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This past week was a struggle for me.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had some issues around keeping things in perspective in terms of getting off track of this healthy lifestyle.  The post really resonated with so many of you, and the comments were truly insightful.  For anyone who’s been struggling in any way regarding weight loss, I highly recommend that you go back and read them.  You’ll definitely come away with a heightened awareness about your own journey.

The thing I realized after reading everyone’s comments and spending some time really thinking about it was that often I make an insignificant slip-up seem like a much bigger issue.  It’s that perfectionist side of myself that I’m trying to combat.  In reality, I probably wasn’t over my Points by much this weekend, and I did get in some good exercise.  No one feels like they’re on track in all aspects of weight loss (or life, for that matter) 100% of the time, and I am working on reframing my thinking so that I’m able to bounce back from setbacks much more quickly than I have in the past. 

After all of that worry and strife, let’s see what the scale showed this morning:

 which means I gained 1.3 lbs this week, for a total loss of 5.1 pounds overall. This is actually a fantastic result, considering I just got TOM.  I usually gain between 2-5 lbs, so this is actually a smaller gain than I have had in the past 3-4 months.  I’m attributing that to my increased water consumption (minimizing bloating), and increased exercise over the past few weeks. 

Which really shows me that I need to get a grip on myself sometimes.  I’ll never be a calm, mellow person – that’s just not in my nature.  But I can probably be a bit more zen about this weight loss journey.  Every speed bump is not a cause for alarm. 

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Did you guys see Biggest Loser last night?  I won’t ruin anything for those that haven’t seen it yet, but I will say that I was overwhelmed, inspired, and just so moved by the entire episode.  It was exactly what I needed to help put things into perspective.  Even though I’m a very positive person overall, sometimes I focus so much on the pounds and what’s not going well, when I should also focus on is how much I’ve grown in terms of my abilities.  BL reminded me of that.  Also, can I just confess that I have had the biggest crush on Michael since the beginning of the season, but it has solidified even more last night.  He really seems to be coming into his own now, and I find him very inspiring.  Even if you’re not a regular view of the show, I really recommend going to the website and watching the episode, because it’s worth it.

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Lots of us are in the middle of 21-day challenges.  I’m working on water consumption, Scale Warfare‘s wearing her GoWearFit, and Seattle Runner Girl is getting up early every day. 

Well, the girls at The Sisterhood are in on the fun too, and have started their own version of  the 21-day challenge for everyone to join in on.  They just ask you to commit to starting or changing 1-3 habits for the next 21 days and then reporting back weekly to them on how you’re progressing.  I’m going to join in, because I can use the extra accountability.  How about you?  Do you have something you’d like to work on (I’m sure you do).  Why not join in on this challenge and make (or break) a new habit?!

Sisterhood 21-Days ChallengeMy new habit: drinking 8 glasses of water per day.

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I’ve written before that one of the things I really love about SBD is that I have been cooking. Lots of the meals I make are redesigned favorites that I’ve known how to make for years. Others have been new recipes that I’ve found in the cookbooks and blogs that I’ve begun to read. I’ve tried lots of new food combinations, but there are two in particular that I’m surprised about.

Sweet Potatoes
In my Ode to Sweet Potatoes, I wrote about my love of this root vegetable. Growing up, I didn’t really like sweet potatoes. We didn’t have them very often, and on holidays like Thanksgiving, when we did, there were so many other foods that I loved on the table, that I never really tasted them. When I did eat them, I just didn’t like them very much. I had it in my head that sweet potatoes weren’t for me. Then I found some precut sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s and figured that I should give them a try. Since regular potatoes were off the menu for me now that I was following SBD, I might was well get this healthier starch in. I tried them and found that I loved them. I’ve made them countless times in the last few months, and I still love them. I’m so glad I gave these veggies a try, because they really are one of my favorites.

Eggs
For years I knew that I hated eggs. I wouldn’t/couldn’t eat them, no matter how they were dressed up: omelets and scrambles always looked good, but I could never get past the fact that they had eggs in them. On the rare occassions when there was nothing else on the menu, I would douse the eggs in a ton of hot sauce, hoping to mask the flavor. Still, I’d feel sort of nauceous afterwards. It turned out that this was all in my head, because when I started Phase 1 of SBD, and all you can really eat for breakfast is eggs (unless you’re extremely creative), I found that I could actually stomach them. In fact, over the course of the past few months I’ve come to like them. Especially scrambled. In fact, this morning I made myself some scrambled eggs, and I had the option of eating other things, including oatmeal, but for some reason the eggs were calling to me. I find this absolutely amazing. I’ve gone from someone who hated eggs to someone who sometimes craves them.

I think that this goes to show that when you’re open to it, you can discover a lot of things that you previously found that you didn’t like can be quite enjoyable. And this goes beyond food. I’m sure there are other aspects of my life where I’ve told myself that I don’t like doing something, but if I actually try it with a new outlook, I may find that I actually like it.

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