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You Can't Win Them All... and looking to the new year

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My next weigh in is in 2 days and I know I am not going to make it...not unless I did some nutty crash diet and I refuse to do that. I'm ok with my results. Basically this month I maintained from last month and that isn't a bad thing with the holidays.

I have won 2 Dietbets and lost 1. I made enough in my winnings both times to cover the cost of the next Dietbet so nothing really lose except for the 15 lbs! emoticon There is another Dietbet that is supposed to be sponsored by SarahFit (like my 2nd one) January 1st. I am going to work on my own to drop a few more lbs before then and will jump in Jan. 1st for another official dietbet.

In all of this there are some things I can take away from it all... mostly that its all a huge learning process. Everyone is so different and losing weight, while it does come down to basic calories in vs. calories out, is so specific to each person. What motivates that person...what keeps them going...what their triggers are...how they can overcome them.

Could I have won this month? Sure. Why didn't I? I can look back at my calendar and see 2 basic things I didn't follow through on this month. 1. I didn't focus on exercise like I did the previous month and 2. I have gotten lazy about counting calories again. These 2 tools are obviously what I need to keep progressing. Have I exercised this month? Yes but I didn't make it a priority. As for eating I have watched what I ate but not by caloric value like I was.

I kinda knew going into this Dietbet that with Thanksgiving rolling around it was going to be a potential issue staying on track for this Dietbet. I'm not upset but I know what I need to do to move forward.

Speaking of things that keep you motivated I have been thinking of what I want to do to continue to stay motivated for the long run. I have been toying with the idea of doing a race, or two, or sheesh even 3, next year. I have never, ever done a race before. I can't even begin to tell you how much out of my comfort zone it is but I do like the idea of having a running goal.

In April they are having a 5K Cupcake run in the next big town over. I was thinking that would be a good starting point. Its relatively local and sounds fun. I know another place that does a beginners mud run in April but they haven't posted dates for it yet. THAT was what I really wanted to do to start out with so I may do one or the other (not both).

August 10th Baltimore is doing the Dirty Girl Mud Run. I'm on the fence about this as we have HOT summers with major humidity. I'm also not a big social bug, and I know an event like this would be more fun with other people. Yet at the same time I'm looking to push myself out of my comfort zone...

Finally if I don't catch the one mud run in April I know they do another one in the fall and I am thinking about that for sure. I like the idea of having a goal set in the spring and fall to keep me going.

Hope everyone is managing well with all this Christmas/Holiday food around LOL.
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    I'm sorry to hear you didn't win but at least you have learned some valuable information. Sometimes, that's just as good! I highly recommend doing a 5K. I was nervous, but honestly, you'll WANT to train just so you can do your best. It was the BEST experience of my life. I can't wait to do another. Let me know what you decide!
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    Every day is a chance to succeed. Don't worry about the past, make today count. Make yourself accountable--weigh and track your food. I'm glad I finally bought an inexpensive food scale, I had no idea what I was eating as far as calories.

    The races sound like a great idea. If you also keep track every day and see your net gain or loss calorie wise it adds up.

    Find low-cal treats, and celebrate your small triumphs --music, a piece of clothing, a special soap or tea with cream. Pamper yourself.

    Happy Holidays!!
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    3123 days ago
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    my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day.

    i lost 44 pounds by giving up grain products and sugary products at age 60.

    i use a salad plate as a dinner plate; i eat with a childs fork. takes your brain 20 minutes to tell your stomach your full. it works.

    3123 days ago
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