Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Struggling.....for a normal routine!

Well it's been a while since I've last posted. Truth be told, I've been struggling. Oh, not with the weight loss and fitness journey.....Because I'm still focused on that. Have not lost any more weight, but my fitness level is still high. Frankly, I've been enjoying my summer!! We've been camping, went on a little anniversary trip to the beach for a couple of days, we've been boating....a lot, I've ridden my bike more miles this year than ever....I've been to the gym lots, oh, yes, I've been running!! I've participated in 2 5k's and I'm training for the 1/2 marathon in October. I've been involved with ministry opportunities, out with friends, been to the zoo a couple of times, and have spent a lot of time with my family. 

Needless to say, some of my other routine things, like writing, have been put on the back burner. 

Obviously, since I'm not losing weight, I've had more food than my body needs. Thankfully because of my activity level, I've not gained any weight....Not to say that I have not seen that scale go up a little. 

On our anniversary vacation I have to say we indulged a little. Well we did try to make good choices, but I did allow myself some fried foods, which I don't do well with...I have to tell you. We had some sweets and a little alcohol. We did get a  run in and lots of walking so that helped. All in all not too bad....but the real problem was that I forgot my water pills (I take these for my blood pressure) and I guess that is a problem if I don't have them, because when I got back.....(Now mind you...I feel no difference in my clothes).....but when I got on the scale. I was up 15 pounds.....Yep....15 pounds!!!!

I about had a heart attack. Can I say that I was a little depressed after that? Since then I've lost all of it. In fact the next day when we got home I was down 6 pounds and the pounds just kept coming off each day, so I'm right back where I started. Obviously it was all water weight. Unfortunately, I'm still struggling with acne. It started that weekend and it's all over my face. I've never had it this bad. It must be from the foods that I ate. I guess my normal diet is pretty clean, because introducing the vacation foods has really messed up my system. If you know what I mean!! 

Anyway we got right back on plan and I'm still going forward. Thankfully I'm past that. 

So ready to go to the next level...I am so close to  onderland ~ I've just been hovering around it. Can't get there for more than a nano second. Then it's back to 200 to 204. 

I'm kind of feeling desperate and anxious about getting there. I mean, I've put in a lot of hard work and made really good choices (OK except for the anniversary weekend) and I'm still stuck. I'm feeling like I'm never going to get there!!

So this morning, in my reading time, I came across this little nugget:

A positive attitude during this journey will get me to where I want to be! 

And that's exactly what I need today....is a positive attitude. I know if I keep going. I WILL GET THERE!!

How about you...do you need a positive attitudes?

Keep focused!


  1. Hi Joy,
    Keep on persevering and yes keep on enjoying life and don't beat yourself up for a " set back."
    I'm there with you about the vacation foods. Time to get back on track for me too. Just trying to keep things balanced with family fun and staying on track.
    Yes I have a positive attitude today despite things going on like a sewer backing up and my in laws are coming and it's my hubby's b-day. Oh well that's life :)

  2. You need those little indulgences now and then. Don't beat yourself up over them just get back in the groove.

    I think I would have passed out to see a 15 pound jump in the scales. I've had mine jump 3 when I've had too much sodium but I can't imagine 15. I am so glad that you didn't let that derail you and you got it all right back off.

    That 199 on the scale is a huge milestone. It is such a mental thing, or it was for me. To get under 200 was one of my early goals. I crossed over and back several times before I got down to stay.

    You'll get there.

  3. Hi Lovely to see you posting. What a great summer you are having.

    Regarding acne .... I know this will sound weird but I have been reading how wheat can cause acne. I've heard it other places but there are a few more details in the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. If you haven't read the book yet it could be worth getting hold of.

    Great that you got rid of that gain promptly.


  4. Hi Joy! I definitely find having a positive attitude helps; otherwise, it's so easy to get caught in this cycle of seeing things as worse than they are and beating yourself up for no reason. To quote the great philosophical text of our time, Finding Nemo, "just keep swimming." :)

    As you continue to become healthier, keep in mind that weight loss isn't just about what we we eat or what exercise we do—it's also about why we do or don't do the things we know we should do to become better. It's easy for us to get caught in bad habits like eating because we're stressed out or having a bad day. It's easy to say that we can skip the gym today because we're seeking variety and can't stand getting on that elliptical machine for the tenth time. It's a way of filling our different human needs.

    I'd encourage you to take a look at the video in my link of Beverly, who lost 230 lbs. without any surgery or weight loss "magic bullets" aside from diet and exercise. In it, our different human needs are explained along with ways to become healthier. It's not that long, and you might find it to be pretty interesting.