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Look on the Bright Side

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Some days are more difficult than others to maintain a positive attitude. I am generally a very happy person, but there are days when stress, pain, fatigue, and yes laziness threaten to derail my plans for a healthier lifestyle.

I have been practicing portion control and some days I feel deprived. I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, and I don't like feeling deprived...especially when it comes to food.
However, those same feelings of deprivation have turned me into someone who manages her money pretty well. I can easily put off spending money in the short term, so that I can enjoy financial security or save for a big ticket item down the road.

I'm trying to apply that same mindset to my eating. I may have to give up that extra serving, but if I do that consistently, the long term payoff will be better health.

As I left work today, I was very hungry. My husband and I have a small balance on an Outback gift card. We had talked about stopping by there for appetizers and a drink. I was in such a mood today that I thought "What the heck- get the Blooming Onion." Fortunately, my wiser self prevailed because I had planned out my dinner and it was already cooked and ready to serve when I got home.

As I was driving home, I did talk myself out of the Blooming Onion (and Outback altogether), but had to look up the calorie count...are you ready...depending upon who you ask, a Blooming Onion with dipping sauce is 2,000-3,000 calories! WOW!

On days I feel "food deprived" I just recount all that I had to eat that day, and give thanks for my many blessings...and drink lots of water.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAURAB_143 2/14/2012 12:23PM

    Thank you for sharing your struggles AND your wisdom, which leads to VICTORY.

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SHIMMY2BFIT 2/8/2012 11:23AM

    Fabulous control there my friend! Having food ready when you get home makes the decision a little easier. The slow cooker is my friend. Now if only I could remember to make the menu's a month ahead of time it would be even easier lol

I know that when I have the urge to 'snack' I like to have a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds handy - they take a bit to eat because they are still in the shell.

Anyway - GRATS my friend! You did yourself proud! :) :)

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SUGARSMOM2 2/8/2012 9:46AM

  a good point . we might not consume as much as we want. if we only look up the caloric content of the desired item .when the last time i went with my hubby to our local dairy queen . He asked me what i wanted . I told him what i wanted and what i was ordering where two different things . He looked at me like i was insane . my clearer thinking kept me from consuming a lot more then i really wanted to devour . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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