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"oh, Christmas treats...Oh, christmas treats..."

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Well, the week before Christmas and the week after proved to be the equivalent of me hitting a brick wall!! Consistent exercise ceased, breakfast was hit and miss and darn that See's candy store minutes from my house! I simply walked in to buy the traditional treats that my children (all adults now) have grown accustomed to and *BAM*, it was like being sucker punched but in a yummy chocolaty good way!!! *SIGH* I spent those 2 weeks snacking and "tasting" everyone's goodies. This has resulted in my finding 3 of those pounds I had lost and, even worse, feeling that old familiar blucky-ness. Though I wallowed in profuond disappointment for awhile, I can now sit here and list the valuable lessons I gained (along with those 3 pounds):

1. One of my sons said, "Mom, you have done so well you can reward yourself with some See's candy, it's Christmas!"
That See's candy did not act as a reward, it was a torpedo aimed squarely at my hard earned success. If I really wanted to reward myself, I would have went out while everyone was noshing on their chocolate and bought myself a new pair of pants, a cute pair of shoes or simply went for a long walk making sure to notice how great it feels to not be out of breath!!

2. I am still wrapped up tight in "all or nothing" thinking. The reality is having a piece of See's candy (or two) was not the real issue. The issue was as soon as I had the chocolate I figured, "why not have another, I've already "blown" it or " why not go out to dinner and order regular soda since I'm off track anyway." My choices snowballed into an avalanche of really bad choices. I could have simply enjoyed a special treat and then made sure to keep in place the other good habits I have established.

3. Starting again...and again...and again...is not a bad thing. The bad thing would be to stop starting! Realizing that, for me, this is a lifetime pursuit has been powerful. I am learning to keep the big picture in mind. A couple of weeks of less than healthy eating and activity does not translate into "game over".

4. Lastly, now that I am slowly putting back into place my healthy routine, I am realizing how much I deserve to not allow myself to "take a break" from what I know makes me the healthiest and happiest version of me!! I am still dealing with trying to not "disappoint" anyone by being a buzz kill around food, I didn't want to NOT be the fun one around my family so I slipped back into the same role I played for years. The over indulging, live in the moment, " I love my curves" kind of girl that has weighed (literally) me down for years.

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    Yep the holidays have been hard on us all, but your are right game is not over, time to move forward and make this THE year. emoticon
    "Get out of your own way...stop the paralysis by analysis...decide what you want, create a simple plan. And get moving! ~ Dr . Steve Maraboli!
    emoticon Jackie
    2146 days ago
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