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Listen to your body

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sometimes we get a little hung up on our "plans". Yesterday, for instance, when all was said & done, I'd eaten less calories that I "should" have. I was tempted to eat something because I could, not because I wanted to. And that, of course, is what happens when you're not in tune with your hunger.

But I waited, and I thought about it, and the truth was, I was satisfied. I slept fine, too, and sometimes if I'm really hungry, I don't sleep well.

The bottom line is that it's much more important to listen to your body than to slavishly follow a plan.

Of course, that's how most of us got here in the first place: we've lost touch with our body, and what it wants and needs, and when it's really full. That's probably why some people seem to be able to eat whatever they want, and we just look at food and gain weight. Because we spend so much time trying to fill some void with food.

  
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JENNGETTINGBUFF 3/24/2008 1:25PM

    SO SO SO true! This is a great thought! Thank you for sharing it.

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CEEGEE30 3/21/2008 9:55AM

    I totally agree some days I am under my calories because I just wasn't hungry, and others I'm I go a little over. But I do always stay under 1800, so I to think that above all else we should listen to our bodies and go from there...I do believe that will be the secret to our success

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I'll be going out of town for a few days next week. I write (longhand) in a journal every morning, so I spent some time yesterday thinking about what I wanted to do this vacation.

Did I want to lose weight? Well, of course I do, but it's a family event, so that makes things a bit more difficult than usual -- I can't control where I eat too much, will spend a lot of time probably just sitting around & waiting (although I do plan to walk every day), etc.

Do I want to maintain? Yes.

So what could I do to make that happen?

Well, the walking every day was one thing.

I will bring some of my own snacks so I'm not at the mercy of whatever junk my family is serving & so I don't get too hungry. My husband always gives me a hard time for bringing food, but it works for me. I'll bring Luna bars, Greens bars, vitamuffins, some single serving peanut butter (snagged at my last vacation), and some coco via chocolate bars (yum!).

I'll try to concentrate on chatting with family I don't see real often rather than on the food.

And if I'm bored, I'll have books, my journal, and my knitting.

Actually, on most vacations I do a lot of walking and I'm not so stressed, so I usually don't gain weight (and actually eat more than usual). But family events are a little harder.

Since I don't weigh myself I won't really be able to see how I'll do. But I'll know.

  


It started with a cold

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Seriously. I got a cold on New Year's Day. It wasn't too bad; I wasn't too congested, but I had a bit of a fever, too. Usually when I have a fever I lose my appetite altogether, but this time I just was a little less hungrier.

And when I felt better, I just decided to eat healthier.

And I decided to start looking online for the best, free, diet resources.

And the Today Show started its Joy Fit club, showcasing someone who lost a lot of weight the old-fashioned way (through hard work) every Monday.

And one Monday, someone mentioned Spark People. I couldn't even quite hear what she said, but I looked it up online later and landed here.

And now I'm hooked on Spark Points. It's like when I was a Weight Watchers member (actually, I'm still a lifetime member, even if I do need to lose the weight. again). You'd get sneakers decals for exercising. You'd get a ribbon for losing a certain amount of weight. I'm still not real good at rewarding myself for losing weight (heck, I don't even know what I weigh; I don't own a scale), because I tend to get what I want anyway.

But motivators. I like that. So I try to get as many Spark points a day as possible! And isn't it nice that we get Spark points for doing healthy things?

  


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