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Waste Not, Want Not

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I have had a revelation. It seems so silly and simple, I'm a little embarrassed to confess this.

There are many reasons and factors contributing to my tendency to overeat. One of them is that I would eat something so it wouldn't go to waste. I grew up in a family that was far from wealthy and stretched meals and foods a long way; it was "wasteful" and wrong to throw good food away... you know: "Waste Not, Want Not."

My revelation is that -- DUH!!! If I'm eating it and don't really need it, it's not conducive to good health, isn't that kind of a waste in sort of an upside-down, reverse way? Isn't it worse than waste?? So, I'm training myself that it's okay to throw food away when the alternative is to dutifully eat it before the expiration date. It's okay. In fact, it can be liberating to throw something away that has been taunting, "you're not hungry, but you can't waste food..."

If I feel guilty throwing food away, then perhaps I will plan better so that there is less chance of anything expiring or being left over, but I will no longer feel pressured to eat just to avoid "wasting" it. Little did I know, that in itself was a worse kind of "waste."

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CATLADY52 9/23/2013 5:26PM

    I very seldom throw anything out. Usually my son and I clean out the fridge once or twice a week making dinner from the leftovers. emoticon

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LADYIRISH317 9/22/2013 7:53PM

    What I had to learn was -- hello! -- purchase less. I grew up cooking for seven people, and I still tend to think and cook that way.

You had a great revelation.

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I Want This

Sunday, September 08, 2013

It's very difficult to stay focused on my mission, especially since one of my favorite things to do is eat very unhealthy foods and large, large portions. I medicate with food, I celebrate with food, I mourn with food. I have to reel myself in and remember how much MORE I want to lose weight and be healthy. People are right when they say, "your weight gain didn't happen overnight, so weight loss isn't going to happen overnight either." But if I could just see progress every day and find something else to focus on besides food, particularly at those moments when I crave pizza or ice cream or any number of other "food meds," I'd be less likely to fall into feeling defeated. I have the information. I know what made me this way and I know what it'll take to get where I need to be. I just have to keep reminding myself how much I want this.

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NOFRETS 9/8/2013 6:20PM

    Thank you all for your wonderful support and kindness. This alone goes a long, long way!! (((Hugs)))

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CATLADY52 9/8/2013 3:05PM

    That's the key. Remind yourself. Any way, anyhow, remind yourself. emoticon

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NHES220 9/8/2013 2:41PM

    UMUCGrad gives good advice. I also find that when I work out, I am less willing to eat badly. I don't want to undo the good I've done. Also, cutting out the processed foods and artificial sweeteners has decreased my cravings for those foods. Good luck!

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UMUCGRAD 9/8/2013 1:40PM

    I tell myself, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels".
Got that quote from this site years ago and it helps me when temptation is REALLY strong.
Hang in there....

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

So here I am again, after slacking off and ignoring my responsibility for 3 years. How did I do on my own without Spark People? Not good! In fact, as you would guess, I gained about 30 pounds!

Now I've once again had enough and am giving it another shot.

I have invested in a personal trainer that I will take seriously and I have to put this first before anything else. Everyone and everything else is going to have to step aside and become a lesser priority.

One good spot of good news to report: I did quit smoking!!!! It will be 2 years being a nonsmoker on October 30th! I am SO GLAD to be a nonsmoker now!

If anyone out there is listening, I hope you'll welcome me back and let me join your community again. I don't know if I can be here every day, but Spark People is definitely part of my strategy going forward!

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JAMER123 6/26/2011 9:55PM

    Welcome Back!! Glad you decided to give SP a run again. I know this site is wonderful, motivating, inspiring etc.,etc. The support of others that know what you are experiencing is fantastic. I encourage you to get active and keep in touch with frinds. Blessings to you as you again work toward your goals!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/26/2011 8:46PM

    I'll send you spark mail tomorrow

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/26/2011 8:12PM

    (((Hugs on coming back!)) It's like coming home, right? I'm here for anything you need, too!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/26/2011 7:37PM

    Hi and welcome back to Spark People where you are welcomed with open arms. CONGRATULATIONS on quitting smoking!! That is AWESOME!!! I know it hasn't been easy as my DH is working on quitting and it is really difficult for him.
Start each day with a positive thought for the day. Reading and reflecting on a inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph help one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break…Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know.
Blessings and hugs,


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Mission on Hold

Friday, July 04, 2008

Feeling a little defeated.

I have this toe issue that has gotten to the point where I can't even put on my shoes to go to the gym. Having surgery to fix the problem but until then and while recovering, I'm stuck.

I will still track my nutrition. But it's hard to face every day that I'm not doing the fitness part. Yes, I know there are things I can do, but this pain is zapping my energy and deflating me. I don't want to give up. I can't give up. I can't continue looking like this; I need to win my health back, but like it or not, this issue is getting in my way.

So my mission is on hold with this temporary roadblock. I have to accept that I will not reach my goals or keep up with my fellow SparkPeople who are making progress for a little while. I hope I'm strong enough to work around this as I would likely suggest to anyone else in this situation.

But I have to also admit that I'm a little angry, disappointed, and feeling a little defeated right now.

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-COURT- 7/9/2008 11:39AM

    Sorry you are on hold at the moment. I hope you aren't in much pain.
I have a dorsal bunion (hate that word - I call it a hallex limitus), on well. so I know what you mean by not being able to get around at times. Luckily, my problem doesn't act up very much.
Just think that after the surgery and after recuperation, you'll be a new person not having to worry about pain. You'll be able to concentrate on your exercise routine, etc.
I'll pray for a speedy recovery. emoticon

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LADYIRIS313 7/8/2008 6:36PM

    *hug* It is difficult to take when our bodies can't do what we want them to. I hope that as you've had some time to think on this, that you are feeling better about it all.

You have lots of support from Sparkers, me among them! For me, the idea of giving up the exercise that has been successful and made me feel in control is the difficult part. But, you are correct, there are other things you can do, and you might even find something new that you really enjoy.

I hope you heal very fast, and are soon on your way to having the ability to engage in every activity that you love.


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SQUIRTZIE 7/4/2008 1:29PM

    Keep your chin up. Just do whatever you can do at home. I know their are exercises out there that you do sitting in a chair. Good luck!
Ramona emoticon

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Happy and unhappy

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I'm very happy to have found this wonderful SparkPeople site. I'm very disgusted and unhappy about seeing recent photos of myself. It tends to be more of a discouragement than a source of motivation, but I'm sticking with it. I do notice a change in my eating habits, albeit small -- I don't remember the last Coke I had, and that's good! I don't tend to binge or graze as much, and that's good! Progress is good. I'm happy about that.

I just need to switch my focus to the progress part and try to set aside those awful photos of myself, looking forward to the day when I can enjoy the "after" photo when I have reached my goal weight. I am happy that I am going in the right direction. I'm not happy that I look like this right now and that it takes so long; I am impatient. I'm happy that I've been sticking with my circuit training and cardio workouts. I just need to avoid cameras and mirrors right now.

I'm happy and thankful that I have the opportunity to take steps to fix this. I'm happy that those around me are supportive. I'm unhappy that I do sometimes feel deprived when I'm craving my old bad habits and know full well it sets me back when I cave in to them. I'm happy to know that it's okay -- it happens -- and I can and will choose to get back on track.

With all the help and support that surrounds me, I CAN do this!! Lord knows I have done it before!

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SQUIRTZIE 6/29/2008 9:03AM

    Way to go. Take it slow and easy.

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