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Focus of June

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I’ve been on SparkPeople for many years. In those years, I’ve never lost weight and kept it off for any reasonable length of time. Why is that? Because I quit. I quit when things get difficult and when I get bored. Although I’ve been a SparkPeople member for years, I have never really worked on changing my habits. Last year, I was close. I lost a good chunk of weight. I started making changes, but I quit before I could make new solid habits. I gained almost all the weight back.

Now, I am back on SparkPeople and trying to be different. Although I am trying to get some exercise in, my main focus this month is how many calories I’m eating. Every day, I want to stay in my calorie range. I want to work on eating healthy foods too, but again my main focus in the number of calories. I have stayed in my calorie range every day in June. There are a few behaviors that have allowed me to do this.

1. I track what I eat and drink every day. This has really opened my eyes to how easy it is for me to underestimate what I eat. It also has shown me where I can make some simple changes.

2. I have a pitcher of cold water in my fridge. As someone who formally drank a lot of her calories, my simple pitcher of water has been a game changer.

3. I have fruits and veggies in the house. Admittedly, I still struggle with veggies. I need to learn to cook some that I like. For now, I have celery and canned veggies. I will work on more fresh veggies down the line.

4. I have strategies for overcoming a binge. I’m an emotional eater. Using food as a coping strategy needs to stop.

5. I still eat higher calorie foods such as pizza and oatmeal cookies. I have smaller portions and work them into my calories for the day. I have pizza once every week or two. I have an oatmeal cookie on most days.

6. I’m not comfortable having some foods in the house at this time. That includes ice cream, potato chips, and cheesy crackers. Presently, I struggle to control myself with those foods, so I don’t buy them.

7. I don’t have “cheat” days or meals. I’m not on a diet. This is my life. I can eat what I want, as long as I keep things balanced.

That’s my focus this month. I’m going to keep working on making small changes that make me healthier. I think small changes will be easier to maintain, plus I think as I keep on challenging myself and learning more, I will keep myself from getting bored.
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    53 days ago
  • MARY51
    Love this blog and your determination!. I'd love to know more about #4. emoticon
    53 days ago
    What an inspiring blog, Lori! It hit home doubly hard because everything you said has also been true of me. Thank you for your honesty, and CONGRATULATIONS for the victory of staying in your calorie range for a month---I've never done that---yet. :) You've inspired me!
    55 days ago
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    58 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    Awesome list!! emoticon
    58 days ago
    Good list! Tracking has made a HUGE difference for me. And yes, baby steps, adding them up over time.

    58 days ago
    We can do this. We do matter and we are not alone. We have Spark friends that are on the journey with us. To encourage us when we are up and help us when we are struggling.
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    58 days ago
    Great list! I read that you are having problems with the veggies. May I suggest you start buying them frozen in resealable bags? That way you can take out a small amount at a time. Also, you don't have to clean them or cut them. I find I eat WAY more veggies when I buy them frozen. Of course nothing beats a fresh cob of corn now and then too!
    58 days ago
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