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Thursday, July 25, 2013

We make many choices each day, both small and large and those choices will have an effect on our life

Some of the large choices I have made lately have been:
Deciding to move to Ar and making it a permament residence even though the home is Wi is larger and nicer.

If these picture came through the first is the Wi house, the second the Ar house as it was the day we purchased it. The 3rd is the Ar house now, comepletely remodeled inside but still needing some siding!The Ar house has since been rebuilt and remodeled.

Another big choice I made was to go back on 'Spark and revisit my diet last March. The effect was an additonal 20 pound weight loss getting me to my goal. The next choice was to go on maintenance which I have done for close to a month successfully. The next choice is to go back to the next 5% challenge and attempt to lose another 5 pounds to bring me to what I feel is a healthier weight. These choices have led to better health, increased energy, etc.

On a daily basis we make small choices. I allow myself one snack size candy bar each day and havn't really had a problem stopping with that. Day before yesterday I ate my treat but just kept craving another. I finally gave in to the craving knowing that if I didn't it probably wouldn't go away. When you have worked hard to lose weight, it is scary to do something like this, especially when, in my case I had also baked a zucchini cake and had some of that and was having lasagna for dinner! I decided to put the lasagna off to another day (we had it yesterday) and have a less calorie laden dinner, another choice.

These are just examples of the small choices we make each day; today it was hang out the laundry or put it in the dryer. I have been hanging it out to lessen the impact on the environment and my pocketbook. It's also good exercise! I hung them out.

Each choice we make each day impacts our success and how we feel about ourselves. I don't feel bad about that extra piece of candy because I did something to make up for it. Even if I hadn't it's only 80 calories and if it doesn't become a habit it's not really a big deal. I could have used the dryer but I felt better hanging out the laundry. We could have stayed in Wi but the house was too big for us (5000 square feet) and most of our friends were also moving.

The point of all this is to make those choices and stay positive. Sometimes when its 98 degrees I think about how much cooler it is in Wi but then in the winter there is always the problem of all that snow in winter and my husband isn't getting any younger. I certainly don't regret my choice to lose weight and try for a healthy lifestyle. I think it is good to look back and reassess but don't get into the "if only" attitude and try to second guess yourself. For what it's worth those are my thoughts for the day.
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    It's true all our successes are the result of a series of good choices. It's important not to lose sight of that when success isn't right around the corner.
    1762 days ago
  • SUNSHINE20113
    So true. Thanks for such an inspiring blog!
    1763 days ago
    Millie - You're so right! All the choices we make have an impact one way or another, some small and some very great! I can certainly identify - it's a good reminder to us to be mindful when we're making our choices. I've made many in my life without thinking and praying it through enough, and then paid a price. And some I thought were insignificant turned out to have a great impact!
    1764 days ago
    Day by Day , moment by moment !!

    this journey is step by step ..

    We Can do it !!
    1764 days ago
    emoticon blog and so true. Sometimes the day-by-day is a moment-by-moment on this journey.

    We are looking at downsizing our home, too. It won't happen for a couple of years and until at least one more "kid" is out of the house, but we don't need a 4/5 bedroom house any longer. That part of the blog really made me think.

    Thanks for the reminder about choices. I have a very similar belief in choices and the candy, too!

    Thanks again for sharing and I hope you have a great day!

    1764 days ago
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