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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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RADIOISOTOPE
1/30/2015 8:01:29 AM

Best of luck with your garage this weekend! It can be overwhelming at first, but feels so, so good once things start taking shape! freecycle.org will be my best friend this weekend emoticon



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1/28/2015 9:05:21 AM

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I enjoyed reading your blog posts, too! emoticon



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GGRSPARK
1/27/2015 10:12:12 AM

you have hit a number of very valid points.. Or mental hurdles perhaps ? I felt that way at the start but it gets easier to resist the longer you do this but I totally relate.



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MASHELDON
1/26/2015 11:37:19 AM

I was checking out your page, I am also #1, #3 and #10 ! emoticon



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1/25/2015 1:08:38 PM

Thanks for stopping by my page, and yes there is nothing like spent a nice Sunday morning with the animals. Merlin (the Newfoundland) is lay right here in the kitchen with us taking his afternoon nap. Comes in everyday at this time just to nap. Spoiled Rotten. LInda



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