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Dietary freedom is beyond liberating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

More good stuff from Sohee Fit:

"I just got off the phone with Layne Norton and he brought up a point that is so strikingly true that I have to share this with you all:

Just because you *can* eat ice cream, doesn't mean you have to. Ever.
And just because you eat chicken today doesn't mean you can't eat steak tomorrow.

The whole point of eating a diet that puts no foods off-limits is not that you *should* eat something just because you *can*; rather, you have the freedom to exercise that choice however you see fit.

There is incredible power behind knowing that, while you may have a chocolate bar sitting in your cabinet, you can make the proactive decision not to indulge today - because the desire just isn't there.

Not because you're not allowed.
Not because your coach says it'll make you fat.

But because you're an autonomous individual who has the right to honor your own unique cravings.

Dietary freedom is beyond liberating."

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ENDUROVET 8/15/2014 6:16PM

    Another great post - I only wish my "dietary freedom" (I put it in quotations bcz I've got a long way to go to quit apologizing/feeling guilty) hadn't resulted in complete stasis...
Overall, I'd estimate the quality of my diet is 75% better than it was when I joined SP over 4 yrs ago, but apparently this is my setpoint - I've gotta make my peace w/it.


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You're the only one who cares

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You step on the scale with trepidation in the morning and you hold your breath as you wait for the blinking digits to appear.

Will it be a pound up? Two pounds up? The same?

As far as you're concerned, your mood for the day will depend entirely upon the number that stares back at you. It's been this way for as long as you can remember.

One second... two seconds...

...you're up 0.8lbs.

You hang your head in disappointment and trudge back to the bedroom so you can get ready for work.

You're not just bummed; you're livid with yourself.

You're confused. How could you have put *on* weight when you nailed your macros yesterday and had your best workout of the entire month? Sure, you haven't pooped in three days, and maybe you barely got in a liter of water - not to mention you've been sleeping like crap and work stress has got you more wound up than ever - but still. The scale weight rules your life, obviously.

Yesterday, you felt lean and fantastic - today, fat. You feel fat.

You will have a permanent scowl on your face for the entire rest of the day, and you can already guarantee that *nothing* will go your way. Your coworkers will be annoying, drivers will be particularly obnoxious on the road, and you will slowly begin to question the meaning of your existence. Because of 0.8lbs.

Yet amidst all of this - your obsession with the scale, your conviction that you are now the biggest whale in the room - amidst this reality distortion field you've created for yourself, here's the kicker:

You're the only one who cares.


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ENDUROVET 8/15/2014 6:13PM

    Preach it sistah! Just checking in to see how you're doing - what a great post!
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ARUNNINGKAT 7/30/2014 1:02PM

    So very true!

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MANLEYSANDY 7/30/2014 12:17PM

    Great blog!

I working in accounting and numbers, numbers, numbers jump threw my head all day long! I get sick of it at work and then I gotta worry about numbers at home? Or do I? Well, I do, but in a different way. As you know, the scale and I have been at odds for years but I can't keep fighting with it, so I have chose a truce and each week when I know it is weigh in day, I get on that scale. I have had those conversations with myself, let's skip this week, next week will be better, bladdy, blah, but I tell myself, no matter what the number says, you are still wonderful, so get on the scale, so you can control it instead it of controlling you! For the last 6 weeks, the scale has been my b*tch!

You are so right, at the end of the day, we are the only one who cares! Keep caring about how wonderful you are, how you felt before the numbers flashed on the scale, because that is the real you, the real you that matters!!!


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ROWENA42 7/30/2014 12:15PM

    Amazing how numbers rule our lives - if we let them. And it's so true - no one else cares what that number is. No one else even knows.

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PJH2028 7/30/2014 12:04PM

    so many of us know this oh so well
thank you for the little movie in my head and reminder

sending love and respect to you
the journey is the thing

let's have a good to ourselves day today

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January 6, 2014 I started again by stopping

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I stopped weighing myself on January 6, 2014.
The scale only measures one thing and it does not define me as a person.

I stopped stressing about the number on my clothes.
That number doesn't define me. I wear what fits and what makes me feel good.

I stopped dieting.
Being afraid of food and what to eat or not to eat has controlled and choked my life for too long. I eat to support my goals. I eat my macros. Moderation is key. Nope I'm not perfect but I'm happier and healthier.

I stopped drowning myself water.
I no longer have a water bottle strapped to me. I don't "have" to drink water because someone else says I must. I drink when I'm thirsty.

I stopped stressing about the little things and I'm learning to just chill out. Life is an adventure - I'm living it.

I stopped hating.
I'm learning to love my curves, my flaws and my beauty.
I'm worthy of self love and acceptance.

I stopped stressing about working out.
I move, walk, waddle and lift heavy things. I do what I enjoy and my body responds.

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MANLEYSANDY 7/9/2014 2:47PM

    You are ABSOLUTELY worth self-love and acceptance. I am still trying to get there but I am finding my way little by little!



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ARUNNINGKAT 7/9/2014 2:07PM

    Balance in life is beautiful! emoticon

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JENJESS48 7/9/2014 12:24PM

    Doesn't sanity feel good? emoticon emoticon

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--CHERYL-- 7/9/2014 1:09AM

    You've got it figured out...go on gurlllll! emoticon

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"Normal Eating"

Friday, April 04, 2014


“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.”

-Ellyn Satter

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SNOWKC 7/8/2014 6:52PM

    I really appreciate this quote. I think a lot more time is spent talking about what is NOT normal eating, or what is disordered eating, than what is normal. It's hard to work towards normal eating without really knowing what that might look like. Thanks for this!

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ENDUROVET 6/27/2014 12:03PM

    Amen to this sistah - if nothing else at least I can say my eating falls much more within the "normal" range than it did when I "Sparked" up 4 yrs ago...


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A different way to think about water.

Monday, March 17, 2014

I stopped drinking A LOT of water and other fluids. Why drink when I'm hungry? Why drink because someone else says I MUST drink 8 - 8oz of water a day without an ounce of science to back it up. I'm not dehydrated. I'm not thirsty all the time. I'm so happy not to carry around a water bottle everywhere I go. I drink when I'm thirsty and I eat when I'm hungry.

If ya want, check out the article.


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TRENTDREAMER 3/22/2014 12:10PM

    It's like a lot of other advice. It's basically a good and healthy thing if hydration is an issue. a healthy lifestyle as a whole is the solution.

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    I agree that we as a society are obsessed with the next thing to stick in our mouth. (Food or beverage)
But I have found that drinking the water at the 4th hour when I am starting to feel hungry buys me some time and its also good prep for your stomach to digest the food. So at the 5th hour I eat. Water is still the vice I need to distract me from mindlessly eating. But I hear what your are saying...I think Dennis Leary or George Carlin that noted how ridiculous it is that everyone is now carrying around water...Just drink before you leave your house ...how hard is it?
That said I do carry a travel mug with mint tea that i sip over several hours.

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