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Half way there.....

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

I wish I could say I was half way to my goal, but that isn't where I am going with this. I am halfway there as far as making low carb a way of life eating plan. Depending on the day, I look at it as a glass half empty or glass half full deal. I try to stay optimistic as I have learned that life throws you too many serious curve balls and this is but a small hurdle within the bigger picture.

The glass half full side of me is happy that I have adapted my low carb eating on days when I am home or working. And even out to dinner if we are not celebrating some fun, gotta-get-dessert occasion. All good right?

Well, not so fast! The glass half empty side of me still can't stick with this plan on special occasions or when I am away for the weekend or, at my lowest points, even when I am out to dinner. I start out well......eating low carb the whole day and then....BOOM.....the whole family is getting ice cream or......BOOM.....we're celebrating a birthday at a restaurant and the waitress brings this heavenly looking, carb-laden dessert and 5 spoons. I gotta try just a little.....then a little more.....then just another tiny bite...well, you get the picture.

It is easier at home as I can prepare a sweet, low carb treat for myself on these special occasions, but away from home. Yikes! And the real kicker is, I "treated" myself 4 times in the last 4 days and only one, yes ONE, of those treats was actually really worth it.

Some may say don't worry about an occasional treat. Just enjoy it. The problem there is then the 3 pound loss I had comes back in a day (I know impossible based on calories, but believe me it is there) and it takes another week to get back to where I was........and then there is another temptation and before I know it this same 3 pounds keeps going, coming, going, coming.....and I can't get it off for good or move the scale further down to reach my goal. :-(

Bottom line, is I have a ways to go and some more tricks to learn. But this old gal is dusting herself off, looking at a glass half full and moving forward. A regular day today, so it will be a great one! :-)
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    I think anyone reading this, has probably been in your shoes, I know I have. I have overcome this for the most part, but it was not an easy thing to do. I have learned that when we are going out for a special occasion, I order a larger portion of meat of fish than I usually do, I make sure I get a salad and ask for extra dressing or olive oil. I will also ask for extra butter to put on broccoli or whatever the vegetable might be. When everyone else is gorging on cake, I order a coffee or hot tea with "of course" extra cream and add some sweetener. While I do add a LOT of extra fat into this meal, I am not adding the carbs that will no doubt sabotage my efforts. At least you are aware of what you are doing...That is the first step. Now you just need to find ways to overcome it. Which I know you can do!
    2193 days ago
    I just checked out your food tracking chart and it looks like you are not getting enough fat. When you do your percentages, what is your fat percentage? I feel like when I got my fat percentages up closer to 70% that I stop having cravings and not only that but it also makes it very easy to resist eating things that are not in my best interest.

    The problem for me if I have a treat, I tend to not be able to stop having them. So I just don't start, I make a promise to myself to make one when I get home and just have a diet drink.

    If you were a vegetarian, you would just not eat meat, right. No amount of temptation would get you to eat it. If you were allergic (or sensitive-which I certainly am) to carbs (lets say) then you would just not eat them.

    You can do this.

    2200 days ago
    But you know the old Chinese proverb: The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step" ... well, maybe the old Chinese proverb doesn't say that exactly, but the point is you started (with a single step), and you are well into it now. I think it was Yogi Berra who said, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up someplace else" - and you do know where you are going. You just don't know "When" you are going to get there - right?
    2201 days ago
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