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A good start.......Now,,, how can I keep this up?

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As usual, I am off to a good start. I stopped one bad habit..... late night snacking,,,,, and it has made a BIG difference in my life. Breaking habits are so difficult to do. I eat when I am tired ,,, instead of going to sleep, I eat something with sugar,,,, which then makes me want more sugar. I was having at least 6 "snacks" every night after dinner,,,, but this week I stopped it and lost 6 pounds! Wow ,, that is eye opening. emoticon

Don't get me wrong,,, I still want those delicious potato chips,,,, you know the ones,,, vinegar and salt,,, or popcorn with extra butter,,,, or that piece of cheesecake at 10 pm.... then that would not be enough,,,, I would then eat some cheese. Well,,, good by to those old habits. The good thing is that my 16 year old daughter is following my lead and is not snacking with mom at midnight anymore.

I want to continue in this quest to find a healthier me,,,, but sometimes I feel like it is overwhelming....... So I asked myself a series of questions:
Did I really gain all the weight back? Yes
Do I really want to continue on this journey again? Yes
Do I know what to do to reach my goals? Mostly Yes,,, but I know I need to read some Sparks articles to further help me in my quest
Am I really committed to losing weight? Yes

So off I go.......... into week 2 .......... send me your good wishes and good thoughts.... I will need them emoticon
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  • TEEKAY1976
    I think so many people can relate to this. I hope to trade bad habits for good ones and I am trying to encourage my kids to do the same.. Good for you.. We all have to learn to celebrate small victories as well as big ones :) emoticon
    1979 days ago
  • no profile photo CAPOBIANCO714
    I'm a good one for that as well. I started eating yogart, and pretending it's ice cream. Sometimes I have two. But I figure, 240 calories is better than greasy anything. It helps. Stay true!
    1984 days ago
    What a good example you Are to your daughter. Work together on this! emoticon
    1985 days ago
    Way to go, Mom. That is the best thing you can do for both you and your daughter.

    My mother and I had the same habit when I was growing up. It led me to 255lbs and 30 years of yo-yo dieting until I managed to break the habit.

    So happy for you, and that your daughter will get a great example of how to eat properly. :)
    1985 days ago
    Well done you! Keep up the good work.
    I am also entering my second week and it has been hard but the end goal is so much more rewarding than that cheesecake or packet of crisps...
    1986 days ago
    Keep at it.

    1987 days ago
    Evening snacking is always the hardest for me, too. For me it's pure emotional eating. Most of the time I can control it, other times I'm like someone with no control for a few minutes. Thankfully I've learned to get myself back into the moment as soon as possible and then just think about why I'm doing it in the first place. Good luck on your week #2! Keep up your great work. Great blog!
    1987 days ago
    CONGRATS, emoticon emoticon
    I too have started over, so we are in the same boat with that and the late night snacking...except my fav potato chips are sweet honey bbq, still working on that one...not buying them helps LOL.
    I Love to exercise, it came to a stop 2 years ago, due to an operation, that resulted in a 20# gain and laziness due to not being able to do anything for 4 months and I got used to that, which helped me stay in that zone.This week, I changed that, since Tuesday, I have burnt over 1500 calories and being more mindful of what I eat.
    I have read that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so I am on day 5.
    Good luck to you!!! emoticon
    1987 days ago
    That was a hard one for me. I told my self I would stop eating at night just for 21 days. I had read someplace that it takes 21 days to break a habit. Every once in a while I will still want that late night snack and I have to stop and ask myself "Am I tired or hungry". Most of the time I just take myself to bed. YOU CAN DO THIS!
    1987 days ago
    I had the same problem snacking @ night. Once. In awhile I slip but for most part I've done good. So I'm definitely proud of you. Keep it up!
    1987 days ago
    Reaching your goal(s) does not mean being 'perfect'; we all have those 'not so good days'. Just keep focused on what you want to achieve, and use the slip ups as a source of information. (Is there something in my workouts/my nutrition/my stress levels I need to pay attention to?) Keep tweaking what you are doing and you will continue to move forward. Good luck!
    1988 days ago
    Sending you best wishes on your journey !! You can do it !!
    1988 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6966999
    Sounds like we're in the same place.. we can do this!
    1988 days ago
    I found that when I quit eating all night, I was starving in the morning. What a concept! I now eat a good breakfast. You are doing fabulous! emoticon
    1989 days ago
    Yes, it does get overwhelming. But, there is always hope. I like the idea of asking yourself questions to get back your focus. I'm sending you a ton of good thoughts and wishes.
    1989 days ago
    Awesome! You got this!
    1989 days ago
    You can do it!
    1989 days ago
    Good wishes - you can do this!
    1989 days ago
    Keep up the great work! emoticon
    1989 days ago
    We can do it!!
    1990 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11385695
    Baby steps....it's something we all need to remember
    1990 days ago
  • no profile photo LIVINGMYDREAM3
    The hard part is building momentum on the eatting we desire. The way that creates the future of our best invention. Sleep is an ingrediant. Delicious sleep. Stay possitive
    1990 days ago
    Best question I have found is 'can't I just...' ie:can't I just have 1 glass of water before any other beverages, can't I just walk to the end of the block... and it almost always leads to doing more good things! Congrats, keep going! You can do it!
    1990 days ago
    I'm here for you friend. You can do it!
    1991 days ago
    I'm right beside you, Girl. Off we go..... You're doing FABULOUS! emoticon

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    1991 days ago
  • AMITY68
    Well done! This is a habit I am trying to break also. I probably am successful half of the time at the moment but working on it! I find that its a vicious cycle as I stay awake eating, then I am tired the next day which causes me to crave sugar.. and so it goes on. Maybe try reading some articles/watching documentaries on the importance of sleep? I found this great motivation to get an early night :)
    1991 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14413355
    Just take it one day at a time, you'll reach your goals :) emoticon
    1991 days ago
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