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Non-scale victory.. make that victories!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

This non-scale victory is about realizing that I'm in a different head space - I'm planning for exercise even though I will be travelling this week.

I do quite a bit of travel. In the past, this has been about an opportunity to do work, meet up with old friends, sample some great restaurants, and have a beverage or two. A lot of self-indulgence going on.

It was on such a trip at the beginning May that I had to ask for a seat belt extender. That was what motivated me to put the brakes on a year and a half of gaining back what I had lost.

I had 2 other trips since then, but was still resistant to exercise, so I was mostly focused on packing healthy snacks and navigating banquet food.

This week, I've already adjusted my exercise routine to take my travelling into account. I've made a mental note to remember to pack my exercise gear (including sneakers!). And I booked a hotel that will require a nice walk to get to the venue and I've already mapped out a couple of routes to sight see and get some good exercise in the form of long and vigorous walks in.

Two years ago at this conference, I was doing so well at this game and was about 204 lbs. I remember that I had just committed to the SP boot-camp, and I did the videos in the hotel room using water bottles as weights and got some walking in. I was wavering on whether to keep a strength training day in, but decided that there were lots of SP videos that use your body weight and I can easily pack a couple of bands to increase resistance.

There is no reason not to work out when travelling - I've done it before and I'm happy to say that I am planning to make it happen again!

Last year at this conference, I weighed about what I do now, but was on the gain. I remember having to go out and buy new summer clothes because I realized that I was down to barely fitting into 2 pairs of pants (the ones that are currently my reference pants!) and was wearing them with a sweater to hide the bulging fat and there was no way I could do that in the heat wave that my destination was having.

In May, when I went on the trip that prompted me to get serious again, I realized that I was travelling to a heatwave, so tried on all my summer gear. I could only fit into 1 skirt and 1 pair of shorts. I thought I could wear another pair of shorts and packed them, but once there realized that they were just too darned painful and the fat rolls over the waist band were not appealing. Now I'm comfortable in all that summer wear and realized on Friday, that I could now not only comfortably wear those shorts (and another pair that I couldn't even do up in May), but I could insert my hand in my waistband sideways!

So I guess this is a blog about 2 non-scale victories - a new mind set where working out is status quo and clothes that fit!
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