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October Review/November Goals

Friday, November 01, 2013

October was a blazing success. I started at 151.5 and ended at 143. This is due in NO small part to joining BLC23, the Biggest Loser Challenge. I love my team, the Steely Sapphire Soldiers!

Being on the team, participating in the weekly challenges has kept me focused on the small things that always add up to big things. It has been really working for me.

Probably the biggest difference the challenge has made to me is helping me combat the "I can indulge this once" mentality. That's always been my downfall in the past: "I can eat/drink this now and start again tomorrow." Before you know it, that one day turns into 10 days and I've wasted another month. The challenge has kept me focused on staying on track EVERY day and it's made all the difference.

In November I'll have some challenges: this Sunday we are walking a half marathon in Springfield, MO. TC wants to stop at a "famous" diner on the way home that specializes in a Volcano Burger (1/2 pound burger covered in melted cheese)! It's the type of place we'll only go to once, so how can I refuse? I have checked the online menu and if I can be STRONG I'll have a grilled chicken sandwich without the top bun and a side salad. Sounds decidedly punitive in a place that brags about 20 different specialty burgers! But I'll work hard to remember the Bigger Picture and will report what I end up eating to help keep me accountable!

Another challenge is the week before Thanksgiving; my mother and sister will be coming to visit. The food won't be a challenge since I'll be cooking and my mom is a healthy eater. But the visit may put a crimp in my usual daily fitness center visits. I don't want to be a poor hostess and leave them at home while I work out, yet neither of them is a good candidate for the classes we take. So the most exercise I can probably expect for the week is a few leisurely, short walks on our city trail. emoticon

The following week is Thanksgiving, and isn't that a challenge for all of us? Add to that the fitness center will be closed FIVE DAYS. Yikes and Yikes!

Looking at all of that, I can see that I will have to be extra vigilant in my food intake, and should expect a much smaller weight loss, if one at all. But I vow to you and to myself that I will hit my goal weight of 136 by the end of this year!

Soldier on!!!!

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    We can do this!
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  • NANCY-
    emoticon You are making it happen.

    Your awareness of what is ahead will help you prepare. Perhaps you can find an activity that they would like and you can hit the gym once or twice.
    Often things we salivate over...brings disappoint. Good for you on sticking to what you need for you.
    2585 days ago
    Fantastic October for you!! Way to rock it!
    Sounds like you're all set with your goals... you can do it!!
    Keeping your eye on the end goal is really the key. Its the area I still need to work on.

    2585 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I would like to say well done on the Oct weight loss. emoticon
    Nov coming up can be tricky, and you've added a great burger joint. The food can be rough, but I think the time disturbance can be worse. Mine gets crazy being in the service industry. I just try to remember a saying I once heard.

    "Remember what you are doing, and why you are doing it"

    If you're doing something good, the "why" helps with the hard work of it all.
    if you're doing something bad, the "what" reminds you of I shouldn't do this.

    That's my two pennies worth, Konrad
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  • ANNETTE117
    Nanette: You did awesome in October! I know you will have similar success in November. Enjoy the visit with your family.
    2586 days ago
    A blazing success indeed: you've done great! And I'm betting you'll find a way to keep right on . . .
    2586 days ago
    You've said it, Nanette! I especially liked the plate picture and saying at the end. You and I have the same problem - "oh, one little.... won't hurt" and then it continues on and on every day and those "one littles" really add up! good plan for November! emoticon
    2586 days ago
    Oh my- you are doing sososososo grrrrrrrreat!
    Sounds like an awesome plan, too.
    2586 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
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    2586 days ago
    Congratulations for all your successes!

    I'd probably order a burger and eat half -- that sort of thing works for me. I'm maintaining now and it's reassuring to see that I'm within a pound of where I was on October 1. I think the end of Daylight Savings Time is going to have an impact on me because I won't be able to walk after work.

    Let's make it a great month!
    2586 days ago
    I'd say eat the burger. It really does seem like a one-time thing and not a slippery slope that will tempt you every day. I think you can do it so long as you plan for it as a special treat and compensate but eating better or exercising more that week.

    Soldier on! I love it! Good luck with the 136 goal! You've really had some great success in October! Good for you :)
    2586 days ago
    Great goals for Nov....I haven't really thought about it yet..other than the night before Thansksgiving when our guests want to do homemade pizza...and I want to plan something a bit healthier...Maybe I will make your vegetarian chili in a crockpot and also do a salad for those who want something other than pizza. Do you think that would be too rude?I appreciate that they want to bring the fixings for pizza and to cook it too...but I really don't want to eat it.
    2586 days ago
    Way to go! Congratulations!! You should be so proud of yourself!
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    Can you and TC double team your guests? Have one of you exercise while the other entertains? Can you set your guests up where they can see or visit with you as you do some form of exercise...even if it's an exercise video? Can you find some work they want to do and let them do the easy part while you do the bending and lifting? Maybe they'd like some time to read or relax? There's got to be a way to exercise during that week!!

    You are doing SOOOOO well with your weight! I'm proud of you!
    2586 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your October success - WOW!! And yes, November is a challenging month but we can handle it together!! Here's to another great month!! emoticon (virtual = no calories - just the joy!!)
    2586 days ago
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