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Bad Attitude=Bad Food Day

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Over the past weeks of recommitting to Spark People and more recently to more mindful eating, it has become clear that perhaps the thing I need to lose most is my bad attitude. Please do not get me wrong, I am a pleasant person for the most part and on most days. In fact, people have even told me that they feel encouraged or relaxed and peaceful after talking to me about an issue or in general.

BUT in my mind rages so many different thoughts, critical thoughts, stressful worries, jealousy and comparisons, pessimism, busyness and an inventory of memories that are used for good and bad during my day ... these forces compete with the good interactions, thoughts and inputs throughout the day and for whatever reason the negative even if few carry so much more weight and tend to drown out all of the good. It also has become clear how the negativity compels me to eat things and amounts that I do not desire and in order to drown it out.

In reading, Today Matters, by John Maxwell, he discusses the discipline of a good attitude and I have realized that mine needs a serious adjustment in order to be successful at not eating compulsively and living a more enjoyable life in general. No longer can it be dependent on emotions that are so temporary. From now on, it will be based on my decision to look at the best in any situation, thought, person or circumstance, so I can use these inputs for good and to bless and build others as well as including myself. Even further, he shares that a colleague labeled people in 1 of 2 ways: a polluter or a purifier ... today, I become a purifier as much in my own head as in my world.





  
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BROCCOLIROSE 3/13/2012 9:48PM

    EXCELLENT blog post! I loved every word of it. I have to say that once I changed my attitude toward life, my life and my view of changing my lifestyle just soared. I am so proud of you, and so happy for you too! You are on your way now! I look forward to your words of wisdom and encouragement !! Big Hugs...you deserve them!
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WELLREDHEAD 3/13/2012 5:49PM

    I like the concept of purifier vs polluter. Thanks for sharing this idea. I enjoyed reading it!

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EJRANVILLE 3/13/2012 1:47PM

    I have heard this referred to as 'negative self talk.' I often fall victim to this and, yes, if you hear all the negative talk in your head you either (a) give up and eat whatever because it doesn't matter or (b) eat to make yourself feel better. Notice it is the same result!

I think realizing this and making the commitment to change it for yourself if a HUGE step in the right direction. Congratulations!

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Ups and Downs and All Arounds

Monday, March 05, 2012

Had an interesting weekend where I ate semi-compulsively or not always when I was hungry and sometimes until I was beyond full. What was important and different was that I did not let it get me down and I just moved on. It was so great to realize even when in the past I would have said, "that's it -- I have failed again -- will try again on Monday", it is okay. Perhaps this is because I am not dieting and trying to fit a certain guideline or rigid structure? In any case, this was my all around.

Even though this would have been a down day or weekend, it was not as I realized food has no power to spoil my efforts, life or journey to be healthier ... it is just food! This was my up.

And what was even better was the fact that I still lost a pound, so this loss was my down.

  
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COMETER 3/7/2012 9:55PM

    It's a real step to move on from a setback without getting all down on oneself...there's something about shame and guilt that almost rewards bad behavior. One of those twisted aspects of psychology. So--good going!

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DIANEWEB 3/6/2012 10:17PM

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LADYLIZABUG 3/6/2012 1:27PM

    hooray! you're doing it! emoticon emoticon

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EJRANVILLE 3/6/2012 9:15AM

    That is a good lesson to learn. I'm sure you'll take it and move forward and have a better week and weekend! emoticon

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LOSINGITNOW11 3/6/2012 6:22AM

    Congratulations!!
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Office food, vending machines, oh my!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Yesterday, I conquered office food.

2 boxes of large donut holes with glaze all over them and I walked by them a number of times to refill my water bottle and to heat up my lunch.

Today, I conquered the vending machine.

Looked at it, looked at it and there was nothing good -- everything was not really food or even appealing ... and suddenly, I remembered that I had a yogurt in the fridge and pecan pieces at my desk! Much better tasting and much better for me!

  
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SASSYGIRL0801 3/4/2012 9:11PM

  yay! wish i could conquer the eating out!

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DEBBIESTY 3/1/2012 10:17PM

    emoticon I absoulutely loved the pictures in your blog!

Congrats on your conquest!

Keep up the good work!

Debbie

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Sandwich half full or half empty -- eating when hungry, days 5-6

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Had such a wonderful day eating when hungry. My boss took a coworker and myself out for lunch and I ordered what I wanted (a Reuben) with no chips but a little side of slaw. Instead of obsessing about its pros and cons and going on and on about all of that mentally, I just enjoyed the conversation and took my time eating and enjoyed the sandwich. But a funny thing happened, I had only eaten half the sandwich and half the little side of slaw and I was full. My skinnier counterparts ate their whole meal and here was the "big" girl asking for a container and looking forward to not cooking dinner too!

This whole experiment has been liberating -- hunger comes sooner now and I feel it before I feel a headache. It also just feels so amazing to let go and not always be thinking about food or food planning or what I am eating next or if the next meal is always prepared or did I track every bite and ounce of food, etc.

In the next week or two and after this method becomes more of the "normal", I plan to track at the end of the day just to see how nutritious things are and that I am eating a sufficient and not overly sufficient amount of food.

  
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DEBBIESTY 3/1/2012 5:14AM

    Good job on protion control without calling it portion control. We often eat too much because resturants serve us 2-4 servings. - You ate exactly what you wanted, regardless of what the resturant served. Good job!!!

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    Yay!!! It's so great to see you progressing over the course of this week! emoticon

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EM1388 2/28/2012 9:43PM

    Awesome job! It is very liberating isn't it?! It's a great accomplishment! GOod for you!

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Eating When Hungry, Days 2-4

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Things are going a little better now with eating when hungry. I still struggle with when I am hungry, but I am doing better at eating what I actually want and stopping before stuffed. So I am just taking it day by day and trying to trust my body as much as possible while still getting in reasonable nutrition.

It has been a journey already and perhaps what I am most excited about is the fact that I am not always thinking about food and even my cravings for sugar and carbs have gone down greatly. I just feel so much better about myself and my ability to trust my body and not be dictated by some external one-size-fits-all diet that incorporates conflicting information about what is best to eat to be healthy, fit and toned ... and I am even losing weight already!

I look forward to hearing more from you who are on a similar journey.

  
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MELLOWPETE 2/28/2012 7:40AM

  Hope all is going well. :)

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DIANEWEB 2/27/2012 7:42AM

    I really admire what you're doing. So interesting about your cravings going down.

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DEBBIESTY 2/27/2012 4:25AM

    Currently, I'm not on the same journey as you. Most nutritionist teach eating every 3-4 hrs. However, I doubt their "wisdom." It sounds "right" to only eat when one is truly hungry. I especially am not hungry at breakfast and usually debate whether I should waste my daily calories on it.

I hope you don't mind that I follow your blogs and progress. I am really curious how you do. Good luck!

Debbie

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SASSYGIRL0801 2/26/2012 8:53PM

  I know exactly what you are saying! I used to think that if I didn't have that super-full feeling all the time, something was wrong. I went and ate pizza this weekend, and felt really crappy. After eating healthy for 3 weeks and managing to lose 9 lbs, I realized that the 'empty' feeling was normal, and the 'sick' feeling I used to have was being over full. Now I have come to accept the empty feeling as not being empty, but not being full. I think of it as a healthy feeling! Very happy that my thoughts have changed about that. Although I still struggle with thinking about food all the time, and planning my meals in my head all the time. I'm trying not to, but a side effect of that is not wanting to cook at all! From one extreme to the other!

Good luck figuring things out. I love this site as it makes us all see that we are all going through the same things. The same struggles, and the same feelings. Keep up the good work!

Vanessa

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_RAMONA 2/26/2012 8:53PM

    Go, YOU!

It's freeing, isn't it?!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}}}
Ramona

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