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Lessons from Week 1 of 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010

I really can eat less.

This first week was important to me because of a challenge I started on my Over 60's team. So I kept that challenge in mind constantly all week. All I have to do is lose. Not any certain amount, just lose something. To stay in the challenge, I have to do that every week! (Or at least stay the same.)

With this in mind, I had lots of realizations. First I realized that I haven't been very serious about actually losing weight since I got to Spark People. I didn't have that much to lose and I had some real issues with pain, so I didn't focus much on LOSING.

I also realized that I CAN be happy with less of the food I like. To achieve that end, I've been sure to buy everything in the smallest packages I can find. Single servings. I also divided everything I cooked into single servings.

I eat more slowly and focus on the eating and the enjoyment of it. This really makes a difference.

I have also made "presentation" important in my meals and try to serve myself as if I were serving a dinner guest. (Thank you, Marianna!)

I found a new dessert. SUGAR FREE GUM! I pop some in my mouth as soon as I'm done with my healthy portion of food! This has become a signal to me that I'M DONE EATING and there's no need to even give food another thought. I really think this is going to be a very important habit for me.

I try to make my last meal of the day a little higher in protein and without any white carbs. Those carbs my body really reacts to by wanting more, more, more. (Pasta, Potatoes, Hot Bread, Sugar, White Rice) If I eat any of those foods, I do it at lunch.

I have stopped thinking of eating out as a "time out" from healthy eating. I have a friend who has stayed at the same low weight for over 20 years and as I observe her eating out, I notice she chooses the same lower calorie, healthier meals at a restaurant as I do at home.

Mostly, I've made the connection that I'm not losing a few pounds so I can once again eat all I want. I'm losing a few pounds so I can be healthier, move better, look better, FEEL BETTER.

It's a full time job. And very rewarding when I accomplish it for an entire week.

When I eat healthy meals every time, my body feels so good. I don't need the calorie count or carb or fat or sugar count to know I've done well. My body tells me. And my body doesn't lie or fudge a little on the totals, lol. My body knows what I eat and it reflects what I eat. Can't get around it.

So this week, I feel great because my body feels great!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RAJASHREE108 1/30/2010 9:23PM

    Thank you Karen for sharing some wonderful ideas. In the next few days I will be incorporating them in my days.


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DGILBRIDE1949 1/10/2010 12:09AM

    Great advice! Thanks!

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GABY1948 1/9/2010 9:53AM

    What a great blog and great ideas. I even copied it and emailed it to myself. I agree so much...I always eat peanuts in my oatmeal for the MUFAs in them but nuts are a problem for me but now, when I open a jar, I weigh them ALL out into snack bags of one serving size to put in oatmeal and no longer have a problem just a cupboard shelf full of bags of peanuts... emoticon
I also love the gum idea...I always rinse with Listerine as my "signal" but the gum would work as well.
Again, thanks, Karen!

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CHRYS13 1/9/2010 7:44AM

    I agree....when you eat right, you feel right! It's great! Thanks for the insight into this being a full-time job...but what a rewarding job!
Thanks so much for a great blog!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 1/8/2010 3:38PM

    Great first week! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/8/2010 10:05AM

    You've been a great cheerleader for us, and now you can cheerlead for yourself too. We will keep you on your toes now! emoticon

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NANCY- 1/8/2010 8:54AM

    Ah yes.... the body knows.
You are off to a wonderful 2010!

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PJSTIME 1/8/2010 8:47AM

    Karen, Great blog and great tips. You are doing an awesome job. I always have to remind myself of some of the things you have blogged about. I eat too fast and I have found gum to be a big help also. Keep up the great progress. PJ emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 1/8/2010 8:44AM

    emoticon Sounds like your Aha moment has arrived! You are doing a super job. Enjoy the journey.


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JUSTJO66 1/8/2010 8:39AM

    Great weight loss this week. Great blog,too. Thanks for all the tips. It really does help to be reminded of ways to work this journey. :o) You're on a roll....just keep it up. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 1/8/2010 8:15AM

    emoticon job Karen. You have a positive attitude. You have set your mind to be healthy and you are doing what it takes to get there. I am still working on my positive Self Talk. I just need to be a little more motivated. You inspire me and I am working harder now. emoticon . Your the best emoticon . I am so proud of you.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/8/2010 7:35AM

    Thanks for all your tips. You are a great example!

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  Awesome Job Karen, and some great tips to boot!
I'm really proud of you :)

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