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Holding Pattern

Friday, May 11, 2012

I feel like I am in a holding pattern. I have been battling the same 10 pounds for at least 2 years. I lose them then I gain them back. I play the blame game.....I blame my plan, my exercise, the fact that I have too many things in my way of eating healthy.

I do really good for a few days, then I go off track.....then it takes several days for me to get back on track. Then I am back where I started or at times worse off. This week, for example, I was doing great. Monday night I went to an FFA Banquet with my daughter. They served steak, baked potatoes, salad, bread and cake. I only ate the steak and the salad. Then Tuesday night, I went to a Sports Banquet. They served beef fajitas, salad, and cake. I ate the meat and veggies (but no flour tortilla), and a small piece of cake. Then yesterday morning my weight was okay. Then last night, I went to a potluck dinner at church, which is really dangerous for me. You don't have any idea what are in the dishes. So, of course, I ate too much, plus I had more than one piece of dessert. Today I couldn't get back on track so again I feel like I am spiralling out of control.

I think when I ate that one piece of dessert, and my weight didn't go up I just allowed myself to go overboard. I can't avoid banquets and potlucks indefinitely. I just need to have some self control. Any suggestions on how to do that?
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FT4EVR 5/12/2012 10:06AM

    I wish I could offer some wonderful advice to you. And since I could have written this blog I can only write about what maybe we could try?!

Think back to the very beginning when we first started losing weight. I know for myself I was much more careful about what I chose to eat at events. I would rather not eat something if I didn't know the calorie count and/or ingredients or if I knew it was a trigger food for me I stayed clear of it.

I didn't avoid buffets etc...I just looked for the healthiest things I could find and I didn't feel deprived. I felt strong for making healthy choices and I didn't go home and binge because I felt like I was missing out.

I think a lot of it needs to start in our minds. If we were at our goal weight...would we be able to eat whatever we wanted at a buffet and go back for seconds?! Maybe a couple times a year?! But certainly not every time we went to something...that to me is a fact.
Maybe we need to start eating that way now. Is the way we eat at buffets etc... showing others and ourselves that we care about what we put in our mouths?! And how do the others that are eating that way look?

Just some thoughts on it.....



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FINALLYBEINGME 5/11/2012 4:12PM

    I like the strategy of going to a potluck just to socialize and not to eat. If you plan on going with the idea of not having a meal and just tasting various things maybe it would be easier? I have to say that I'm avoiding those types of social events at the moment because I don't even want the temptation of getting derailed, but you're right it's something we should all know how to deal with! Have a great weekend. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/11/2012 9:03AM

    I'm the last person to ask as I have the same problem. LOL. Buffets are my downfall. I even manage to overeat healthy food at them and it always seems that there is some holiday or special occasion to get me started on the wrong path. Now it's Mother's Day and my birthday. My problem is I don't want to cook for these two things because then it's just another work day and I already fix 3 meals a day almost 7 days a week. I guess we could eat before we go to buffets but then doesn't that defeat the purpose?

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