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Dieters dillemma pt 2. : Culture v.s. diet

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hey yall,

SO i was on the tredmill thinking yesterday ( yes i think on thet tredmill lol) and it dawned on me that the reason I overeat on the weekends isnt because of my need to fulfill some cravings during the week, Im actually fine with the way I eat: Junk food makes me feel "mushy". I overeat because the weekends are the only time i really actually see my family. Its easy for me to stick to my new lifestlye when its just me during the week, but during the weekend my family gets together and theres always one common factorwhen it comes to our house: FOOD!!! One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the farmers market on friday and saturday for dinner and we eat everything from the doughnuts in the amish section to the pizza from the italians around the corner to random egg rolls from the chinese place. This is how we bond. We've gone on hikes together and did physical things but theres something special about big meals together. Also, I come from a large prodominately southern african american family so SOUL FOOD ion of the fams favorites. Collard greens, candied yams, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, hush puppies, beef yok, and of course fried chicken.

The crazy thing is, I HATE FRIED FOODS! They make me naucious, but being around everyone else eating it makes me crave it too. Yesterday I splurged and ate everything in my path, but i follwed it with zumba class and free weights and this morning got up to go to the boot camp class but it was canceled, so i did my own bootcamp :)
Yesterday i weighed 272.2. My goal is to get to 259.9 by christmas day. Thats 13 pounds in 15 days. If i stick to what ive been doing i know i can achieve this goal. I just hope im not the one holding me back from achieving it.

Anyone else have problems with your culture clashing with your new lifestyle??

Be blessed,

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  • MIZPAM25
    I stay on track during the week ;but on the weekend, I get carried away eating with my family, hopefully I can get some weight off by Christmas. Congratulations on still getting your exercise done! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2993 days ago
    Oh, yeah, that's a big one. After running into that situation a few times and not being pleased when I returned home along with the fact that my dd decided to try a vegetarian lifestyle, I started revamping our favorite dishes to make them healthier and sharing my recipes with family members. One of my goals from the beginning was to not live a life of deprivation. I've found that most of the time it's not what you're eating, but how it is prepared and how much is eaten. So dig deep into the recipes and see what can be removed and where you can substitute healthier ingredients. The old saying goes, where there's a will there's a way...you have to eat so make it work for you. emoticon
    2993 days ago
    I have the same problem. I visit my family downstate and it is often very hard for me to eat the way i usually do when I am on my own. I try to compensate by not eating too much for lunch and exercising where I can
    2993 days ago
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