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A year later and an "atta girl"

Sunday, September 08, 2013

About a year ago I started a downward spiral that took hold for a 10# gain. It started when we took our yearly vacation - too much eating, not enough exercise and an attitude of "I'm on vacation. I'll get back on track when I return home"....Right !? It took a few months to turn this spiral around. Like so many of us I felt shame and anger after having done so well for so long on this journey. With many self talks and a few swift kicks I did get back on track. Lost the 10 unwanted pounds and met my goal (again).
We just came back from our vacation, here's where the "atta girl" comes in. I weigh the same as when I left for the trip. I still ate foods that are not on my normal menu.
Like fried chicken and home made butter pecan ice cream. Had a couple of cocktails, some dark chocolate carmel fudge....oh I could go on, but I won't.
What made the difference this time? I actually tracked all of my food, not just thought about it. This kept me accountable and my eyes wide open. I also made sure I got some exercise in daily.
One day while DH went fishing I went shopping....didn't just look at the beautiful clothes I tried them on. I'm not one to clothes shop, but this time I put on those clothes and saw how "fine" I looked.....well, I have to admit, those smiles (and tears of joy) trumped any over eating I could have done. Those "satisfied with myself" feelings still linger to this day.
I know I will still take one day at a time on this journey as I had some concerns when starting maintenance, but six weeks in maintenance, a vacation behind me and an attitude of "I can/will do this"....well it's a winning combination. I will keep setting new goals and moving forward...
Thanks for stopping by. Hope everyone has a Sensational Sunday and let's keep making those healthy choices together. ((HUGS))
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  • IS1GAR
    I'm proud of you for taking charge while on vacation....this is a way of life and is very hard to embrace at first but once you pass the mental game that plays in our mind all is possible.
    When I'm out of the house I still continue to log my meals and even when things not exactly perfect for the plan are eaten I still write them down to see what effects had taken place. I also try to do some exercise. As of now I have not reached my goal yet, but I'm on the road of gaining that satisfaction and I know I can do it with the help of all my Spark friends.
    Good luck in your maintenance and keep Sparking! emoticon
    1678 days ago
    I am so very proud and inspired by your success. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the great work!
    1681 days ago
    Barb, I am soooooo happy for you. While I was reading your blog I couldn't keep myself from smiling - A LOT!!!! I know that is a wonderful feeling and hearing you say that you looked fine in new clothes was such an inspiration!!! You go girl!!!! I love your blog!!! Keep up the great work pretty lady!!!
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    P.S. And the fact that you wrote your blog on my birthday makes it extra special!!!
    1682 days ago
    Wonderful. That's so rewarding when we finally "get it". We know we can have those things like pecan pie sometimes. Just don't eat the whole pie everyday! Good job.
    1682 days ago
    good job. Keep up the good work
    1683 days ago
    It sounds like you have this under control. WTG.
    1683 days ago
    emoticon emoticon so atta girl did you buy yourself something nice?
    1683 days ago
    OH Barb, I am so proud of you! Excellent job. Healthy lifestyle changes don't mean you have to deprive yourself as you've found. It does mean, though, that we have to be accountable, as you've also found out and done and were rewarded for the effort with no weight gain while on vacation! Good job!

    Maintenance . . . it definitely is all about that fine balance of eating healthy and not being "deprived".

    So proud of you!
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    1683 days ago
    You did fantastic!!
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    1683 days ago
    This is fantastic!!! It really helps when we stay accountable!! And I guess, sometimes we have to get angry enough to give ourselves the talk and maybe several swift kicks to the tushie!!! I'm so proud to know this story of yours and the proof that errors can be corrected!!!! Way to go, my friend!! emoticon (((HUGS)))
    1683 days ago
    emoticon Barb. I still have the occasional treat, okay more than occasional. This month I did put on 2 pounds. I found Magnum ice cream bars and I just can't stop eating them. I just won't buy them anymore for awhile. I am so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1683 days ago
    we had friends over for Sunday lunch today and it was delicious, even though I say it myself (although Zairul cooked). I had to really hold back and portion control because I felt I could eat the whole table! It's only the desire to see results and the end goal that spur you to exercise that so badly needed self control.

    Together we can do it

    1683 days ago
    You are doing really good... emoticon emoticon
    1683 days ago
    Atta Girl.
    I think everyone has already said it all.
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    1683 days ago
    Love, love, love this blog, Barb. I am so very proud of you. It has been a rough go for us over the last year or two, but we are still here and that is awesome! You know you are one of my inspirations on Spark...You give me hope that I can do what you have done. I won't give up until I get it right...Just like you did on this vacation of yours....

    It must have been wonderful to step on that scale and weigh the same as you did before...WOW! You really are changing your lifestyle and your habits and I loved the positive feeling of this blog. Thanks for sharing. You continue to put a smile on my face with your success. Sending you a great big hug for a job well done. xoxoxoxoxo
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    Comment edited on: 9/8/2013 12:01:11 PM
    emoticon what a great job!!! It's called lesson learned and you learned it so well. You should be very proud.

    1683 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Good job and atta girl. We can do what needs to be done even on vacation.
    Hope you got some of those nice clothes you tried on.
    So happy you are doing well. Hope you have a great Sunday too. emoticon
    1683 days ago
    emoticon Vacationing and avoiding weight gain is a tough balance sometimes, but you've proven to yourself that it can be done. Atta Girl!
    1683 days ago
    emoticon great job on your tracking and fitness while on vacation!

    Congrats on successful maintenance emoticon
    1683 days ago
  • JUSTA123
    emoticon needed your blog today thank you!
    1683 days ago
    What an encouraging story. I'm at the beginning of my journey (again) and I want this to be the last time. One day I would like to be the one trying on beautiful clothes and looking "fine". I can truly imagine that being worth all the effort the result requires.

    Thanks for telling us about this. emoticon emoticon

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  • KANOE10
    You are doing great. You are positive and maintaining.

    1683 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    That is so awesome! I am so proud of you! What a great attitude and great job on tracking and getting your exercise each day. Makes the world of difference!
    So happy for you that you felt and looked FINE as you tried on clothes, it makes such a difference in our attitude when the clothes and the sizes fit so well.
    Welcome home and so glad to hear that your vacation was successful for fitting into maintenance! I know that together we can do this. I love that you help me and I certainly hope that I help you!
    Hugs and have a great SUnday!
    1683 days ago
    Absolutely wonderful ! You should be so pleased and proud, you've done fantastic and you're well on the road to successful maintenance !
    1683 days ago
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