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Week 70

Remembering you can’t control everything helps you control what you can

By Lisa Spodak ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com
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Week 69 Weigh In:

Change this week:  -2.5 lbs
Change overall:  -93.5 lbs

Week 70 Weight In:

Change this week:  +.5 lbs
Change overall:  -93 lbs

The past two weeks have been really great learning experiences  in a couple of very different ways.

The first week I was on vacation visiting family in Florida.  I didn't think to weigh myself as soon as I got there so I had no point of reference to weigh myself later -- which meant I couldn't accurately weigh myself for five days.  Even when I did break down and weigh myself on my mother's scale, I had no idea how her scale compared to my scale at home so I had no real clue of how I was doing.

So I did my best.  I ate well.  I exercised a lot.  I slept eight hours a night.  Did all those things I know I should do on vacation.

When I got home, I had no idea what the scale was going to say.  I was right on program in Florida, but had had a few iffy days in New York before I'd left.  It was the first time in a long time that I couldn't even make an educated guess.  For all I knew I could have gained or lost five or more pounds!

I lost 2.5 pounds.  Hooray!

Note to self:  Work your program and it works!  You don't need multiple weigh-ins a day to tell you that!

The day after I got home from Florida, I felt a little crick in my neck.  It got progressively worse and Friday night I woke up every hour in tears from the pain.  I canceled my gym plans for the weekend and basically spent most of the next two days propped up on my couch, taking Advil and applying a cold compress to my neck (I wanted to apply heat, too, but that led to a failed experiment with a towel in the microwave!).

My neck finally started to feel better on Monday night and now, on Wednesday, I'm finally feeling like I can head back to the gym tomorrow.  After freaking out about not going to the gym for a week, I was relieved that I had only gained  half of a pound this week!

Note to self:  You can't control every aspect of your life and setbacks will happen. It's okay.  Take a deep breath and soldier on.

It's been very interesting for me to compare this time around on the weight loss carousel versus past times... in the past, an injury like last week's would probably have given me just the excuse I needed to indulge in comfort food while I lay around on the couch.  And a week-long absence from the gym would have stretched into months.

But now, as I work toward making permanent changes and try to focus on the big picture, I took the "break" for what it was - a temporary limitation.  Great for clearing out my TiVo, but not something to get too comfortable with.

I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym tomorrow, though I will still take it a little bit easy, and I am proud of myself for not undoing all of my hard work because of something I couldn't control.

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