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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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?
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".
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
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
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
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!
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...
Good for you! That is a big step and you are in control. Keep up the good work
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!
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Good for you! I'm still waiting to get to that point I think...I'll get there eventually! =)
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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