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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?
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    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
    2420 days ago
    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
    2424 days ago
    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
    2432 days ago
  • ANDEEC09
    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.
    2433 days ago
    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!
    2433 days ago
    Good to say that making compromises is working out well for you. emoticon
    2433 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    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!
    2433 days ago
    Great blog! Compromising is the way to go! :)
    2433 days ago
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