You know when you have a really good excuse, you think it is a reason?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

There is NO reason
to act against your better judgment
to move away from your own truths
to stop exercising (unless you are injured)
to be careless with your nutrition

Yet I used the excuse of an extremely difficult situation to do just that. Diet and exercise, who knew? Well I knew. I had successfully lost 80 pounds. I was keeping it off when I stopped doing what worked. Because chocolate cake and wine were going to make it better! Or more accurately I was going to focus on it later.

Well, welcome to my later. Later where I have left a toxic job and moved 1200 miles away. The frogger and I are now sharing a house in the Houston area with a friend, while I find new employment and she retires. Our friend is gracious and generous and has severe health problems. We are seeing if we can be a support to one another.

We've been in Texas two weeks. I now have internet access and gym access. This is my later where I admit that taking a break from health and fitness didn't make me happy and didn't take me where I want to be. This is where I am not using the excuse of "stress" (job hunting, new living situation, etc.) to stop exercising and eating healthy.

This is my record of how I lost weight and got healthy.

PS: I got out my Bisbee 1000 shirts and read the names of all my Spark Buddies which are written there. You guys are still in my heart.
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  • KELCEE75
    Yay! You're back! Welcome back! Good luck adjusting to all the positive changes you've made...sounds like a great adventure! :)
    3347 days ago
    It's nice to hear from you Deb - it's disturbing to me that it's for something that sounds so similar in my own head. After keeping off the weight - the creep has crept & I've gained 15 pounds. I day dream about ice cream sundaes and I have a hard time remembering to make time to exercise. It's rough out here without Sparkpeople -- like you I'm realizing that I need to come back to it.

    I've never stopped tracking my calories, I get so frustrated because it appears that I will be forever stuck at consuming only 1600 calories a day or less in order to not gain weight. I think that by spending more time on Spark I will have better success at quieting the voices in my head that tempt me with sugary treats. :)

    Give Frogger a big hug for me and best wishes on your move to Texas! And welcome back to SparkLand :)

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    3348 days ago
    Wow, I had no idea you were moving/moved! Congrats on that and starting anew - I hope everything works out swell for you and the frogger! Best of luck in the job hunt. Sounds like you have things planned out and under control! Love it! :)
    3348 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    A fresh break...sounds like a good plan!!!! Good luck with everything!
    3349 days ago
    You know what they say - sometimes life gets in the way. But the great thing is you're still in control -- you know what needs to be done and are getting busy. emoticon

    Sorry you've had such a rough time, but it sounds like you have finally arrived where the universe says you should be right now. Something tells me your gracious host/hostess will love and appreciate and benefit from the company of you lovely ladies! Win win.

    So glad to see you around -- missed you!
    3350 days ago
    Hooray....Hooray.....Hooray!! I thought I was hallucinating when I saw my favorite cat wearing a lime helmet! I must be on the wrong page.......whooooo hooo she's still kickin'! Yay!

    Sorry for all the junk you've had to endure, but you've made a clean break from the craziness and you'll be putting us all to shame with your doggedness. But we'll happily stick around for the dry wit and we like your choice in red frogs! lol

    Crossing my fingers for the right job, the right house, the right everything! Luckily you can control your healthy lifestyle.... as I recall it started with "put the donut down and go exercise."

    You made my day!

    3350 days ago
    You think you can just waltz in here after 9 months with your cute and charming way and we will just welcome you back with open loving arms???

    HELL, YEAH!!!

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    Comment edited on: 6/11/2011 5:35:36 PM
  • REJ7777
    Congratulations on your fresh new start! emoticon
    3350 days ago
    Hi, I'm sure you made the right decision. Great to hear from you again. What a huge change in your lives!
    Love to you and the Frog Lady!
    3350 days ago
    Who needs a toxic job?! Certainly no one I know. Glad to hear that you left for TX. I hope you find exactly the most wonderful job ever!!
    Welcome "home." It'll be fun to have you around again, but I am sorry to hear that you have had a rough time of it.
    3350 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    What a good surprise seeing you again on Sp. Glad to have you back in the neighborhood.
    3350 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I realized in the last 17 months how often in the past I would make excuses to eat that are for the most part irrelevant. I know I would look at junk food and think just what was good enough to excuse breaking my "rules." Or it would be because of emotion. Or fear of deprivation. Blah blah blah. (Of course, when you're in the middle of all that, it doesn't seem trivial. Later, you can see it.) I'm not perfect now, but I am so much more aware that nearly all reasons to eat besides hunger and OCCASIONAL pleasure or soothing are just not good reasons. They just don't WORK to bring me peace and vitality. It's not moral; it's not puritanical. In fact, it's the opposite of puritanical because I take immense pleasure in the food I DO eat, and I get pleasure from the lighter feeling I have much of the time. Nothing to do with being a good girl. emoticon
    3350 days ago
    At least you didn't let it creep all the way back up on you before you took the reins back! Been missing you.... welcome back! How's our Froggy? Hug each other from me!

    3350 days ago
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