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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Friday I went to a Detroit Pistons game with a friend. We stopped to have dinner on the road. While waiting for our food, my friend snapped my photo. She laughed and said one more - just as I was laughing about her snapping photos before I am ready. She laughed again and posted it on facebook. I had no idea what it looked like. I had my fears.....

Later I looked at my feed and saw the photo she posted. At first I was moritified. I was going to delete it but then I noticed it had some likes and a comment. I read the comment. It said "Nice pic". Ya, right. Being sarcastic no doubt. So I commented back on the comment "Photogenic me, eyes half closed and laughing" The person commented back "You look so joyful and having fun no doubt."

I stopped and thought. Yep, I was. I left the photo posted, eyes half closed, laughing, and what looked like triple chins. Yes indeed, having fun and that is the important part! Self acceptance comes hard!



On a different note. My January goals. I messed up on my water the days I was traveling. All the other days, I got in all my water! So that goal wasn't met and I will be shooting for it again in February.

Eating. I had a few days I was over my calorie count and a day where I had no idea what my calorie count was - but knew it was over regardless. However, I had 26 days where my calorie count was good. My nutrition values - my carbs were over on 7 days even though my calorie count was ok. Most days it seemed my protein was a little high. So still work to do there. Sticking with that goal again for February

Exercise. I didn't exercise while I was on vacation - but most other days did well. I am sticking with my 12,000 step daily goal on the fitbit with a 30 minute cardio session each day per my docs orders. So again, sticking with that goal again for February.

Weight loss. I was hoping to lose 5 pounds during the month of January. That didn't happen either. My weight loss was 4 pounds. I am ok with that! This is the first time the scale moved downward in some time! So once again, I am shooting for 5 pounds in February.

Eeeks - which to me looks like I didn't reach any of my goals..... but I am ok with that. Not that I am ok I didn't reach my goals - but I am pleased with my efforts. I am going to try to pick it up a notch in February! I am also considering going diet soda free for the month - but I haven't made up my mind. Part of me thinks I should reach at least one of my goals before I add something else!

Anyhow, it was a month of more growth - not on the scale but in the self acceptance area.

OK February, bring it on! New month, clean slate! Let's see what I do with it!
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  • BBLUNDON
    i am pretty sure three are NO pictures of me anywhere that i would like so it's wonderful that you stepped back and looked through a different lens.
    1952 days ago
  • RASPBERRY56
    You look relaxed, calm and happy at the time of the pic - to me (who regularly runs away from anything that takes photos), that's *huge*!

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    1960 days ago
  • LOSINGDREA
    I know the feeling but you look awesome and happy and that is all that matters. Also a 4# loss is a loss any way you look at it which always beats a gain emoticon
    1960 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15892450
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    If only you could see yourself the way the world sees you -- so often we see something entirely different. I love this story about the photo and your friend's reaction -- so joyful. Great post!
    1960 days ago
  • LONBATT
    I like that you look happy & so in the moment having fun. THAT is what's important!! (((Hugs)))
    1960 days ago
  • COLUMBINE2
    Research shows and my life confirms that drinking soda can actually increase a person's craving for sugar. It sure makes me crave it...ALL the time.

    So IF you stopped soda or diet soda, you might ALSO decrease your sugar intake. The first few days or even a week without soda are very, very tough for me. I have to quit cold turkey or I just can't quit. I have little energy, my head hurts, I'm crabby for a few days. But after 5 days 100% soda free, I took a tiny sip of DH's soda and it tasted terrible. Truly terrible. Now, of course, I could adjust back to that taste quickly because I like the "energy" it gives me. But if I DON'T drink it, I CAN function without it. And my attitude is much more positive, I feel better, my self-esteem is better and I can also walk away from chocolate (or be satisfied with 1 small piece of dark chocolate if absolutely necessary). I can't do that when I'm drinking soda (even diet-soda). I can't stop eating chocolate or drinking the soda. I'm without ANY control.


    1960 days ago
  • CARI_JANE
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  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    You are doing emoticon ! I am HAPPY if I can make it in my caloric range 6-8x a month!
    1960 days ago
  • MYGOLDENBOYS3
    Your picture made me smile and think about what a good time you were having. Ah, self acceptance, hard topic. If you are walking 12,000 and 30 minutes of cardio every day, you are doing great! Thanks for being motivational! emoticon
    1960 days ago
  • KASSGLO
    This was a great post. I'm glad your saw the positive in the fb photo post. I still struggle with that, but your right. Joy is joy. Thank you for sharing.
    1961 days ago
  • CATHYVEE54
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  • LZEE11
    What a great post! You focused on the positive steps you are making and that is what we should all do! Love ourselves, forgive ourselves and keep on doing the best we can! You are a beautiful person! emoticon
    1962 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    We take the good with the not so good ! Happiness is a state of mind and a good one. Every day is an opportunity to get I right. emoticon emoticon Keep emoticon
    1962 days ago
  • SEAJESS
    emoticon You scored 110% on the core issue for all of us in this journey: loving and accepting ourselves. I am SO impressed that you could see what others see in this picture: a warm woman, laughing and communing with friends out in the world. You are an inspiring example to me! I am one of those who hates how she looks in pictures and hate, unfortunately, is like poison in the champagne - it doesn't stay confined to one little section but permeates everything.

    I am nominating you for a SparkMotivator. This is one of the BEST nonscale victories I've read about on years of Sparking.

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    1962 days ago
  • JEN-JENG
    Looks like you accomplished some good things in the month of January!!! Good Job!

    Finding joy in each day is an accomplishment in itself.
    You get an A+ from me!!

    Keep up the good work.

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    1963 days ago
  • TEXASGAL76
    What I love most about this blog is that you know you are not perfect on all your choices but you are good with that. No one is perfect. Better choices over all is the key. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the great work and keep smiling (even with your eyes closed emoticon )
    1963 days ago
  • CHILLYBEANIE
    Love how you took a good long look at you through someone else's eyes and chose to love you now as you are! Glad for the goals you did accomplish! So great to read!
    1963 days ago
  • IAN2409
    That is a great story. Your friend who commented is very wise.
    1964 days ago
  • JENNAFATFIT
    I see pictures like that on facebook and I never focus on how unflattering it maybe, I look at what the person is doing in the picture.. You look like you're having a great time.. Having fun with friends, and I'm sure thats why your friend took the picture and decided to post it. :)

    My mom hates her picture taken.. in any shape. I think any picture I have with her in it, she's found fault with it. I posted a picture on facebook one day of her and my son playing. They were both so happy in the picture and I wanted to remember that, because afterall, we don't live forever. My mom freaked out and yelled at me to take it down because she "looked horrible in it" I tried to explain why I posted it but all she saw was how she looked, and after a small protest, I took the picture down. (and briefly considered putting my mom on a filter. lol)

    No matter how we think we look, pictures like this are awesome. :)


    1964 days ago
  • FANCEEE
    Just wanted to let you know what happened to me when I quit soda recently. I was a big time Dr. Pepper and milk fan. I substituted hot caramel black tea and it totally worked. How I quit soda: first week - 1 soda a day. second week - 1 soda every other day. third week - 2 sodas for the entire week. and fourth week - no soda. I lost 11 pounds this month by just substituting all my beverages with water or hot tea.
    1964 days ago
  • CROUCHINGFLEA
    Awesome to see you are so positive! You'll reach your goals, just keep striving! emoticon
    1964 days ago
  • HEALTHYANDFIT27
    emoticon on all your accomplishments! You did great!
    1964 days ago
  • THANGWEN
    Congrats on the goals that you DID accomplish. Learning to accept and love yourself is a big one. 12000 steps!! emoticon

    I think your photo is adorbs, btw. Happy, smiley people always grab my attention in a positive way.




    1965 days ago
  • no profile photo 1HOTFUDGEMAMA
    Never stop smiling&laughing! It is a nice pic! Keep doing what you're doing and the weight will melt off.
    1965 days ago
  • MSIZEMORE1964
    Your picture made me happy. You have a great attitude. Keep on smilingšŸ˜€
    1965 days ago
  • PULLEN13
    You lost more than I did, and my calorie intake is horrendous. Its over every single day. I know what I need to do and I still don't do it. I need to become strict.
    1965 days ago
  • MISHIMOON
    You look happy, laughter is the best medicine.. emoticon
    1965 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Yes your picture is lovely, you are smiling and enjoying life, that's what it's all about, no matter what size we are! You did great on your goals and I know you will do even better this month. That goal with the soda is the best thing you can do for your body, they are not healthy for us at all. Once you stop drinking them you will see a big difference in your body! You Keep Pushing and keep Smiling!
    1965 days ago
  • SUTHRNWMN
    I think you did a great job on your January goals. Think about the positive side of it, you didn't backslide, you didn't gain, you DID try your best and that's what counts. I love your photo, it shows you having a great time. Wish I looked that good.
    1965 days ago

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  • DIANNEMT
    Lovely photo and I'd say you did SUPER on your goals! If you met the exercise every day but vacation--that is GREAT!
    1965 days ago
  • BETHUMZ
    It IS a good picture. You look like you are having a great time!

    Congrats on the 4 pound loss! That is a great win!
    1965 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    I think you are doing great. Self acceptance is truly the key. You set goals and were happy with the progress you made. I think a loss of 4 pounds in a month is pretty darn excellent, not to mention all the other NSVs. Keep up the good work!
    1965 days ago
  • DELIKENS2014
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    A 4# weight loss is something to celebrate.
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    1965 days ago
  • ALSGIRL4
    You may not have met your goals BUT at least you tried. If you shoot for the moon and miss you'll always land in the stars. Keep up the good work. You got this. Just build up to what you can do and you will get there. emoticon
    1965 days ago
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    1966 days ago
  • SNOOKY53
    Great blog. You remind me of myself. I'm in the same boat. But like you I know emoticon We just may have to try a little harder. I don't care if it takes me a little longer just as long as I make it. As long as I keep going in the right direction.

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    1966 days ago
  • ORGANICMAMA26
    You can do it!
    1966 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
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  • AUDISP
    The picture is good, I thinks it does show you having fun and what a beautiful person you are. You are realistic about your success and have a positive attitude which is wonderful to see.
    1966 days ago
  • YBBHAPPY
    You do look like you were having a great time! Enjoyed your blog! Self-acceptance and pictures (uggghhhhh) are some things I am dealing with, also.
    1966 days ago
  • JIACOLO
    Great job leaving that positive picture!
    1966 days ago
  • PAIGE2017
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  • MOCACHOC
    I love it, we have to talk to ourselves sometimes and be brutally honest about where we went wrong and how to get it right. You are on the right track and you said it best clean slate let's get it done. emoticon
    1966 days ago
  • ISPARKLE77
    i think you did wonderful! You are on the right track! Thanks for sharing. I love the photo!
    1966 days ago
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  • L*I*T*A*
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  • MARILYNJ63
    I don't think I'll be able to keep up with my water intake during vacation either. Later this year, we will be taking a 4000+ mile car trip from Texas up to Canada and back and I don't think we'll ever get there if we have to stop the car for me to use the restroom as often as we do now. I drink about 108 oz per day and it has helped me tremendously, but I go to the restroom every hour in the morning because I have to take a daily diuretic when I get up (for Meniere's Disease - which has been under control since 1995). I will just do what I can and get back on track after vacation. Since our vacation will be a month long, it will be a long time without so much water, but maybe I can drink at least 64 oz per day. We'll see. About a month after getting back from that trip we have a 2 week trip to Africa and another difficult time for drinking water! We will be out on the Savannah twice a day in Land Rovers. They do make bathroom stops, but probably no more than every 2 hours.

    It just occurred to me that I'm more concerned about the water than the food! I guess that's because the month long trip will include so much exercise in it. I'll wear my UP2 band to see how I've done every day.

    Great job on your 12,000 steps. I can't even imagine getting in 12,000 steps a day. I'm doing between 7000 and 8000 with an hour of sustained activity every day plus my daily activities and I'm starting to get a little tendonitis in my left foot. 12,000 would probably put that foot in a splint!

    Good for you! Maybe I can build up to that eventually!
    1966 days ago
  • SPINNER86
    I think you did very well on your goals. Striving for them is what's most important IMO.
    1966 days ago
  • GAYLE-G-63
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  • no profile photo CD13423552
    I think you did a pretty darn good job for January, well done Barb. On to tackle February and this year you have an extra day! Life is not about perfection, it is about trying our best on the journey. Keep trying and you will get there!
    1966 days ago
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