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2 Things: A Wink from the Scale Gods and The Winner of the Impossible

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I totally forgot to mention these two things in last nights post. I swear, sometimes I think I’m losing my blogging mojo. Anyway…..

Thing #1: A Wink from the Scale Gods

It was my first day back from vacation and I decided to hop on the scale and assess "the damages." Ugh. Why do we do this to ourselves? What’s the point? Of course it’s going to show a gain. I ate nothing but pizza, ice cream and french fries for an entire week. I was on VACATION. der.

Yesterday I started my old morning routine. Woke up. Peed. Stripped. Then faced the scale. I braced myself for unveiling. Guessing what glowing red number would shine back at me. Reminding myself that it IS only a number. That regardless of what is says I have no regrets. A healthy lifestyle is about balance NOT depravation.

I take the first step on the hunk of medal to turn it on, hop up and see….

Err…..

Bat….

Err….

Bat…

Cycling over and and over again.

I either broke the scale with enormous weight gain OR the batteries were dying.

I’m pretty sure it was the batteries. At least I hope so. ;)

I smile to myself.

I didn’t really want to know anyway. It doesn’t matter.

Thank you scale gods for reminding me that I am more then a number.

Thing #2: The Winner of the Impossible

Just before vacation my Have You Accomplished The Impossible? contest ended. I was planning on posting the winner while at the beach but it totally slipped my mind.

The winner was chosen randomly. I use random.org to pick a comment out of total number left. In my opinion it’s the only fair way to choose. I can’t evaluate everyones stories. They were all so wonderful! I’m considering a series were we showcase one a week. In the mean time here is Tara’s. She was randomly selected to win the $100. Congratulations on all fronts Tara! You are AWESOME!

I’ve gone from 328 lbs to 167 lbs over the last 19-ish months. I’ve run two 5K’s when I used to think the only way I’d run is if I was being chased. I regularily ride my bike all weekend long instead of taking my car everywhere and I’ve become obsessed with yoga.

More importantly, I have successfully taken my life back. I’m no longer miserable or unhappy because I realized that it’s a choice. You can choose to be happy or sad but you have to live with whatever choice you make and I realized that I’d rather be happy. The only thing holding me back was ME!

The thing that I”ve accomplished that I never thought I could was that I am actually proud of myself. I’m bursting with pride actually, something I never, ever said before.



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There are 11 comments so far.

    Karen@WaistingTime

    July 26, 2010

    I could really use those scale gods myself!

    Sandra

    July 26, 2010

    Wow, that really is an accomplishment that Tara made! Not only did she lose a large amount of weight, which for so many of us seems impossible to do. But, realizing that happiness is within your own grasp, taking the steps to get a handle on it, and being proud of it is really the biggest accomplishment. We definitely fixate on the scale and the food because it takes our minds off of all the other “shortcomings” or “inadequecies” that we think of ourselves. Instead of facing those true discomforts we have within our hearts, we place all the blame on food and eating and not exercising, because that’s easier.. that’s tangible. Facing your feelings is a lot harder than saying “no” to a bowl of ice cream. Even when we are making the so-called right choices, the reason we gain the weight back is because we retrained our attention onto healthy decisions, fitting in exercise, and what we kept OUT of our mouths that day instead of focusing on the feelings. So, inevitably, you still feel “inadequate” in some way and you’re still just masking feelings that need to be heard, felt, and validated before they are willing to move on. Tara, at some point in her journey, learned to love herself, be proud of herself, and stop telling herself what she “couldn’t” do (like running). I think this is truly the hardest part of any journey to good health. It is so difficult to accept ourselves when we’ve been telling ourselves how horrible we are for so many years. Congratulations to Tara for retrieving the incredible gift of her life back, her happiness, and most importantly, self-love.

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    July 26, 2010

    How nice of the scale. That is the worst feeling after the vacation and seeing the scale. Your scale and mine need to have a talk.

    Brittany

    July 26, 2010

    Roni- That is so impowering what you said about being “more than just a number”. This is so ture!!!!! I was struggling today because I ONLY lost 1 pound this week and I felt like it should have been more. I was feeling so dissapointed and ready to just quit. But you are right. We are more than just a number. I should be proud that I ate better and made better choices this week. So what I didnt loose 3 pounds!! I did loose and that is great! It’s the overall picture that matters most. A number should not define me! It shouldnt define any of us! But we let it! So much so that is can begin to control us. I know that it has controlled me!!! So today I stand proud to say “SO WHAT! SCALE! I AM MORE THAN THIS NUMBER YOU SAY I AM!!!!”

    CertifiablyFit

    July 26, 2010

    Interesting scale experience you had there. Someone or something must have decided that you didn’t need to know :)

    Tara’s story is awesome. Way to go!

    Michelle

    July 26, 2010

    I loved what Tara said, “the only thing holding me back was ME”. Such a great reminder for all of us.

    Tara

    July 26, 2010

    Hey! That’s me! I won SOMETHING?! ANYTHING?!

    Woohoo!!

    Yeah for Tara!! I’ll never ever tire of success stories, always motivating!

    Mehgann

    July 27, 2010

    You know, I doubt you could have picked a better story. Go random name…picker…thingy! And congrats Tara!

    BigTickles

    July 29, 2010

    My scale talked to me this morning in kilograms. Gertrude (my scale) smiled on me once again … especially since I have to wait for my hubby to get back to switch it back! (I am scale dumb).

    I am off to read Tara’s blog. Her story is awesome.

    BTW – As you can see, I catching up on your blog posts…I was on a dissertation deadline that I HAD to meet…it was self-imposed. So please do not think I am crazy…. ;-)

    Maya

    July 29, 2010

    What a great post Roni, I am glad you remembered those two things! First of all I want to say congrats to you for seeing the scale problem as a happy message from the universe, talk about making your own magic. And HUGE congrats to Tara for her lifestyle change and her super great attitude as well. And Roni, I know you get a huge number of compliment on your blogs but I have never left you one so I am going to give you one now. Your blog is hands down the best weight loss blog I’ve ever read. Some people get a lot of traffic and I wonder why, because their blogs are nothing to write home about. Yours on the other hand, deserves all of the attention it gets. You are a smart, funny, and down-to-earth writer. Hats off to you!