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Valuable Lesson Well Worth a 1lb Weight Gain!

Posted on: June 18, 2013

 I fully earned my one pound weight gain this week…. In fact I was very active in self sabotage for the entire week… I actually went to the store three seperate days and bought 3 Musketeer Bars… I have no regrets about this small gain because the lessons I learned were worth the work it will take to get that pound back off…

This is not what I wore to my WW meeting,but It’s The Trend of the Month Link up , so head on over and check out all the ladies in their Maxi’s!  I thrifted this maxi today (Tuesday) from Goodwill for $6.99!  Also Linking up to What I wore Wednesday and Random Wednesday.


When I first began this weight loss journey, I was allowing myself room for a treat like the Weight Watcher Dark Chocolate Raspberry ice cream bar.  After I began the strength training I gave up allowing myself any treats… In fact to be honest I probably began undereating, causing this plateau… So once I had one candy bar, I wanted another one each day… I am proud that I only ate a thin sliver of the cheesecake I made my husband for Father’s Day….


So, here is the realization I had from this weeks, sugar attack.I ‘ve been on a DIET… That is not how I will ever succeed or maintain weight loss… Remember, I haven’t had huge problems with maintaining weight and in fact did WW after the birth of my youngest child and maintained it for over 6 years… I know what it takes to do so in a healthy way… I just have to do what I did back then… No more total deprivation!  It  will not work for long term success!  


Dear Readers, My stress this week was silly… I skipped a menstrual cycle for the first time in this aging process and it hit me like a ton of bricks… My body reacted by craving sugar…. that happens with stress!   I might have just allowed myself one candy bar if I hadn’t been depriving myself to maybe 3 times in the past 6 months…   So , lesson learned, no more Dieting…. It has to be a lifestyle change of keeping everything in balance... I say all the time that ” balance in all things works, going too far in one direction is what causes chaos..   ”  It’s one of the things I really want my children to grasp from me… 


Iam grateful for the lessons my father taught me to not beat myself up and to love myself and learn from mistakes.

I am grateful that I have self awareness and knowing  what motivates my actions

I am grateful to my oldest for unloading and reloading the dishwasher while I was out grocery shopping.

I am grateful to my niece for taking today’s photos…


12 Responses to "Valuable Lesson Well Worth a 1lb Weight Gain!"

Love your look today. If this isn’t too personal, I’m wondering what kind of bra you are wearing. I’m a little bit older than you and would like to wear this style, but I’m not comfortable going braless. (The girls just ain’t what they used to be, if you know what I mean.)

I am also in the middle of my own weight loss journey and because of recent stress, have put on 5 pounds. I’m trying not to beat myself up and just get back on track. 🙂

First of all, No beating yoursefl up. you would not want a frrend or family member to do that to themself. we owe ourselfves kindness…

As for the bra situation… I am wearing a product I found in walmart that was in the bra section, which looks like half a tank top… That combined with the seaming of the gress and elastic back of the dress, I fine enough support. I am a size 34C…For reference here is a link with photo,but they are not available online and I also get them with a little lace on top

Thanks! I’m going to check these out soon.

Very cute maxi dress. You look great!
I’ve learned that a piece of candy now saves a binging episode later.


Exactly!!! I had such success for 6 months of not eating sugar, that when this episode hit it was a doozy.. at least for me.. in comparison to how others binge mine was probably minor…hence only one pound gain…

I know it is a journey. My friend Angela went from a size 14 to a 4 in about 18n months. And she did it the old fashioned way. Eating healthy high energy foods and exercising 5 days a week.

Ali of

Dressing Ken

You look great in your maxi! I have several, 2 of which were thrifted, which makes me love them even more of course. I’m so glad you posted about those half length tank/bras at Wal-Mart. They are perfect under my maxi dresses and low cut tops. I bought 2packs of the ones with lace and find myself reaching for them again and again. You always have such great ideas!

So glad you found that information useful… I am happy to be embracing maxi’s and may search for more while thrifting.. In other news… the last thing in my journey was to get new udnerwear and I have been struggling to find the right ones, so was buying one of each at different places.. I prefer thongs and they have to be high enough on my stomack to not irritate my C-section… again Walmart to the rescue… don’t know if that’s too personal, but am excited so sharing it with you ( and anyone else who reads the comments!)

I have been buying new underwear too, lol. I have gotten rid of ALL the granny panties! I’m mostly wearing bikinis now instead. Don’t thongs make you feel like you have a wedgie?

no wedge feeling for me, been wearing them for over 20 yrs now…

Awareness and knowing when to put the brakes on is key…as well as not feeling deprived. You’re quite right about the importance of “balance” and having this be a “lifestyle” mindset. I’m really keeping that forefront in my mind and realizing I can’t just jump off this wagon when I hit a certain number. It’s a ride for life. And as long as I’m not feeling deprived (which I’m not) I’m finding it doable. More so than ever before in my life.
Your maxi dress is very pretty and feminine. I’ll check out sites you mentioned you’ve linked up with.

This is just such a new thing for me to undo the habits of my weight gaining years and remember what I did up until I reached age 40 and became and emotional eater…Food has such an addictive quality to it and is the hardest addiction to kick since you can’t quit cold turkey… It’s about making conscious choices.

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