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Monday, June 02, 2008

Well, I fell into another one of those icky 'patterns' that people talk about. I ran out and lost about 25 pounds, got myself injured, and then started backsliding and not being full participatory in my weight loss efforts. I let myself hit the drive through a few too many times, and made one too many batches of chocolate chip cookies. It wasn't a big backslide, mind you, but my actions were of greater concern. Weight loss, the way I am doing it, is a lifestyle change. It's adding more fruits and vegetables, removing soda, eating conciously, increasing my daily activity by just a bit, eating out less. If an injury can so easily make me forget what it is that I'm supposed to be doing, then maybe those new habits weren't so set.

I didn't do all bad...I still kept off the soda, I've been juicing so my fruit/veggie intake was still pretty good. But the eating out...I've been letting time dictate my food. 'Oh, I'll just run through for a snack wrap', or 'I don't want to go home and cook, I'm tired'. A little prep goes a long way in these instances. I'm not going to kill myself over a snack wrap, but I don't really have an excuse for the number 7 meal or BBQ dinner out. It is proven in my history that if I go to the local BBQ joint, and even getting the lunch portion, the next morning I will weigh 2 pounds more. I know that is a temporary fluctuation, but it is a clear indication that I'm not progressing in the right direction.

On a positive note, the last week of May brought back the Strawberry Poppyseed salad at the St. Louis Bread Company. Ahhhhhh...summer. I missed that salad when winter came last year!!! I have never in my life been so excited about a stinking salad! If I could afford a 7 dollar salad twice a day, I'd do it, I love it that much. It's nice to have a craving for something so healthy and bursting with nutrients that's just about fat free and only about 200 calories. HA! How often does that happen? At least a few times when I get that 'take out food' urge, I'll be able to satisfy myself with one of these salads.

It's June...summertime officially...aka the sweating season. Today is the day that I remind myself of the path I'm taking and get back on it. Those first 25 pounds were great, but now I'm ready for the next 25. I'm cutting back on the takeout and increasing the exercise again. I'm going to be careful so that I don't hurt my back again, while still pushing myself to new athletic levels. I can do this.
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