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Getting Back on the Horse

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Remember the old saw "If you fall off the horse, get right back on?" I didn't fall off; I jumped off. Last May/June when the weather became too hot for me to walk I hibernated. Air-conditioning became my middle name - hell, my only name. The summer was even too hot for me to swim in the apartment complex's pool. So I stayed inside and ate ice cream (and there's no such thing as a spoonful - isn't a pint the only way it comes?). And I really believed that nothing bad would happen to me health-wise because my intentions were good - but that's all they were - intentions - with no actions attached. So imagine my dismay when the scale said I had regained 12 lbs over the summer. "How could this have happened?" I cried as I drove to the store and bought a bag of candy, 2 pastries, and 2 bottles of Starbuck's Frappechino. At least I was able to toss out the bag of candy - after eating half of it. I was so disgusted with myself that I knew I had to get back on the horse.

So here I am. Earlier this morning I went out for a half-hour Nordic walk (with poles) around the block. I've been on SparkPeople all morning reacquainting myself with the site. I plan on making small healthy changes that are DOABLE and to use SparkPeople as the stepladder to get back in the saddle. I'm excited about restarting my walk to Provincetown to celebrate my 65th year; in fact, I'm only one town away from being halfway there! As Amelia Earhart said, "The most effective way to do it is to do it!"


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  • DEBBIEG0716
    So glad you came back!
    2819 days ago
    Hello my friend. So glad to see you back. I hate when I start to get to know someone here on SP and then all of a sudden they disappear !!! But you are back and I am so glad to see you. I know you said you would only post once a week but I will def be looking forward to that post !!!

    Don't let the summer ruin anything just look at it as a set back and that it's in the past now and you are a strong woman for finding your way back to us. You are heading in the right direction just by getting out there with your walking. Find other ways to treat yourself if it must be food make it healthy foods that you love !!! I have started freezing fruits, like pineapples and peaches ....yumm !!! Find what works for you and keep taking small but mighty steps to get where you are heading.

    Let me know how I can help. Heck I've gained 6 lbs myself that I am struggling with.

    emoticon emoticon Stay Strong Together !!!!
    2831 days ago
  • GENRE009
    I have the same problems when the weather is too hot, and humid. I love ice cream, but try to stay away from it. There is something on the market they call Yonannas/ buy it at best buy/ or cheaper on ebay. It takes frozen fruit, and turns it into frozen ice cream with no extra sugar. What I do when I am lazy is buy a low fat ice cream, around 80 or less calories. Then I mix it with fruit, and refreeze it in popsicle cones.
    If I am up for a star bucks then I realize they have about 1,000.00 calories in there drinks. So, I order a decaf, with crushed ice, and a little bit of cream If need be I will put diet sugar into it. Don't use regular capacino cause it has so much caffeine that it can give you brown circles under your eyes in time. It burns out your B Vitamins. Hope this helped in some way.
    2831 days ago
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