon



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MRSRIGS1 8/20/2014 7:18PM

    I can't wait to read your blog for August 25th!! (I'm extremely behind on emails, as you can see, but I'm excited for you nonetheless)

P.S. Those little elephants are the cutest!

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KIN59VARA 8/16/2014 3:26PM

    Cute elephant and great quotes.

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KIM22211 8/11/2014 11:44PM

    be careful in Vegas, Look forward to hearing from you and how that went! We got this!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/10/2014 2:11AM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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MAYBER 8/9/2014 9:32PM

    Best Wishes
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LYNNIERN 8/7/2014 7:29PM

    Rubber band ball...very cool!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/7/2014 2:54PM

    funnily enough my 8 year 8 nephew started making the bracelets you were talking about this week.he has made ayyub one in black and white lol.the elephant looks great though.who said you weren´t crafty looks crafty to me.

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JERICHO1991 8/7/2014 10:34AM

    Good job adjusting your goal.

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JAB2010 8/7/2014 10:10AM

    Thanks for the update! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 8/7/2014 9:58AM

    Good to hear that you haven't abandon your goal for Disney, just delayed it to achieve it. You are doing awesome at never giving up!

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KEEPITUP62 8/7/2014 9:35AM

    You have such a positive attitude and this is what makes you a winner.
Keep up the great work and all ther best in meeting your goals for
Disney Land.

Love the little elephants!

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LEESA-B 8/7/2014 8:56AM

  Those elephants are awesome! What a fantastic idea for a new hobby. And keep on working for that Disneyland trip!
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INGMARIE 8/7/2014 7:28AM

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COLLARN 8/7/2014 6:50AM

  Wait, you need to loose 4 pounds in 3 weeks to meet your original goal and you don't think that is feasible? You sound like you've given up! A few more salads. A few more minutes on your bike. YOU CAN DO IT!

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REALITYCHECK86 8/7/2014 3:45AM

    Awesome! Those elephants are cool. I used to crochet when I was younger, I even tried knitting before. But my favorite way to pass the time is reading, because I'm just not that big on crafts either. I used to draw and write too back when I was more creative. Anyway, good luck in Vegas! Hopefully you will have fun without having TOO much fun... lol! Glad you didn't have the gain you thought you would too. That's always nice. You're getting closer to that goal then you thought!
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RENATA144 8/6/2014 11:01PM

  May all of your dreams come true !!! emoticon emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/6/2014 9:17PM

    Have fun in Vegas!! Love the elephants! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 8/6/2014 8:52PM

    emoticon Tinkerbell is waiting emoticon

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AJB121299 8/6/2014 6:24PM

    good luck

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/6/2014 3:41PM

    Well Done

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SPARKLE883 8/6/2014 3:07PM

    I think it's great that once you realized you might not make your original goal, you didn't just throw in the towel - instead, you gave yourself a little more time! I'm a perfectionist and it's a huge pitfall for me - if I feel like I'm not on track, I get really discouraged and blow it even more. I'm striving for a more adaptable, flexible approach to this whole journey!

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PENOWOK 8/6/2014 12:14PM

    Good for you two, deciding to give it your all for these next few weeks! I know you'll be awesome in Vegas...with your Gramma, right?! I like your elephants...so cute!! You are so close, Steph!! You can get this done!!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/6/2014 11:00AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/6/2014 10:55AM

  I'm glad you keep us up to date on your successes and your attempts. Keep on keeping on!

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JNADALY 8/6/2014 10:49AM

    I love the rubber band ball idea! I hope you don't mind if I copy it! Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! I've really been enjoying your blog. Have many of the same feelings and situations. You have to know by all the comments that you are soooo not alone! Would love for you to visit my page and blog. :)
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Happy Hump Day!

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SONYARODRI29 8/6/2014 10:28AM

    I had a Disneyland goal last year! So much fun! Keep working hard! Good luck! :)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/6/2014 9:36AM

    Wow love hyena rubber band ball. Good luck on reaching your goals.

I think the crochet idea is a good one. Once you work out the tension issue there are lots of possibilities. I love getting different yarns as a treat.

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SANDRA_E 8/6/2014 9:19AM

    Adding an extra week is a great idea! You can do it! Billy the elephant is fantastic!

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CICELY360 8/6/2014 12:10AM

  good blog

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SHERYLP461 8/5/2014 10:32PM

    Love Billy, you never know what you can do til you try!

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You're on a roll and you can do it!

Adding another week is a great idea - you may even surprise yourself and make to original goal!

Billy and Bernadette are so cute. You can make your own zoo!

I also like the rubber band ball concept!

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MAMAMOOSE54 8/5/2014 9:27PM

    I have no doubt that you will reach your goal!!!!
Keep up the good work. I gave my niece a rainbow loom for Christmas and now I am thinking I may have to get one for myself.
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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/5/2014 8:34PM

    You can always share your great blogs. emoticon

My grandchildren make those animals with their looms. We all went on line to learn how to use the loom.

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DIANNEMT 8/5/2014 8:26PM

    Great!! I got some yarn and will be knitting!

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/5/2014 7:59PM

  Keep at it Steph! You can make your goal by your Disneyland trip. emoticon

Las Vegas has it's temptations, but you can work them to your advantage - walk! emoticon
Believe me, walking in 100 degrees emoticon
will make you shed those last few pounds - just keep hydrated!! emoticon

Our high in LV will be around 98 degrees Thursday, and our highest around 102 degrees for your stay until Wednesday. That is a COOL wave at this time of year for us. So, enjoy! emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 8/5/2014 6:53PM

    I know that you can do it! How about extending your goal to the end of the month? I am here on the sidelines cheering for you!! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/5/2014 6:46PM

  Most Definitely go to Disneyland! It will renew your spirit to come home and keep on going!!

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GODZDESIGN95 8/5/2014 6:11PM

    I am sure you with your determination will get there. I have no doubt. Cute elephant. I used crafts to keep my hands busy and I have seen the rubber bands jewelery brackets and anklets. I always have crafts at hand anything to keep my mouth from eating when I do not need to .

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