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"Can you eat that on your diet?"

Monday, July 26, 2010

How many times have I heard this in the past 25 years; just in the past 3 weeks?

It seems as though I have been on every diet imaginable in those 25 years . . .The Original Atkins Diet, The Improved Atkins Diet, The New and Improved Atkins Diet, The Rotation Diet (Vanderbilt University), Richard Simmons Never Say Diet, The One Diet, Carb Lovers Diet, Sugar Busters, Fat Busters, Weight Watchers, Green Tea Diet, Body For Life Diet, Belly Off Diet, Hoodia, Metabolife, Hydroxycut, The blah blah blah diet, blah, blah, blah . . . some I can't even remember, I could go on and on, but I won't.

I'm sure there are lots of you out there that have done the same thing, constantly looking for THE DIET that will change you and everything about you and get you to your desired weight and keep you there. After [literally] 1/2 my life of searching for THE DIET, I realize now that it doesn't exist and never has. How much weight have I lost then regained in those 25 years? When I went to Coast Guard boot camp in 1978 I weighed 150 pounds, not obese, but considered overweight for my age and height. When I retired from the Coast Guard in 2004 I weighed 225 pounds which was overweight and considered obese, which is one of the reasons I retired.

Then, completely by accident, I discovered SPARK PEOPLE and THE SPARK a little over 3 weeks ago. I'm so glad that y'all found it too! In those three weeks, I have learned that I'm the only one that can change me and how I look at me from the inside and outside. It is within me to choose to live a healthy lifestyle and in turn lose weight and stay that way!

So, back to my original question that I am asked time and time again, "CAN YOU EAT THAT ON YOUR DIET?" Yes, I can! I can eat whatever I want; I just choose to stick with portion control and moderation. I know now that I was completely out of control in the past and now I choose to be in control. I control the food; the food no longer controls me. That's key to being successful in a healthy lifestyle, your being in control and your making the right choices in when, how, where, and what you eat. So whenever you are tempted by that bar of dark chocolate (little or no sugar and full of great micro nutrients), break off a piece no bigger than 1-2 grams (weigh it, that's how you stay in control), pop it in your mouth and savor it, let the flavor fill up your mouth and coat your tongue (stay with me, there is a point to this R rated description), then when it's fully melted, slowly swallow each and every bit. Then make sure you put it on your meal tracker and drink an extra glass of water. I find this satisfies any craving or desire I have for anything sweet (usually empty carbs). My point is, when in control I can eat 1 gram of the dark chocolate bar, when out of control (and the food was in control) I ate the whole ding dang bar! With me it used to be all or nothing. Now, it's a little bit which is better than all or nothing because I control it, it no longer controls me.

I hope this helps, and remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this!!! Check back for further discussion . . .

Keep on Sparkin'!

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    WOW u must hv loads of disiplin! I'm pretty hopeless at that but thank goodness since joining SP, somehow it's rubbed off on me and maybe by chance i lost some weight ... lol ... Hey, whatever way, i'm just glad its gone coz it's been like a lifetime battle! :)

    2644 days ago
    This works, it truly is just a matter of portion control. Yes, sometimes it is hard to do, but, I just keep telling myself that I won't reach my total weight loss goal if I don't reach the daily goals (calorie/sodium/carb/protein,etc) I've set for myself . . . Sparks to you!
    2659 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2010 2:28:28 PM
    Went to the movies this afternoon to see Despicable Me, really great movie (to me anyway, but, hey look at my pic, that says it all!). I was able to snack healthy by sneaking in my own stuff (24 almonds (ate 12 of them), 1 serving (28g) of Sensible Portions Veggie Straws, and 1 square of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, and a bottle of water). I did enjoy 1 1/2 cups of Karen's unbuttered theater popcorn and kept it at that. That is what this blog is all about . . . eat and enjoy what you want, but stay in control and don't let it take over and control you!!! Take Care!!!
    2667 days ago
  • LEAH57
    I LOVE this!!! just call it the "Yes, I can have this on my" Diet! emoticon
    2671 days ago
    all things in moderation!
    2671 days ago
    I know it's hard with portion control, believe me I have a hard time with this too. You've just got to log all your food then you can see what a difference a double portion makes in your overall intake . . .
    2672 days ago
    Hmm, I like the idea. But I have such a hard time managing portions on things I really enjoy.
    2672 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    I can identify with you. People all the time are asking me are you supposed to be eating that. I say with a smile "Yes why can't you?" emoticon
    2672 days ago
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