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November Progress Report

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Start weight: 218
End weight: 218
Weight lost: 0 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 39.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 80 lbs.

It was my goal to lose 5 lbs. this month to bring me to my wedding weight of 213, which was almost 12 yrs. ago.

I didn’t lose any weight.

I know this was a month with a lot of celebrations, for me not only Thanksgiving but a date night away and also a weekend away with family. I honestly can say that I did the best I could in these situations and I’m not going to beat myself up about not losing any weight this month. I was going to, believe me. But it’s just not productive.

I've lost 80 lbs. and I think my body, and mind, need to reconcile that fact. I'm going to keep doing what feels good to me, what is working for me, and eventually the scale will reconcile that.

I’m also doing away with my “Grade for the month” as going by weight loss I would have to give myself an “F” this month. But it’s about more than that, isn’t it? I mean, I did some pretty awesome things this month, including running two 5ks. Compare that to where I was at this time last year and it’s just such an accomplishment and “grading” myself on just one area isn’t really fair. Overall I am doing great, and I am on the path to a new me and we are all winners in this journey. After all, it isn’t a race and as they say, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

emoticon emoticon FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS emoticon emoticon

emoticonI ran the Hot Chocolate 5k and met some great spark friends, KITHKINCAID, JENNJESS48 and FARLEYGIRL even though my back was hurting me and I was nursing a cold.

emoticonI ran ANOTHER 5k this month – this time by myself! It was awesome. Cold, but awesome. 2 5ks in one month? Woot, woot!

emoticon emoticon NON-SCALE VICTORIES: emoticon emoticon

emoticonI was told that I inspired two people to RUN!!! KITHKINCAID ran her first 5k at the Hot Chocolate 5k, and my best friend ran her first 5k with me at the Elvis run back in August and she has now run an 8k!!!

emoticonI saw my butt in the mirror and liked it.

emoticonMore ab definition.

emoticonFeeling TALLER.

emoticonFeeling LIGHTER.

emoticonMy husband said each day my butt gets tighter and tighter.

emoticonMy comfy pregnancy camisoles now actually make me LOOK pregnant (when I’m not) whereas before they fit me just right – pregnant or not.

emoticonI’m having an affair…with my track.

emoticonI decided that I’m worth the cost of my health club membership!

emoticonI planned out a pizza dinner out by preparing for it by making healthy choices during the day, like instead of having a Nutrigrain bar for my afternoon snack at work I went to the baby carrots instead to save 140 calories.

emoticonMy bras are getting too big…again…

emoticonI ran in the rain and liked it.

emoticonI was able to buy oh, so CUTE pjs OFF THE RACK at a discount store. Unheard of in my life “before”.

emoticonI turned down Bakers Square French Silk pie and ate my Luna Bar instead.

emoticonA ring that hasn’t fit me in forever finally fits….

emoticon...And then that same ring was too big in the same day….had to take it off to type!

emoticonI kept a food blog while in Michigan and also worked out every day there.

emoticonI prepared a healthy pie for Thanksgiving and gave my husband a Spark recipe to replace his usual butter-laden sweet potatoes.

emoticon THINGS I'VE LEARNED: emoticon

emoticonIf I workout first thing in the morning, even for just 20 minutes it makes my day better and I have more energy. Combine that with a workout at night and it’s like a fitness sandwich!

emoticonLow sodium soy sauce tastes the same as the high sodium stuff.

emoticonHomemade pad thai is much more filling, and less greasy, than the takeout version. And cheaper, too!

emoticonFriends are essential. Accountability buddies are priceless.

emoticonGoals are a chart to where you want to be and aiming high gets you there quicker. If not on time, eventually, rather than never.

emoticonIt’s easy to fit in strength training with a band in the ladies’ room at work.

emoticonNo one knows if I sleep in my work out clothes.

emoticonIt’s not about the food.

emoticonI was overeating although I may have been in my calorie range.

emoticonFocusing on a certain weight to lose each month isn’t working for me.

emoticonBeating myself up isn’t working for me either.

emoticonTime to love myself.

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  • no profile photo CD4334455
    Oh I just loved reading your blog this afternoon! So many awesome things in November for you.

    3585 days ago
    You have such a busy life; a Great Life. Maintaining gets applause. Good grief, not to gain during a food holiday is huge. The family must have been kind to you. Non scale victories are so important!! I especially love your "feeling taller."
    3586 days ago
  • AMBER281
    Congrats on all of your non-scale victories! Keep up the great work and eventually the scale will move for you!
    3587 days ago
    You were successful. It doesn't have to be about the numbers. Life is a journey and along the way the scenery might change or it might stay the same, but you're still moving. Congratulations on all you have accomplished.
    3588 days ago
  • IILAAD65
    GREAT success!!!!!
    3588 days ago
    Oh my gosh, I just love this blog! This is what it is all about, and the number on the scale isn't the be all end all in our lives is it? You are so aware of your success and what defines that! I am hoping to run a 5k in the spring! Very Inspiring!
    3588 days ago
    LOL I love you. I just LOVE you. I had a good chuckle thinking: I loved your butt when I saw you, too! LOL
    3589 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6223170
    You ran two 5k's in a month! Way to GO! Definitely not an "F".

    3589 days ago
  • WYND10
    Sounds like you had a great month, don't worry about the scale. Take it all in, you're doing amazingly.

    Homemade Pad Thai? Can haz recipe?
    3589 days ago
    You are SO positive and doing marvelously (despite the no-loss month). Your NSVs are what you should be measuring now, not an amount to lose every month. You are still inspiring because you're still going - scale be darned!
    3589 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    I love your non-scale victories list. You are so right that the scale is not the be all, end all when it comes to measuring progress. You are amazing & inspiring!
    3589 days ago
    I think you did a great job in November whether the number on the scale changed or not!! emoticon

    I love the idea of a Fitness Sandwich!
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    Keep up the good work! emoticon

    - Karen
    3589 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2010 2:56:52 PM
  • no profile photo CD1315172
    Looks like nonscale victories all around to me. It is going to click! Your determination is inspiring! You will do this!
    3590 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1299585
    I love your progress reports because you focus on so many positive things. Just because you didn't lose doesn't mean you did not have a victory this month. It is very hard to manintain weight over the holidays.

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    3590 days ago
    Wonderful overview of what a successful and fabulous woman you are!!! Best wishes for December successes!
    3590 days ago
    You're right: weight isn't everything. I gave it my all this month, considering everything going on, and didn't lose any weight either. But, like you, I learned a lot and tried a lot of new things. So yeah, no guilt. For either of us. The trick is to get healthier and stronger. The pounds will come off when they're ready.

    Also, I'm super proud of you for passing up the Baker's Square French silk pie. I don't think I could have done it! [droooool]

    3590 days ago
    You had a great month with a lot of accomplishments! Keep it up because you are AWESOME!
    3590 days ago
  • FREES1
    great post - so much more to all of this than the scale! you're doing great!
    3590 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    FABULOUSNESS!!! I see nothing but success written all over this blog!!! Way to go girl! And BTW, LOVE your page! So pretty . . . just like you! Bright, bold, beautiful!
    3590 days ago
    WOW!! How very, very cool!!
    3590 days ago
  • *MADHU*
    emoticon blog!
    emoticon on your progress!
    3590 days ago
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