Monday, November 26, 2007

Weekend Recap and is it even possible....

to lose weight over the Holidays?? Lately I'm starting to wonder. I have been losing little bits here and there but it seems for the past little while, I have been up a half a pound, then down a half a pound, then up a half a pound then down. There doesn't seem to be any big moves on the scale. And to be quite honest with everyone, I'm not even a little frustrated. Shouldn't I be upset? Shouldn't I be frustrated enough to crack down more on the weekends? Shouldn't I say no to that extra peanut butter ball for fear that it might show up on the scale? Shouldn't I desperately want to get this last 5 lbs off? Shouldn't I be say no to that 2nd or 3rd glass of wine because it's really just unnecessary calories? Shouldn't I???

Truth is.... I'm happy. I'm happy when I look in the mirror, I'm happy when I put on my size 9 pants, I'm happy when I am able to buy a size small shirt, I'm happy when I get dressed up for an occasion and I feel sexy, I'm happy when I see someone checking me out at the grocery store or at the gym, I'm happy when people compliment me on my huge weight loss, I'm happy when I see pictures of me. Point is....I'm HAPPY. Just happy. I look in the mirror every morning and I love the way I look. I feel good. I don't feel self conscious, I feel confident. There has been such a huge change in my attitude, my entire life for that matter.

So what does this mean? I know a few other of you ladies may be going through the same thing as I am, but where do we go from here. I know I would like to lose another 5 lbs but I'm in no rush, if it takes me 5 more months, I'm ok with that. I think the important thing is that I wake up every morning and I feel great. I am great. YOU ladies are great for all of the support you give me. Who else could I go to with my issue?? No one, that's who. I can't say Thanks enough.

So after that spiel.....

My weekend was great. I did much better this weekend than I did any other weekend but I also think I went over in my bonus points by about 6 or 7, if I'm going to be honest with myself. BUT this is certainly better than going over by 40 or so right? (Which I have EASILY done many a weekend.) The dinner theatre was AMAZING and the salmon was soo yummy! AND I even had an NSV. The dessert came which was white cake with white icing and blueberry coulis. I had 2 bites, decided it wasn't great and pushed it away! YAY me! Usually I would eat it anyway because it's Friday night and Friday nights are made for indulging in sweets. Not this Friday! Saturday was really good too. I had a few sweets after dinner but nothing major and Sunday was great until supper time. I made homemade baked beans in my crockpot and brown bread so supper was high point (not to mention the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls for dessert) but overall it wasn't bad at all. I think I made some great choices this weekend.

On a bright note, our Christmas tree is up and ready for Santa! Christmas is only 4 weeks away! Can you ladies even believe it?

I will post the results for the Christmas challenge tomorrow morning...stay tuned!

PS Thanks to those you you who are de-lurking. You have no idea how nice it is to know that you've been following along on my journey! Thanks!


  1. Well I'm glad you're happy I guess. I could shoot some insults at you if you wanted and then you'd maybe feel like you needed to lose a few pounds in order to be liked more by me? Let me know. ;)

    Awesome victory over cake! yay!

    You know what I think you should do? As I am a know-it-all I'm going to tell you: Set a gym goal, let the scale be secondary. Do something like say you want to be able to run 5k without walking or bench press 50 lbs or something. Or log 500 minutes on the elliptical by new years or something. It's still important to have goals, scale or not. Keeps you focused and not gaining.

  2. Hi Carolyn,
    I think we tend to get too caught up in the numbers. The key is to be comfortable in your own skin. If you are there, then you have achieved your goal! Don't worry about what the scale says. Pay attention to the way you feel. If you feel good and sexy and confident, then don't worry about the 5 pounds. If they come off, great! If not, oh well...just don't let 5 pounds creep back on. Keep up the status quo. Great job! I am so proud of all of us Christmas challengers!

  3. Hi Carolyn, I'm back! Wow, what an inspiring entry. I guess that's what all of us that are on this "journey" want - to be (and feel/look) happy! I'm so happy for you that you're at that place in your life. And better to enjoy it than stress over those last 5 pounds. And no, I don't really think it's that possible to lose weight over the holidays!

    Take care,

  4. I am so inspired. TRULY. The fact that you are HAPPY and satisfied right now even though you'd still like to see a 5 lb loss is SO awesome because it proves that you don't have any self-esteem issues and that you're enjoying life how it is given to you. I say you're healthy mentally and physically because there are people who may be thin but have to deal with eating disorders cuz they don't like the way they look. And physically, you're doing great because you turned away the cake when you were satisfied after the nutritiously filling dinner. Plus, a few pounds up and down shouldn't frustrate you or confuse you. In fact, even if we weigh ourselves at the same time everyday, our bodies can fluctuate between 1-5 pounds!! I say you are still on your way to weight loss from all your hard work. I always say, "Effort don't lie." You're happy now I know, but considering all your hard work, I really think you can go the last 5 pounds!

  5. i totally agree :) i'm happy too and maybe thats why i'm not pushing myself as hard as i possibly can. who knows? i also think this time of the year, it's hard with all the delicious goodies.

    remember when our counters said like 90 days until xmas. 28 now!! geez! where has the time gone? i will say i've had a fun time trying at this xmas challenge, don't know if i will make it to goal but it has definitely kept me accountable.

    back to posting this week, i've been gone but i missed you blog buddy!!

    last night i told my bf D that i hadn't been to the gym in 2 weeks. the first thing he said was "well, what are your blog friends going to think about this?" haha!!

  6. That was totally where I was when I decided to reset my goal. I feel like this is a good place for me. And I want to focus more on fitness than losing weight.

    My goal till January is just to walk each weekday morning and not let it slide since it's the holiday season. That's a big deal for me.

    I do agree with Randi that fitness goals are a good thing. You are still focused on health and well being, but it's something you can control not like that fickle scale!

  7. (Randi, you crack me up)

    Fitness goals ARE great, just make sure it's something you really want to do. I TOTALLY understand what you mean. I'm in the same boat.

  8. I love how you decribed how happy you are. I generally feel the same but every now and then it's hard not to get wrapped up in numbers.I know what you mean, no rush, it will come off eventually... :)

  9. i'm with you - i'm happy with the way i look and how i feel in my clothes... but to be honest - the holidays are just H A R D so i'm going to shoot for maintaining this season and not let every, little thing get to me... it's the most wonderful time of the year so enjoy it! :o)

  10. It sounds like you are really happy with yourself and you know what thats all that really matters, 5 lbs will come off when its ready and if it isnt for the holidays then no biggie I know you will get it off when you are ready!

    Congrats on the victory cake thats fabulous!

    Im so with you on the holidays and losing weight, is it really possible??

    Oh and for my results this week it was a big fat gain of 3.4 lbs...bad, bad..

  11. Ah, that elusive happy feeling! Someday I'll claim it for my own, but you Carolyn, more than deserve it! I love reading your archives and seeing all your hard work payoff!

    Hold onto it! Happiness shouldn't be a number on the scale.

  12. Hi,

    Another delurker here :-)

  13. *APPLAUSE*

    I am soooooooo happy to see someone post with this attitude.

    I think that these weight loss blogs are awesome for support and to find people who understand what we are all going through and it's a commorodory that we don't find in our regular lives, so people are kind of afriad to put a "stop" to the momemntum because it could mean a loss of readers and/or support. BUT the truth is, eventually we've all got to get to maitenance someday and I think Marie's getting

    I totally and completely understand how you feel. For me right now, even though I'm happy with myself, I want to continue on for 10 more lbs and then I'll relax and let it come off when it comes off. But for the holidays, right now I just want to focus on maintaining.

    Do you post your weight on your blog? I never saw it anywhere. (If you purposely decided not too, I'm not trying to pry, and ignore this part, just curious)

  14. I think you've reached where we'd all like to be. The difference is complacency vs. happiness. I think I've just been through a spell of complacency and needed to step it up; however, to get to the happiness - sounds like bliss.

  15. Yay...three cheers for HAPPY!!!!!

  16. Of course it's possible to lose weight through the holidays!! Slow & steady wins the race. . .look how much you've lost! Plus, size 9 pants?!. . .so jealous!!

  17. LOVE this post.

    I'm happy too, that's why I haven't gotten back to my "happy" range. I've been struggle with those 4 pounds, but it doesn't really matter, because I'm HAPPY!! ;~P

  18. Glad to read how well you've done and how happy you are too. I'm not there yet, but just working on it makes me happier!

  19. i just want to say one thing about losing weight over the holidays: last year i restarted ww the saturday after thanksgiving and had lost 10 pounds by christmas! i plan on doing the same thing again this year!

  20. Visiting throuhg Roni's and she was right, what a great post! I have been feeling the same way that I am just content with what I have accomplished although I am still pushing for these last 12 pounds. I can just hear your confidence oozing out of your post which is wonderful. Good for you girl in taking control and getting out what you wanted, a skinnier you!!!

  21. Hey there - got your site info from Roni and so happy to find a Canadian site as I live in Ontario. (and work in Social Services...perhaps we have talked before!) Anyway, I am 10 weeks in to my journey and loved to hear how happy you are. I am 15 lbs lighter in 10 weeks and I am so happy. I still have a long way to go but I am happy. I am happy with how much better I feel and the confidence this weight loss so far has given me. I have now saved your site as a favorite. Thanks so much Carolyn for sharing.

  22. You definitely deserve it! I can't wait to finally be at that place with you!

    I love the fitness goal idea too!

  23. That is a great attitude. I have been feeling the same way. My weight hasn't changed much in the last month or two but I try not to let it get to me. I admit, somedays I get a little frustrated with myself because I will overindulge more than I should but then I put on clothes I haven't been able to wear in 5+ years and I feel better because I know I worked hard to get where I am now.

  24. You are inspiring! What a nice blog. I found you from Roni's page:

    Keep up the good work and positiveness!

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