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Going Well or Still Needs Work

Saturday, November 15, 2014


We were asked to assess what is going right and what is wrong at this point in our journey.

I am happy to say that I have more things going right these days. My biggest success in the past year has been that I have conquered the binging that I used to do. My bingeing was not like a bulimic does but it was generally ruining a good weight-loss day by eating something that was not on the plan - and then eating way too much of it. What has helped me is - to identify what those items are and as far as possible not to have them in my house. I still allow myself to eat them occasionally but I will have them when I am out for dinner, or over at a friends house or I will buy a very small quantity to have at home. Then the situation is more controlled.

I eat as little processed food as I can and I make 90% of my meals from scratch. When I eat out I keep it simple and always ask for sauces and dressings on the side. I also eat regularly - for me that is about every 3 hours. If I get too hungry then that is when I cannot control my eating and by eating every three hours I never reach that state. I also always eat a little protein whenever I eat and that includes snacks. I discovered that if I just had a carbohydrate for a snack I wanted more. Adding protein solves that for me.

I follow the 20 minute rule - if I want more of something I can have it in 20 minutes IF I think about it. Rarely if ever I do.

I am losing weight slowly and steadily which is fine by me. I no longer focus on fractions of pounds as I have learned that my weight can fluctuate by 5 pounds in a 24 hour period. I set myself 5 pound goals and all I focus on is have I reached that next goal. Where I am between the 5 pounds I don't worry about. I also know that no one meeting me knows my weight on the scale at that moment, so the numbers are not important.

I walk for at least 45 minutes every day and I have now got into a regular strength training regime. I could include more variety into my exercise and that would probably help. I feel good about where I am at the moment as I had my second knee replacement in March and I can now walk "forever" again.

I still need to watch my portion size at times as I am a "volume eater" I try to make the volume vegetables but it doesn't always happen. I also have to constantly repeat to myself "if you don't buy it you cant eat it". I know now that "if I do buy it I will eat it!"
The other thing I battle with is getting my 8 glasses of water every day - I have to constantly have reminders around.

I am constantly learning and working on my journey and since joining BLC I am really enjoying it as I am constantly being challenged and have met such a wonderful positive and supportive group of Spark friends.
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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Like this blog, hope you still on SP.
    1004 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    Lot of good info here. I copied off most of the ideas to consider later. It's a very do-able plan.
    1770 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Congrats! You truly do have more in your positive column than in the negative. Way to go. It sounds like you are having fun and living your life now. Continue having fun with it.
    2053 days ago
  • ZANNACHAN
    I agree--sounds like you are doing more right than wrong, and that you've learned a lot along your journey and that's a good thing.
    2054 days ago
  • KATELJM
    See, we really are sisters! I am also a volume eater, and the volume has to come from veggies. Fortunately I can always remind myself of how sick I felt when I filled up on red meat instead. I have to keep the "stupid stuff" out of my house/sight, too.

    For strength training, I found the most difficult part is knowing which exercises are "the next step" to increase the challenge and prevent muscle boredom. Fortunately, my PN program switches my workout every 4 weeks (and it takes me a week to figure out what modifications I have to make).

    You have such a practical and level-headed approach to things. The benefit to not hurrying weight loss is that your body can absorb the changes more easily -- less excess skin, for one thing. It is also kinder to your thyroid, and all your organs.

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    2054 days ago
  • MRTHING2000
    Seems like more is right than is wrong--so I'd say you are on the right track. Self-introspection is the way to assess pitfalls and make meaningful change--it is also hard to be so honest with yourself when everyone is saying 'you're doing great' rather than saying 'you are doing well, how about a minor change-up'.

    People in my life seem enthusiastic for my success and don't want to 'sabotage' my feelings, but I know I'd be making better progress with a tad bit of honesty. But then again, people around me also need to get going on something, so their advice is a bit hypocritical.

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    2055 days ago
  • COOLMAMA11
    Great Positive attitude, yeah on the bingeing success, I am working on sweets, it is not easy lol! emoticon
    2055 days ago
  • WINDYCITYCYNDEE
    Good job on the nutritional changes and the generally wonderful positive attitude. emoticon
    2055 days ago
  • JLAMING263
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    2055 days ago
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