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Thank you Susan! It sounds like you have a found the right road for your lifestyle. That is what I am searching for. I have been trying to fit into a mould and it just wouldn't work. For example hubby sings with a gospel group. So when I got back from moms this morning, he says well do you want to cook a dish and go with me to a family reunion? We are singing there today. This is pretty much normal for my life. It is something almost every day. So sure, I want to go and have fun. My plans for today will have to take a back seat until tomorrow. I want to go and enjoy. I want to select wisely in my food choices. But I also want to enjoy and savor some goodies, too. Wish me luck!!! LOL



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I think Glenna's Wider road is somewhat similar to mine.

For me, this is for the rest of my life. It is not something I can go "off" once I've lost the weight so it better darn well be something I can live with.

This time of year we go out to eat every.single.day! So, I know we should eat at home more, it would be less expensive, it would be healthier, etc. I also know my husband was on a tube feeder for 8 months when he had nothing by mouth, survived that and a whole passle of other medical issues and if the man wants to go out to eat, we are going out to eat.

Then I have to look at how to make my healthy eating program fit into that model. It actually isn't that hard. We go to the same 3 restaurants. I know their menu by now. I was able to come up with "go to" items at each one that fit into my own nutritional needs.

In the cold weather months, we go out to eat about once a week as the rest of the time the weather is too nasty to take him out in his wheelchair.

I like that Glenna and Barb both talk about calorie ranges as it would be almost impossible to hit exactly the same number every day and if you look at average calories over time being close to your target, you will definitely make progress.

Way to go ladies on all these great self-realizations!


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I think mindful is the whole thing. If I restrict some food or foods it is big trouble. I used to belong to a weight group that had "restricted foods" each week. I hated that. Sometimes it was bread or potatoes. One week it was strawberries. I never did get that. I finally just quit playing. It annoyed me to no end. I am better off just saying I can eat all foods and watch what I am doing.

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Yeah, I find rigidity never works for me either. I was at Whole Foods today and a lady in front of me in line said, "she couldn't have something I was buying because it wasn't on her 'diet'". First of all, I really cringe at the word, "diet". Anyway, I told her I eat anything I want, but I keep my calorie level at 1250. She seemed shocked.

You know, one day I might have 1300-1400 calories and another day I might have 1100-1000 at most. Overall it adds to the 1200 or so. So it works for me cause when I restrict myself I am in trouble. It's a delicate balance and I have to be mindful.

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DAY 4

Ok I have thought and thought on this one. At first I had a very cut and dried list. Then I looked at it and thought this will never work. I was just doing a "test" and giving the best answers. This may not exactly fit in with your all's ideas, but it is where I want to start. I may have to change it some.

NARROW ROAD: This would be staying at my calorie range of about 1500 calories per day. And ideally have my carb, protein, and fat levels in a healthy range. Also drink my 6 water per day. And get in some deliberate and "on purpose" exercise.

WIDE ROAD: This is the one I will probably most often travel. My life is anything but straight and narrow. (Not talking morals here either LOL). I have so many interruptions and obligations that I am pulled a zillion directions most days. And I always expect the unexpected. So my wide road would be to do my very best and at the end of the day look back and say you did ok. Not too many rules because I know I can't keep up with all of them and that is just setting myself up for failure. So shoot for 1500 calories and if I don't go over 1800 that is great, too. I want to be able to take that can of soda someone offers or a treat and enjoy it and say thank you. Not that someone does this every day. That is not what I mean. And if we have to run into town for tractor parts and grab a sandwich or hot dog I want that to be ok too. I want to be able to work all of this in my plan. Because this is my life. Has been this way for what seems like forever and will probably be this way for a long, long time. And all that exercise I get mowing the yard (push mower), hoeing in the garden and making hay, weed eating, etc does count. So I want to ease up on myself a bit and realize I cannot fit into a rigid pattern. I will fail before I even get off to a good start. So I will do my best and hope for the best!

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Lookin' good Claire!

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Sounds good to me Claire!!

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Day 4

I am not on a diet but rather setting boundaries for my eating plan.
My day to day goal is to eat in moderation, choosing a variety of nutritious items.
Narrow road: eliminate any indulgences with sugar or no nutritional value.
Broader road: limit but allow a small indulgence when the occasion calls for it.

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Boundaries:

Narrow path: stay in range daily, exercise daily

Wide path: Allow some extras within reason, exercise 3 to 4 times weekly.

I like the phrase: "adjust edges of plan to match where you are in life".

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woohoo Iya

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DAY 4 – Boundaries, not diets

NARROW PLAN (boundary plan)

Eating -
*stay withing 15 g of sugar a day and 120 grams of carbs a day, get 70 g of protein a day.
*can’t go over 1200 cal (1200-1500 cal limit set by SP) overall per week
*flexibility: if I eat foods not on plan or over the 1200, drink extra water a glass or 2 more to flush out extra calories for 2 days.

Exercise-
*exercises every day, at least 30 minutes a day.


WIDER PLAN (maintenance plan)

Eating-
*eat any food as long as they contain little sugar and carbs and are not white, i.e. rice, potato etc...
*if I go over 1200 but within 1500 overall per week, I will have not failed and will need to continue my plan.
*flexibility: For 3 days stay at 1200 calories, then the next day go up to 1500 then 3 days back at 1200 etc.

Exercise-
*work out 3x per week
*find stress relief (meditation, writing) every day, not eating to relieve stress.


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DAY 4 – Boundaries, not diets
I love the sentence in Chapter 4 by Linda Spangler: “This all-or-nothing approach (doing everything right at first – writing down all the exact calories/points and then blowing it when you eat a forbidden food.) never works because when you are off your diet, you cancel out the progress you made while you were on it.” Saying it makes it so real. Boy, this was another thought-provoking exercise. barbara
Here are my guidelines (or path):

NARROW PLAN (boundary plan)

Eating -
*can’t eat certain foods
*can’t go over 1250 cal (1200-1500 cal limit set by SP) overall per week
*allowed flexibility: if you eat foods not on plan or over the 1250, it isn’t the end of the world, try to be responsible even with this. EX: you buy a meat and rice meal, but you skip the rice.

Exercise-
*must do chair exercises 2-3x per week until July 30
*must walk 2-3x per week until July 30
*allowed flexibility: if I miss walking 2-3x per week until July 30, I will add one day to the next week or subtitute another exercise

WIDER PLAN (maintenance plan)

Eating-
*eat any food as long as I stay within allowed calorie limit
*if I go over 1250 but within 1500 overall per week, I will have not failed and will need to continue my plan.
*allowed flexibility: You overdo the calories one day, tomorrow make it up by eating less to be 1250 overall

Exercise-
*must do chair eercies 2x per week until July 30
*must walk 2x per week until July 30
*allowed flexibility: if I miss walking 2-3x per week until July 30, I will add one day to the next week or substitute another exercise


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Good thoughts team!

Back when I was counting calories, I tried to focus more on average calories over time so that if I did have just one day a little over, it didn't turn into a bunch of days over.

You can view your average calories over time in the reports section here, and can set it to weekly or monthly and set the date range. This is also helpful to review if your weight loss stalls and you are trying to figure out why.

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I really like Rawcookie's thoughts on this narrow and wide path. emoticon

I think my narrow path is reminding myself how many good choices I have made since I started eating better and realize how much better I feel, to help me stay on that path.

My wide path, is to realize it's ok to have a little bite of cake etc, but not every day. Check my tracked calories for the day to see if I'm going to go way over or just a little over. Also I can easily eat some veggies and drink some water or hot tea before I eat that small serving of cake.

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Narrow path: saying "I can't eat that. I'm not allowed that. I don't eat that."

Wider path: thinking "How can I modify that? How can I reduce the damage this might cause?"

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After checking the 'Journal' I saw the task was to apply the same thinking to exercise - and I'm not sure how to answer that except perhaps in the same way: narrow path is being cautious and unadventurous and the wider path is 'having a go' or 'give it a try'

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Day 4 (from June 23, 2014) I thought I'd post mine until you get caught up to where I am :)

Today
• Think about how you could define your narrow diet road compared to your wider
diet road. Be as specific as you can.

On the 2003 WW Flex Plan I am currently getting 30 points a day plus 35 weekly flex points.

My narrow path might be a week where I use zero of my weekly flex and definitely do not use any activity points.

My wider path would be going into "maintenance phase" where I add back four points per day, and also have my 35 flex available.


Narrow Road
Standard breakfast PB Oatmeal w/skim milk= 8 points

Lunch/Dinner out: Veggie Omelette with eggbeaters, tomato slices, rye toast (2) w/ butter = 8 points
Or Village Salad with pita, no dressing = 6 points

Add grilled chicken = 4 additional points

Third meal of day (Lunch or Dinner): Fat free cottage cheese with veggies =3 points
or bowl of fresh fruit with non-fat yogurt=4 or 5 points


Wider Road

To the above, allow a piece of cake for our Anniversary or a Birthday = 12 points

Dinner Out for special occasion might be a small steak = 12 points with Baked Potato, plain =5 points and veggies/salad no dressing

In other words, not completely off the path, just a little broader guidelines.

On rare occasions breakfast out might be "real" scrambled eggs - 5 points with ham - 4 points and rye toast - 5 points


• Decide on ways you can be flexible with each of these boundaries without losing
sight of the healthy road you want to follow. Add a few notes below.

It is important to have some variety, or it will get boring. It is also important to use some or all of my points each day so that my body doesn't think it is going into a starvation mode and start holding onto fat that it should be letting go. Also, it is important to realize if I eat something, whether I record it or not, my body still knows I had it.


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Day 4

Narrow road
Cut back on junk food
less calories
a lot of exercise
less choices

Wider Road
flexible with food
work out, burn calories
not so ridged.
forgive myself instead of just give up.
compromise

Today was harder, I don't understand exactly what to put for this one. Narrow road to means the diets I always failed, but being to restrictive and hard on myself and then failing and just blowing it and over eating and getting more upset with myself.

Wider road is what I feel like I will do, be more flexible and easier on myself, follow a less restrictive eating plan, to make it work for me and to follow it up with exercise to help me burn up the calories I don't need and make my body healthy and a better functioning machine for the long run.


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Sue, WW is such a nice approach, I think it would be gr8 for the holiday season. I know I go back and forth with various approaches... mostly b/c of the chatter in my head, LOL!

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you are doing great

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Made it to Day 4

I am following the old WW points, it worked before until I decided in my wisdom that I could do it by myself now and just ate what I wanted.
I do not often eat the extra points I can have for treats and save those for either the weekend or something special,like holidays

I CAN DO THIS

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Joann (JMarie) so glad to see your comments! I understand... we need new tires now!!! LOL and are trying to minimize excess driving (like my excess eating!!! ;)

through trial & relapse, I've found some compromises help me stay with the journey...

actually this road concept is helpful... I tend to be a direct route, point A to B is shortest etc... and tend to use the highway...

my dh has always toodled the backroutes... (driving me nuts... when I think we are trying to get somewhere, like shopping!!! lol ;)

I like knowing I can do either or both, what works... and keeps me out of the ditch!!! or without blowing my tires... like the time 2 blew on that trip home from dads... cripes! such a memory!

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getting a plan that works for you takes time, and a lot of trial and error.....I am still working on my plan, knowing that I am not perfect and this needs to be something that works for me and I can stick with it for the rest of my life.....so no more diets, just think healthy

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Jules, I can just picture you steering that out of control car away from the ditch. emoticon I had totally forgotten this concept and I liked it too when I contemplated it the first time around. I love sight seeing and taking the side roads. Life is just more interesting when you dare to steer off course. But let's say that you only have a certain amount of gas, or that your tires are getting worn out, and you have a destination you need to get to. I think it might be smarter and more efficient to take a narrower, straighter route to get to the destination. You know what I mean? At age 60, my old car is beginning to show some wear and tear from all the side tours I have taken. It might be time for me to stick with the interstate and drive right on through to my destination and then take some short day trips once I get there.




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this remains 1 of my all time fav days and most helpful concepts for me. I do choose to toodle or sight see at times, like the holiday feast days.. Most days I travel more quickly in the fast lane or on the interstate... I can hardly keep from speeding out of enthusiasm... I do need to watch out for the ditch!!! Spent way too much time there...

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Structure can restrict, like a jail cell, or support, like a spine. I choose to walk out of the eating/diet jail and into a more healthy, active lifestyle.

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I am not on a diet. I am learning to eat to live. I enjoy fresh and natural foods.
I am learning to enjoy each bite and to stop when I am satisfied. I use portion control and say "no" to high calorie foods because I want to say "yes" to a slim body.

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Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

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Action with no plan = chaos
Dream + action + persistence = success

The ego tells me you can't do it. The spirit tells me I can.

Each time I say "no" to impulse eating, I will visualize fat melting off my body.


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Sounds good!

(I agree, using a wider road when needed is kinder, gentler and makes it more sustainable :)


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My narrow road is all about the numbers. No more than 1600 calories. Not even 1 calorie over or I have FAILED. emoticon Exercising 45-60 mins FIVE times a week regardless of my work or home schedule, my energy level, or how I feel about it. NEVER eating anything I don't know the calorie value for. PERFECTION. emoticon That is hard and just a little bit ruthless.

My broader road is under 1800 calories, good choices, small controlled portions of sweets/treats, exercise a few times a week, guesstimating how many calories. Kinder and gentler and probably more sustainable. emoticon

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sounds doable for all occasions :)

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Hi there,

Guess my narrow road is following and tracking everything I eat and staying within 5-15 syns a day (I follow the Slimming World way of eating) Also going to the gym for workout classes about 5 times a week

My not so narrow road is just tracking everything, regardless of the amount of syns. Also walking Pickle a good length of time.

My broad road is not tracking but enjoying ! (Hey I'm in this for life) and trying to be sensible with what I do eat off plan. Short walks with Pickle.

see you tomorrow evening!

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You all have said it all for me!!!! My narrow road is tracking everything!!!! Following my plan EXACTLY!!!! NO exceptions!!!! My wider road is to follow my healthy plan, but not always track every bite!!!!

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portions and making small changes can make any meal friendly...lets face it we have to eat, so eat what you love but lean how much is good for you...and how you can have a healthy relationship with food

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We go to our local pizza place every Friday night www.ledopizza.com/ but they have lots of other things, a great spinach salad I often get or "plain" chicken wings. Occasionally I get the personal size pizza with veggie toppings (spinach, mushrooms, onions) and everything is fresh and good. I make sure I plan ahead and am aware of how many calories I can have. I don't care for red wine as much as beer so often I have red wine when I'm out, LOL, that way I know I'll only have one glass.


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LaShawn: I think you did great with the situation you were placed in! You had some pizza but watched your serving size and you passed on the things you could live without, without feeling deprived. You did fantastic!! Great job on all those veggies also.

Kitt52: Glad you already had a meal all planned and cooking!

Jules: We used to eat out only like once every two weeks, mainly because in our old town there was no good places to eat and we were too lazy to drive a half an hour to pick something up, then a half hour back home to eat it. But here there are so many good places! Not like a bigger city/town but there are some really great small town favorites. We went a little nuts with eating out for awhile. Even now I think Ben/hubby is going to keep pushing for pizza or dairy cottage until we eat there. But, I'll just stick with my plan. I can eat the pizza every 2 weeks and keep my serving size reasonable. But, the dairy cottage place it out for me. Everything is deep fried. They don't even offer salads on the menu. Glad you were able to resist chinese. There are things you can order that are fairly healthy but the non-healthy things are super tempting to me. I've never actually eaten something healthy at a Chinese place.

Suzie: have you tried yogurt? People who are lactose intolerant can usually handle yogurt some cheeses. And, there are breads made with things besides wheat these days. The very strict approach has never worked for me personally. If you can handle soy then maybe a soy yogurt/milk/cheese would work. I bought some unsweetened almond milk this week. It's a lot more low cal than reg milk so I figured I'd give it a shot. It tastes fine in cereal but it has a thicker appearance then milk. Not sure I could actually drink it but I hate drinking milk anyway. And, I don't see anything wrong with having some pizza and ice cream. You kept your portions in check! The problem would be if you had a whole pizza and a tub of ice cream. Of half a pizza and 2C of ice cream even. But, you didn't. I think you did great!

Warmspringday: That's a really long commute. I don't think trackign is the beat all end all. If you're eating healthy and watching your portions and getting some exercise/sleep/water, then you really should lose weight and be fine without stressing yourself out over not having the time to track. Sometimes I track, sometimes I don't. I've lost weight both ways and I've gained weight both ways. Think it all comes down to the eating/exercise/sleep/and water. Not being stressed out helps also. ;-)

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we are all here together, holding our hand through the rough times and cheering for the good times

Suzie have you tried almond milk, unsweetened, vanilla flavor, it's very good and low calorie and well you know almonds are so good for you

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As I stated in my personal journal, this is a tough one for me right now because of my work situation. My ideal narrow road is to stick to the lower end of SP calorie recommendation. I have done best when I track my food on SP tracker. However, I am currently commuting 90 miles one way to work and time is a precious commodity. Even just doing this challenge is a stretch for me because of the time involved. My eating plan is to folow the dietary exchange list and eat a balanced diet utililzing a certain amount of portions from each food group. I think I will need to go back to pre-SP tracking for this, but it will take a little bit of time to re-do my calculations get going on it, but that is the direction I'm heading. I'll post in my personal journal whenI get it more solidified.

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My narrow road is me trying to stick to very strict guidelines on foods, including no bread or milk due to bad stomach reactions (although I crave them).

My wide road is still sticking to regular portions and meal times, but allowing food the rest of the family is eating occasionally.

Hmmm, is Saturday a pizza day? We had a sudden hot day and didn't want to cook a long time. So a Boboli crust 10 min pizza was the quick answer and the only thing in the house. We also had ice cream...ugh, feel like I am confessing my sins...I kept it to 1/2 cup that I measured out.

I look at the wide road, like today, as a rest area on the highway! Tomorrow I will head back out on the narrow road of healthier choices.

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emoticon good job LaShawn ~ way 2 widen the boundary :)

emoticon what is it with weekends & eating out? dh wanted chinese.

actually, we used to eat out a lot, most weekends 1 or 2 nights, and dh misses that. in many ways he's lost his eating buddy...

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You guys are doing great. Well for me, we went to a kids birthday party at Chuck e Cheese. I had 2 slices of pizza. Good thing the slices was small. I ate 2 servings of veggies before I went because I didn't plan on buying a salad there. Well Brian got the all you can eat salad so I ended up eating 2 more servings of veggies. I passsed on the cupcakes. I had a good time enjoying our friends and not thinking about the food. I also drank water and not soda. I didn't feel deprived and I didn't feel like I was missing out because I didn't eat cupcakes.

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way to go Jen..
I had the same thing, Gary called to say he was on his way home and what about going out for pizza..... emoticon

I said I have dinner going as we speak, I had made broccoli salad and over fries with grill chops.....so that save the day for us too...
I always tell people that planning the meals a head of time can be the path to healthy eating ...and you can make things you really like....

lets all have a healthy week end

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Kitt52: I totally agree with you. Some things she makes are too processed for me also. But, a lot of the recipes are good and you could just add a few extra calories by using something that isn't as bad. Like you said. ;p

Ok, i'm really proud of myself. I did the elliptical earlier and burned 415 calories. I pushed myself and it felt great. But, the bigger accomplishment is that my husband was going to order pizza king for dinner(FAT TRAP!) and I didn't feel like cooking really. BUT, I knew that if I gave in already then I would just be setting myself up for failure. I used to be that person but now i'm different!! So, I made a reg. burger for him and one of my sons and a boca burger for me and the older son(he asked for it). Then, I made velveeta shells and cheese for hubby and the younger son(per request..I hate the stuff) and tried the Hungry Girl onion ring recipe for me and my older son. I LOVED them!! But, he said they were disgusting. lol. I added toasted onion powder and chipotle powder to flavor them. They're a heck of a lot tastier than the WW onion rings I tried before. And, you get to eat 15 of them for just around 150 calories! I took a picture and will blog it at some point. Maybe tonight but maybe tomorrow. I'll definitely make them again. I feel really happy with myself for saying NO to pizza and YES to food that is better for my body. My snack today was a peach which is also an improvement. All of these small victories are making me feel stronger.

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I need to get back on a program and stop being too inconsistent with my food plan.

Have been away this weekend with too many goodies around, it's time to get serious.


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great plans both of you

Jen have 2 of the hungry girls cook books , lots of great ideas. the only issue i have is some a have lots of sodium and more processed food than I care to eat....but I still love her show and get her e-mail during the week..she keeps me thinking of ways to make my favorite foods healthy.....
I love the shirataki noodles, not spelled right, but they sure can bulk up a meal fro very few calories and those vita top muffins are a great replacement for sweets and only 100 calories and lots of healthy things in them, they have helped me over major sweet cravings, for cakes brownies and cookie

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I try to stay in the middle of the spectrum. I do not do good at all on strict diets with meal plans and rules. I rebel and feel like i'm 'giving the finger' to the diet plan when I cheat. Which is totally sabotaging ME but I just can't seem to help it. So, time and many failed diet plans have taught me that I do better making up my own 'diet' plan. I have to keep things fresh and fun to be able to stick with it. I'm really enjoying trying out Hungry girl recipes and then blogging them. It's fun for me and at the same time i'm building up my recipe stores with low cal fairly healthy foods that are a JOY to eat.

I do give myself some rules and I almost always stick to them...no movie theater popcorn. None of those off the wall fattening sandwiches at fast food places(think KFC's sandwich made of two fried chicken pieces with meat inside of it and prob. cheese. Or the baconater..which should never come in a double/triple/etc size!). Honestly it's not hard for me to avoid that stuff because it disgusts me. BUT, I can easily eat a big mac value meal with no problem. So, i'm avoiding that also. No buying cakes at the bakery or anywhere else!! Cake is my #1 food trigger...IF it's made with buttercream frosting/aka wedding cake icing. Do not eat peanut butter fudge at Thanksgiving and NO making it during the year. It's a Christmas treat. And, my latest rule...no more dairy cottage and pizza pete only once every two weeks. Both places(local favorites) are huge fat traps. It was giving me digestive issues really bad. It's going to be hard to keep avoiding them but the bad gas and bloating really DO help the cause. lol.

Holidays: IT's funny because Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner are not a huge problem for me. I LOVE turkey breast SOOOO much that I could fill half my plate with just that..and sometimes do. My Grandma's mashed potatoes and gravy aren't the best so a small serving will do. I love green beans and spinach salad so I get those. I hate sweet potato anything so that's easy to avoid. I'm not a big bread eater so I never waste space with a roll. It's really the sweets and cheeseball that causes the most problems for me. I LOVE cheese and I LOVE sweets. So, I banned cheeseball last year(eating it)and didn't even miss it. I ate one serving of dessert but my family sent a lot home with me. I ended up eating all of those as well. My main problem with gaining over the holidays is my own baking. I LOVE baking treats for the neighbors and family. But, I eat way to many of them. They're here staring me in the face. Last year I didn't bake till the very last minute and I only made a couple kinds of cookies. It worked out. Halloween I buy sweet tarts if I don't want to overeat. I hate sweet tarts.

With the wider road approach I think the Hungry girl recipe testing is really going to help a LOT with that. I've already found a strawberry daquiri drink replacement(which is awesome!)for 130-ish calories. I found an appetizer to serve at Christmas or New years and several more that need tested but have gotten tons of great reviews. I really love the idea of replacing a really fattening treat with something that tastes just as good, or darn near, and has a fraction of the fat and calories. It feels sneaky to me and fun and I like that.

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I agree. At some point I rebelled at all the very low calorie diets and lists of rules and restrictions... It was crazymaking. Creating an approach I can keep doing has helped, and adding flexibility has really helped.

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REAL is a concept that helped . Most days are regular days, and what works for me on those days? I worked to find my go to meals and snacks and basic foods. Sometimes I have something unusual but most often breakfast is my cold cereal when I head out to exercise early or it's hot/cooked if I'm home and have time.


Wider Road

for those special occasions...

Like holiday feasts. Instead of grazing all day, now I try to eat keept it in a meal/snack format and enjoy 1 plate, maybe 2nd on my favs instead of unlimited trips back to the buffet... Took several years of practice for this to start feeling ok and being able to do... The 1st several years it triggered rebellion and I would dive into the leftovers later.

So, widening the boundaries helps a lot. I do have to watch I don't run off the road and into the ditch though!!! LOL I am currently climbing back out!


Sick Days & Other Unexpected interruptions (like days at the hospital), adjust as needed but consider stopping at the grocery for single serving foods I can carry with me. Eat maintenance cals or less (enough but not too much.)




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this is really something that helped me...it was better to tell myself that I had a wider road that day and not that I blew it....thinking of a wide road is better than bashing myself...

hope everyone is finding this more gentle way of dealing with rough day more positive.....it sure has helped me....
some days when your feeling down anyway feeling guilty never helps .....

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I'm still blown away by the sentence, "Boundaries should give you benefits, not punishment."

I have a "loose" plan, one that is part of my lifestyle rather than something new added in. I want it to work as well now as 5 years from now when I meet my health and weight goals so I don't have any trouble incorporating what I'm doing now with what I will want to continue doing then.


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emoticon emoticon What is your eating style? emoticon emoticon
Do you eat without restrictions or do you try to follow a diet plan perfectly, or are you somewhere in between? Are there times when you want to eat more but not gain weight? How do you adjust your boundaries and guidelines for your eating style? Please share your thoughts.


emoticon Diets... defined as how we eat (and nourish ourselves :)

All too often we start with a new or popular "Diet" with a set of rules... and when we eat something that is not in the plan, whoopsie! We blew it and that's the end of the diet!


emoticon Boundaries define your diet. Adjust your Boundaries :)

Picture your diet as a path or road... defined by calories, or a point system or whatever system you use to figure out how much to eat. If you are feeling strong and focused and ready to work on losing weight, you might follow a certain set of guidelines... But what if you get sick or the holiday comes or you'll be camping. What then?

Your boundaries can be adjusted depending on what's happening. You might have every day guidelines for every day living like work days and relax your boundaries to participate and enjoy social events where you eat a little more, but not so much to make you gain weight.

emoticon Set Guidelines, not rules.
Boundaries should help you, give you benefits, not punishment. They should provide you with guidelines you can fall back on but not burden you with rules. You can adjust your boundaries to suit you.


emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Today, try this:

~ in your notebook, draw a line down the middle of the page, creating 2 columns.

~ label 1 column "Narrow Road" for your weight loss diet or meal plan approach. Label the other "wider road" for your maintenance or alternative eating plan.

~ under the titles, define your eating and exercise plans for each of these roads. Then decide on ways you can be flexible with them without losing sight of the healthy road you want to follow :)



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