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Sunday, June 24, 2012

So, the baby and I went downtown today to get more tortilla chips for our veggie chili. It was a grey and rainy day, always a bit of a downer, but we had already accomplished a 5.5 mile walk in the morning.

For some reason I was feeling hungry, even though I'd already had homemade oatmeal at breakfast and a hearty bowl of chili for lunch. Grocery stores grab me and pull at my core sweets-n-treats monster.

The "hippie" grocery store that we were at sells salads and all that healthy ready-made food, but they also sell gourmet cupcakes, european cheescake slices, organic sodas and hot chicken enchiladas. OMG! So hard to pass up!

I was so near to "rewarding" myself for the morning walk with some cheesy-spicy-chickeny goodness and then I remembered how hard I've been working and how bad I would feel seeing my Spark Calories go over for the first time since I joined.

Still, CHICKEN ENCHILADAS!!!!! "Eat them, eat them...yum, yum, yum" said my impulsive, forceful inner child.

What to do?

I never, ever say "no" to myself. How did I manage not to buy it?

Well, my mindful "witness" reminded me that the old pharmacy next door has an antique scale that costs only a nickel. I haven't weighed myself since starting the new fitness approach, eating within my calorie range, walking 3 times a week, doing my weights workout regularly and getting off of that hunger-inducing prescription I'd been taking.

Curiosity about my progress temporarily distracted me from the grocery market gauntlet. "It's been 3 much weight have I lost?" I said to myself.

Now, in past years, the one and only time I had a trainer, I did lose 20 pounds in one month once. But this approach has been so gentle, a big change and rather difficult at times, but not as painful as I'd imagined. So, I figured I may have lost 2 or 3 pounds.

I redirected the stroller toward the front door of the grocery market, walked out into the parking lot, down the road a bit, into the tiny, cramped pharmacy. I parked the stroller, dug a nickel from my pocket, slipped off my shoes and stepped onto the scale. Okay, moment of truth, I thought, fearing that I could have even gained sometimes happens. Plunk...down goes the coin, up goes the scale arm.
I've lost....EIGHT POUNDS!!!

"No way! I lost eight pounds?"

Well, it must be true, because this is one of those actual hanging weight scales, tucked into the back of an old 1920's pharmacy building. And it's the same scale I weighed on 3 weeks ago.

Okay, so I was wearing shoes the first time, but that's the only difference.

That means that eating less and moving more really works! LOL! I lost 8 pounds! I haven't been this light since before my pregnancy last year. Wow!

So, what about the enchilada "reward" I'd been planning? Well, I was too impressed by my success to go that hog wild. I celebrated with a sweet black tea, splurging with REAL milk and actual SUGAR instead of soy milk and agave syrup.

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    2183 days ago
    Sweet tea instead of a high-fat, high-calorie mini-meal "snack" was a great choice! I like to point out to folks that I have 2 cups of gourmet coffee every day doctored with honey and half & half (& not in miniscule amounts), and have still lost 65 pounds. Modest treats to savor can help us resist the big temptations emoticon that can derail progress.

    Sounds like you doing an emoticon job! emoticon on the loss! emoticon
    Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    2184 days ago
    Thanks! :o)

    Still riding high a day later. So proud of myself, especially for sticking with my workout...I deliberately designed it to be a challenge, but some days it's extremely hard.
    2184 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on the 8 pound loss & resisting enchiladas. That's fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I understand that it's so hard not to 'reward' with food. Glad you resisted the urge. Way to go!!
    2185 days ago
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