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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits #1-Conscious Eating

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's been 7 months since I started on this lifestyle change. I spent the first three on the Nutrisystem program(October 08-January 09), which was a great help in getting me started. Then I found SP (Jan 09-present) and I've been able to handle things on my own for the past three months. During this time, I have marveled at the changes in behavior I've made and decided that I am going to go over each of these with my daily blogs to reinforce the behaviors toward better success. These are not in the order of importance, just in order they pop into my head as I blog each day.

Conscious eating - Sounds sooooo simple. But I used to eat at various locations. No, not in a picnic, happy sense, but in a "wherever I'm at" sense. At my desk while working. In front of the TV. You get the picture. But now that I eat at the actual dinner table, I am so much more conscious of taste, quality, overall enjoyment of my meals. Not to mention (but I'll do so anyway - smiling) that I can pay attention to portion sizes, pace of eating, etc. I am in the moment and not distracted by other events while putting away huge quantities of food like a piglet. So, hooray for conscious eating.

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AMYMLE 4/30/2009 11:49AM

    I think it's a great idea to review the basic healthy habits that SP started us out with. Since I seem to be at a plateau right now, maybe that's something I would benefit from, too.

Hope it helps you! emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 4/30/2009 11:15AM

    I too have utilized that strategy of only eating meals while sitting at the table. Often I have found it too easy to roll through the drive up window and score some double bacon cheesburgers, super sized fries and a super sized drink only to feel hungry a few hours later after eating over 2500 calories only to feel hungry a few hours later, not to mention the mess I would make in the car while I was devouring the stuff I had just scored.

Healthy eating habits are difficult to establish. Not so difficult once you have the habits established. I often have seen people woofing down various things from the corner deli near my home as they walk out of the deli. Polish boys loaded with all the goodies, slices of pizza and they always are toting a bag of chips and large soda along with those items that they're shoving in their kissers.

Yes, fast is easy. Fast also is not very healthy. We have identified those areas and have worked on them. It is to our benefit to be vigilant to assure that our healthy eating habits not only are maintained, but we can show others that, indeed it can be done.


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Keeping My Piehole Shut For Night Eating Will Ensure My Success!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Guess what? I think I've got this night eating thing figured out and it only took me the entire 7 months since I started eating healthier! Better late than never, right? Right! So many sparkfriends have offered great advice, and I've begun to use all of the tips. Making sure I'm getting enough of what my body needs during the day. Brushing my teeth early. Getting more water (except the down side is the bathroom visits during the night with so much water intake). Realizing that MOST of the night eating habit is/was just that - a habit. A lifelong habit. And, when worse comes to worst, in the event I'm really hungry - a protein shake as part of my caloric intake for the day. Honestly, if I stick to this resolve, I feel that the night eating component will be a huge boost in getting the rest of this goal weight off my bones. Good riddance!

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CINDIDIT 4/30/2009 8:15AM

    You have it sister! I figured out that the days I go to bed early, before ten, are the days I don't over snack. And about that waking to go to the bathroom, just figure that its your bodys way of passing out some extra fat, lol.

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ARTHURTOM 4/29/2009 4:57AM

    "...always going to be an uphill battle, sometimes we're going to have to lose! Ain't about how fast we get there, ain't about what's waiting on the other's the climb..."

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DISNEYSMOM 4/29/2009 2:57AM

    Good for you!!! I'm glad that you've found something that seems to be working to take care of your night eating. I know it can get rough when you're still awake and therefore feel you should have a snack... I stay as far from the kitchen as possible at night! LOL

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My Achilles Heel Is Night Eating

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I have to admit that this is my main challenge in my weight loss plan. I know that it's a lifelong habit, left over from the not-so-distant past when I could eat any time of the day or night and not gain weight. I'll have to beat this in order to lose the rest of my goal weight.

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BINEMELLES 4/28/2009 4:01AM

    i am glad that this never has been much of an issue for me. when i have a good and filling dinner i am usually satisfied until bedtime. the bf is a night owl, and if he stays up late he makes trips to the kitchen every hour or so. never gains an ounce either, grrr.
i hope you can un-learn this habit, or replace it by one healthy and filling snack per evening. my current favorite (when i had an early dinner and am up for more than 4 hours afterwards) is greek non-fat yogurt with a sprinkle of honey and cinnamon.
have you tried the brushing your teeth trick? i have never tried it, but many people here on SP claim that it helps turn their minds off food after dinner.

anyway, i am sure you should be able to kick the habit! wishing you a great week!

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ARTHURTOM 4/28/2009 3:56AM

    Try to match your intake with your burn Jesse. It is something that I am struggling with at the moment. I have recently come to find out that my stagnant weight loss has been due to my heavy workout schedule and not eating enough so I have put my body into conservation mode and I am not losing weight but I am holding onto fat and my body is being resistant although I have been working extra hard at making myself healthy.


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MARSHA74 4/28/2009 3:35AM

    what sort of things are you nibbling on in the evenings????... and is there a couple of things that you eat in the day that you could sacrifice so that you can save the calories for the evenings?? emoticon

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Plugging the Jug is Just the Beginning

Monday, April 27, 2009

I was listening to Jillian Michaels on her radio show yesterday morning, and she mentioned something that is used in the AA program. That plugging the jug is just the beginning. She explained that meant that stopping the problematic behavior was just the first step and then comes all of the hard work to get to the reasons that were making you behave that way. I thought about my impatience over the past 7 months and now wanting to lose the rest of this weight FAST. I realized that, after a lifetime of many ingrained habits around food, I cannot expect miracles. It will continue to take hard work to really get to the bottom of all of these lifelong eating habits.

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PAINTER41 4/27/2009 9:41AM

    She is absolutely right....and your never's like breathing...if you quit you die....and if you quit the good things you have learned your right back to the old you that carried the weight around.

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ARTHURTOM 4/27/2009 8:42AM

    Deja Vu...double entry! emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/27/2009 8:43:04 AM

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ARTHURTOM 4/27/2009 8:42AM

    Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm gonna to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb!


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SPARKLESSENCE 4/27/2009 8:11AM

    I didn't know that Jillian had a radio show - wow! Though I'm still in the "plug-the-jug" phase of recovering from overeating, it's reassuring that as challenging as the really transformative phase of this process is, it also holds so much hope for us, Jesse. And it sounds like you've already begun the exploration of that phase, too! - Sara emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 4/27/2009 7:17AM

    Good for you! Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom. They are important to all of us as a reminder that the weight loss trip is not always fast. There is a lot of work to do along the way! emoticon

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Okay, I Finally Get It (And Thank you to Friends)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I'm an intelligent woman, but sometimes it takes awhile for things to sink in. I can see that my body wants to stay at a 30 lb. loss and is stubbornly not wanting to give up any more. I've learned from others' experience on here that there comes a time when you just have to dig your heels in and kick it up a notch to show your body who's boss. If I'm going to get the rest of these 17 lbs off, I have to stay consistently motivated and work harder. It's just that simple. On another note, I want to thank everyone who helped me celebrate my 3-month Spark anniversary yesterday. What terrific support this is for me. I appreciate a great deal.

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