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Honesty is the best policy

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I had a great year in 2016 with a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. Finally cracked the 110lbs lost and had added the SP award to my signature. Then came Thanksgiving. I've always had a habit of giving myself a food vacation beginning in November through New Year's. Problem is it frequently becomes a six-month hiatus. My bad.

Stress eats me and I return the favor by eating. DH got laid off two years ago and things have been tough. He's working part-time at a minimum wage job and getting freelance copy edit work when he can.

Check-up with my doctor next week and it's going to be sad. She was so proud of me at my last one. I was within 30lbs of my goal, but have gained 27lbs back since Thanksgiving. Can't seem to get back on track. Been doing this a long time and I'm diabetic. I know how to eat, what to eat. About drinking plenty of water and exercise. There comes a point in time that all the hacks in the world won't work because you won't work. The famous sports manufacturer didn't mean eat a pound of chocolate when introducing their slogan "Just do it."

It's about finding the will to, the want to...when you don't want to. It's different for everyone and, yes, sometimes advice from family, friends, doctors, SP gives you that ah-ha moment; and sometimes you have to wait for inner you to get there.

I've had so many do-overs, that I think SP should come up with a do-over goodie or award. I took down the weight loss award and replaced it with a childhood picture of myself because it was handy. More than one person in my life, virtual and otherwise, has expressed gratitude at how I have inspired them with my success. Well, honesty is the best policy. I've got feet of clay like everyone else. I've had a setback. I don't know when I'll get back on track, but at least I'm blogging about it, I'm thinking about it. Most of all, I'm hopeful. I'm going to take a long, hard look at my vision collage today. See my dreams, read the words that have moved me like "Victim or Victor. If it is to be, it's up to me. I don't have time to wait for perfect..I'm starting now. Don't wait for the perfect time to exercise...eating perfectly...having the perfect food. Complaining and whining just uses up oxygen." And my favorites - "Prepare to launch" with a photo of fit woman playing golf and "December 2020 tick tock," The date I plan to retire if I end up bagging groceries and picking up cans. Done with the fulltime gig. Life's too short.

Thanks SP. Thanks Chris D. Thanks all my SP friends.
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    1082 days ago
    I'm a stress eater too, so I can relate. I've started over, fallen off the wagon, and started over again many, many times. But starting over again is the key...don't give up. I understand the stress of an upcoming doctor's appointment. I just had one, and had to face the music of having a weight gain since the prior appointment. But, it's actually good to face facts, and think about making the next appointment show an improvement. We are all here to support you. It isn't easy, but friends make the rough patches better. It's great you blogged about it. I realize I need to adjust my ticker upward to reflect my latest weight...yes, honesty is best.
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    1086 days ago
  • LINDA!
    emoticon It is always a struggle. I am so sorry that your husband was laid off two years ago. I certainly can understand the stress.
    1086 days ago
    You have taken a little detour but don't give up the trip. Go back and think about why you started this. You should be proud of all you have accomplished and don't lose the feeling of the good you are doing for your future. You are in some hard times but you are stronger than someone who would give-up and let go of all the hard work you did to get here. We are here for your support because we really, really care about that super person we have come to know. emoticon emoticon
    1086 days ago
    We all can do this together. Hello my name is Brent and I'm an emotional eater. It's a battle everyday. But together we can do this
    1087 days ago
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