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This will be my true test...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Well, I've been at this since May and I'm proud of myself. I've lost 20 pounds and it feels great! But more still to go.

I've been consistent with fitness (especially when I didn't feel like it) and realized the secret was just to GET STARTED that day, take the first step and then it's easier to keep going. I actually climbed a small mountain trail (it was ridicu,lously steep) and did a few hikes, things I would have never tried 6 konths ago.

I've tracked every morsel, even when it was a bad choice, because it showed me how much it cost me and gave me the strength to get refocused right away and not fall back. There weren't too many of those but I did have some. Forgive and move forward.

I didn't weigh in every week but every other week because if I had a week that I hardly dropped, I'd get so discouraged after knowing how hard I had tried. Two weeks was great. I always saw some progress no matter how small. (Psychological, I know, but it worked for me).

My true test starts tomorrow. I am leaving to head to my mother's in a different state. From there we are flying to Slovenia in Europe to visit and stay with relatives I have never met. To say I am excited is an understatement. I have never been abroad and we have been talking about this trip for a lifetime. It is truly a dream come true.

HOWEVER...I will be at the mercy of my hosts for food. I know this will be a challenge and I will be walking a tight rope. Don't want to offend, don't want to indulge. Difficult, difficult. I have decided I will make the best choices available to me and be sure to add fitness on a daily basis. My walking shoes, clothes and pedometer are packed. I am headed to a gorgeous country where walking possibilities will be endless. So if I maintain my fitness I think I can be okay.

Wish me luck fellow sparkers. This will be my true test. I think I'm up for the challenge. I'll update you when I get back!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • no profile photo ZOOLOVER
    Have a great trip. Walking in Europe is suppose to be great. My brother went to Rome for 2 weeks and lost 20 pounds because of all the walking. He said he walk every where, did very little riding in cabs or busses. I hope you and your mother have a terrific time and make lots of memories. emoticon
    3737 days ago
    Have a great trip Lyn.

    With all the work you have done by tracking food and exercising, you will do just fine. By now you have a pretty good understanding of what is going to be good and when you might need to take a smaller portion.

    And hey, it's vacation. This mission we are on isn't a part-time deal, it's what we are, so an occasional indulgence isn't going to change who we are. It might put us back a few days, but when you consider the road you are on and how far down that road you have traveled, it isn't going to derail your effort.

    Talk to you when you get back.....be safe.
    3737 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/1/2010 12:10:35 PM
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