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Stumbling Toward the Finish

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jeesh! Watching the Olympics yesterday, I was so glad that no one's really watching my successes and failures. Losing weight is hard, but can you imagine if you had to do it on the world stage? ("KNH771 was expected to finish well this week Bob, but what a disappointment. emoticon Only half a pound!)

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I felt awful for Jordyn Wieber. When she tried to rush to the locker room for a good cry and the staff at the arena forced her to go to the TV interview area?


To finish fourth out of the sixty competitors and not make the finals because of some archaic rule?


I wonder what the scene was like back in the room that she and Aly Raisman share in the Olympic village. That's a lot of pressure on a couple of teenagers.

Anyway... it's not the gymnastics that I'm referring to in the title of today's blog.

On the first of July I started fresh on the weight loss front. My goal is to lose 41 pounds over the next 12 months (actually, 11 months now) and FINALLY get to the "healthy" range on the BMI chart. I started the month at 183 lbs. and got as low as 175 a couple of times, but I finished the month at 181.4. emoticon

Still a loss for the month, but I'm going to have to do better to reach my goal. I'm going to carry over my July SMART goals into August to see if I can improve. There's more on those goals and my July progress in my Happiness Project blog:
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    Excellent blog. I think it is amazing the emotional strnagth and stamina these athletes display at such a young age. The American team came away with the gold!
    emoticon showing a loss! May not be what you hoped for but the scale ended up moving the right direction!!
    2151 days ago
    You are so right. So public, in triumph and defeat. And at such a young age as well.

    I wish you well in August, with your SMART goals.

    2154 days ago
    emoticon i was up til midnight watching last night emoticon
    2155 days ago
    Nice perspective comparing it to the Olympians.
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    2155 days ago
    It's hard to lose, especially in public, but these athletes have lost many times, just maybe not on so big a stage.
    2155 days ago
    *sniffs* Not many of us would have been even THAT composed.

    But, just as she has to accept those little wobbles and backsteps and move on, so do we. Thank goodness that eating half a Snickers bar just means you don't lose any weight today, not that you're losing Olympic gold....
    2155 days ago
    I didn't watch the Olympics yesterday but I am sure I will find out what happened to the girl and the rules.

    I lost a half pound the last few days because I haven't been eating much with the medication I am taking for a yeast infection. Still in agony, waiting for the results of my lab tests. Not a good way to lose. I haven't left my apartment since I came home from the doctor Friday because I have to wear really loose fitting clothing and all I have is an ugly house dress. I need to make myself a couple gathered skirts when I am feeling better.

    Good luck to you on your journey.
    2155 days ago
    I agree with the rules -that does totally suck that she was that good and didn't get to go through. Poor kid. :(

    Good for you for logging a loss this month even though you were lower a few times. I know how you feel! Keep up the great work though!
    2155 days ago
    I agree with your assessment of the Olympic gymnast rules. It takes a special teenager to train so intensely and then perform in such a critical spotlight with the world watching. Give yourself a pat on the back for finishing July with a loss. Our journey to a healthy weight may not seem as daunting as that of an Olympian seeking a gold medal, but our goal is a worthy one.
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