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How Ingrained this Habit Really Is!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Night munchies have been my biggest habit to break. Even if I figure it into my daily caloric intake (which is rare), I have a hard time. Yes, I've tried every trick in the book and I must admit I do a lot better one year later (almost my first anniversary of eating healthy - Oct. 13) than I've ever done. It made me smile the other night. I was in bed and patting myself on the back at how I wasn't even hungry or eating out of habit. That thought alone started the urge for eating. And I realized that I was very much in control of the situation. But I made the choice to get up and eat anyway. Made me realize just how much of this journey is mental resolve. It was just a healthy snack, but totally unnecessary. Sometimes I amaze myself, and not in the best of ways. (smiling) Wishing all a fun day full of laughs.

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MSLZZY 10/7/2009 7:28AM

    Been there-done that! My inner child likes to come out and play. And last night, boy, did she play! Today I'm going to make her stay in her room! emoticon emoticon

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DEVA21 10/6/2009 9:45PM

    When I am mindful at times like you have described here, I like to try to figure out what voice in my head is telling me to go ahead anyway.

It is one thing when it is just habit and you are on autopilot, but when you are conscious of what you are doing and make the decision anyway, it it time to look in and figure out what that voice is needing and trying to tell you.

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WATERMELLEN 10/6/2009 9:04PM

    Love this blog. Aristotle had a word for this -- "akrasia" -- deeply familiar to me: I decide NOT to do something and then I do it anyhow. ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH. But -- if it's been happening since the time of the ancient Greeks, gotta be pretty basic to human nature.

At least it's something healthy and not potato chips!

PS no doubt it's called "akrasia" because -- it drives me crazy!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/6/2009 3:08PM

    I know. It's weird how we do things when we know full well that we don't need to be doing them. My big thing is to go grocery shopping with a list, stick to it and then right at check out do something stupid like buy a cake.

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KIZIDOG 10/6/2009 12:27PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that has night munchies. They are my problem too. I do try for the healthy stuff, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Congrats on one year of being on a healthy journey. Good luck to you. Star emoticon

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HAPPYPATTY1 10/6/2009 11:38AM

    Oh, yeah... that's me and Diet Pepsi... I know it's not healthy. I know I can live without out. I know I shouldn't. I think about it and think about it... and then I say "yep... gonna do it anyway." I'm trying to hold myself to one a day...

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ME & D3-A Match Made in Heaven

Monday, October 05, 2009

It sometimes takes a me several times reading info before it finally sticks. A recent example is D3. I'd read articles on SP, and then one night, an expert (MD) in this area was talking at-length on a radio show about the benefits of taking the supplement (wasn't selling the product, just giving info). About a month ago, a sparkfriend had recommended it to me as well. She'd had a lot of success using D3. Well, I've added it to my daily diet, and can really feel the difference. Sure, it could be placebo effect, but I don't think so. D3, as well as the Omegas I added, have really gotten me feeling better. The doc on the radio said that we are very deficient in this vitamin and went on to talk about the details of how our bodies use it. It's an inexpensive fix.

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MSLZZY 10/6/2009 6:51AM

    I need to get into the habit of taking my vitamins!

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    Thank you so much for sharing this information.


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The Best Gift of All on My 1st Anniversary of Healthy Eating

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I've been doing a lot of reflecting about this past year of great eating and exercise changes, as well as planning what I'll do differently in the coming year to get these dratted (d@*#) last 20 lbs. off my bones. (October 13 is the exact date I started.)

Yesterday, I decided to get myself a nice reward for the past year. However, after thinking about it a bit, I realized that I've been rewarding myself along the way and I came to a great BIG decision.

As I've been shedding the weight this past year, I've also been making other changes. The following has been one that I've been contemplating for a long time, and yesterday I gave it to myself as my one year anniversary gift.



Wishing everyone a fun day. Big hug, sparkfriends.

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MSLZZY 10/4/2009 9:07PM

    emoticonHappy Spark Anniversary!
Giveing up the credit card is huge but I find it makes me think how much I want/need
another thing in my life. I am content. You made the right decision! emoticon

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DDHEART 10/4/2009 5:03PM

    Sounds like a healthy choice. Good for you! Here's to another year of health and success!

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    I am so proud of you. I know that was a hard decision to make. My DH and I paid off our cc's two years ago and have not had one since. Happy Upcoming Anniversary!


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ARTHURTOM 10/4/2009 2:15PM

    Way to go...getting physically and financially healthy too! emoticon

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Clarifying To Myself Between a "Want" and a "Need"

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Like that Stones song, "you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you get what you need." Well, I realized lately that I'm pretty clear as to what my basic needs are. But I grew up with a mindset that somehow placed desires/wants in the other category. When this came to food, I now realize that whatever I wanted suddenly became what I needed to have. Must have. On days when I feel things going sideways, I have to watch that I don't start mixing these two categories up. (Of course, we know that those great pair of shoes or purse are definitely NEEDS, right?)

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BIKERBABE2BE 10/4/2009 1:04PM

    Great thoughts...sometimes I do need that dark chocolate, though!

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PETALDEAR 10/3/2009 10:10PM

    Good blog.
SP has certainly helped me turn quite a few NEEDS into wants
ie daily fitness and healthy eating.
Ironic that my wants (when I was quite overweight) of fashionable clothes and material items do not seem that important any more. I am rationalising as I am on a restrictied budget for a while and can't afford more clothes (despite having thrown out heaps) but I am happily living without them for as long as necessary. emoticon

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    This is definetly hard work. Slowly but surely some of those I wants have gone away to be replaced by some of those I need items. Like fruits and raw veggies. Soda vs Water. I am proud to say the water has won out on that one.


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PEDIPOD 10/3/2009 12:12PM

    I hope it is going to feel good to get what we need, because this sure is HARD work!!

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NOCALORIES 10/3/2009 10:25AM

    Thank you! You write a great blog. May you find your needs and not be disappointed with not having your wants. You are an appreciated sparkpeople.

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ARTHURTOM 10/3/2009 9:15AM

    I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand. I knew she was gonna meet her connection, at her feet was a footloose man...

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find you get what you need.

I went down to the demonstration to get my fair share of abuse, singing word gonna vent our frustration, if we don't, we're gonna blow a fifty ampere fuse... sing it to me!

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need...

I went down to the Chelsea drug store, to get your prescription filled, I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy, a man said he looked pretty ill, we decided that we would have a soda, my favorite flavor, cherry red. I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy, and he said one word to me and I was there, he said...

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need...

I saw her today at the reception, in her glass was a bleeding man, she was practiced at the art of deception, well I could tell by her blood stained hands...

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you just might find, you get what you need...

I was the footloose man. I was blowing that 50 ampere fuse. I was Mr. Jimmy. I was that bleeding man. What changed that was...I tried and I found, I got what I needed.

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RICH530 10/3/2009 7:18AM

    I like your train of thought!! Especially about the shoes and purses!!! Keep up the great work!!
emoticon Lee

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JULIETFOX 10/3/2009 5:09AM

    This makes sense to me! I have a major sweet tooth issue and it makes me think I need a treat but really I don't. Have been pretty good for the last few days so I'll remember your blog at my next temptation

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HICALGAL 10/3/2009 1:06AM

    well i never WANT a great pair of shoes or purse. i definitely NEED ifs ands or buts about that!

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When Does A REASON become An EXCUSE?

Friday, October 02, 2009

As I was doing my daily walk yesterday, I pondered many aspects over the last year since October 13 is the anniversary of this lifestyle change. Never been a lazy person, but I realized that while making changes in eating choices, I had good "reasons" when I slipped and fell off the program. Sure, it's been a very tough couple of years, but life happens and I've never been a person to hide from adversity. However, I remembered the month of August when my reasons suddenly became excuses. Crutches that helped me get a bit lazy in the way I thought and acted toward healthy eating. I think it's something I have to be aware of in the future - when a good reason becomes an excuse that leads to laziness. A reason - something valid that substantiates why or why not I do something. An excuse - a whine about why or why not I do something in order to escape from what will be in my best interest and quality of life. No more excuses!

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PEDIPOD 10/3/2009 12:16PM

    I agree that we all have to fight this divide between want and need and reason and excuses. Especially when we have to compensate for years of making the wrong choices. I know, every day a new day......

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HICALGAL 10/2/2009 7:38PM

    there's that thin line between the two. glad we're both wising up to that. emoticon

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ANMAIREE 10/2/2009 7:08PM

    Proud of you 4 recognizing the difference between the 2. y biggest reason that became and excuse was I was pregnant and since I gained so much it won't be easy to lose it. It's not my reason or my excuse anymore.

Stay mindful of your own advice and Keep Sparking emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Thank you for sharing this with me. I have had this problem in the past. I will keep this in mind from now on.


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BIKERBABE2BE 10/2/2009 2:15PM

    I was just having this discussion with someone else...we must be channeling each other. Thanks for putting it so succinctly. Have a wonderful weekend.


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DIAMOND102 10/2/2009 12:12PM

    Thank you for the insight, I have given myself "reasons" in the past that I now realize was "excuses" for not doing what I know I should do. Seemed pretty good at the time, but now I realize this is not how we do this. We have to stay the course and realize when we are making excuses for not doing what we know to do. Thanks again for opening my eyes and now I will stay focused and not use excuses for what I should be doing.

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ADRIEANNA2001 10/2/2009 11:40AM

    I've needed some clarity on this. Thank you!

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VIBAUSTIN 10/2/2009 11:34AM

    Thanks for the blog -- I will try an use this logic this weekend when I have to choose what I am eating at the restaurant.
Also, when my exercise buddy leaves town next week and I have to be at the gym (6:30 am) without her.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/2/2009 11:10AM

    Interesting thought! I'll kept that in mind the next time I have a "reason" to eat sugar or not exercise!

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