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Now I See How Much of This Is All In My Head

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I have three solid weeks spent on this new vegetarian lifestyle. In this short time I have seen: 1. Elimination of cravings that formerly controlled me, 2. Elimination of night time munchies, 3. Feeling full rather than feeling hungry, 4. Feeling empowered and in awe that it's been so relatively simple.

Okay, even with those great benefits, out-of-the blue last night came a HUGE rebellious streak. My mind started saying that today I would go grocery shopping and buy anything and everything I wanted. I fantasized about amazing things. Then I paused and realized...

This was not the same as a craving. I really didn't want any of that stuff. I also haven't felt deprived during this time, so it wasn't compensation for that.

At first, I told myself that it would be okay to buy those food items - in moderation. After battling with my bratty inner child, I calmed down and smiled realizing that I really didn't want any of those things. My mind is so used to wanting all the wrong things, despite what the rest of my body wants.

How many times have I given into mental cravings, despite not having physical cravings! From now on, I will be realistic in expecting these occasional flare-ups of the mind. And I'll pause and truly think about what I really want, rather than what my bratty side demands that has been conditioned with lifelong bad habits.

As I have done each day for the last three weeks, I've told myself that I can quit this experiment any time I want. Even if I do, I will come away with some terrific new ideas added to my blossoming healthy lifestyle.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:20PM

  I would suggest we send our bratty sides out to play together so they could leave us alone, but I'd be afraid of the chaos they would be capable of creating!

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NANCY- 10/21/2011 9:02AM

    Awesome insight! Focusing on what we truly want gets us to where we are.

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JILLYBEAN25 10/21/2011 1:49AM

    It kinda makes you wonder how much of our "diet" problems are really in our mind. I know mine definitely are. I can remember having "bratty rebellious" impulses at the grocery store. The difference is, I find myself giving in to those impulses more often than not. I'm glad you are able to recognize it for what it is and resist. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 10/20/2011 10:52PM

    I've got Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance, so the less carbs I eat and the more lean protein/good fats, the better I feel. Glad ur diet is working for you.

Roger Gould M.D.'s book "SHRINK YOURSELF" has helped me with emotional eating.

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Night Eating/Cravings Have Left Town

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another huge change I've noticed this past three weeks with my having become "vegetarian" is that the lifelong behavior of night eating has subsided. No hunger, no cravings. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Another minor miracle!

Wishing all a fun day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/23/2011 9:02PM

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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:19PM

  Congrats! That's so cool!

I found another way around that problem. Eat dinner at 8:00 and go to bed after you clean up! Although I wouldn't recommend it, since it seems to affect sleep. :-)

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IMJEWELS 10/20/2011 9:58AM

    That is great. I have night time eating issues. It's a habit I have to break. Thanks for the encouragement that it can be done.

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NANCY- 10/20/2011 7:35AM

    Now that is a wonderful side effect.
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Tried to Force Myself to Buy Chocolate Covered Almonds This Morning

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Long story short, I've been thin all my life. In past few years, gained weight due to stress, overwork, hormones, etc. (and yes, thinking I would forever be able to eat anything and not gain)

I've hated the extra weight and can attest to how differently people treated me when I had the overage. Meetings, interviews, smiles from men, etc. Now that those smiles are back, I can see that I was worthless in society's eyes with a bit more chubs.

At any rate, I've done well these past few years, but slid into emotional (grief) eating over the past year from so many losses. Fortunately, I increased exercise while eating a lot. Otherwise, this would be a very sad story. Didn't regain much at all.

Okay, about a month ago, I picked up the book "Eat to Live." Figured maybe I'd absorb a tip or two that would be useful. Instead, I kinda adopted the entire enchilada (so to speak) and am now midway into my third week of a vegetarian diet.

Each day, I've told myself that I can quit at anytime as this was the farthest thing from my mind or behavioral realm of possibility. Dr. Fuhrman writes that, as you get into this diet, you will crave your usual yummy stuff less and less. When I read that (over and over again) I really didn't believe it could pertain to me. I'd gotten back into sweets and cheese. Addicted to cheese. (smiling)

Over the past three weeks, I've had several amazing desserts in my fridge from others parking them there. When they mentioned they'd share, I said no thanks w/o even pausing to think about it. The fact that I haven't eaten cheese - or missed it - in 17 days is nothing short of a miracle. (smiling)

This morning, I passed my fave chocolate-covered almonds that this store makes fresh. I just smiled as they didn't even appeal to me. Someone must be inhabiting my body! Who is this stranger?

I haven't pulled out the scale yet, as I've blogged about previously. In a way, I don't want to get into the number game. And yet, I'm curious to see how things are shaping up (or down, I should say).

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:16PM

  You're amazing me Jess! Hubby's given me permission to do vegetarian one night a week (so I figure I can get away with at least two since we usually have some kind of pasta night). I just don't understand the vegetarian thing.

From everything you've blogged I'm sure that scale is going down. Now to figure out how to kick me into high gear with you!

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NANCY- 10/20/2011 7:32AM

    Okay you are making me rethink this. I've been a bit resistant because of the cheese. Your sharing that it can be done and so much more is possible is inspiring.
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SHOOTIN4STARS 10/18/2011 10:57PM

    No cheese or sugar. You are amazing! Sugar maybe, but I could never live without cheese. Well, you thought that too, so you never know. Best wishes with your new way of eating! :)

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CHATTIEGIRL 10/18/2011 9:45PM

    Hi Jessee;

So glad you have found something that works for you. We do surprise ourselves when we take charge. Things we thought we couldn't live without amazes us. I love cheese also and a lot of other thing but I can put them aside if I have to. I drink herbel hot tea and I am a tea drinker but I have even put that aside. Will power is a beautiful thing hold on to it. Stay with your healthy life style.God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/18/2011 4:57PM

    Amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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JLITT62 10/18/2011 3:16PM

    I'm glad you've found something that's working for you!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/18/2011 2:28PM

    emoticonon bypassing the choc covered almonds. Celebrate the small victories, daily. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon Awesome!!

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Heavy Breathing

Sunday, October 16, 2011

During today's walk, I could hear my lungs, heart and leg muscles yelling at me in unison, "Hey, whadaya think you're doing making us work harder?" Yup, I'd fallen into a walking pattern that was way too comfie for a long time now. No more Ms. Nice Lady! (as opposed to Mr. Nice Guy)

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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LIBBYFITZ 10/18/2011 10:29AM

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NANCY- 10/18/2011 3:26AM

    WTG on changing it up.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/17/2011 9:41PM

    You go girl!!! Show those lungs who is boss!

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SKYEFYR 10/17/2011 1:47PM

  Aw.... I read heavy breathing and thought it was going to be something dirty! DRAT!!!

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Good to see you recognizing a comfort zone and pushing past it! Go YOU!

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YAY!!!!! MY BODY IS STARTING TO COMPLY!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I've been on a forever plateau and also reverted to a few bad habits during my time of grief eating.

In the past two weeks, I've begun eating with suggestions from the "Eat to Live" book and can see (and feel) changes in my body.

I don't wanna get on the scale for fear that the number will not be the same as the one I've idealized, so I don't want to risk discouragement. Right now, I feel my body responding nicely to this new veggie regimen, including having cut out sweets and cheese.

Very pleased!

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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LUVS2BIKE101 10/16/2011 7:21PM

    You are doing great! Remember, the scale isn't the only thing that measures success. Keep Sparkin'!
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    emoticonYou are doing well!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/15/2011 11:29PM

    That's really great! I've been cutting way back on wheat and it's made a big difference for me. Good for you!

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JILLYBEAN25 10/15/2011 2:10PM

    Sometimes the scale isn't the true determination of our progress. If you're feeling better, I'd say that's a win!

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SKYEFYR 10/14/2011 1:44PM

  That's FANTASTIC!!! And don't worry about the scale if you don't want to. Other things count more than that silly number. So.... Am I buying the book???

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NANCY- 10/14/2011 11:17AM

    The scale is not the ruler by which we should live.
I think you are doing amazing.
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JUDI_CUTIE 10/14/2011 10:04AM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are doing well!

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