One Month Into My Journey…

December 2, 2010 at 9:27 am 14 comments

Wow!  Yesterday marked the one month anniversary of my journey.

It is said that 21 days make a habit, and I think that I had almost gotten there, but this past week threw me backwards. I’m still excited about what I’m doing, and where I’m going, but I feel as though I haven’t been fully on track for about 10 days, and was worried that I was losing my momentum.

I let something that happened (too much to go into here) a week ago Monday sabotage the past 10 days, all except for food.  That I stayed on track with.  I didn’t exercise, I didn’t blog (I think I was hiding from you, because I didn’t want to admit that I wasn’t doing anything).  As a Canadian, I didn’t even have the excuse of being preoccupied with Thanksgiving.

Pretty much the only thing I did on the computer other than read the news and check emails, was play games on Facebook. Damn Farmville, Frontierville and Bejewelled.  I came up with every excuse I could think of to not go to the gym, which bothers me, because I look at it as wasting money. (Great, something else to feel guilty about)  I’m paying for a monthly membership, that for 10 days I didn’t use.

On Saturday, I thought about hiding from my scale as well, but realized that I need to know about the good and bad in my journey, so I weighed in.  Thank goodness I didn’t stop doing my food journal, because that kept me on track. Fully expecting no change or a movement upwards, my scale put a smile on my face.

The numbers went down!  1.2 pounds for the week, total of 8 lbs for the month.

I’m not going to analyze what made the weight loss, I’m going to be pleased.  I will however, talk about a number of NSV’s (non-scale victories) these past 10 days.

  1. Even though I was sidelined over an upsetting incident, I didn’t choose food as a comfort.  I did shy away from going out and exercising, and chose computer game comfort instead, but I didn’t totally derail the way I would have in the past.
  2. My good friend Terry came over to visit me on Friday, and brought me these lovely flowers. It’s been about 3 weeks since Terry and I last got together.  Now, normally when Terry and I get together, we enjoy a few beers and some snacks while talking and playing cards.  We always have a lot of fun. This Friday, Terry came over and brought with her a fruit platter.  How great is that for support!  She noticed the weight loss in my face, and said that my jeans looked loose. Gotta love great friends and the energy they bring!
  3. On Sunday my son and I went shopping.  That was wonderful.  My son is almost 17 and like most boys his age will want to do ANYTHING other than go grocery shopping with his mom. I’m blessed that my son likes to try new foods, and we often experiment with cooking together.  I have to say that going food shopping was a pleasant experience this past week, as he and I looked at new foods and discussed how we would add them to this week’s menu.  We bought marlin and red snapper, two things that I wouldn’t have picked up if he hadn’t been there. If you’ve never tried marlin, all I can say is “wow!”  It’s a very tasty fish, costs less than salmon, and only takes a few minutes on the grill.  After dinner we sat and chatted about a number of things, and my son said to me “Mom, I can see where you’re losing weight, and your face definitely looks different.  I can now see how you would have looked when you were thinner.”  I could have cried.  It wasn’t that long ago that my son had found a picture of me in a bikini from 10 years ago, and asked me who that was.
  4. I feel as though I walk lighter.  I don’t know how else to explain this.  When I walk I don’t feel as though I’m clomping along, it’s as though my body recognizes that it’s lighter, and I walk differently. Maybe I’m prouder of how I look, and my walk reflects that?
  5. My size 16 jeans hang loosely on me, even right out of the dryer.
  6. I can put on my size 14 jeans without laying on the bed to do them up. They’re still a little tight, but not for long!
  7. Because of the upsetting incident that occurred, I spent some of my down time over the past week taking stock of my life in a number of areas, and am starting to make plans about what I want to do to make my life more positive, with more passion and enjoyment. (I am planning a long post about this in the near future)

I’m trying not to focus on the scale, but each movement downward shows that I’m on the right track, along with all of these other wonderful NSV’s.

While the month of December and all of its food temptations offerings could present a minefield challenge, I know that with the right mindset, I will do well. And if I have one or two extra little Christmas treats?  I’m not going to obsess over it.  This is a lifelong journey for me, and one or two weeks is not going to throw me off course.  Food journaling has and will continue to be my best defense friend,  and I’m learning to make better choices.  I also realize that I can enjoy the season and all it offers, as long as I choose gourmet over gluttony.

December will also see me say goodbye to the 180’s and start to see the 170’s. This will mean that I will start 2011 at a weight that I haven’t seen in about 6 years.  What a great Christmas present to myself this all is!

I’d like to end this blog, by asking you what your last month was like.  What challenges you had, how you overcame them, and the victories you celebrated.

Enjoy your Thursday and the rest of the week!

Obviously MARvelous






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  • 1. Shelley  |  December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

    you know, when I’m hiding from the world, bejewelled gets me every time… I’m so happy you are celebrating the NSVs 🙂 I’m so proud of you!

    • 2. Patricia Eales  |  December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Shelley, I truly appreciate all of your support!

  • 3. Alida  |  December 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Congrats and keep it up!!! I love your NSV’s!!

    • 4. Patricia Eales  |  December 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you Alida!

  • 5. Colleen  |  December 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Awesome, that is great. Makes me feel a little guilty after my commitment to start doing better Tuesday and having a not so healthy lunch because I was not prepared today.

    • 6. Patricia Eales  |  December 3, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Hi Colleen, never feel guilty!

  • 7. Lynn  |  December 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Challenges can sure get in the way, but it sounds like you have a positive attitude about the treats.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. My biggest challenge in November was working many hours as a tutor getting students ready for quarter finals.

    • 8. Patricia Eales  |  December 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

      Hi Lynn, thanks for coming by. Now that you have the student prep done, hopefully you can relax and enjoy the upcoming season!

  • 9. Stephanie  |  December 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Congratulations! Loving those NSV’s too! You rock! 🙂

    • 10. Patricia Eales  |  December 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • 11. anna  |  December 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    those are all such great things. not going to food for comfort, shopping with your son, getting out of size 16, and on your way to the 170s. Awesome!!!

    Sounds like you did get into some habits after all.

    • 12. Patricia Eales  |  December 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Hi Anna, it wasn’t until I wrote this post, that I realized that I did have good habits! 🙂

  • 13. Catherine F.  |  December 3, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I think it is such a huge thing that you didn’t choose food as comfort when upset by an incident. That just says how far you’ve come already! Really well done.

    Those NSVs were awesome as well, especially finding support in a friend and your son! Beautiful!

    I had a struggle during parts of Nov where poor food choices prevailed – felt totally dis-empowered, but on track now and feeling good. Keen to shed 4Kg before Christmas, which I know I can do on my eating plan.

    Great comment about starting 2011 lighter – I’m going to aim for the same … to be at a 2007 weight.

    • 14. Patricia Eales  |  December 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Catherine, I am truly blessed with the support of my family and friends.


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Goals for 2011

* Participate in the 100 days of intentional movement
* Walk 2011 miles in 2011
* Continue my healthy eating and exercise program
* Lower my body weight by 10% by February 1st, 2011
* Lose the next 10% of body weight (17 lbs) by April 1, 2011
* Read at least one book per month that provides spiritual sustenance or enlightenment.

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04/01/11 - 156.6
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