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THELONEPENGUIN
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Posts: 39
6/9/10 12:22 P

Just wanted to say: GOOD FOR YOU!!



TRULYNITA
Posts: 10
6/9/10 11:16 A

Thank you. You all are inspiring to me as well. Like the picture with the frog hanging out of the mouth of a bird, with his hands wrapped round it's throat, NEVER GIVE UP!! : )

Edited by: TRULYNITA at: 6/9/2010 (11:18)


RALLEN75
Posts: 280
6/9/10 9:05 A

Great post! I had success last night...my boyfriend, his son and I went to Blockbuster to get a movie and on they way back we went through the drive thru at Dairy Queen. They each got a Blizzard and I came back home and ate a Skinny Cow ice cream treat and was completely satisfied. Had I had the Blizzard I would have woken up this morning very disappointed in myself.



KERRYM62
Posts: 121
6/9/10 8:27 A

That was a great post Trulynita! You have inspired me! We really do need to stay focused. For me the hardest part of this is the fruit but if I don't stop eating the way I used to, then nothing is going to change! I was always great about exercising but ended up doing way to much and ended up falling off that wagon. I need to find a happy medium.



TRULYNITA
Posts: 10
6/9/10 8:10 A

Thank you everyone! Just wanted to say that since starting my new healthy lifestyle I have lost a total of 63 pounds. I actually lost a bit before I joined SP, so therefore it does not show on my weight loss line. I still have another 45+ to go... and sometimes that feels like the hardest part. I gave up Coke completely. I haven't had a single taste since April 28th, 2009. (Sounds like AA or something... hehe.) For me it was almost that bad with Coke.... I drank about 4-5 cans a day... and NEVER drank water...Big mistake. Now I have changed that habit, and I don't even think about it any more. Sweet tea still kicks my behind every now and then. I need to go "cold-turkey" on it too. That day is coming. I actually love the little SF Lemonade packets from Wyler's. Those are portable and I carry them with me all the time. Helps to turn some of the necessary water's daily into something that tastes something like a treat.

I have found that the best way to make myself do something is to tell myself there is no other option. For example, my dishes. I am still in the dark ages here and do not own a dishwasher at present, having 3 kids. Needless to say dishes can quickly pile up and if left unattended for a day they get way out of hand. I have a 1+ year streak running now of not missing one single night of doing the dishes, no matter how tired, sick, etc. No excuses. Even the day I got out of the hospital, I came home and did dishes. That may seem over the top, but I know my own self, after 34 years, and I know that the one excuse will turn into a million more. If you accept no excuses from yourself, you get so much farther. Basically you have to be bull-headed about what you are doing and not accept any excuses. Dishes now are easy for me, and I no longer dread them. (At one time I thought they were the worst household chore of all!)

I want to encourage you all to BE BULL-HEADED with weight loss and your healthy lifestyle... and accept no excuses. I must admit that for a couple of months I gained and lost the same 10 pounds over and over...but I have decided this morning that I am stronger than the urge that pulls me to less healthy choices. I am a big believer in Faith... and the power of positive thinking... and so therefore I also believe that if I make up my mind to do something and run towards it with open mind and hands, eventually I will get there. It is all in the mind.




AVADISS
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Posts: 6
3/26/10 2:33 A

I'm just a beginner. I'm so proud of you.



BALTIMORE3
Posts: 37
7/22/09 8:46 A

I think it was great you walked away. I am still falling for the same trick with ice cream. I just can't eat one. Last week I brought some on sale and wow when I took a look at the calories and fat. I am going to get back in control for today I am doing it one hour/meal at a time. My problem is when I walk away they keep calling me and saying just one and will start tommorrow. But tommorrow never comes for weight loss--it must be now



MARINA4740
Posts: 6
7/17/09 10:17 P

I don't know you, but as I read your post I felt proud of you. I pray I can get to that point, too.

Thanks for sharing and it looks like your good decisions have taken you half way toward your goal!

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SHEILA1505
Posts: 4,911
7/16/09 11:59 A

Well done Devouringapples - every time you beat a craving it becomes just that much easier for the next time. Also longer between cravings. Before too long there wont be the cravings. Keep it up!



DEVOURINGAPPLES
Posts: 146
7/16/09 10:16 A

How absolutely inspiring. Good for you!
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I have similar issues at work. Granted, I haven't been dieting for 7 weeks, and the 21 day thing doesn't apply to me just yet - but it is SO hard to resist those M&Ms! Every day when I am at work I'll be thinking about my calorie intake because I usually work 9 - 5s. I work retail, and in front of the register there is a stand of candy that range from M&Ms to Nature Valley bars. I used to treat myself to half a pack of M&Ms because my old calorie counting diet allowed for it, and a Coke Zero (so I felt less guilty). Sometimes I'll find myself contemplating having them, reasoning with myself, trying to work them into my calorie intake for the day, BARGAINING with myself (which is a horrible habit I desperately need to break) on whether or not I should buy them - but for the passed week I have been able to say "No!" I don't even buy the Nature Valley bar to compensate. I just hold off and remind myself that I only have X amount of hours to go before I can go home and treat myself to something that I've already paid for (saving me money), and something that I know is vastly healthier than a King Size packet of M&Ms.

I, like you, know that these M&Ms will set off a larger craving that I will fulfill on my way home because I bargain with myself. If I had agreed to go on a "Stress Buster" walk after having the M&Ms, I probably would have agreed to grab some Burger King on the way home if I did Yoga in the morning. Ever since joining Sparkpeople I find myself saying "NO" to my bargaining more often, and you're an absolute inspiration for me to continue denying myself those guilty pleasures that I really (REALLY) don't need.



ABBIEOCHOA
Posts: 2,092
7/16/09 9:52 A

What an awesome story! You have articulated so well a lot of what I have been experiencing myself. I have resolved to stop snacking on unhealthy foods just because my kids are. You are doing great!



DELLAD2
Posts: 444
7/16/09 9:47 A

way to go, that one is a hard one for me, I am working on it.



RESSYCUP88
Posts: 9
7/12/09 3:36 P

that is so great! realizing that you (we) are in control is a good thing. so yes it is a big deal. Keep up the good work.



YOURWORTHIT
Posts: 19
7/12/09 1:29 P

Yay for you! Great accomplishment. Fantastic change! I don't know you, but I sure am proud of you! emoticon emoticon



AERJOGG1
Posts: 5
7/8/09 10:11 P

Just an awesome message to all. We can do it. I have a hard time with sugar but after fasting for at least 21-30 days, I have control. I want to stop drinking diet pop. I get off of it, then I start up again. I hate this. I know it's terrible for me. Any suggestions?



JCANCER
Posts: 6
7/8/09 12:50 A

just beautiful. this post really touched me; I've had these kinds of temptation battles for years now and only recently felt a transformation similar to yours. Cheers, my friend!



MCLYMORE
Posts: 3,813
7/7/09 10:51 P

That is awesome, terrifc will power. You will make it, I know you will.



ELIZAGETTINGFIT
Posts: 713
7/7/09 7:34 P

Great job! Keep up the good work...you are inspiring!



RUTHMILAM
Posts: 100
7/7/09 5:59 P

Doing a realy greaat job. Keep it up and before you know it the rest will just melt away!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon



ZENA_MARIA
Posts: 940
7/7/09 3:54 P

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EARTHTONED84
SparkPoints: (12,809)
Fitness Minutes: (7,701)
Posts: 572
7/7/09 1:22 P

I can completely relate to wanting to eat something that might trigger a bigger craving. Congratulations on overcoming the urge! I hope I can have the same strength as you have shown! emoticon emoticon



SONSHINE1948
Posts: 263
7/7/09 12:04 P

What an excellent way to approach things. I've always heard that my life is a book, but never thought of my body in that way! emoticon



BIGBOY1952
Posts: 15
7/7/09 11:53 A

Yes you are right. My body has kept a accurate journal of my eating habits! And you can read it every day. I'm going to remember this every morning as I look in the mirror. Today it says "I am shrinking, keep going".

Edited by: BIGBOY1952 at: 7/7/2009 (14:48)


BIGBOY1952
Posts: 15
7/7/09 11:45 A

Very inspiring. Thank You I needed that at this moment.Even if the Cow is Skinny it is still ice cream and 140 calories I don't need. What away to take control of your life. I'll do the same, keep up the inspiration. Thanks again

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LUV2LOPE
Posts: 393
7/7/09 10:34 A

GREAT JOB!!!!! very cool. I too am learning to say no to the junk... last weekend was my best friends birthday.. she had choc cake .. I am not a cake person but she handed me a piece with a big smile and said .. I hope you like it... I took one bite and sat it down and didn't think about it again.. I hated to disappoint her but I really didn't want it .. I grab my water and washed it down... and sat and talked .. it was dark when they collected plates so no one noticed that I didn't eat it. And off it went to the trash.
I put it in my mind that I didn't want it and really followed that... I am proud of my step.. YOU SHOULD be really PROUD !!! GREAT JOB



SHEILA1505
Posts: 4,911
7/7/09 1:57 A

Well Done you! Each time you overcome the urge to "cheat", you get stronger - and it's such a triumph. But if you don't overcome it, don't beat yourself up and give up. Just think about why you did that and think of a better strategy to deal with it next time - there will be many "next times". Why were the donuts in your house??? Don't buy them - friends and family will soon get used to the fact that such things are not available in your house. Why sabotage yourself by surrounding yourself with temptations.
I have my days - we all have them - but I try to save up what I would have spent on donuts and such, and treat myself to a good book, a plant or a massage - those good feelings last so much longer than the taste of sugary stodge and don't renew cravings or add pounds to the hips
Good luck and congrats on taking control
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SONSHINE1948
Posts: 263
7/6/09 10:06 P

I don't know you, but I am so proud of you! You give inspiration to those of us not quite as far along in this as you. I know I can make it, but it sure is nice to see others learning wise eating habits and making wise decisions. Congratulations, and keep up the great work! emoticon



VALVAREZ4482
Posts: 1
7/6/09 8:05 A

That is great. I myself have to learn how to put the donut pack down.. I cant stop myself from eating.. I willhave breakfast (something light and sensible) hten get to work and grab a pack of cookies or whatever is in my stash.. Im going to think of your great progress and try to get to it myself...

Keep up the great and fantastic work :o)



-CHERYLNTX-
Posts: 100
7/4/09 8:58 P

Congratulations! What a great example!
Cheryl

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ILOST150POUNDS
Posts: 1,662
7/3/09 7:33 P

Excellent job! The day I turned down peanut M&M's was the day I felt like I was getting somewhere. I eventually lost 150 pounds and have kept it off for 12 years.

Keeping in control of food that we love is really important, not only for weight loss but weight maintenance. Way to go!



JULIBECK
Posts: 2
7/3/09 6:52 P

Good for you! That is a big step and you are in control. Keep up the good work



TUNDERKIRCHER
Posts: 101
7/2/09 1:05 A

I know what you mean. I checked out the calories and Na+ on a 3 musketeers bar and about had a heart attack. I don't even want one now and I loooove them. I would rather reach for an apple or fruit. My stomach thanks me too. Plus it's a good feeling to know your in control isn't it. This can be applied to other aspects of your life too!



LOSINGFTW
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Fitness Minutes: (2,751)
Posts: 616
6/17/09 4:01 P

Good for you! I'm still waiting to get to that point I think...I'll get there eventually! =)



SKYWATCHERRS
Posts: 6,315
6/17/09 3:27 P

Good for you, TRULY. It's a powerful moment when you realize that you control the food - the food does not control you.

Remember, though, not to under-eat and not to deprive yourself of treats totally.

Best wishes!

Edited by: SKYWATCHERRS at: 6/17/2009 (15:28)


TRULYNITA
Posts: 10
6/17/09 3:19 P

Just thought I would share a little about something I overcame yesterday. To me it is a big deal. I have been dieting now for 7 weeks and I have lost 21 pounds so far. I am following a 1200 calorie diet every day. I try to drink 10 waters a day and get at least 25 fiber in daily as well. So far it is working wonderfully. I read that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, so I refused to eat at any buffets until I had passed the 21 day mark. Anyway, last night, after mowing my lawn, cleaning my pool and cleaning for 7 hours non stop, in addition to swimming for an hour, I had some extra calories left over after I had my dinner. I saw a pack of 4 donuts left over from my kids. My favorite kind. I saw that they were 210 calories for the 4 and decided to have them, since it would not push me over the calorie limit. Well, I had my friend eat one, to bring it down to 156 calories for the 3 and just as I was about to eat one I realized that donuts and cakes are a big weakness for me and that it would start a craving in me for more on another day. I put the donut back in the package and handed it to my friend. I had a 100 calorie pack instead and felt like I had just climbed Mount Everest. When you finally realize that you are the one in control, that trigger foods no longer make you bend, there is nothing like that feeling. I have a ways to go yet, but I am certain I am going to make it. I am in control. Good luck to everyone out there in this battle of the bulge.



 
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