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Do You Give Up Because You Are Not Perfect?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I cannot count the times I have resolved to do something or not to do something, then find myself doing the opposite. This is my third time on Spark People and This time I am going on 1 1/2 years. The previous two times, I quit because I was not perfect. I messed up over and over.

I am now learning that it is not about being perfect, but being consistent in getting back on track as soon as possible when I slide off track. It is easy to make the excuse that since I messed up, I might as well go all out. I often said, "If I am going to bad, then I might as well go all the way." I have sense realized that is the wrong way to think when I catch myself doing something that will hinder me reaching my goals.

I am trying to now reset my way of thinking that when I eat things I know I should not eat because they are not health supporting to how I can fix the damage that may occur. Instead of beating myself up because I was not following my plan perfectly, I think of ways to set things right.

There have been more than one time where I declined an offer of something and replied with "I have not been eating well today, so I need to have a salad with veggies instead." Eating those greens with raw veggies always helps me get back on track because I imagine my body telling "You like me, you really like me." (misquote of Sally Field's acceptance speech - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Field) [argh! Another my age is showing post]

This post is because of the snack attack I had last night. I found myself sneaking my eating - oh, oh. Time to snap out of that quickly. I know I am far from perfect, but I want to eat for health and it is time to move forward.

To end on a positive note: we had supper at my parents' last night. My mom made potato soup and she left out the sausage because she knew I would prefer not eating it. Thanks Mom.

  
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DS9KIE 11/4/2012 11:44PM

    great blog

I always say if I would have given up on healthy eating that I would not fit though the door way and believe me I am NOT perfect.

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/4/2012 6:04AM

    I love your posts - they are always full of personal stuff and there's always something wonderfully funny in then too.

It's interesting to me how many of us on sparks have perfection complexes. You are totally on the right track. This is for life, out's not about being perfect. I wouldn't be in the shape I'm in if I hadn't been so disappointed in myself that I threw in the towel and headed to Dairy Queen.

I'm so glad to hear you're being sensible and self loving this time around.

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MIRAGE727 10/27/2012 3:19PM

    Nice. I'm writing a blog today on how I look at my nutrition now that I'm a runner. Stay strong, run safe, and be well!
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COOP9002 10/27/2012 12:40PM

    Well said.

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YOGAWITCH 10/27/2012 11:21AM

    We are not defined by how many times we fall but by how many times we get up

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WALLINMW 10/27/2012 11:17AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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Pick 2 Diets; yeah, right...

Friday, October 26, 2012

It is that time of year when we start thinking about, preparing and eating foods that are unhealthy. The holiday season is upon us. The Sam's Club in my area put out the Christmas items right after Labor Day. However the biggest assault right now is the Halloween Candy. So, I am preparing my defense. I am going back to the Beck Diet Solution that deals with the way we think about the foods we eat.

I did not get very far into that solution, Day 2 is where I am at right now. The task for this day is to pick 2 "diets". I have been giving this some serious thought because I do not want a "diet" in the sense of following some guidelines to lose weight for a short period of time. I am about 8 pounds heavier than I was last year but I am still in the healthy weight range. So, I am not sure that I have weight to lose. However, my husband has a lot of weight to lose and since I make most of the meals, I want my eating plan to benefit him also.

I am aware that I have an unhealthy relationship with some foods, usually those with sugar and fat as the main ingredients. Although, I have gotten better at saying "no" to some, I still have a love-hate relationship with a few products. This is why I am going back to the Beck Diet Solution, to change my mindset. The workbook describes the plan as a way to "train your brain to think like a thin person".

I tried this program a while back, if you look at my Spark Page, you will see that I have the title "Thinnking": thinking thin. However, I do not want to think like a thin person, I want to think like a healthy person. I may be at what is considered a healthy weight, but I know I eat way too much of foods that are not health supporting.

So, for my task for day 2, I am picking the McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss as the primary diet and Eat for Health as the secondary.

  
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MNWILDCIN 10/27/2012 12:47PM

    It sounds like you researched and found eating plans that will got with your lifestyle. I really appreciate that Sparkpeople provides a great roadmap, we choose our way to get there and our timeframe. I'm going to SAMs club today-sample day, I will chew strong gum! Good Luck with your journey!

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DS9KIE 10/27/2012 12:28AM

    you have some great ideas and those are some great diets. Keep it up.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/26/2012 9:54AM

    I'm with you. I've been under BMI 22 for 4 years now, but it is still a struggle almost every day. Wish eating healthy came easy to me, but I don't think it is going to. I'm focused on my half marathon on Nov 18, then I may tackle this 5-7 pounds I'd like to lose, but primarily I want to be healthy and eat healthier and have a healthier relationship to food. My primary food plan is Weight Watchers and my secondary is SparkPeople food tracking; I often do both. I'm going to a seminar on Eat to Live on Nov 3rd, so may make some changes based on what I hear.

I may try to do Beck again. Reality is I just can't seem to plan ahead, but I like having a plan to stick to and work on strengthening those "resistence" muscles!!

Best wishes for living those healthy habits you want!! -Marsha

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LIV2RIDE 10/26/2012 9:36AM

    I think I'm in the same boat you are. I'm at a healthy weight per most charts but I don't feel I'm at MY healthiest weight. I feel puffy and I've decided to make changes to get back on track. I love the McDougall program because it allows potatoes which I find are very filling. I also love the Eat to Live program because I'm in love with all veggies especially greens. I find both of those programs work well for me. My two areas of concern are processed sugar and bread/processed carbs. I've really been working hard in the last 2 weeks to eliminate both of those.

I'm here to support you along this journey. So when you need someone feel free to reach out. Stay strong for YOU. Don't let what someone else needs to do change how you need to be. Others have to make up their mind that they are ready to make changes whether it's to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier or reduce cholesterol. It's harder than it sounds but in the end it's a lot less stressful for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Calgon! Take me Away!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Well, I think my age might be showing in this title. It is about a woman who is stressed out and overwhelmed and wants some "me" time by taking a bubble bath. I saw a Spark People ad the other day for a 2 night giveaway at a really cheap price and when I clicked to see the location, when I went back the ad had changed. Now, I am fantasizing about getting away for a few days.

I think it is because my sleep scheduled changed and I have not been getting my "me" time in the mornings.

  
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DS9KIE 10/27/2012 12:30AM

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MNWILDCIN 10/24/2012 3:03PM

    I remember ! Too funny!

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1MANKNEY 10/24/2012 12:54PM

    My niece owns a B&B in Placerville, CA. We are fortunate to get a call every once in a while when she has a last minute cancellation. We go up and fill it and enjoy the peace and quiet of a small town in the mountains. Love to get away now and again and with the busy lives most of us live, it is needed! emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/24/2012 9:14AM

    Know what you mean .I live in a city that has many trails and parks the are used by me for my calgone time. Have a great week and some CALGONE TIME .

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I.M.MAGIC 10/24/2012 8:17AM

    This was worth a big smile--my mother always wished she could do that! LOL
Thanks for the blast from the past!...

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LIV2RIDE 10/24/2012 6:36AM

    You can always create your own cheap 2 night getaway. Paul and I just went away for the weekend and spent $100. It was nice to just get away and be one with nature for a while. If you can't get away for 2 days you can always go get a massage or mani/pedi. Sometimes that is just enough to recharge your system.

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LOPEYP 10/24/2012 6:13AM

    I must be around your age because I knew exactly what you meant. Good luck finding a getaway!

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FENWAYGIRL18 10/24/2012 12:18AM

    I have to admit I also say it a lot hahahahahahaha

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DIET_FRIEND 10/24/2012 12:09AM

    I say Calgon take me away! all the time. It's right up there with Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. I would like a cheap get-away too. Maybe that ad will pop again soon.

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STRONG_SARAH 10/24/2012 12:07AM

    I knew immediately what you're referring to. In fact, I say that a lot. emoticon

We're not old though, really, we're young. If I repeat that often enough it'll come true!

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MARYJEANSL 10/23/2012 11:59PM

  I don't actually have memories of the commerical itself, but the tag line is one I think I have always known...it probably imprinted deeply into my memory when I was a very young child. It's actually a great line, and usable in a variety of circumstances to bring a smile to people's faces.

Have a great day/rest of week!

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FENWAYGIRL18 10/23/2012 11:58PM

    hahahahaha i guess we're both showing our age cause i knew exactly what you meant by the title hahahahaha
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Know Your Greens

Monday, October 22, 2012

I found this chart online and thought I'd share

eattolivebykrystal.blogspot.co.uk/20
12/10/get-to-know-your-greens.html


  
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DS9KIE 10/26/2012 9:44PM

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LIV2RIDE 10/22/2012 11:40AM

    Thanks! I Pinned it so that I can refer back to it often. I love greens. I'm probably the only person who gets hungry when I smell fresh cut grass. LOL

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VJH-W65 10/22/2012 11:28AM

    Never seen these in our small town stores. sigh
growing our own years ago was the only way,
Now we are too old to do that
and 50 miles is too far to go for salad greens emoticon

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I ran today

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I finally took some time and went for a 4 miler. It seems like it has been forever since I last ran, but in reality, I think it was a week ago. It took me 50 minutes, but I had spent about 1 1/2 hours hauling branches and stacking logs shortly before I went for my run. So, needless to say, I was a bit tired even before I began. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LIV2RIDE 10/22/2012 6:25AM

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CHERIONE 10/21/2012 10:12PM

    Yay you! emoticon

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