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    MALCONTENTION   28,191
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Yesterday afternoon I felt like I was making real progress again. I was fantasizing about being thinner and toned after attending a core class and finally getting some strength training in. I ate well and was planning for success at my nephew's birthday dinner last night. And then I was presented with fresh baked dinner rolls and birthday cake and ice cream and I pulled the rationalization out of my pocket. It all happened so quickly: "well, it's a special occasion, and there's really no reason I shouldn't enjoy it." Now, it wasn't all bad--I did decide not to have an alcoholic drink, and I split an entree with my SIL. But on the way home I thought again about something I thought about a lot when I was closer to my goal weight: How can someone like me, who loves food (especially carbo-intense food), who uses food as a comfort and for celebration and for socializing, expect to make the type of lifestyle change required to maintain a healthy weight in the long run? I don't have an answer today.

I woke up this morning, and the memory of last night's birthday cake lingered. I was craving a tasty morning baked treat. Currant scones, perhaps? And then I spent some time thinking about how I would eat almost the whole batch today. That would not be prudent. And I decided to stick with the usual--a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Small steps, celebrating good choices!
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NVDONNA 9/14/2012 2:40AM

    Hi There! Thanks for popping by my page and checking in on me. Your blog rings true with me. Special occasions seem to come along all the time, and as much as I rationalize, hey life is short,,enjoy special times,,,the reality is, we can and should be able to practice moderation all the time. One bite of cake really can suffice. Am I there? No. Will I ever get there? Maybe...I hope so. I did well for 3 days in a row...and then today I overate trail mix. It's kind of healthy,,,but loaded with calories. A serving would have been fine,,,,but half the bag was just a BAD CHOICE. Tomorrow will be better :)

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/9/2012 8:59AM

    I went to a beach party yesterday where I knew I would eat lots of goodies I don't normally have. One would think I would have been at my best all week, making good food choices so that this day of indulgence would go by unnoticed.

NOT!

I ate poorly all week! Some days I feel like I have learned nothing from being here all these years.

I shall follow your example and find my way back to good choices...today!

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 9/8/2012 7:27AM

    Oh man have you nailed it on this. I can truly relate. Resolutions. Clarity. Visioning success. Progress. Rationalizing. Next thing I know carb fest. The key words here ought to be "when I was closer to my goal weight". Because I think for both of us we are a lot closer than when we started Spark and started paying attention? I guess that is what is meant by progress not perfection. Instead of getting blown off track by one carb fest you had your better option breakfast. Brava. Good modeling here. I am right behind you sister.

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JESPAH 9/7/2012 11:06AM

    Excellent choices.

Hey, we all do odd things on occasion. I think the trick is to not make a habit out of 'em.

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