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Socializing and changing life style


Friday, November 09, 2012

Repeatedly I have experienced that socializing and keeping up a healthier life style can be in contradiction. During the week when I am on my own at my place I can plan my program and stick to it. Once other people come in to the equation things become harder. In these cases a lunch or a dinner can go up to 1000 calories each. This is a situation I need to learn how to compromise. Especially with the beloved persons around me who are reluctant to get into a healthier life style.
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HEALTHIERKEN 11/10/2012 11:52PM

    I'm with you on this, GARDEMON! I start with the best of intentions, but it doesn't take much to have me partaking of all the forbidden fruits. My consolation is that it's the caloric intake vs. caloric usage over several days that *really* counts. I figure so long as the 7 days that show on the trackers even out at or near my target levels, I'm still on track. It's just not helpful to beat ourselves up over those few things that we have difficulty with. Over-all, we're doing things right. Right??? So, yeah, try to stay on track, work at building an arsenal of strategies (eat some good stuff before going out, drink lots of water over the course of the event, like SPARKLE2013 says--socialize more, graze less). My problem usually is I graze so I don't have to socialize. Schmoozing comes very hard for me.

And of course, if you have a bad, bad slippage--remember the non-scale victories : )
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GREENGENES 11/9/2012 9:26PM

    Socializing is certainly a big challenge. I'm definitely a grazer and when I am socializing I lose all sense of how much I am munching. You really have to be conscious of what you are doing at all times.

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SPARKLE2013 11/9/2012 6:39PM

    I feel the same way but if I become less social, I run into problems too. I think staying "out there" and involved is important. It keeps me from getting bored or depressed. The trick is to focus on the PEOPLE part of the socialization and not the food part. If you watch skinny people, they do this naturally. Sigh. This journey is so full of challenges.

We can do this!!

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