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I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I weighed myself. This marks the end of week 3 of the calorie counting challenge and I'm still hanging in there. At the lowest, I weighed in at 179.1 (there was some ounce changes with different clothes I was wearing, but all at 179). Even though it's only a pound, given my circumstances I'll take it as a win. I am very happy to have this boost of confidence, especially after a weekend of untracked camp food!

Yesterday I sort of waited until the end of the day to calculate all my calories. I ended up doing pretty well. At some points of the day I actually had to force myself to eat because I didn't want to cook for one and because I just wasn't all that hungry. When I tallied everything up I was right within my limits. I think I've started getting the hang of this better.

I wanted to mention two inspirations that I've had in the last week.

Tuesday I went to New Seasons when I got done dragon boating to get a very light dinner since I was near my calorie capacity. I ended up with a big thing of cut up mixed fruit and a small portion of roasted beet salad (who know beets were so yummy?!). Typically when I order food somewhere and I'm very calorie conscious the person dealing with me just doesn't really get why I care so much. But this guy was really helpful. As I apologized for being so picky, which I find myself doing more and more, he told me he completely understood because he'd just lost 70 pounds himself. I asked him what he'd done to lose it all. He said he'd started biking to work and drinking water instead of soda. Also, he ate more healthy. I told him I really appreciated someone that understands what I'm going through and that he was an inspiration. So that was cool!

Second, I have to give props to my brother. Given, he can be a bit abrupt on his soapbox and I think most don't understand the place of genuine kindness and concern he's coming from when he offers his very zealous advice. That said, he messaged me on facebook and told me how badly he really wanted me to succeed at losing weight and being healthy. That's the abridged version anyway. I appreciated this, and he knew that I would in spite of the fact that the way he went about it would have offended most people. Knowing that it matters so much to him has been sort of the little push I've needed to keep at it. So thanks little brother!

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