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A Summer of Love

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The theme at my yoga studio is the Summer of Love right now so it feels like the perfect time to make a new seasonal blog. I would like to post more frequently but life just has a way of using up the time and effort regular blogging would require.

Among these life moments include a lot of work. Maybe more than I should have taken on because in three months I gained nine pounds. Yep, you heard that right, nine. I have a number of financial goals that I am working towards right now and when I hit an eight day stretch of 17-hour work days (up at 10am, work, lunch, work, dinner, work until 4am, repeat) regular exercise fell by the wayside. After that job was done I was working to catch up on my other jobs and I couldn't get back to regular workouts. This was compounded by repeated attempts to eat more intuitively than I was ready for and a willful lack of weigh-ins. Whoops.

It's pretty obvious attempting to get by without regular exercise and trying to eat intuitively does not yet work for me (if it will ever). It was a learning moment, and it helped reveal to me the area I continue to struggle the most with is to ensure exercise is a regular part of my daily life. I have easy access to all the tools (Wii fit, exercise DVDs, a bike trainer, a yoga membership, a gym membership, shoes), but the willpower to use them each day, that's much harder to come by in comparison to everything else I need to accomplish each day.

It's a work in progress and my drive and willpower have been renewed for the summer. Keeping to a new exercise routine and back to counting every calories I'm already down two and three-quarters pounds. Six and one-quarter to go measured with weekly weigh-ins.

What's helped the most is knowing that weight gain during maintenance is not a failure. Rather it is only a natural part of the experience. Everyone gains weight during maintenance and then we work it back off. The only way we might have a chance to avoid this yo-yo cycle is to robotically control every aspect of our lives, our environments, our activities, and our food. I have watched people attempt to do this, and to me it is a level of deprivation that I am unwilling to employ. It is a level that would deny me mental health and happiness.

Actually I think of this whole experience as a success. I tried a number of behaviors during a period of time when I was overworked and they didn't work. And now I've moved back in the right directions knowing what I shouldn't do along with what I could try.

It's all a matter of trying, learning and trying and being happy in the process. There's plenty of happy going on right now.

I'm reading Pam Peeke's book The Hunger Fix which is teaching me a lot about the complications of food addiction. In addition it's providing me the reassurances I need to reinforce what I am doing each day is best for my longterm goals (especially when my internal cheerleader gets drowned out with self-doubt).

At work I enjoy my jobs and benefits and luckily I have been offered additional hours which will advance my financial aims. I won't have to worry as much over the car repairs, loan payments, annual vet visit, insurance payments, prescriptions, and computer replacement parts that are filling my plate right now.

My herb garden is doing fantastic, and I'm also growing mitsuba and shiso from seed to use in my Japanese recipes.

I just found the keys to making the best scrambled eggs ever courtesy a Gordon Ramsay video tutorial (low heat, crack egg directly into the pan, stir constantly with a spatula, keep moving the pan on and off the heat, and season at the end). I never realized before I was overcooking the eggs into oblivion, which might have been why I didn't like scrambled eggs. I never knew what I was missing!

In August I will be completing my first 5K, a Color Me Rad fun run, though I need to get my training program rolling here. Yikes!

I'll also be attending a family reunion where I get to show off my gorgeous new pixie cut. My stylist recommended it because it goes great with the long oval shape of my face. This is a very happy change from the puffy round face it used to be!

I have developed a fab design for my ace of spades tattoo, and hopefully I will get to the parlor soon to get it completed. I can't wait!

The best is that I'm back in the saddle with all of the healthy habits I need to keep maintaining my weight.

All in all it's the summer of love and I'm going to enjoy every bit.
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  • ROCKMAN6797
    Wonderful blog Tina. I love your thought that "What's helped the most is knowing that weight gain during maintenance is not a failure." That speaks volumes to the whole weight loss experience. It really is a series of ups and downs but then isn't that life? We do, we learn, and then push forward.
    BTW, your hair stylist was right on, that haircut rocks!
    1778 days ago
    Good for you, great blog, wonderful update on what's been going on with you! Keep up the great work and I love the new hair!
    1778 days ago
    Great blog!!! I am working on financial goals too--working 3 jobs--so I can understand you situation. So glad that I came across your blog. It really encouraged me. emoticon
    1779 days ago
    Great blog, Tina, and I'm so happy to see that you're doing well. Maintenance is definitely not a straight line for most of us, but I think you're tackling your small gain in a healthy and sane way.

    Love your new haircut too. It looks absolutely fabulous on you!
    1779 days ago
    emoticon Great job! emoticon emoticon
    1779 days ago
  • ELLIE381
    emoticon emoticon I love, love, love the new haircut. emoticon
    Enjoy your summer of love. emoticon
    1779 days ago
  • BOB240
    great haircut..brings out your eyes!
    1779 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    Week of 06/06/2013 - Featured Post

    I Am My Own Hero

    Great to see that in the Spark Mail.
    1779 days ago
    You are totally an inspiration! Congrats on the Community Highlight recognition! It brought me to your page and I love the progress you've made. Love the haircut too! emoticon emoticon
    1780 days ago
    Glad to see you back! Love the new haircut!

    Yes, maintenance is a constant cycle of ups and downs. I've just accepted that this struggle will be like this for the rest of my life/.
    1780 days ago
  • BILL60
    Welcome back to fitness. Hang tough!!
    1780 days ago
  • KANOE10
    What a lovely new haircut. It fits your face perfectly and you look beautiful. Good for you getting back in the saddle. Your long work days do sound exhausting and I can see why getting exercise in was difficult.
    What you went through is part of maintenance. We all go through times of up pounds and times when we really are not ready to work them back off. Yet, eventually we get out of this cycle of complacency and start going again.
    I like what you said about it being a matter of learning and being happy at the same time.

    Thanks for the info on the eggs and the book.

    You are very inspirational. Hugs.

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    1780 days ago
    Wow you are on fire in a totally blissful way emoticon well done to you emoticon

    I wish you well in the emoticon

    And your herb garden looks emoticon

    Looking forward to making your acquaintance more emoticon
    1780 days ago
    Lovely little herb garden! And you know what is a success? Turning a gain around and going back down the scale. That I would personally consider the biggest success of all. It is so easy to let the gain go and turn a blind eye. BTDT. The maintenance lessons are awesome as well, as it is all about finding what works best for YOU on this journey. I don't think I could be totally cut and dried either when it comes to it. I guess we'll see what works best for me as well :)

    You'll get the couple gained back off in no time!
    1780 days ago
    Fabulous garden and Fabulous You!

    Enjoy your summer (as it sounds that you will!)
    1780 days ago
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