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Okay. I've be at this for 7 weeks now. I'm thrilled to say I've love 6 1/2 pounds. Everyone keeps saying when you loose it slow...it stays off. I can't believe how I just 'let go' and not think about what I put in my mouth. This week I searched restaurant menus on the web. I've come to the conclusion that if restaurants placed the calorie count next to the food item in the menu.....we'd all be eating less. My husband and I have been sharing meals at restaurants for years. The portions are so big.

I want to talk about sweets. We never had sweets in our house growing up. It was a special event to have cake for a sibling birthday. Now, we all think we deserve cake everyday. Where did that come from? What food is left for the big, special occasion? It comes down to this, we want our cake and eat it too....everyday. Well, not this girl. If some sweets are offered, I will take a nibble....and I mean nibble. That is enought to satisfy my taste buds.

I've started my mother in law on SP. She is 81 years old and lives with us. She was thrilled when she went to the doctor this week and reported she lost 4 pounds. Tonight she turned the KeyLime Pie down....and walked away. (We were celebrating my son's birthday with his favorite desert!) Wow, she is doing great! I had my nibble....yummm...yumm..

As Americans we make no sacrifices.....we deprive ourselves nothing.........where did that come from? I want to know what it's like to make a sacrifice.........

Enough for now............Keep counting.

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  • SENKYOUSHI
    I loved this post. It went right along with what I have been thinking lately. When I was growing up, if my mother was making a dessert, it was either someone's birthday or we were having company for dinner. My husband's family has dessert everyday for lunch and dinner!!!! I'm learning to make healthy desserts, serve enough for one each and freeze the rest for another time! Since I've started Sparkpeople, it has been a little easier to pass up the dessert. Maybe it is because I see the calories....

    In the country where I am living many restaurants have the calories posted on the menu. It makes it so much easier for me to make wise choices. Recently. I had a wonderful meal for only 400 calories! (without dessert :0 )
    5110 days ago
  • TERRIMAUDE
    I grew up having a couple cookies in my lunch most days, but also fruit and other healty stuff. We had chips or popcorn often on weekends, but we didn't eat much of other junk food or dessert every night at dinner. My mom grew a garden and we ate homegrown veggies and she cooked healthy homemade meals. When I got married my hubby's family had dessert EVERY night and I thought it odd. Also none of them ate veggies. I was not surprised his mother and sisters were all "chubby".
    I consider myself lucky I was raised that way. Many people aren't. My current BF didn't know the first thing about cooking a homemade meal - everything was pre-packaged with him til he met me.
    On restaurant portions - yeah - the only downside ot how i was raised was i was supposed to clear my plate every meal...creating a sort of "eating disorder" I'm fighting to overcome by stopping when I'm full and taking the rest home!

    5247 days ago
  • DEBBIE_768
    Great advice! I loved looking at your Spark page and comments. Thanks for this advice on eating. I do believe that we as Americans feel the need to eat desserts. We have lunch at my in-laws every Sunday and there is always dessert. Today I told my husband that I would just have a bite of his...as if the calories aren't there if they're on his plate:).

    Since we "feel" the need to eat desserts, I've made it a point to make fresh fruit smoothies or homemade sorbet. It's just as good and SO healthy.

    Yesterday when Mitch and I were looking at calories from menus he decided that eating out is our problem. It costs a lot of and it's so full of calories. I made a huge lunch yesterday (turkey, dressing, green beans, etc) and the calorie count wasn't bad at all. My goal even with our hectic schedule is to eat out less and cook more.

    Have a great week!
    5312 days ago
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