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5% challenge: Habit #3

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I've just read through quite a few blogs and done all the commenting needed to get those points for my time (this is a tough challenge this time round - I think we need another 'me time' one!!!) and found myself thinking how wonderfully well so many people are doing. This really is an inspiring website in so many ways - mainly because people are not just bemoaning the way their lives are but because they are doing something to make their personal situations work or improve.
This led me to thinking how, really, we need to celebrate our achievements. Even the small ones because these small little steps people are taking are leading to the much bigger goals - whatever they may be!
I don't think I celebrate life enough. When I began with Sparkpeople I used to allow myself a 10 pound reward each week - rent a movie; buy bubble bath and a magazine and have a long bath; get a book I really want to read - just so that I wouldn't feel like I was depriving myself of food. As the 'diet' has matured into a lifestyle I haven't felt like i've needed the rewards as much, but if i could somehow evolve them into weekly celebrations of some sort that would be a really lovely thing - it would help me focus on the many positive reasons for being alive and healthy in this world.

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LUVPOETESS 1/20/2012 6:56PM

    I'm a big baby. I need rewards. emoticon

Over the last couple weeks I've been treating myself to new clothes. I've dropped two clothes sizes, and it feels wonderful to me. Wearing my new clothes feels good too. I don't necessarily NEED compliments from others, but my coworkers are calling me a walking billboard. People are asking me what did I do, how did I do it, how long did it take, etc. I enjoy teaching them that all I did simply was eat better and move more. The compliments do encourage me.

You are to be commended just for realizing the importance of giving yourself the love you deserve. That's really what the celebration is about. Thanks for reminding us all.

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SHARON10002 1/17/2012 10:30PM

    I totally agree with you and everyone here. I don't reward myself, but I should celebrate somehow my small victories.

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YB0511 1/17/2012 8:40PM

    Makes sense.

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ABETTERBETTY 1/17/2012 8:12PM

    I have come a long way and I still haven't rewarded myself. I am not at the end of my journey yet, but why should't I reward myself now?

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KIMMIEP 1/17/2012 8:02PM

    great idea. That was always my downside to WW after lifetime, whenever you celebrated the others would get mad. We all need to celebrate, now matter how well we are doing!

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LAURIETAIT 1/17/2012 2:01PM

    What a great idea! We are always quick to get down on ourselves and rarely celebrate the positive.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/17/2012 11:29AM

    That makes a lot of sense!

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FREES1 1/17/2012 9:35AM

    great plan - and you are so correct! we do need to celebrate ourselves, and our accomplishments too... and be good to ourselves along the way... even with small things that have some sort of meaning or perc for us! thanks for the reminder.

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JSPIN74 1/17/2012 9:35AM

    wonderful...i know what you mean...

re not needing the rewards but deserve the clebration...good thing to try to incorporate & not forget to do for ourselves - thx emoticon

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MOMMASHUTT 1/17/2012 7:43AM

    I can understand not needing the rewards. When I started, I said that Friday would be my "free" which in my mind was I can eat something I normally don't. Now I don't even think that way anymore and it's just like any other day.
Keep up the good work!

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5% challenge: Habit #2

Monday, January 16, 2012

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about my food choices just recently. I keep wondering if my grocery list has really transformed itself into that of a healthy person or if it's simply because I'm eating much smaller portions of everything that I used to eat. I still find that at the end of the evening when I have calories left to fill I will choose the 100 calorie chocolate portion rather than the apple. This works in so many ways for me, mainly because it prevents me going cold turkey on something I love only to overeat it later, but, I have been wondering what a diet with more of the healthier food would do for me.
So, habit number two is to choose the healthier option! I'd like to spend the rest of this week choosing the apple over the chocolate and seeing what happens.
PS - I'm writing this in bed nice and early in the morning with plenty of time ahead of me before work!!

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MISSMOLLY53 1/16/2012 7:48PM

    Good luck with this one!!!

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KIMMIEP 1/16/2012 5:30PM

    I like having the 100 calories options for those days when I feel like having something sinful. I find that if I totally deprive myself of the tasties, I go way off the wagon. I would love to really clean up my diet, just a little at a time!

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MFLYNN8 1/16/2012 10:07AM

    I find a little chocolate keeps me from overdoing it. I mix my apple with either oatmeal or a sandwich bc on it's own it does nothing for me mentally speaking. If it must be eaten as snack try some peanut butter on slices.

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YB0511 1/16/2012 6:28AM

    Eliminating foods (chocolate) does not work for everyone. Find what works for you. Making healthy choices is a great start! You can do it.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/16/2012 4:13AM

    I have chocolate in the cupboard because knowing it is there is better for me than not. It would be a real emergency to break it open as I would finish it (with help from himself).
To encourage him to eat more fruit I make it into a fresh fruit salad then he laps it up!
good luck with your healthy week

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Winter 5% challenge: Habit #1

Sunday, January 15, 2012

There are a few habits that I've been trying to introduce over the last two weeks that have not been going as well as planned, but the habit I want to write about is one that I started, but then stopped doing over Christmas: Waking up early for some 'me time'.

I'm not a morning person and am in the habit of sleeping as late as possible and then rushing to get myself to work. Around the time I started the spark plan, I began setting my alarm for 6am and then waking up and enjoying a coffee in bed whilst catching up with sparkpeople - the blogs, articles, etc. It was great because I felt like the start of my day was not just one big rush to get to work, but had a bit of quality to it.

Since the late night holidays, however, I have got back into the old routine of late to bed, late to rise. I think I would like this to be the first habit that I focus on this week. It will probably help to support the other habits that I would like to work on.

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SHARON10002 1/15/2012 10:40PM

    This is a great habit to begin with! Imagine feeling less stress when you get to work because you weren't rushing and trying to beat the clock! You can help yourself by using my positive affirmation for today, "I am changing my habits by changing my thoughts." I wrote my blog about it today. I think you would enjoy reading it.

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CERIUSLY 1/15/2012 10:34PM

    That is a habit I need to get back to also. emoticon

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ABETTERBETTY 1/15/2012 9:24PM

    On the days that I do wake early, the day goes so much smoother. I do feel better when I workout at the beginning of the day. Hope you develop this habit.

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    Good luck!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/15/2012 8:55PM

    I've been working on that same habit!

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    That's a great habit. I get up earlier than I need to every day because I hate feeling rushed. :)

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JMUCKINHOUPT 1/15/2012 6:27PM

    Good luck with your habit. emoticon

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JDOWM62 1/15/2012 2:15PM

    I know that "quality" feel to time spent in the early mornings with no distractions. I used to get that quite often myself. It really feels glorious to have peace and quiet time. We all need that these days. I hope you are able to get yourself trained to do it as a regular habit. Your psyche will thank you.

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My nutrition blind spot - milk chocolate boxes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I'm doing this as part of my spark diet plan in stage three - writing about a trouble goal. This is not so much a goal as it is an area of my diet that has taken a terrible beating since Christmas and the surprisingly large amount of boxes of chocolates that I have received......and managed to guzzle down before realizing how much i've actually eaten!

So here is the strategy for survival and forgiveness (taken directly from the diet plan, stage three)

1 - stay positive
A setback is only a problem is it keeps you sitting down, right? I have managed not to allow these chocolate binges to go over my calorie limit, so I'm still fitting them into my diet even if I'm not happy about the other nutritious food i've had to sacrifice for it. The fact that I still track it has probably stopped me from finished boxes of the stuff and ending up in serious trouble!! Soon, the giving season will be over and the chocolate boxes will stop arriving - and the next time they come along I will be better prepared to know how to manage them!!
2 - trust your plan
I love chocolate and have kept it in my nutrition plan by allowing myself only really dark, really expensive chocolate. This has enabled me to keep the number of chocolates that I eat down to just one or two, which is a very manageable amount. However, these milk chocolates that I have been receiving do not have the same 'stop eating' effect as the darker stuff I have been buying myself. So, I think I need to leave any future boxes of chocolate in the staff kitchen for sharing. That will mean that I can still eat a few, but share the rest with others. I prefer that idea to simply throwing the boxes out - that is a pretty harsh way to do things, but something i have had to resort to over the last few weeks. i need to remember my plan because it works - dark chocolate only!! When at work and tempted by the sweet treats, remind myself that there is a gorgeous piece of dark chocolate waiting for me at home that i will enjoy so much more.
3 - believe in yourself
Ah. Easy to forget this one, isn't it? Can I walk away from the chocolate boxes - of course i can - one step at a time with as little analysis as possible until i'm somewhere else and thinking about something else.
4 - give yourself good reasons to keep going
Reason one - I'm really happy with the way I look right now and with the success of following the diet plan for the last three months. I want to keep it up!
Reason two - spa break with my husband in two weeks - i want to wear a bikini!! (Is that a good reason?)
Reason three - I feel so much better when I eat nutritious food. I want to eat more of that!

So I'll start my day today with those thoughts in my mind!! emoticon

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MFLYNN8 1/16/2012 10:09AM

    Lol when I read the title I thought it said chocolate milk boxes and you were drinking too much YooHoo!

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SHELLYBABE2 1/12/2012 2:15PM

    Sounds like a good plan - good luck!


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THETURTLEBEAR 1/10/2012 12:09PM

    Good luck with your plan to foil the chocolate!

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NANT406 1/10/2012 9:30AM

    emoticonon your progress and plan of action. Way to Spark! emoticon

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Maintenance week three - have you lost weight?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

With the return to work after the holidays it seems everyone has started noticing that I have lost weight - many people thinking I managed to shed all this weight over the holidays! I've even had a few people take me aside to check that everything's ok and that I'm eating properly.....hmmm......if only they were there during my New Years Party feast - they would know there's nothing to worry about!

I can only think it's because they hadn't seen me in two weeks and so when I came back to work they had a recollection of me that was twenty pounds heavier than what they actually saw when I got back.

i took that picture after being with Sparkpeople for two weeks. I was 66kg (145.5 punds), overweight, and had already lost 3kgs.

This is my most recent photo, taken yesterday. I'm now 57.5kg (127 pounds) , under my goal weight by 1.5kg.

Now with all these compliments, what could possibly be the problem?

Part of me is hearing 'you're so skinny , you can eat whatever you want to now!' and another part of me is panicking a little bit and thinking 'I'm not used to being called skinny, this is unfamiliar, I want things to be normal again!' These two thoughts have meant that I'm not being as disciplined about what is going into my mouth.

I'm also struggling a little with this new image. I went to a new gym class on Thursday wearing a big baggy t-shirt and leggings and positioned myself at the back of the class, hoping not to be noticed. As we were jumping around to the music it dawned on me that I don't need to hide my figure any more. I was looking at the skinny front row of women, thinking I wish I was as skinny as them (like I always do) and then had a bit of a double take. Wait, the scale says I am skinny, hang on, that means I'm just like them......and then I began wondering what I would look like on one of those skinny gym outfits instead of my now very oversized t-shirts - could I possibly pull it off?

I'm so used to being overweight, so used to the aspiration of being a normal weight (I'm not underweight at all according to my BMI. Just slap bang in the middle. Where I'm meant to be) that I'm still living with that mental picture. Overweight is my normal in my mind. For some reason all these comments this week have enhanced this feeling that normal weight/ skinny is not normal for me. So what do I do?

Well, once again it seems to be about what my mind is saying about me. There is a part of me that is thrilled to look great in clothes and see my size 14's hanging on me. Exercising is a pleasure at this weight and my body has never really felt this strong - and these are the things I think I need to keep telling those parts of me that are a little nervous about the change. This is a very good thing even if it may be different.

Sometimes we really do need to sit and have a bit of an inner chat with ourselves, to give some reassurance and encouragement and take a little bit of time to breathe and say, 'everything's ok, it might not feel ok just yet, but absolutley, most definitely, everything is just fine'.

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LUVPOETESS 1/20/2012 7:01PM

    You look wonderful, Ms. Thinny emoticon

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SHELLYBABE2 1/9/2012 4:57PM

    I love seeing before and after pics, you look gorgeous btw - great blog for me, knowing that I'm not the only one struggling to not believe my inner voice. I still have a way to go before I need to maintain but I struggle to buy smaller clothes thinking they won't fit when they do & feeling that I'm exactly the same as I was before I started this journey even though I'm nearly 50lbs lighter.

Hope you overcome your mind telling you fibs soon, enjoy your lovely figure you worked hard for it!


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THETURTLEBEAR 1/7/2012 11:17PM

    You'll get used to you and they'll get used to you. Give it time!

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JOANNA202 1/7/2012 5:34PM

    It sounds like you know where your mind needs to get to and will lead it there eventually. It is a weird thing to throw off the idea of being overweight after it's been normal for so long. I've recently been buying new clothes (especially exercise clothes) that actually fit and aren't baggy. As a result, people are making more comments which are slowly getting through to my brain, and also I see myself in the gym mirror etc, and it makes me happy (once I've done a double take)! I think constant reinforcement is the key to changing any long-held belief. Having said that, you look like you believe the change in your second picture!

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YOMAMA128 1/7/2012 12:54PM

    Thanks for sharing. You're absolutely right: 'everything's ok, it might not feel ok just yet, but absolutely, most definitely, everything is just fine'.

Continue to be patient with yourself and those around you. Yes, as others have posted here, the comments and focus on your weight loss (from compliments and shock to "concern") will go away over time.

You have a lot of real support and understanding right here!

Congratulations on being smack - dab in a healthy weight zone. Everything IS peachy!


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ROCKYCPA 1/7/2012 10:33AM

    Congrats on the weight loss - it will take time for people to stop making a comment. Just take it in and be proud of your accomplishment!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/7/2012 10:05AM

    I got a lot of those comments when I lost 40 pounds a couple of years ago. Just smile and keep doing what you are doing. Eventually, the comments fade out and people (including you) will get used to yourself at your current, healthy weight!

Congrats on the weight loss. Great job!

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    I chalk it up to shock. People aren't used to the "new normal". I heard that a lot as well and I pretty much ignored it. It goes away over time as people adapt. My weight and weight loss used to be a focal point of conversation in social gatherings and it got tiring. Now, no one mentions it, which makes me happy. Just give it time (months, not weeks).

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