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The Blog as Self-Reflection

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blogging tells the tale of my weight loss - mostly the challenges. It's incredible to look back and see that I have mostly blogged about the hidden challenges that I faced from day to day. I appreciate the running record of all of the reasons that I have ups and downs on the scale. It helps me to be more understanding of myself. And, it helps me to realize just how difficult it is to lose weight.

I always say that I'm not an emotional eater BUT as I look back through my entries, I realize that my ability to cook and eat healthily is really affected by my emotions. When life gets "like that" I usually feel extremely tired - too tired to cook a healthy meal!! I live alone so it is impossible for me to know whether or not I would eat a healthy meal, if it was prepared for me. What I do know, is that I don't usually want to choose something healthy.

Although I often think that I don't have a good topic when I log in to write my blog. It's amazing how much I have learned about myself from showing up here to write on a pretty consistent basis.

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SUSHIMAMA1 10/10/2011 5:13PM

    emoticon sounds like you are doing realy well with the real things that contribute to oour eating not so well. way to go!!

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RUTHDEE2000 9/25/2011 9:55PM

    way to go girl.... emoticon

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SLIMLILA 9/23/2011 12:51AM

    What a successful endeavour then, if you have discovered something this important about yourself, then it's all been worth.... emoticon
And continued success to you...

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Life's Like That

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm tired. I have a sore knee. I am grieving the death of my uncle and I am trying to adjust to a new schedule at work. In short, I'm feeling REALLY sorry for myself!!

What does that have to do with my diet? Everything! I don't want to pay attention to what I'm eating. I don't want to exercise. I just want to wallow in self pity. I'll get over it. It never lasts more than a few days. With any luck, I will survive until the weekend. Then, I'll catch up on my sleep and get my world back in order.

I have chosen to blog about this because it is a recurring theme in my life and it always throws me off track. Once I'm off track, it is often difficult to get back on track. I can say with certainty that the times that I have given up on diets have mostly happened because I became overwhelmed, felt sorry for myself, and stopped forcing myself to conform to the plan.

I honestly believe that life is like that and I expect that there will be times in everyone's life that feel overwhelming. I believe that the success of a healthy nutrition plan is contained as much in one's ability to get back on track as in the ability to manage from day to day.

This time, I'm going to be ok. I haven't lost my motivation and I will regain my balance. I do think it is an important challenge to contemplate. If any one has a suggestion for success, I would love to hear it.

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SLIMLILA 9/23/2011 1:01AM

    I hear you... these could have been my words, they hit so close to home! I wonder if having like a Smart Choice WW meal in the freezer might help on these days when you are too tired/discouraged/lazy (whatever) to prepare a good meal? I remember the first time I ever went on WW (over 30 years ago) that I used to weigh in on Thurs. at noon and my supper each Thurs. nite was the WW lasagna as a reward..
And also planing ahead by maybe having weekend cooking spells... I used to make hummus, 3bean salad and pita pizzas and have the veggies and fruit available at all times...

Good luck!

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MERRYWON 9/21/2011 10:22PM

    Wow, I can really relate. I seem to go through cycles with the motivation. Right now I feel like I am in the same place you are. I know the motivation will return, I just wish I could keep it! Good luck to both of us!

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Day 26?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hmmm...I'm not sure what happened. I missed a day. My last entry says that I posted it on Tuesday and today is clearly Thursday. Darn.

I am over tired. I think being over tired is the second largest threat to my diet...socializing is first. I have so much trouble discerning the difference between tired and hungry. Mostly, I interpret tired as hungry and I want to eat more.

As a result, I had a bit of an unintended 'splurge' day! Yikes. I guess the good news is that it is over and it is almost the weekend and that should give me an opportunity to get back on track.


Day 24 - Hunger

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hmmm...an odd thing has happened today, I got caught up in finishing my work and having after-the-meeting conversations with my colleagues and didn't manage to leave work until well beyond dinner time. I'm so hungry. I have already eaten 600 calories with lots of protien, some fibre and some carbs since I got home but I can't seem to quench my hunger. I'm in the mid-range of daily calories right now so, I think that I need to try to push through my hunger. It's just interesting because I don't really remember having this lingering feeling before. Usually when I eat, my hunger is abated and I move on. Tonight, it feels like it might not go away.

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JACKIE007_41 9/16/2011 12:18AM

    I decided in the end that I needed to have something. I chose protein because I thought that it might fill me up and help me to feel fuller for longer. It worked. It didn't put me over my points range. It made me feel fuller than I wanted to be but completely satisfied.

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HEART_N_GRACE 9/14/2011 11:27AM

    How did you handle it? I get those times... often pms or boredom. Popcorn helps!!!

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Day 23 - More Work = Fewer Calories

Monday, September 12, 2011

I was back to work for real today. Now, it's the end of the day, I'm ready for bed, and I still have 114 calories to get up to the minimum amount for the day. I'm definitely having a 'before bed snack' tonight but I haven't decided how I'm going to spend the calories, yet!!

I was too busy to eat and too busy to think about eating. I love this part of my job and I was excited to be back after a long summer away. I did eat three meals but they were the no nonsense eat to fuel my body kinds of meals. Now, I am left with a surplus of calories and that feels like a success, too!

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