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180.8 -- Consistency and Control

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I almost didn't write this blog today because it seems sort of silly to blog about no change in my weight again this week, but then I decided to post anyway as I think there's something to be said for consistency.

For the third week in a row there's been very little movement on the scale. Today's number: 180.8.

I've said it before and it bears repeating -- I'm quite good with this number. I may not have lost any significant weight but I'm satisfied because I didn't gain any weight either.

As many of you know I'm in a somewhat unique position of not being able to exercise at the moment due to pain and complications from my recent hip replacement. Mostly my physical exercise consists of merely moving from room to room within my very small apartment, running a few short errands throughout the week and doing a few light chores here at home -- very little calorie burning potential there so to be able to maintain my weight over three weeks actually seems like something of a victory in itself because I can only achieve that through calorie control.

Given the emotional and physical stress of my ongoing medical problems, which are once again at a peak, it's taken a great deal of self-restraint to not reach for the "pleasure foods" the past couple of weeks. I can't tell you how many times recently I've thought about heading to my favorite neighborhood diner for a 2,000 calorie omelet breakfast; or thought about calling for pizza delivery; or fought the urge to stop for a burger or Chinese food or a piece of strawberry shortcake… in other words, this is the sort of time when I would normally be indulging in food and reaching for those high fat, high calorie comfort foods I enjoy so much. It was exactly those kinds of foods that caused me to gain 85 pounds. To be able to resist them now is its own special kind of progress that to me is every bit as important as the number on the scale.

So let's hear a woohoo for consistency and control!!

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    You are doing a great job! Maintaining when you can't be physically active is a fantastic achievement. I wish I'd had your determination when I was in your predicament a few years back after having chick surgery. I did reach for the carbs. And reach and reach and reach. Once I could finally exercise again, I had a lot of extra work ahead of me. So kudos to you! I am so inspired by your consistency and control!!!

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    3619 days ago
    You must be going through a rough time lately, what with your hip problems.
    3620 days ago
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    I don't know if you'd have access to one -- but there's this piece of equipment at my gym. You sit down and pedal your arms. It might be a good alternative when you can't move due to your hip situation.

    That being said - I am SOO proud of you! Resisting the urge to binge on bad-for-you food is such an accomplishment. Keep doing what you're doing. It might be a longer process but ultimately just as successful. WOO HOO!!
    3621 days ago
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    I think you're doing great myself. I too think that consistency shows that you've also been at this a bit and must be taking all the healthier things to heart. And...understand your situation too...keep stable is that much harder for you...and I know if not for that...you'd be blowing us all away! Actually...you still do blow me away. Good going!
    3622 days ago
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    Swimfit, that self-control and thinking through you're doing is absolutely HUGE! A real mindset change. If you can do that, you can do anything! Breaking ingrained habits is so tough and you're doing it! You keep rockin, girl! emoticon emoticon
    3622 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I was recently out of commission for 2 weeks, because I strained hip flexor and the pain was out of this world. Today was the first time that I was able to hit the gym. It really felt great being back at the gym. I took it easy and did on 1 hour. I wishing you a speedy recovery with your hip surgery.
    3623 days ago
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