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Monday, November 07, 2011

Sometimes it's really easy to get bogged down by the things that don't go the way you think they should...the pounds that don't come off, the extra calories you ate last night at the restaurant, the missed workouts, whatever. It's so easy to focus on what you did wrong that you can miss what you did right.

Sometimes it can be helpful to step back and ask yourself, but what did I do *right.*

For example, this past weekend:

I drank my water. Even though I wasn't home so the tap water had that chlorine taste I hate (I have a filter at home) I drank it.

Even though I was tired, I drank tea rather than extra soft drinks. It wasn't even particular good tea for the most part (hotel lipton tea, bleah) but I drank it.

I went swimming both Friday and Saturday night--and managed to swim 10 continuous laps Friday night and 8 Sunday night.... in a pool rather longer than the one we have here. I swam for a little more than 20 minutes both nights and Saturday swam literally to the point of muscle fatigue, when I just couldn't do it any more.

I ate lots and lots of fruits and vegetables (one of the big perks of living in Michigan are fresh apples from a cider mill, and we stopped at a Cider Mill on our way up north. Plus we had lots of fresh cut vegetables too for snacks etc.)

I managed to get a fair number of BINGO points this weekend even though I didn't have internet access.

I don't know about you, but what keeps me going are the mini-successes like that. I won't be running any marathons any time soon; right now even the dream of a hip without pain seems like a fantasy. But I keep going because I can see those small victories, those micro-successes. They add up.
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  • 4CYNDI
    Great success on a travel weekend! Way to go!
    3351 days ago
    Those are awesome successes!! I'm super-impressed by your swimming - that's an exhausting activity, for sure!
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    3367 days ago
  • RAIN454
    You are so awesome! Cutting out soda was a big success for me...I used to be really addicted so I know thats a hard one. Good going on everything! Congrats!
    3367 days ago
    Zanan - great attitude, You are doing incredibly well with your journey, I see your puzzle pieces falling in line for the BIG picture!
    3367 days ago
    ZANNACHAN - I really enjoyed reading your blog !
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    3369 days ago
    I am so proud of you lady! And you are SO right - it's so easy to get down on ourselves and forget what we are doing RIGHT.
    You absolutely rawk!
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    3369 days ago
    emoticon stuff, Zanna! I so agree-it's not just about the weight, it's about whole health. You're doing a great job, and you really inspire me to keep going, no matter what.

    3369 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Zhanna, you rock. These are the things I try to focus on too. Because they are after all the things to do if you aren't doing them. There are almost too many things to keep track of all the time, so focusing on trying to make good habits is what it's really all about. Being real about a slip helps to take the pressure away to be 'perfect', which is technically an impossibility any way. Keeping the balance weighted towards the better is what marks progress, so you did it! You go girl. emoticon
    3369 days ago
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