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Effective Anti-All-or-Nothing Image

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Weight Watcher leader came into the room uncharacteristically a minute or two late, wearing an apron, chef's hat, and scurrying with 3 precariously held eggs in her hands. One egg fell and splattered. She looked down and said, "I just can't do it!" and proceeded to throw two more eggs on the carpet that I just then noticed was covered in clear plastic!

We wouldn't do it with eggs. Why do we do it with our good eating plan?

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/23/2009 12:52PM


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WALKINGANNIE 12/23/2009 12:35PM

    Another really good illustration. Thanks.

It's good to know that others are dealing with the same attitudes to food but it also makes me wonder why so many otherwise sensible people need tips like this to explain something so obvious.

I'm so pleased that you're not just sharing a problem but sharing possible solutions too. They will be especially useful over the holiday if I waver a little. Thanks again.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/23/2009 11:21AM

    she must be a great w w leader...really knows how to inspire

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JULIEQ2011 12/23/2009 8:34AM

    That's awesome! What a clever way to make a point!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/23/2009 7:53AM


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RASCALOO 12/23/2009 7:24AM

    Great lesson!

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GIRLTRUCKIN 12/23/2009 7:18AM

    definately something to ponder about....thanks for kicking my brain in gear :)

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Overcoming All-Or-Nothing Thinking

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Think of managing our weight like playing a football game. A fumble isn't part of the game plan, but it is part of the game. Shake it off!

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What Clicked?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Today, as I was donating clothes that are way too big for me, a woman who has known me and my weight struggles for a long time asked, "What clicked for you this time? How did you finally lose all the weight?"

I told her I'd have to think about it. And I have started thinking.

Many things have finally "clicked." Maybe identifying what worked will be a help to me when (not if) I need to get it back.

Right off, I'd say the most important thing that clicked is that all-or-nothing-thinking is my enemy. If I couldn't do it perfectly, I'd give up. I have learned that when I'm not perfect, forgive myself, be my own best friend, and do the best I can as soon as I can. Don't wait for Monday, or morning, or even the next meal. Grab a glass of water, track everything I can remember - estimating when needed, and start the exercise . Now. I'm back on track. Just like that.

More to come on this topic ---

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SLENDERELLA61 12/22/2009 9:46PM

    Love that traffic behavior analogy. I have some other ones, too, and will share. Thanks everyone for the comments!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/22/2009 4:28PM

    Absolutely agree. I have had to work hard on that "all or none" thinking. Doing better, but still haven't mastered it yet. Congrats on your success. Have a wonderful day.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2009 4:24PM

    You are right on target Marsha! I'd also add that the scale isn't the only measure of our success. Thanks for sharing!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/22/2009 12:12PM

    I so agree about all or nothing. I think I only apply the 'that's blown it' logic to food and I've no idea where it comes from. I read a quote from Indygirl on the Dailyspark that said, "If you got a traffic ticket, you wouldn't go break every traffic law the rest of the day like you do when you eat a bite of pizza and just keep going."

I thought this was a good way of putting it into perspective.

How good is it to start a blog with donating clothes that are too way big for you?!

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/22/2009 9:01AM

    I agree to

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MONGO2TEN 12/22/2009 4:37AM

    Yes, the all or nothing mentality is what is different for me this time as well.


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Cool Weather Challenges

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Since I started SparkPeople in October ( signed up in September, but didn't start using until Oct), I've not had any trouble drinking 8 glasses of water per day. But suddenly, the weather is cool. Today I've been busy all day, working to sort Christmas toys for needy children. It's been a very active day, but not cardio as such. Now it is 4:30pm and I haven't had glass one of water.

Don't want to break my streak. I'll try to get it in. I think when the weather is cool, when I'm busy, and when I don't get cardio done in the morning, I need to plan better to get that water in earlier. Will try.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/21/2009 1:48PM

    I know when the weather is cool I can not drink 8 glasses of water

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DONNABRIGHT 12/21/2009 10:24AM

    One of the advantages to being in FL is we can drink lots of water all the time!

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JOHAL52 12/20/2009 7:40PM

    I don't drink enough water, especially as I live in Santa Fe which is very dry. I am going out to buy a Brita pitcher and water filter tomorrow; one of my excuses has been that I lost my Brita during our move.

Water drinkers of the world, unite and do it right!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/20/2009 7:28PM

    I find myself drinking less water too. Must be a weather thing.

You can do it!

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It Really Doesn't Matter

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"That's a beautiful blouse," I overheard an attractive woman say to a younger one who must have been her daughter.

She picked the blouse up and held it in front of her. "There's no way!" she said with disgust, almost flinging the blouse back on the rack .

I sized her up from the back as she stormed away. Maybe. The blouse went with me to the dressing room. I held my breath. It fit. Could I be smaller than that lovely lady?

After I purchased the blouse, I started to wonder. Did I buy the blouse because I really liked it or did I buy it because she liked it and couldn't?? I smiled. It doesn't matter. It really doesn't matter.

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DONNABRIGHT 12/20/2009 1:10PM

    Good for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/20/2009 9:22AM

    Enjoy the blouse and know that you've earned it! I admire the way you can share your joy with others. It is inspiring!

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/20/2009 7:57AM

    That was a sweet and cute story thank you for sharing it .

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PO_PAZZA 12/19/2009 11:49PM

    What a great story. I love it, and you'll remember that wonderful moment every time you wear it.


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/19/2009 6:23PM

    Enjoy your new blouse! I definitely know the feeling!

You worked hard to get here - so enjoy it now!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/19/2009 4:57PM

    Wear it with pride and keep smiling. You worked hard for that blouse.

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