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There are still lessons to be learned, even once you lose the weight.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Haven’t blogged for a while. I haven’t felt that I have much to say. I just keep plugging along on my eating plan. Thanksgiving was reasonable. I have come to the realization that I have a “sugar problem.” If I eat food with a lot of sugar, it makes me crave more sugar. I kind of already knew I had this sugar problem, but really did not acknowledge it. What hit it for me was doing the cleanse right before Thanksgiving. The cleanse was good and not overly harsh (in other words it wasn’t a colon cleanse), but part of the cleanse process was to keep sugar to a minimum. So I did. I got done with the cleanse the day before Thanksgiving. (You have to time these things…..LOL!) To make a long story short, the pie set me off. I was planning on only having one piece of pie. So I had one piece after the mid-day feast……and then another for dinner. Not a total wreck, but not a good choice either. Friday I found I could not resist the cookies my daughter had out. Saturday, I had a few more cookies. (Which gave me a sugar crash….did not like that much.) I finally got a hold of myself Sunday. Sugary foods need to be avoided as much as possible by me if I want to keep the weight off. The “Oh what’s the harm in one” attitude needs to go. There is harm in just one for me because it sets me off hunting for more. Doesn’t mean I will never have another cookie or piece of pie again. It does mean that I’ll think twice before I do and will need to plan on how to avoid eating more of it for a few days after. There are still lessons to be learned, even once you lose the weight.

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    That's the line that sinks me every time! (smiling)
    1767 days ago
    You are not alone in this! "Bet you can't eat just one" hits about 1/2 or more of us! emoticon
    1767 days ago
    We are all different and the most important thing is to understand and acknowledge our own problem areas so we can deal with them. I also love sweet things but I've found that since I recognised it as a problem, started reading labels and stopped eating diet versions of anything but dairy I am far more in control.

    I eat regular portions of unrefined carbs to keep cravings at bay and find I am now able to eat regular planned treats so I don't feel deprived. But I choose treats carefully. I pick dark chocolate which only takes a little to satisfy me whereas if I had a big bar of milk chocolate or a box of truffles I know I would just keep going back for one more.
    1783 days ago
    You are not alone. But you are so smart for realizing and addressing the situation! Of course you would be smart...your name is Elayne, after all!! (my name is Elaine as well, just spelled differently) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1783 days ago
    The tricky thing is that the fine points are so personalized. I can have hard candy. I can even have pie, if I map it out and control it for a small slice per day. I can't afford to take something off a buffet of desserts in a social setting. Technically, I could live with a small serving; but limiting myself to a small serving on one (or worse, two) things is very, very hard.
    1783 days ago
    I'm glad you found out that sugary food is not for you on a regular basis. Mine is Soda i have manged to cut way back but i can't drink it late at night because then i want to eat food A and B i'm wide awake. I'm glad your thanksgiving was good. emoticon
    1784 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
    We share the same weakness... desserts! Oh how I love them! I must say, on Thanksgiving, I enjoyed myself immensly... homemade apple pie, homemade pound cake, rum cake, lemon cake, pecan pie and carmel cake were all apart of my feast. However, except for the apple pie, I only had a sliver of the other delights! Nonetheless, I did have them all and I am happy to report it did not add once ounce of weight. :)

    Sorry to go on and on about my love affair with these sweet treats... as you can probably tell I Love Desserts!

    1784 days ago
    Elayne, I have the same problem. I am doomed once I have that first piece. I control it by controling what comes into MY house. I will enjoy a dessert out; either at a restaurant or at someone's house. I'll even occasionally bring one small one home from the grocery. So, I don't forbid myself anything, I just try to control my access. When I do have it; I do enjoy it. If I have it here for guests; it goes when they do. If not with them, to a neighbor or one of my kids homes. If I made myself a pumpkin pie; it wouldn't be one piece a day; at the end of the day the pie would be gone. When I start trying to convince myself otherwise; I now remind myself that's stinkin' thinkin'. Always do what you've always done and . . . I think we all know the rest.
    1784 days ago
    In 1999 when I started (because my right knee hurt too much to sleep) I ad Pritikin - no sugar, salt, caffine, cholesterol, or fats. The idea was to avoid all of those, which left you with a very unrefined food diet. But as long as I stuck with it, I had no cravings and ate all I wanted every day. There are a lot of processed foods that set me off.
    1784 days ago
    I'm the same way with sugar but find the more I recognize it, the better I can control it. And I also find that that cookie or piece of candy didn't taste nearly as good in reality as it did in my imagination, so it makes resisting the first bit easier as I learn these things. I'm proud to hear that you are being so self-aware! That's half the battle.
    Best wishes on your journey to a healthier you!
    ~ t.
    1784 days ago
    Years ago, When I weighed a LOT less I went to Overeaters Anonymous to support a friend. They said not to eat anything that contained white sugar or white flour because that would cause a trigger to binge.
    Sugar is hard for a lot of people, so hang in there!
    1784 days ago
    I have my own problems with certain foods. I only have control over the first cheeto, or pretzel, or reeses. After that it's too late until I am done. I do have the tools to avoid the first bite, however, and I use every tool I have to do that.
    1784 days ago
    I know it's hard to dig yourself out of the sugar container once you fall into it. I guess we just have to remind ourselves of what we'll feel like after the sugar-binge, which is what you noticed with the crash and with the craving for more after having the first piece of pie. That's the trick - finding a way to stop and think before digging in to that second piece or second set of cookies.

    When you find the magic answer, please share. :-)
    1784 days ago
    we all have our cravings best thing is moderation
    1784 days ago
    Just keep the sweets out of the house is the best advice I have. But that is now always possible. We had some oreos in the house and I took several steps not to eat too many of them. I read the nutrition label and noted the calories. I had to have a taste so I broke off a little piece. I bet I managed to have less that 2 cookies before they were gone. If you must, have a small bite. It helps to have the cookies out of sight also. I am not an expert, sweets are tough for me also. I am sure you have heard all this before, just realize that you are not alone.

    1784 days ago
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