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BELLEUOSUS SparkPoints: (6,132)
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1/2/13 11:48 A

Hi KweenBee!

I am NOT one of those people that can eat a fun size candy bar and be satisfied LOL! I can't buy candy or sweets (besides the 100 calorie packs) or I will eat them all. I can't help myself!

Back when I was on track for quite some time, I had gotten over the junk food cravings and my off days usually consisted of Chili's chipotle chicken crispers (I can only eat about half of it though) or a double portion home-cooked meal.

Someone told me that fast food is addictive and once you have it you crave it for quite some time. I believe it.

A spicy chicken sandwich sounds good right about now, but I'm going to behave and eat the healthy lunch I packed.

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1/2/13 11:23 A

I definitely hear what you are saying, but you already have your say that Saturday is your "day off" and there is a lot of research to show that a "free day" when you are eating healthier is a great way to stay motivated.

For me, denial sets me up for failure. I do tend to relax my eating habits on the weekend, especially Saturdays. We go out to eat on Friday nights as a family, and I do try to choose healthy then, but Saturday is more of a "free day" where I tend to eat things like pizza, Chick-fil-A and drink beer. I also find if I give into a "little" bad stuff throughout the week, I am less likely to binge. However, I am one of those people who can eat a fun-size candy bar and be over the chocolate need, or eat two cookies and leave the rest in the bag. Not everyone can.

Instead of giving into that craving throughout the week, FORCE yourself to only do it on your "free" day. Consider it a reward (yes, I know...never use food as a reward...whatever) for "being good" all week. Research shows that those free days tend to become healthier as time goes on and that eventually, your free days are pretty similar to your good days. It is just a psychological boost to know that you can relax a little one day a week. In fact, you may find by the time the free day arrives, the craving for a Big Mac is all gone!

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1/2/13 12:40 A

Hi Stardust!

When I was more active, I was eating 1500 calories a day and stuck to it fine. Since I am less active now, dropping 200 calories off isn't that big a deal for me.

I eat 100 calorie packs if I MUST HAVE something sweet (the brownie bites are the best!)

I don't go hungry. My issue is I start thinking "A chick-fil-a spicy chicken sandwich and fries sounds really good right now" then I give in and sabotage myself! I just need more will power to not give in and stick to the plan.

I'm not hoping for a quick loss. I'd like to have reached my goal by June, so 6 months.

Also, congrats to you on your previous weight loss accomplishments!

Edited by: BELLEUOSUS at: 1/2/2013 (00:46)
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1/2/13 12:25 A

Good job for sticking with it today! Though I do wonder...isn't eating below 1300 calories a little extreme? Maybe even though you were able to do it that way before, you're trying too hard to get to that point immediately rather than working your way slowly. I see this entire process as a lifestyle change. If I can't see myself living this way for the rest of my life, then it's not worth doing temporarily. Maybe start smaller so you're no overwhelmed. I had to do this in increments. I had lost about 70 pounds back in 2011, then maintained the majority of 2012. I finally decided that I had to get back on it. I started with just getting used to moving around daily, then in November, I started being 100% honest with my tracker, regardless of how bad the totals looked. Today I began making an effort to stay within calories. It is definitely possible to eat sweets and lose weight. It's all about moderation and a slow and steady loss rather than a quick loss.

You can do this!

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1/1/13 10:47 P

After graduating high school, I dropped 50 lbs by counting calories and walking daily for exercise.

I'm 28 now and I've kept the weight off for 9 years, but over the last year I gained 20 back! YIKES!

I've been trying to lose it again, getting back on track counting calories, but I find it SO hard to stick to it this time around! I'm fine for about a week, then I wander off and before I know it I'm back to junk food and chocolate chocolate chocolate.

I know how to eat: 5 times a day, healthy snacks all day, a small healthy dinner at night. Protein, protein, protein. Saturday is my day off to give in to cravings and eat what I want. it's what I did before and it worked fine. I don't stay hungry throughout the day, I just get cravings for unhealthy things and give in. My train of thought is "I'll do better tomorrow, I'll do better tomorrow" but if I keep that up I'll be 200 lbs by summer!

Today (New Years Day) was the first day of getting back on track. I did fine today, kept my meals total under 1300 calories. But sticking to it for the next several days is the chore. Once I see results, I have no issue sticking to it. It's just sticking with it long enough to see results that's the issue for me.

How do you guys stay motivated? Maybe someone would want to be my butt-kick coach that keeps me on track and I could do the same for them? Any tips or feed back is much appreciated!

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