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Diet? I don't.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Diet? I don't.

To "diet" implies a short term restricted meal plan to lose lbs. I have LIVE with what ever choices I make. SO, I have adopted what I suppose you could call mindful eating. It began when I was diagnosed with diabetes about 11 years ago. I have learned what foods send my blood sugar soaring and what I can eat without upsetting things. I have decided to REALLY want whatever I eat...so, for example, I still eat chocolate but now I am very selective about WHAT chocolate...I only want what I REALLY like, and how much...unlike my pre diabetic days when anything that crossed my path was fair game. Now I CHOOSE my calories. I decide if I Really want to invest in whatever it is that is calling to me. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I am really proud of myself when I choose to skip something I think I would like....like a cookie or a biscuit. Have you ever noticed how some things look really good but they just aren't that great when you eat it? Now I ask myself, will it be worth it? I am getting better at not eating all the rolls in the basket at a restaurant...now I often skip them altogether....I have learned that some are what I call "whipped air" and are all fluff and calorie and not that much taste.

To say I "Diet" would not be accurate, but I do take care to monitor my food choices, to be mindful of what I eat both at meals and in between. It does work...sometimes rapidly like when I first started, and sometimes more slowly like now.

My Dr suggested up-ing my exercise if I couldn't get the lbs to move..so I did and finally things began to happen. Now I am working on the next five pounds...one way by more walking...and by Mindful eating.

Five pounds? Gone soon.

  
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THINKINGLIGHT 12/12/2008 3:30PM

    Hi, I wanted to thank you for your encouraging comments on my latest blog. It cheered me up some.

When I can, I'll be back to read more of your blogs, this one was quite interesting. I liked your thought about "Dieting". Instead of dieting, looking at it as "mindful eating". I like that, I think I will approach my food choices in that light.

Oops, my hubby as just now gotten home, he wants to go into town, and since I would also like to go I better get going. I'll have to catch up with you later, take care and thanks again.


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PURPLEALLEYCAT 9/10/2008 6:48PM

    emoticon Asta,

I agree with your thinking. I say I am not on a diet I am doing a life style change. And really that is what it is a life change. One I will need to eat like this for the rest of my life . Two if I don't change the way I eat I won't have a life style, I will be dead.

I have diabetes also and I was only diagnosed about a year ago. The doctor told me I could possibly turn it around if I started losing weight but I went into denial for about a year because I did not want to have it and I have to this day never told my mother who just thinks diabetes is the most horrible disease of all time. So then I came to my senses and asked myself what are you doing? You have to take care of this and now I am really trying it is not all way easy but it is something that I need to do. So here I am. Anyway thanks for the thoughts, I am glad that I am not the only one that has the same thinkimng on things.

I have grabbed a cookie before and said that does not taste go and instead of eating it the mouthful and the rest of the cookie goes into the garbage because it is not worth eating and wasting my calories LOL.

Janene emoticon

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ONE pound?

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I am tentatively optimistic...and even excited that I THINK the scale has FINALLY budged below that obstinate 175 figure. Walking twice a day may be what got things going...and for the last few days, really really really watching the details of what I eat. I WANT that five pounds (back) off. My ultimate goal is more like 25 lbs, but one at a time or whatever...it has to go. It is ridiculous that I have been on SP about a year and a half and first lost, then gained and maintained, finally relost ...and then just sat there. I have clothing I could wear if I could get things going. But for now, five pounds would make me very happy. So, we shall see if the first one stays off, and better yet, if it invites its friends to leave too!

  
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PURPLEALLEYCAT 9/7/2008 10:08PM

    Hi Asta,

I edited my post to correct my 2 sticks to 4 and then I remember what happened, my first post that I wrote to you and made all of my spelling corrections to, I closed the window before posting. Then I was in a hurry to get ready for the meeting and re-wrote it fast and did not check my spelling. Sorry but I was still worng on the 2 sticks. LOL

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PURPLEALLEYCAT 9/7/2008 2:16PM

    Wow one pound that is great, I know that we all want it to come off faster but one pound down is great (look at it as 4 sticks of butter) when I visualize it like that it helps me because then you see ok I just lost that much fat off of my body and then it look like a bigger accomplishment. Also with all of the walking you are doing you may be building mussel so maybe you won't be losing a lot of weight, because mussel weighs more.

You are encouraging to me, I have been watching you exercise minutes and you make me want to get out there and walk. Our weather is still hitting over the 100's right now so I can not get out and walk in this heat but I can sure use my treadmill I just need to not sit down after I get home from work and get right on it. (I CAN DO IT)

Take care and talk to you soon

Love
Janene

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Motivation to stay on track

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Someone asked me how I stay on track...which by the time I got to answering was asking me how I stay motivated. I really had to think about this. My answer to her really is my overall motivation...and I still need to examine what works to "stay on track" at a daily level.

I have been on SP for a good while now...about a yr and a half. I actually did budge a few pounds, then gained five and couldn't shake it. THAT is finally back off. Several things work here...I am diabetic and in the beginning of this adventure, my sugars just kept climbing...I NEEDED that to stop. It has. Then, last September, someone suggested a mile a day walking challenge...so I finally got moving again. (long story about that, too) Then I had a scare with my heart...thought I had had a heart attack...appears to have been angina. THAT took from Mid Sept to mid Nov. to get taken care of and THAT was a huge motivator to get me more active and more diet conscious.

Another personal factor is that we have no health insurance. I MUST get and stay healthy.

Since I have been on SP I have found motivation in some of the challenges offered. Also, since the SP site began the "streak" thing, I find I am determined to log in (no problem there) and to WALK daily and record it. The walking is mostly for my heart, of course, but maintaining the streak is fun. I missed recording one day though I had walked and had logged in..but it broke the streak and that continues to aggravate me.

I will gladly partner with others for mutual encouragement...and perhaps we can challenge one another somehow. I want to get and stay healthy and I want to get and keep my blood sugars under control.

Years ago, my first success with weight loss was through Weight Watchers..I got to goal and became a free lifetime member. THERE it was not the diet but the process of having our leader lady, Barbara, checking on you and speaking to you about how you were doing. I was highly motivated by HER. Later efforts with WW were not as successful with other leaders. I learned from that, that having someone else keeping an eye on your efforts and progress is good stimulus.

With the start of the new service year....I would like to get things MOVING again on the scale. I want to get the next five pounds OFF again...and keep them off. I think it is ridiculous that others on here lose hundreds of pounds and I can't get 25 off!!

Now, how about you?

THANK YOU for the question that brought on this long epistle..but you got me thinking about this...and that is good.

  
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CHEACATT 9/3/2008 12:48PM

    I would love to partner with you...I really feel having "friends" that keep tabs on each other will really help me :)

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How can so much time go by?

Sunday, May 04, 2008


I have been an SP member for over a year now. It took nearly nine months to really get myself MOVING...which finally happened thanks to a challenge back in Sept of last yr. I feel really good about that.

On the flip side though, I have managed to GAIN weight over this yr. Some of that may be attributed to the hormonal changes that take place at this point in a woman's life...BUT, that is no excuse. I tried to recommit last Sept. but some medical issues got in the way. That is under control now, I think, so I need to start again. I don't want the pounds to be edging up as I get older as I hear that they can/do.

For right now, I would like to get ten pounds off and/or get down one dress size so I can wear clothing I have in my closet.

  
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SUNNI2DAY 5/11/2008 11:59AM

    Taking a detour is a really good way of looking at it.

I think we've failed when we stop thinking about it and accepting it as 'just the way we are'. Becoming apathetic to our bodies is dangerous territory. You my friend are conscious each day that you need to do something for you... .for your health and you're doing it. Kuddos to you.

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ARIZONAROSE 5/4/2008 10:45PM

    "'We can do anything we want to as long as we stick to it long enough." Helen Keller

Your still sticking to it thats part of the battle!! We all have detours in life because of so many things and most of the time beyond our control. You haven't given up or anything just took a little detour! emoticon

YOU can do it!

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New service year...recommit time for me.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Today I am trying to relaunch my efforts to lose this excess weight and get moving again physically. I NEED to be exercising. I am starting off with a very sore ankle from a fall a week ago (and some other sore areas also). Thanks to new meds for me, my blood sugars are down from where they have been..though it is not even like it should be...lower and too low and back again. Getting down to a normal weight will help fix that issue. So...Forward GO! As an army let us go...let us fight that old FAT foe! Getting us slim and trim is the goal for us!

  
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CELEST 4/30/2008 3:20PM

    emoticon to hear you had a fall....ugh! I've just completed auxiliary pioneering last month so that was quite a bit of exercise for me. Ended up doing 55 hrs to help a young brother get his time in. Was wonderful experience....much better than yrs.lol

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