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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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JSTETSER 8/21/2014 6:09AM

    You motivate me to eat good and keep running!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/20/2014 5:34PM

    Congrats on your progress downward - just a bit more to go.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/20/2014 10:19AM

    You got things back under control - congrats.

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LEWILL1982 8/20/2014 10:05AM

    Great job! I too have "enjoyed" beer a little too much this summer and snacked a little more. I've gotten back on track since Sunday and am working my way to September where I've made a promise to stop drinking during race season. I think it will help. It's hard to do but the results are always worth the effort.

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NATPLUMMER 8/20/2014 9:16AM

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TERI-RIFIC 8/20/2014 6:41AM

    Way to go. You found your "scream weight". I think it is good that you took things in hand but did not overreact! Good work - and I totally relate to being exhausted by groups. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/20/2014 6:33AM

    Good for you--You are doing it!--Lynda

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JSTETSER 8/20/2014 6:32AM

    Good going PM Runndr!
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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2014 11:51PM

    sounds soooo familiar, especially the wine and snacks - neither of which i had the strength to resist yesterday. but if you can, than maybe i can - so thank you for the inspiration! great job on getting things back in control!

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KONRAD695 8/19/2014 11:49PM

    Nice work on the rebound! Don't know why, but it seems like the athletic types all do this about once a year. Glad you came down from yourweight ceiling so quickly. emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 8/19/2014 11:32PM

    Sounds to me like you have been making some very smart choices. Good for you!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/19/2014 9:05PM

    Good for you. Keep it up and you will be right back where you want to be.

Very interesting information on introverts vs extroverts. Explains my exhaustion at the end of the day when I would go to conferences while some of my co-workers would be all "PARTY!"

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MJREIMERS 8/19/2014 8:42PM

    I've had a similar situation happening in my house. I'm right there with you and together emoticon ! I'm back to eating sensibly and I have done well with my exercise. I'm not kidding, your story sounds very, very similar. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone!!

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ROXYZMOM 8/19/2014 8:34PM

    Summer is always when I waiver too, it's so social and so much fun :)
Great job reeling it all back in!!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/19/2014 8:00PM

    Its always nice to see virtue be rewarded! Well done!

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