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Blog hop! Christmas past, Christmas present

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Most of my Christmas's of the past have been full of events and food. I would bake and bake and eat and eat. I'd buy candy and eat it before ever putting it into stockings. I'd gain weight, of course, which I never lost. I was 30 and 208 pounds. I was happy on the outside but not quite as happy on the inside.

I joined WW three times, but for one reason or another, I walked away, only to regain what I'd lost.

The Wellness Center had a weight loss/eating healthy challenge for 12 wks, which I joined after the New Year of 2011. I was successful (again) at losing weight, but by October, I could feel myself gaining. I talked with a friend about it and she invited me to her WWMeeting, and on Nov 2, 2011, I walked thru the doors to WW#4. I knew that by joining WW at the beginning of the best eating season of the entire year, that I'd be saying no to a whole heap of sugary goodness, but I was focused with strong resolve.

Christmas past of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 I toed the line, maintaining very well thru the whole month. And then 2015 came along, and I gave myself permission to eat what I wanted. And.I.Did. I gained the whole month. By Christmas evening I was sick of myself, I labeled myself a total failure. My wonderful husband said that the only way I was a failure is if I didn't get right back on track with the plan. He was right. I eliminated 'those things' from what I was eating. It took about 2 months to lose those 5 pounds. emoticon

Which brings me to Christmas present!

I have been eating better and moving more, tracking 100% of the time, not eating the ooey gooey treats that are everywhere, not buying holiday candy. I am looking to a great maintain, or what I'd love to make happen is to lose 2 pounds by January's first WWWednesday WI. emoticon

LIVING my LIFETIME for 4+ years, and looking forward to Christmas's future for many many healthy years. emoticon
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  • NELLJONES
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  • SIRBLOGSALOT
    Amazing--you took a 12 week challenge changed your life! Thank you for sharing a part of your story.
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  • CTYONIT
    WoW! You are right our stories are so much alike (different husbands of course) but many of the same holiday traditions and many attempts to lose weight for good; heck I know the "I'm a failure" self pity speech with my DH setting me straight too. We are even living our Lifetimes and because of that, have a many bright future Christmases ahead.

    I am even trying for a loss this month--working towards a January WWWednesday WI to be down 1.4 more.

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  • SUNSET09
    It's all a learning opportunity emoticon and life is full of those. Like DH says, you're only a failure if you don't try again. Let that be your motivator as emoticon with one step at a time. emoticon emoticon and emoticon
    1540 days ago
  • SWCHKLT
    You can do this.Hang in there
    1540 days ago
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