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Day 15 of CCC (calorie correction course) - Nothing Like A Pic to Reality-Base

Monday, November 04, 2013

I haven't weighed-in for a couple of days, but I've been eating within my range for two weeks now. It feels good to be back on track.

HOWEVER, all this time, I've been trying not to get bummed about the re-gained weight. I tell myself that at least I didn't go up any clothing sizes and didn't regain ALL of my previously-lost weight.

Yesterday, a friend emailed me a couple of pics she took a couple of weeks ago of me and her puppy who is my god- daughter. (smiling) Honorary godmother. Okay, here's the thing...

At first I was just gonna delete the photos because I knew it wasn't going to be pretty. But I made myself face the music and opened them. It really did look worse than I expected, but my mind came up with excuses immediately.

My thought pattern went something like this - "The camera adds lbs." and "I'm sunken into the couch, kinda folded over which makes the body redistribute." etc.

When I'm standing upright, I've gotten many compliments that I look slim, so that's why those excuses (not reasons this time) came to mind. The photo drove home the fact that I need to lose these re-gained lbs pronto. Hate how I feel and, yes, how I looked.

Since that photo, I've already lost 9 lbs, so it's a good start. Wishing all a good day.
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    Wow Jessie what an analogy - God Mother love it !! know exactly what your are saying even though I have lost a ton of weight often times I still cannot face the Music at look at photos to get a clear picture of what I still need to improve on - I am speaking of perfection but I have areas that I have completely ignored and need to address - Great Blog !! Hugs Karen
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    Rather than where you have been, love that you are focusing on where you are going,
    You are doing great keeping your focus on your goals.
    1657 days ago
    Good for you! It is hard. I am taking my time on a few things, as well, measurements!?!
    I can tell how much I have lost because of my clothes size. But the measurements are for my encouragement, Still..................
    I am sticking to the spark eating plan though. One meal at a time!
    1657 days ago
    Now you know how motivating pictures are you might choose to take pictures monthly? It does help with the surprises when you see one.
    My Dr suggested I do and it was very hard! but now that I have 3 sets one month apart I can see the changes. Especially when you wear the same clothes for each picture. It is getting easier and truly is a fantastic motivator. I am still at the hide and sneak stage myself emoticon .
    1658 days ago
    It is important to use that honest assessment/ evidence as an impetus for change without sliding into any level of self-hatred.
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    Great job of losing the 9 pounds.. You can use the photos as a , to go to picture, when you want to mess up. Have a great evening and the camera does add a few pounds.
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    That's right use the photo as motivation to reach your goals. I stopped taking pictures cos i hated/hate to see myself in pictures. So I am using the photos as motivation to record the changes.
    1658 days ago
    Don't you just hate pictures? I know I do.
    1658 days ago
    Wow, that's awesome! At least you caught it before you got into my situation. Gained it all back plus more and now have 50 lbs. to lose....again!
    1658 days ago
    You have done well getting those 9 pounds off fast!

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    Thanks for admitting those excuses. I'm guilty of making some pretty silly story lines myself about weight gain, which I'd like to get closer to reality. With practice and awareness, we'll get it, right?
    It sounds like you're doing fantastic work! Great job.
    1658 days ago
    I'm not liking the way I look right now either, but my scale keeps going up instead of down.
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    Congratulations on losing 9 pounds!! You are doing great! I'm sure that your body is a lot healthier not carrying around those 9 pounds - your knees, heart, etc. are thanking you. It's so important to concentrate on our health as we age and so many of us don't and pay for it by premature death. Keep these thought in mind as you work toward your goal. You are adding healthy years to your life. Healthy people don't get sick as much and are able to be more active and independent as they age. My son is only 29 but it's what I try to reinforce to him every time we are together. Eat right, exercise, live longer and better.
    1658 days ago
    LOL I am also an honary god-momma to a darling dog. Her name is Zoey and she is such a sweetie.

    As to the mental chatter. It is always there in the background bringing us almost at times to the brink of screaming! It doesn't go away through tricks such as positive thinking, ignoring the chatter, distraction, blame, etc.

    It goes away only when we gently and firmly look dispassionately at them. LOOK! Then, with the presence of Love beside us holding our hand, we simply smile a gentle smile and move on. Try this. It does work.

    And, above all else do not be afraid of your "negative" thoughts. They are there for a reason. To teach us that Love is much more powerful...if we only look at them.

    Please do not hurry and crash to meet your goal. That is truly not healthy. One day at a time, one step at a time. No matter what you are beautiful and valuable.
    1658 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2013 9:39:22 AM
    Oh, yeah, the dreaded photos. Your excuses are valid--the camera definitely adds pounds. What I'm doing to combat this is to compare the new photo with the photos before I started losing. Then you can see the difference and that is encouraging even if you aren't where you want to be yet.

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    1658 days ago
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