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Progress: Making the Scale Go Down, Down, Down

Friday, April 12, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw the scale go up, up, up to 175.sometihng. At that point, I decided I had a choice. I can succumb to myself and let myself gain all the weight back or I could take control. I could exercise but I knew my eating was the true problem. It has gotten out of control and I needed to be accountable again. Like I did five years ago. I started tracking my food intake again.

Slowly, the scale started to go down, down, down. Not only am I down to 169.0 my clothes are starting to get looser as well. It was great to see and feel my hard work of eating right was working. Nearly every day I was over calories by 100 or 200. Nothing to get upset about. Today it was 400 calories. I am not going to get upset about that either.

It was the pizza one of the executives brought to thank the staff, myself including, for coming into work despite the nasty weather. It snowed 5-7 inches and driving conditions were far from pretty. Anyhow, I had two pieces of pizza before my workout. I had a headache and figured it was because of stress and perhaps not enough food. I had a piece and it went away instantly.

I take full responsibility of going over my calories but I simply do not understand how a place like the local YMCA brings pizza as a thank you or cupcakes for their birthday parties. Yet... in our employee handbook it says we are to bring in healthy food to eat for our own personal breaks. I find these hypocritical choices disappointing. Lead by example, perhaps?

Nonetheless, I am super proud that I have lost five pounds and feel like I am finding my spark again. Yesterday and today I did 40 minutes on the elliptical. Slow and easy I am getting back into my healthy lifestyle. emoticon I have seen 169 before and I really hope I can stay in the 160s this time and can see 165 in May. Wouldn't that be awesome?!!!

On a side note, I live in the midwest which got hit by a SNOW storm. Here are a couple photos, courtesy of the local news media.

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  • THOMS1
    I agree. Logging my food and exercise is about the only way I can stay on track. I have to plan for just about everything I put in my mouth and that isn't always easy. Have a good day and emoticon with getting back on track.
    1834 days ago
  • KITT52
    I have learned to never rely on what people are suppose to do.... a friends who works at the weight loss clinic tells the same story you did...junk food is bought almost daily by the people who run the clinic... when I toured the Curves workout business I was shocked to see a huge tray of donuts was offered as we waited for an appointment.....I left....

    the bottom line we are solely responsible for what we eat or better what we don't eat

    good jog on loosing the 5 pounds
    1834 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    I have learned that scale can move both up and down.
    1835 days ago
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  • KANOE10
    Good for you getting your spark back and losing 5 pounds. You are on your way. My Y also puts donuts out for celebrations. You are wise to make changes and get on track. Great steps!

    You can do it. emoticon
    1835 days ago
    It's great to hear your good news. We love to see both scale and non-scale victories! Sounds like whoever wrote the break room goals forgot to make them SMART goals that are enforceable. While I like to think no food is 100% off limits, I've yet to see very many cakes that fit in the category of healthy living. Most I've seen in break rooms are filled with empty calories. Now if they offered an array of fresh fruit to offset a birthday cake, there might be room for a little forgiveness.
    1836 days ago
    Good job. Sometimes our bodies do need more calories than we think! You are working out and you are seeing results so, emoticon emoticon
    1836 days ago
    You're doing great. I've maintained for the last 3 weeks, which I'm happy about, but it could have been a loss if I'd made better food choices.
    1836 days ago
    Spark on, sweetie! Great job.

    I have to agree with you about the treats. Good heavens! If the mission is promition of healthy habits, it should start with leadership and modeling that! But, even so, sounds like you did all right!

    You can get to that goal! Keep that bar set high for you, because you are capable!


    1836 days ago
    Sometimes I swear that logging my foods is the only way I can lose weight. I stop and it seems like instantly my weight stalls. Congrats on your weight loss! Isn't it weird that a fitness place would offer unhealthy foods as a rewards? I wonder if they even realize what they are doing when they do that? I also live in the midwest. I will say the ice storm was a little crazy and then of course it has snowed since. Luckily it is supposed to get warmer! We will be able to enjoy spring weather soon!
    1836 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing great work! You're right not to beat yourself up but just keep plugging away. Keep it up!
    1836 days ago
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