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November... A dangerous time and place

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

I realized today that this is the third time I've been down 20 lbs. (actually down 27 as of today!) since I joined SP in 2011. The other times, I regained all, or most, of the weight before getting myself in hand. I am determined to make this time different, and continue on until I've reached my goal of 150 lbs.

November is dangerous for another reason... Christmas baking, lunches out with friends, special events at church... so many tempting foods, and less sunshine. No more gardening. Time for winter exercises... swimming, treadmill, resistance band and free weights. And I hate them all!!! Not really, once I drag/push/threaten myself to get in the pool, I love it.

But let's face it, the winter is when I usually gain weight. I make more comfort foods (shepherd's pie, meatloaf, chicken stew) and eat bigger portions. Perhaps this year I need to divide whatever I make into individual portions and freeze leftovers right away.

Sooooo... my goals for November...

1. Lose 3 lbs. I honestly don't think I can lose 4 this month, and I know I need to succeed. Maybe a chart with gold stars?

2. Back at the treadmill or walking outside. It's been holding my ironing basket all summer. And mending. Time to clear it off. Instead of setting a mileage goal, I am starting with 10 minutes/day and adding 1 minute/day, minimum 5 days/week. I will set up a chart and mark it honestly. I'll report it in my feed each day before I go to bed.

I don't feel good about this. I'm scared that I won't do it. Anyone wanting to join me is very welcome.
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  • ALIHIKES
    Congratulations on your success this year. And I think your goals are very reasonable and achievable. My goal is to LOSE WEIGHT by the end of the month. Any amount will do -- 1 pound for month would be great; even more would be better!!! I am exercising and eating healthy, and if they can get my thyroid/liver problems corrected I should be able to do okay!!!

    Thanks for your commends on my blog. I no longer have a lawn mower (no lawn!) but it sure makes it easier to keep up with the leaves!!
    1644 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Gail........

    emoticon This is a tough time of the year with all of the social situations centering around food. Add to that the stresses that come with Holidays and that sets up a new dynamic. I am also extremely stressed about making my final decision regarding spinal surgery. It is looking more and more like that is my only avenue of treatment and I am scared to death!!!!!

    Your plan sounds great and I know you will do well. You are a very committed person who WILL succeed.

    I wish you the emoticon
    1647 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/2/2016 8:46:52 PM
  • MADAMES
    You are right....it is a treacherous time of year. Many folks throw up their hands until January, and then the damage is done.

    You are so wise to assess the risk and set out on a plan. You WILL succeed. You are bound to slip up from time to time. That is fine...just get back on your plan ASAP and enjoy this time of year. Don.'t deprive yourself...all things in moderation will be a wiser course.

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    1647 days ago
  • MINIMOE1
    November (and March) should be outlawed emoticon Great idea for tracking treadmill time and lifting the ironing/mending basket off counts as weight training, don' cha know. emoticon How about planning for some rewards (non-food) at selected points on your mileage chart?
    1647 days ago
  • KDYLOSE
    I find freezing the individual portions right away helps immensely when I cook something tasty. I hear you on the winter exercise. Been going faithfully to my ST class twice a week, but sliding on the walking and it's not even cold yet.

    I'm going to do what I did last year, tell myself I can eat absolutely anything I want at Thanksgiving if I behave up till then. I don't have the same challenges with Christmas that you do, no cookie baking etc. - it's more just general comfort eating that gets me in December and January. Last winter I gained 3 - 4 pounds that I still haven't lost, so definitely can't afford more on top of that!
    1647 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/2/2016 6:44:03 PM
  • HARROWJET
    I agree with everything you wrote. Let's, both of us, make this November the best November we have ever experienced. Your goals sound very reasonable. Have you decided on a reward for when you are successful? emoticon
    1647 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    I am with you, my friend!
    My goal is to lose 5 more (I am down 20 as well, but after not losing anything for several years) by 2017.
    Sadly, I am using my stress level and family situation as an excuse to comfort myself with food and wine, and have not been exercising nearly as much as I used to.
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    1647 days ago
  • MADILYNEVE
    Great goals and yes this time of year is suppose to be great but between money and losing weight it blows
    1647 days ago
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