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"...always try to be a little kinder than is necessary." Sir James M. Barrie

I have been thinking about a blog I read earlier today - writing down the mental challenges to my weight loss so that I am aware of them and can refer back to this list when things get tough. The idea seems to be, "Oh..that's always how I get when 'x' happens so this isn't the end of my program, just a bump in the road." I LOVE this idea and thus:

1. I worry that this time will be like all the previous failed attempts or aborted programs. However, 10 years ago I quit smoking ...
I have been thinking about a blog I read earlier today - writing down the mental challenges to my weight loss so that I am aware of them and can refer back to this list when things get tough. The idea seems to be, "Oh..that's always how I get when 'x' happens so this isn't the end of my program, just a bump in the road." I LOVE this idea and thus:

1. I worry that this time will be like all the previous failed attempts or aborted programs. However, 10 years ago I quit smoking for good, cold turkey, after numerous attempts to quit, so I have positive proof refuting my fears.
2. I get bored with eating plans and feel deprived and petulant when I can't have what I want, when I want it -- and most importantly, HOW MUCH I WANT OF IT - whatever "it" is.
3. I miss wine and feel pouty and petulant when I make it a program goal to avoid alcohol for periods of time during my program.
4. I am jealous of what others get to eat.
5. I feel cheated on weekends of not being able to go out for dinner and have exactly what I want and exactly how much I want.
6. I sometimes feel that if I "cheat" (an improper term to use for a lifestyle change in the first place) that I haven't followed my program perfectly, and if I haven't followed it perfectly, it can't be worth continuing.
7. I keep thinking about "how lonnngg" it's going to take to get to my goal and how far I still have to go instead of focusing on how much I already have accomplished.
8. I try to "outsmart" my eating plan by overestimating the calorie burn of exercise, underestimating my caloric intake and underestimating portion sizes.
9. I get cocky when I have a really good week - "oh look, sticking to the plan perfectly resulted in a 5 pound loss this week. I'm okay with losing 2 or 3 so I can eat MORE next week."
10. The "why me" syndrome? Why do I have to work so much harder to lose weight than anyone else? Why do I have to work out more? Why am I not naturally thin? Why can't I eat whatever I want? - in other words - self-pity.
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My goal is to stay on program this week, keep up with the "no wine" roll I've been on and complete all my planned workouts


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LAVENDERPURPLE
12/11/2009 6:43:15 PM

Hi Marihelen, nice name I have only met one other Marihelen before
u make 2 plus me is three in the entire US i think?
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HOTHULATAUMAIA
10/17/2009 6:33:14 PM

Great job!!!



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NORLANA
2/18/2008 11:02:33 AM

Hi Marihelen! It was great to see your wonderful gratitude post this morning. Please join us again, it is a great community and an amazing habit that brings wonderful things.

Noreen



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PUNCHILOUIE
11/11/2007 5:42:17 PM

In the huddle you said you need help, how could I help?



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LIZZYPJ
10/8/2007 9:42:36 PM

Hi Marihelen! I just wanted to say I like your page, and I really appreciate the thread you started "10 pounds by Thanksgiving." It's just motivation I need after several inactive months. Thanks!



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