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Self-Imposed Pep Talk

Well, it’s Thursday, and I know that I weigh more today than I weighed two weeks ago.  And I take responsibility for it.  I made some unusual choices last week, but I’m living healthy today.  And how I’m living now is more important than how I lived last week – at least, that’s what I tell myself to stay motivated going forward.  But it’s important to recognize how easy it is to gain weight over a 10 day period.

The week I didn’t workout was really hard on me mentally, and it was compounded by eating out everyday and not taking time to chop vegetables and plan.  I’m so ready to weigh-in today even though it won’t be fun because I’m ready to restart mentally.  I’ve already restarted physically through exercise and food intake.

Here’s a recap of my workouts over the last week:

10/07/11 – Elliptical 35 minutes and weights (upper and lower)

10/08/11 – Elliptical 30 minutes and weights (upper and lower)

10/09/11 – Elliptical 30 minutes and weights (upper and lower)

10/10/11 – Elliptical 45 minutes and weights (upper and lower)

10/11/11 – Elliptical 35 min and weights (upper only)

10/12/11 – Elliptical 45 minutes and weights (lower only)

Even after completing a week of solid workouts, I expect to gain somewhere between 3 and 5 pounds, and that’s a tough realization that I have to face if I want to move forward.   I’ve made some nice strides since joining my new Weight Watchers group, and it’s important to remind myself of that so I don’t become frustrated with the numbers on the scale today (which is easy to do.)  I know that the efforts I’ve been making in the last few days will add up as long as I keep doing what I’m doing so I will, but I’m struggling with my past food decisions and regrets even though I made a conscious decision to eat poorly several times while Uncle W was in the hospital.  I decided that I’d worry about weight-loss and my relationship with food later.  And while I didn’t allow myself to have everything I wanted (believe me, I said no  to myself many times) I allowed myself more than I needed.  I ate unhealthy foods, in part, for comfort and because it was easier.

So the moral of the story is…working out is a big part of healthy living and weight-loss, but it’s not the only part.  It all matters.  And every choice we make is reflected in the long run so I’m going to work harder to make choices that make me feel confident and proud.  And today, I’m going to try to concentrate on the good things I’ve accomplished this week without beating myself up too much over the poor choices.  I’m a flawed human, and I know I have to keep trying…

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    October 13, 2011 at 6:26 am

    What I love about this post is that we could all apply our own lives to this because many of us are facing this constant battle to make the right choices whilst trying hard not to beat ourselves up too much over the bad choices we make. It’s so incredibly tough and usually just when we think we’ve got the hang of it, something happens which causes us to struggle again. I’ve read this post a couple of times and each time the one thing that stands out the most is how positive and determined you appear to be. That’s usually the difference between people who fail and people who succeed. It will take time, a lot of hardwork but your positiveness and determination not to give up will see you reaping the rewards of having a healthier life.

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      October 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      I love what you said about being positive, and it’s definitely something I strive to do! =)

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    October 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

    That’s the joy of every day – a new beginning! You know what went wrong, you owned it, and you moved forward to healthier choices. That’s all anyone can do. Life isn’t a straight line, and we have to learn to deal with the curves that come up once in a while. Go to your meeting, see the numbers on the scale, and continue with the program. The numbers are not the only measure of success, and even they will go down after sticking to your plan consistently. You are doing great!

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      October 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      You just hit the nail on the head..consistency. That certainly was easier when life was easier, but I’m still trying…definitely…

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    October 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

    We are only human and we have lives, and situations, family, friends. You can’t stop your life and be on a treadmill 24 hours a day. If long term healthy habits are what you need (I’m not using “you” as in just you, general terms), then expectations have to be realistic. Life happens. Grief, loss, marriage, kids, family, work etc. You can’t go around it, so you might as well find a way that works with it, even if it means making some room for mistakes or mis-steps. As long as you just don’t give up, you can’t really “loose.”

    You did great on the exercise! I get Zumba in for 45 mins. on Mondays (Its free b/c I work at a college) and I’ve added in 30 mins moderately on the elliptical 2x a week. I had to start doing this after just eating right wasn’t letting me lose anymore. But I know I have to start slow and work up b/c if you start off too fast……….then where do you have to go when your body has gotten used to it? I had a trainer for a summer and he was great and taught me a lot just about my body and how it works. I still use his techniques and advice today. So, you don’t have to have a trainer for life, but one will def. help you know how to get the best workout for your body.

    PS- I was the one who wrote a while back that I had to manually adjust my points down for WW and I have to say that I’ve been steady losing weight since July. I have actually used less of my weekly points and have decreased my hunger. Recording my weight daily and by week has really help show my progress. The numbers fluctuate so much in a week, but if you compare a couple weeks at a time……..i can literally see the steady and positive losses that I’m having. Its very encouraging. Also, using my lowest weight for the week has been working as well. I’m almost at my 10lb goal that I wanted to meet for my cruise in 8 days. According to my lowest weight so far this week (Friday is my official weigh in) I will only need to lose .2 more lbs to meet my goal. I know what a cruise could do to my weight and I really plan on enjoying my vacation so I wont be tracking, but I did sign up for a spa room that will allow me to 2 free fitness classes and then there is always the gym. My friend and I have also talked about taking a stroll around the walking track (walking is always more fun when all you see is ocean) and we of course will be dancing the nights away. I hope to return on an break even.

    Kenlie, do you have rewards? I don’t know if you have talked about that before. I book a cruise about once a year and I always have a weight loss goal before hand, so my cruises are my motivation and reward.

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      October 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      I reward myself, yes..just haven’t had the need to do it lately…sadly. When I lost the first 100, I bought a necklace for myself at Tiffany. It’s a star, made by Elsa Peretti, that represents the bravos I received at Weight Watchers. =)

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Isn’t it funny how life always gets in the way? I’ve been pretty on target with my eating, but have only exercised three times in three weeks. Lots and lots and lots of stuff that could not be avoided has stood in my way and I already notice a difference in the way I feel….sluggish and icky. Anyway, it’s good that you’re focused on your choices, even when they’re not necessarily the best ones to be making. You’ve got an awful lot going on right now and, while I don’t mean that should be an excuse for us (as in ‘everyone’) to deliberately make bad choices, let’s be honest…sometimes we need to focus our energy on more important things. Like your uncle and everything you’ve got going on there. I believe that you are on the right path. Take care of yourself, make the best choices you can, exercise, and get back to taking care of business as soon as you can. ((hugs))

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      October 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks for being so supportive Kim! ((((((hugs)))))))))

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    Anne Schexnaydre
    October 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Kenlie … keeping it REAL !!!!!!!!!!!
    That is what we all love about you.

    Some of us has bad meals, bad days, bad weeks, bad months, bad years ….
    Thanks for blogging about it!

    We have all been there. I am so thankful for blogs of “like minded” people. I also learn a lot from the comments people make!

    Hope you have an awesome day!

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      October 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      The people leaving comments here are awesome, aren’t they?! And you’re a big part of that awesomeness! =0)

      Thanks for being here and being encouraging to me! =0)

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    October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    You are doing great Kenlie. Happy to see you have a handle on going through our horrendous days in life. You are getting right back with the program and overall that is what counts.

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      October 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

      Yes, you’re right! Back on track = key! =)

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    Nina Patricia
    October 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love this because we all go thru it and sometimes we lie to ourselves. I haven’t exercise in 2 months because of family issues but just drinking more water last week and not eating bad snacks I’m down 4.5lbs. Every bit counts. Thank you for remind us.

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      October 21, 2011 at 2:31 am

      Every bit does count..definitely!

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    October 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Similar feelings here today. I have been doing everything all superstar-style lately. (Got down into the 340’s!) Then I end up in the ER last Monday with some weird pain/abdominal cyst … outpatient surgery Tuesday and now I am “recovering.”

    I cannot workout for a few weeks and my eating has been terrible. (My mom came up from Texas to be with me and old habits die hard – super takeout meals 24/7.) I know I just need to face the facts of a really bad week and dust myself off … though seeing the scale barely hold onto the 50’s is hard.

    This thing is definitely a marathon. Hope you are feeling better!!!


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      October 21, 2011 at 2:32 am

      Nina, first…I hope you’re feeling better! Secondly, just start moving forward again…leave the past behind! You can do this……..

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