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Two week turn around results

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This summer didn't go exactly as planned (but then when does it?). I have been trying to maintain a range between 180 and 185 lbs, but had drifted up into the 185-190 range. Going from July to August, I continued to drift up until I saw 193 on the scale one morning. Good grief! I was exercising a fair amount, but I was overdoing it primarily on snacks here and there during the day and then having a glass or more of wine or beer after dinner. Which usually led to some other snack. When I was honest with myself, I had to face facts that I was snacking my way out of my maintenance range.

It was time to get tough, which I have said before, but going that far above maintenance range was a red flag. So, for the last two weeks, I have continued to exercise and drink enough water, but have gone back to being much more careful with portion sizes and have gone without evening snacking or alcohol. While there were a few times when I have been tempted, for the most part it has not been an issue. I have had desert a few times over the past two weeks, but it was planned and or a deliberate decision, not a slip per se.

Last week we had our department welcome BBQ and potluck. There was a lot of food, BBQ, beer, deserts, and other temptations. I stuck to sensible items, skipped the beer, had a modest desert (one of the lemon squares I brought), and had an enjoyable afternoon. Afterwards I took my littlest in the jogger for a 5 mile run. Then, from Friday to Sunday, I traveled down to Reston, VA for a workshop. I ate sensibly during the drive (another source of temptation), then behaved while down there. The workshop hours were long and I brought workout clothes but I was too tired at the end of the day to get a workout in. (Somewhere I read that extroverts get energized in large groups while introverts find groups exhausting and need to be alone to recharge. I find this very true).

After refocusing for the past two weeks, I was back down to 187 this morning. Not yet where I want to be, but a) I am heading in the right direction and b) I have the resolve to succeed!

Stay strong, fellow sparklers!
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