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Day 31: and Mr Scale says... Let's ROCK July!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Well, I dusted off Mr Scale (wouldn't want those dust particles adding to my weight!). I turned him on. I put one foot on, then the other and closed my eyes until I heard that little beeping sound he makes when he has come to a number. The number was 196.4. I got my little chart out and recorded the number. I paused and thought.

Part of me was upset. The first of the year I weighed 198.2. That's a 1.8 weight loss for 6 months! Hardly stellar. Really Barb? That's about equal to a good pooh. Give it up. All this work, all the sparking, all this blather for what? 1.8 lbs? UGH! You will NEVER get there. Gee, only 68.2 more to go. At this rate you will be 77 years old by the time you reach your goal weight.

OK, stop.

I had to pause and remind myself that my weight was at 202.4 when I decided to take a different approach to this whole healthy me thing. I was really down 6 pounds in 30 days. Not bad! Wait - no - that's awesome Barb! Good job!

I start thinking - how can that be good. I'm still fat. Clothes are still tight. I'm still obese.

Sometimes it's not what you see in the mirror - it's what you don't see! I am making better choices with my food. I am thinking and making choices! Not just mindlessly putting things in my mouth. I am exercising not to punish myself for making poor food choices, or because I don't like the way my body looks - but because I enjoy it! Best part? I didn't go have a sausage McMuffin on my way in to work because I did well. I went to work, ate my protein bar and fruit and I actually enjoyed it. I had some Washington sweet cherries. Yum! Sure beats that McMuffin.

My body? Well it is still pretty fluffy! I can't say I love my fat rolls, double chin or dimples in my thighs - but I do love the fact that my body is strong and getting stronger. It can take me on those long walks and while I may ache a bit after, the aches heal. I am finding I can walk farther - and so can the dog!

Well, Mr Scale has been tucked away until August 1. I am a little apprehensive about what he will have to say then. During July, I have a long 4 day weekend in the car and another week vacation that is 6 days on the road! I am already planning my healthy snacks and packing my walking shoes! I am hoping I will be able to sneak in an early morning walk each day before the others get up.

OOOOOH and my spark friends are the best! One of my friends on the I Matter team posted a thread for people to post their tips for staying on track while traveling! I have gotten some good ones! If you are traveling, check it out!

Well the virtual walk is moving along.


Day 113 brought flowers on the trail! These are Jeffrey Shooting Stars.


And there was this deer (look closely, it's there)


How fun it was to walk on this bridge over Woods Creek!


How about these stairs! I was really grateful to see them!


And the waterfalls!


More creeks to cross - no bridge here


And tricky snow which led to trouble postholing!


Look! Pinchot Pass!



Day 114 brought these rocks which are shiny from the glaciers grinding across them.


Yikes, and the south fork of Kings River. I hope there is a bridge there! Looks pretty fast moving!


My stopping point for the day!

Well people, it's July. The year is moving on. If you don't like where you are in your journey, change something! OK, let's go, one foot in front of the other. We have everything we need! Signing off with a little Pooh-ism.


Let's rock July!!!!
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  • AAAACK
    I'd say 6 lb in 30 days is awesome! And you did it the healthy way so you know it's real. And the abilities/stamina you've gained are even better. And next month, I know you'll see another drop and know, for certain, you're doing the right thing. Hey, if you lost 5lb each month, at the end of the year you'd be down 60! I'd love that for myself! So, emoticon , Barb and keep to that path!
    2179 days ago
  • EMMIE106
    I sooooh understand what you're saying! Hang in there emoticon
    2179 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2180 days ago
  • LSIG14
    emoticon Love it!!! I think you are doing GREAT and every day doing a little better! Together we can do this. We may not be be moving as fast as someone else but who cares? At least we are moving! (So you will be 77 when you reach goal weight - so what? How old will you be if you don't lose?) Keep at it!
    2181 days ago
  • SLMUELLER83
    I have struggled with that exact scale hoax. But I learned to stop stepping on it every time I turn around. Which I am glad cause it drove me CRAZY!! Keep pushing and you can do this again. I'm right with you on that!! emoticon
    2181 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Well I'm sure glad Mr. Scale showed your progress. You are doing so great! Making great choices and not rewarding your progress with food. Well done Barb! You rock!
    2181 days ago
  • SPIFFYCAT
    What a lovely inspiring blog thank you for posting it.
    It has helped me to sit back and praise my own healthy choices, weight loss or not.

    Your pictures totally rock, how lucky are you to be walking in such awe inspiring scenery
    2181 days ago
  • SAM_I_AM_2K
    I really enjoy hearing your thoughts... I do the same thing with the scale... I get mad, I beat myself up... I want to quit. But you worked past it and that is emoticon ! That is the only way we'll get there... by pushing past the frustration and the setback.

    And... 6 pounds in 30 days is AMAZING! emoticon
    2181 days ago
  • I_CHOOSE
    Rock it and roll right on through August, too!
    2181 days ago
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