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Why say "NO" when you could say "compromise?"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I have been trying something new in this phase of my healthy lifestyle journey. Since I am no longer looking at it as a short term weight loss program and have embraced the lifelong health objective, I know that if I say "no" 100% of the time, I will end up burning out and failing. However, I can't just give in to all of my spontaneous cravings, so what's a girl to do?


Here are a few of the ways I have come to agreements with myself this week:
- I had no time to prepare a meal & wanted to eat out the other day & I thought about getting a Five Guys burger + fries, but instead I went to Subway & got an oven roated chicken sub with LOTS of veggies and very little dressing
- Three days ago hubby & I ran through a fast food drive thru on the way home from work and he got a chicken sandwich, but I remembered I had fruity greek yogurt in the fridge at home and reminded myself I could have that instead. YUM!
- Last night I really wanted some ice cream, so I got a teaspoon and ate a few teaspoons full, then I ate a handful of Bear Naked Fit granola
- Today they had cupcakes at lunch, but instead of eating a whole cupcake I just got half of one
- This afternoon I was feeling like my blood sugar had dropped & I was tempted to go down to the gift shop & get candy, but instead I went to the cafeteria & got 1/2 unsweet, 1/2 sweet tea and saved a TON of calories

It's those little compromises that really add up at the end of the day. Envision the number on that scale going DOWN & remember that it only goes down if we refrain from overindulgence, but balance it out with some fun every once in a while.

*****REMEMBER: This is not a life prison sentence, it is a commitment to a longer, fuller, healthier life!*****

Have you made good compromises lately?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NANA2JONEMIMAT 8/8/2011 9:06AM

    Great ideas!! I do that alot, it helps get over the hard part of saying that I can't have it at all. We know that we will be tempted and rather give in and go "whole hog" a "little dab will do ya".

We started buying ice cream cones to put our ice cream in (20 calories) and bought a melon baller gadget to dish out the ice cream. When I weighed the final product it was only 1/2 a serving which is 1/2 the calories and ALL THE TASTE.

Deanna in Dacula, GA emoticon

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SHFELKEY 8/4/2011 1:22PM

    Love this blog! Good points to keep in mind daily. I love "This is not a life prison sentence, it is a commitment to a longer, fuller, healthier life!!" emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/27/2011 5:48AM

    it's the only way to be realistic and stay on the path. If there is a family function you can enjoy it or "sit it out" and we need to be sociable. We can chose the healthiest options 80% of the time and allow ourselves 20% of often we can increase that 80 to 95% because we are learning to enjoy the good stuff!
best wishes, Sandra

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ANDEEC09 7/26/2011 9:42PM

    Excellent blog! emoticon
Thanks so much for listing your compromising examples. They are totally inspiring! I use the phrase "being gentle with myself" when it comes to stuff like this. You know, if I have a chocolate craving, I'll make sure it's super-dark and pure, and only have a little bit. If I know I'm having pizza for dinner, I'll make sure I'm healthy for the rest of the day.

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CONTAGIEUX 7/26/2011 7:19PM

  You are so right! There is always a compromise. I am still trying to learn that it's a lifestyle change and not about just losing weight. Thanks for the inspiration!

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MONA_MONA 7/26/2011 7:03PM

    Good to say that making compromises is working out well for you. emoticon

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SUNSET09 7/26/2011 7:01PM

  I'm there with you! Instead of being so negative, I use however instead of but! It just gives it a different twist instead of the other person putting up their guard even before you provide an alternative. Compromising is good! Good going! emoticon Let's work it out!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/26/2011 6:55PM

    Great blog! Compromising is the way to go! :)

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