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Not "Restarting," Just Pressed Pause.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

After 10 years I finally got away with my husband alone for our anniversary. I allowed myself some play time. I knew I would not be working out as much (if any). I knew I would not be eating my best. As I told my husband, this is real life. I am living a lifestyle and have to allow for these moments to enjoy. I figured I would gain a few pounds back in the week (I was thinking 5, but only gained back a little under 3).

Instead of gorging out, because my body was used to eating a certain way already, we ate lighter foods most of the time that we kept in the room. When we did go out to eat, neither of us were able to do the old fashioned gorging we used to do on vacations. We went walking on a beautiful trail and the hills made it a workout in itself. No, it was not the vigorous workout I was used to, but I still kept moving.

During my "pause" time, I choose not to Spark. We only used electronic devices for finding locations to places (no FB, email, etc...). I know I lost my "streak," but I did not want to get hung up on every decision I was making when I allowed myself this time. I did not get off track nor am I "restarting." To use that word, as I often did before, insinuates that I fell off and did not do well on my part. That was not the case. I made a decision with everything I did and deserved it. I am now back in "play" mode and am ready to start pushing forward full force with my transformation. I missed Sparking and am looking forward to doing that again as well.

One highlight of our time away was when we were about to get into the hot tub and I was laying across the bed waiting for my husband to finish getting ready to go. Of course, you have to wear swim gear for the hot tub. When my husband was FINALLY ready to go, he came up behind me and was saying how I now have the "v-shape" (starting at shoulders and curving in at waist) and how my muscles were even more defined in my back. So even though I did no sparking, that was enough encouragement to jump right back into my routine when returning home! LOVE IT!
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    I know I am posting over a year later than this blog, but it struck me that you were practicing all the good things that we learn on SP...and managed to succeed in maintaining good choices while you were on vacation. I am JUST home from a week long resort trip...and while computer wouldn't LET me keep up with SP...I worked at getting in my steps, making fairly wise food choices and still enjoying all that we did. GOOD JOB on your 'pause" back then. Remember that trip and keep practicing the good choices you've been making!!! emoticon
    1291 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/12/2014 4:39:21 PM
    1849 days ago
    Your husband's comment is the best feedback ever!!!! I agree, there have to be these moments where you "just live", and trust that your new habits have been ingrained. Congratulations on your success!
    1850 days ago
    Glad to hear that you are doing well. emoticon

    1850 days ago
    Awesome!! You're looking at it the right way - it's definitely a lifestyle. :)
    1850 days ago
    So often we are ruled by today's online world. I think its FANTASTIC you were able to set it aside and enjoy your time with each other. Kudo's to you. What SP people is doing is teaching you. Eventually that umbilical cord can be cut.
    1850 days ago
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