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gaarmywife2007
04-15-2009, 10:20 AM
There are forces at work against the tiny me inside. No, really, there are. (Okay, maybe the only REAL force is me but there's no need to get technical here;)) First, my gym shut down for a week due to "water outage". HELLO! Do they not know that they are a part of my accountability chain? Forget the water, I'll bring my own. JUST LET ME ON THE FLIPPIN' TREADMILL!! Then, I got a stomach virus. I spent four whole days of my life flat on my back in bed. Then, my family went camping before Easter weekend while my son was on spring break. Anyone who can pass up s'mores, a hot dog made over a campfire and lowcountry boil (that's a mix of sweet corn, potatoes, sausage, shrimp and blue crab for those of you who don't know) is truly my hero. And to top it all off, I COULD NOT lay off the Easter candy. Don't ask me why. I've got alot of food issues but chocolate isn't one of them. I think I wanted it because I figured I had already tossed my health plan out the window so why not have three packs of fruit snacks, a twix, some skittles and eight shortbread cookies. (But who's counting? :^:) Clearly, I've back tracked a bit.

When I first sat down to write this, I was wholly prepared to beat myself up a bit but then I realized, I'm not on a diet. I'm changing my life. I'm changing my eating habits. I made a vow to start being good to my body to make sure I live a long, active life...not just so I could fit into size 6 pants. (Though, admittedly, the pants are a BEAUTIFUL bonus.) The bottom line of it is that I'm not going to go the next seventy years without corn or potatoes or shortbread cookies or even twix. The difference is, I am now aware of the changes those foods take my body through and I FEEL different when I eat them. So I could have my two weeks throwing calorie counting out of the window and getting in my exercise by crabbing at the lake and, yes, eating sugar, and not feel like I've fallen off the wagon and can't get back on. The day we got back from our camping trip, I went right back to 1500 calories per day and an hour and a half workout, and, guess what? I'll be doing the same today. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day.

At first, I decided I wasn't going to weigh myself for a few days so that I didn't shock myself into tears, but I've gotten past that now. Actually, I'm a little eager to see it. Maybe knowing how two weeks of negligence can derail two months of solid progress will make the next "slip" a bit shorter.

So this is a great big :hug: to anyone who is afraid to face the scale after a few moments (or weeks :o) of weakness. It's okay. Just start over again. If this is truly a LIFELONG change, you have to accept that your journey won't be without potholes. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get in my hour and a half for today. :)

Make today a day of no regrets, guys!!!


Devsmama
04-15-2009, 10:26 AM
:bravo::cheer::cheer: Nuff said!

kittycat40
04-15-2009, 10:31 AM
What a great post!!! :)


Thighs Be Gone
04-15-2009, 10:31 AM
gaarmy, I think you about summed it up for me too...great post. :)

losermom
04-15-2009, 10:34 AM
Your resolve, motivation to change and the understanding that we do slip up sometimes guarantees future success! WTG for getting right back on plan. Life happens--it's up to us to determine the results. I love your positive outlook!

Getting Right
04-15-2009, 10:35 AM
No she didn't say she would bring her own water! I'm gonna fight you! LMFAO!!! You fell off the wagon. It happens. You've found your way back and that's all that counts!

rockinrobin
04-15-2009, 10:44 AM
Good for you!!!!

I am loving how you "handled" your so named slip up and I love how you wrote:

The difference is, I am now aware of the changes those foods take my body through and I FEEL different when I eat them.
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At first, I decided I wasn't going to weigh myself for a few days so that I didn't shock myself into tears, but I've gotten past that now. Actually, I'm a little eager to see it. Maybe knowing how two weeks of negligence can derail two months of solid progress will make the next "slip" a bit shorter.

Kudos to you for your attitude and for articulating it so well here for us all to benefit. :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

kestrel
04-15-2009, 01:13 PM
Great post! :carrot:
lowcountry boil (that's a mix of sweet corn, potatoes, sausage, shrimp and blue crab for those of you who don't know)
And yum, this part makes me want to get out of rainy Seattle and head back home to Charleston!

Leeesa
04-15-2009, 01:19 PM
Today I am SO THERE! I'm glad I'm not the only one! I have a weigh-in tomorrow which I'm absolutely petrified of, not only did I fall off the wagon, it backed up and ran me over!! I know as as soon as I go weigh in and own up to my eating-related sins of the past easter weekend I'll be right back on that wagon, however, I just can't bring myself to get on that scale, I'm afraid!!! I will though, because I have to, and because of those exact reasons you mentioned, but that doesn't help the fear... So, how bad was it after all that?

sws19
04-15-2009, 04:17 PM
wow! what a great attitude! i need some of this.

gaarmywife2007
04-16-2009, 09:39 PM
Leeesa--
Not half as bad as I thought! I gained two and a half pounds, which ISN"T a good thing, but I was sure that after fourteen days I had done alot more damage than that! Anyway, I've gotten myself together and gotten back on track. What about your weigh in??

CountingDown
04-16-2009, 10:28 PM
:congrat: You really do understand what it takes to be successful! This IS a journey - and there WILL be trials and tribulations along the way. GUARANTEED!

Yet, YOU are strong enough to continue on the path to health and fitness, and therefore you deserve a :cheer:

I can't wait to read your goal story :)

littlejojo
04-16-2009, 10:31 PM
Thanks for your post - it's made my day. It's always so easy to beat ourselves up about the slips we made. Thank you : )

Blackie
04-16-2009, 11:01 PM
I found such joy and humor coming through in your post. You made me smile tonight. Bless You!

Annita
04-16-2009, 11:43 PM
great post !

MissVitality
04-17-2009, 05:31 AM
As someone who has fallen into one of those potholes this week (filled with chocolate Easter eggs!) and has been beating herself up about it big style, I really needed your post right now.

Thank you!

dutchgirl
04-17-2009, 10:08 AM
Armywife,
thank you for sharing your thoughts.
You hit the nail on the head as far as I am concerned.
I fell off the wagon big time this week. I will now pick myself up, dust myself off and keep going.
It is not the first time I messed up, it probably won't be the last time.
The difference is that now, I am aware that this is a process for life, not just for a while until I either reach goal or quit (again).

Reading accounts like yours is such a great help.

so again, thank you.