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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So tomorrow is the end of the month. I normally record my weight on the first day of the month - it was my official monthly weigh in day. The first of July I weighed 183.6.

I worked hard this month. The scale has not rewarded my work like I thought it would. However last weekend I did see a 7 on the scale.....yippee!

My original goal when I started this journey was to lose 5 lbs a month until I reached my goal weight. That has happened most months - accept April where I gained a whopping 7+ lbs. So May and part of June I relost some of what I gained in April and a couple lbs more.

Last weekend I was on a long weekend vacation. I did not eat like I normally do. I ate out every day. I ate two meals a day - we had a large breakfast late in the morning and dinner. I have no idea what my actual calorie counts were, but I tried to track and stay somewhat within range - except for that ice cream cone on Sunday and the piece of fudge on Saturday. My workouts were light - I normally have 20,000+ steps. I was running between 8,000 and 15,000.

Mr Scale has been very unkind. The 7 was once again quickly replaced with an 8. I am down from my July 1 weight, but not the 5 lbs I had hoped for. I have one more day before weigh in.

My silly head says don't eat and work out extra hard. I am not doing that. I know that isn't healthy or how it works.

I know the number on the scale is temporary. It WILL change. I just need to do those right things - but dang I don't want to see the numbers I am seeing. Sometimes you just have to suck it up, write the number down and move on.........

Soooooo, I am focusing on the path right in front of me, not looking down the road and becoming fearful. I am just focusing on what I need to do to take the next step towards my goal. I am going to stay within my calorie count, eat more veggies, drink more water AND keep moving. One step at a time.......

I am able. I am strong. I am fierce. I am not a quitter. repeat

I am able. I am strong. I am fierce. I am NOT a quitter. repeat

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  • no profile photo CD3802882
    Our local Spark Team eats out together once a month. What I have learned from this over the past 5 years is that most restaurants will accommodate your special dietary needs so don't be shy about eating to stay on your plan! I used to feel self conscious about doing this, kind of like Sally in "When Harry Met Sally". Since I am the consumer and paying the bill, I have decided that I may as well order a meal that will fit my program. The result is that I am no longer afraid to eat out.
    2516 days ago
    Before I eat away from home, I seriously plan what food to expect and what choices I will have to make. I know if I don't burn X calories, I have to reduce my calorie intake, or see my weight rise.

    PositiveHope was right about it getting tougher to lose weight as you near your goal. Maybe in our 20s we could flick it off, but later it's a different story. As we lose, many changes are happening in our body, so why should we be surprised that the weight doesn't come off "on schedule."

    When we take breaks from our planned eating and exercise, we need to expect it to prolong our journey (hopefully it won't derail us completely!).

    Remember, losing 1 pound a week is considered healthy. When you are close to goal, you will count yourself lucky to lose 1 pound a week.

    Also, once you reach that goal, you will need to maintain it. So savor how good it feels, all the gains you've made. You will need to remind yourself WHY it is important to always treat yourself with love and respect.
    2520 days ago
    I bounce too! Sometimes more than I like.
    2520 days ago
    We all lose weight at different rates. You have done amazingly well.
    I wrote a blog about consistency and your post reminded me about it. Weight loss is an exponential curve for me. The 5 lb. Loss in the early weeks was so easy. As I near my goal weight, it gets tremendously harder to achieve 5 lbs. a month and eventually impossible. Lurking on the maintenance teams has taught me to recognize the reality for me of smaller losses. Many maintainers tell that they aim to lose less than 1-2 lbs a week after a small gain.
    Despite what I said, I am cheering you on in your goal. You are fierce, strong, Able a not a quitter.
    2520 days ago
    2520 days ago
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    make sure you really take into count how your cloths feel and fit the scale is not always kind to anyone you cant always depend on it emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2520 days ago
    You have the right attitude.
    2521 days ago
    I can so relate! But Good for You! emoticon
    2521 days ago
    i need to remember your quote. keep pushing and you can do it.
    2521 days ago
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    You can do it!!
    2521 days ago
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