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Friday, November 09, 2012

It's my first week on SP, so I have all the enthusiasm and high hopes of any newbie. My goals for this week are simply to begin, and to attend with mindfulness.

The beginning part is easy -- just sign up, and start participating. Follow the directions, read the articles, join some communities, and embrace the inspiration.

The attending mindfully part isn't so easy, though. It means paying attention to things I really like to avoid -- like what I'm eating and how much. My job this week is to be aware, to notice what I wasn't noticing before. As we all know, simply paying attention can lead to its own changes. And so it did.

It was Day 2, and I was paying attention. I was driving home from the city thinking about what to make for dinner. On a normal Thursday, I would have either prepared some leftovers or picked up some takeout on my way home. Then, I would have had 2-3 glasses of wine and numbed myself for the rest of the night.

Because it was only Day 2, I really didn't want to choose the takeout and wine option. As I went through my mental inventory of leftovers in the fridge, I realized that none of them would get me anywhere near my protein needs for the day -- some veggie pot pie, some kubocha squash, tikka masala cauliflower and cabbage, or even beef and bean chili. I'd need to swing by the store. As I drove, I planned a nice fish dish -- a fresh piece of white fish, topped with a home-made gremolata, served on a bed of steamed spinach with a side of pureed cauliflower and a harvest cranberry roll. Sounds good, doesn't it?

But the grocery store's selection of fresh fish was nasty. Nasty and nearly non-existent. I don't usually buy my fish at grocery stores, and now I know why. The salmon looked fake (turns out it was artificially colored), and the white fishes looked tired. More tired than I was, and that is saying a lot.

ARGH! What to do? I meant well, I had a good plan, but what I wanted didn't magically appear in the grocery store. Those leftovers were starting to sound pretty good, protein be damned. So tempting. On another day, that's what I would have chosen. But it was only Day 2.

Instead, I walked over to the frozen section, where they actually had some wild salmon fillets. Okay, I thought, I can thaw one in a bath of cold water in about an hour. Worth the wait? Worth a try.

And it was. On Day 2, I made different choices than I would have a week ago. I even did so when it was inconvenient. Dinner was delicious, and I finished within all of my nutrition ranges for the day. I even skipped the wine, and went to bed with apple-cinnamon oatmeal in the crockpot.

Onward to Day 3!





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BASKETLADY13 11/10/2012 6:56PM

    Excellent job "newbie". You're mastering one of the hardest parts of this journey, the changing of your thinking. Keep it up.

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KARRENLYNN 11/10/2012 6:02PM

    You're doing well. I started SP 2 mos ago and found this site to be really great source of support and information. Congratulations on your first couple of days and we'll be here cheering you on to your success!

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JBELINDA1 11/10/2012 5:17PM

  good job ,and thanks for the reminder ,being mindful really is the key. emoticon emoticon


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NIKO27 11/10/2012 5:08PM

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SEACHEL82 11/10/2012 4:27PM

    I am a newbie here as well! I love how you are mindfully changing your choices. This is so hard! I give in to my cravings too much! I made the choice today to go outside and walk. It is the little things that will pay off big in the end!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/10/2012 4:22PM

    You are off to a great start! Awesome job so far. You can do it!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 11/10/2012 3:41PM

    Good for you! Great choices already. You'll do great!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/10/2012 3:23PM

    good job

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TRYINGHARD54 11/10/2012 3:16PM

    good planning

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JBEAUFORD 11/10/2012 2:21PM

    Kudos! Being "aware" is really the main part of the battle, at least for me. Its a daily struggle, and because I know that, I am forcing myself to be extremely diligent with my food tracking. Dot ing that daily makes me stop and reconsider every single thing I eat before I eat it, because I really might want something, but I don't want to have to stare at it on my food tracker, so I change my mind. It really does make you accountable, even if only to yourself.

Now, just try to keep that momentum and inspiration going as you go from day to day. :)

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FIRECOM 11/10/2012 1:48PM

    Gotta love it when a plan comes together. Congratulations and keep it up.

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NOMORENOMORE 11/10/2012 11:59AM

    Apple cinnamon oatmeal in the crockpot! Sounds DELICIOUS! What's your recipe.

Newbie here too! Congratulations on your choices and commitment.
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KIJIPEOPLE 11/10/2012 11:28AM

    Congratulations!! I love the feeling of "hey, how 'bout this instead?" It feels so great to succeed in the little things, even if it's just turning down that last serving of chips in the bag.

Keep going!

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NUMD97 11/10/2012 10:40AM

    Welcome back to SP! Congrats on making mindful choices. I looked at your main page and your desired goals. You "get" this. Truly it's all about planning ahead, which many of us, myself included, find to be a mega chore, but clearly, when we have the week set up in advance, it prevents major disasters from occurring.

I wish you nothing but the best as you continue on your journey to better health.

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THEIS58 11/10/2012 10:34AM

    Keep going! It gets better!

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MOMMY445 11/10/2012 9:27AM

    keep it up! you can do this! you are worth it!

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NEWMOM20121 11/10/2012 9:24AM

    Good for you. Keep it up

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MANILUS 11/10/2012 9:08AM

    You are off to a great start, keep it up!!!

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BRASKIN 11/10/2012 8:29AM

  good for you! small decisions each day lead to major changes overall

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/10/2012 7:26AM

    Well-written blog!

Thank you for sharing how your awareness has already begun to increase, and best of success to you on your journey. emoticon

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 11/10/2012 7:01AM

    Ah, mindfullness...living in the moment and paying full attention. Yes, that is very difficult at times. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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TIG123GER 11/9/2012 10:56AM

    That is fantastic...way more patience than I would have had. Kudos to you for sticking with it and making it happen. You are well on your way if you keep these behaviors up! Lots of luck on Day 3 and onward.

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