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I can't believe I had another revelation


Thursday, November 29, 2012

First, let me thank you for all the get well wishes. I am feeling so much better. I'm even nearing my pre-festivities weight. This renewed focus is actually showing some positive results. Try as I might, I'm still secretly a tramp when it comes to that stupid scale. She's like the frenemy I keep around so I can show her I'm matured and sophisticated and she's still stuck in the bathroom with her square figure.

So--here's my revelation which I am very exicted to share....
I am an expert when it comes to all things involving weight loss. I understand good fats, proper eating habits, maintaining a well-balanced diet , yada yada yada. I know that my weekends are killing my progress because I am food and wine in moderation challenged. In order to off-set the damage, I started cutting back on my calories during the day so I could enjoy my cocktail or 2. I'm sure you're thinking, I could always abstain. That is just not a realistic lifestyle change-- well at least not right now. I mean I've quit smoking, started a consistent fitness program and overall personal wellness program. I have to pace myself with all these self-improvement projects I'm managing.

I just came to the revelation that when I drink wine after calorie restrictions ALL day:
1) I have no self- control over food
2) You'll never believe it but, I can get a lil' emotional *insert diva hand on head with neck tilted ever so slightly* which leads to eating while in alcohol induced and highly charged emotional state on hunger pangs. Epic failure.
3) Drinking on a nearly empty stomach was not a good idea in college and it's even worst for old ladies like me.

Now what do you think I'm going to do with this new found knowledge? I'm going to stop trying to eat a light breakfast and salad for lunch on the days I know I am going to imbibe. It's not worth it. I'm going to stick to my normal caloric intake which is spread across the day in mini-meals, keep veggies around in case I really must snack and limit the cocktail consumption to 2 or 3 max only on the weekends or special occasions. I am committed to making this a lifestyle change and I think we all have to figure out what can work long-term.

Has anyone else ever had a revelation that seems so simple that you can't believe it took you so long to figure it out?

Until the next time, I am sending you all the best and healthiest wishes!

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CANDOSUE52 11/30/2012 5:01PM

   
I like your revelation.
My newest one is that weight loss is something that has to happen from the inside, out, and that you truly have to love and respect yourself first, rather than waiting until you lose the weight to do that. It seems to make all the difference.

I love your blogs, and you are simply adorable. A bright light around here!

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CHANGINGSAM 11/30/2012 11:49AM

    Great blog! Weekends are tough, but I think you've got a great plan! emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/29/2012 11:14PM

    Wonderful breakthrough! Look at all the healthier choices you have accomplished! Your doing GREAT!!

My guilty pleasure is milk chocolate chips at night! I put them in my food tracker! I'm limiting them but not ready to give them up completely!

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A-NEW-TARA 11/29/2012 11:13PM

    It's great when we get these revelations, better yet when we listen to them like you are. I completely agree with you that this new lifestyle has to be something we can do long-term. You're doing fantastic! Keep it going!
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CHYNNA81 11/29/2012 9:38PM

    Great job figuring out how those empty calories also bring on emotional hunger. Like you said 1 step at a time for a healthier lifestyle. It is definitely not easy. Congrats on quitting smoking. I quit too, cold turkey October 16, 2012.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/29/2012 8:54PM

    I think this is a much better plan for you. Obviously, cutting back on calories and then drinking was not a good thing for you. I know I love my nightly glass of wine. Problem is too many evenings it's 2 glasses of wine. Of course, the weekend can be looser if need be (often it's not--still 2 glasses). My husband assures me I do not have a drinking problem unless I NEED to have a drink before 5!!! emoticon I know, interesting definition, huh? Of course, he says it's alright if it's the weekend or a special occasion. HMMMM! He provides me with lots of exceptions!! Love him!

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REFFIE1 11/29/2012 6:02PM

    Sounds like a really good plan. You had a great insight what drinking does to your self-control and inhibitions when it comes to food. A well-known fact but you had never applied its effects to yourself and your healthy plan. I think this is a great step and you are not quitting cold turkey so won't feel deprived.

Have you ever tried combining a glass of wine with spritzer so you could have more drinks with less alcohol and calories? It might work if you don't mind the taste.

Here is the simple truth about health that hit me around a year ago. I never put two and two together. Eat less, exercise more - voila! There is no magic pill, formula, plan, wand or pixie dust, you just have to do the hard stuff. Congratulations on your new insight and I know you have the determination to do this thing! You go girl! emoticon emoticon

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RISINGBLUESTAR 11/29/2012 4:15PM

    Congrats on the revelation! emoticon
This is going to help you more than you know! :)

I truly believe most things we come to recognize are simple. It's funny how we complicate them, isn't it? Everyone on this journey has those moments. :)

One of my revelations was realizing instead of being so self critical, being kinder is much more beneficial. Sounds simple but it took me forever to get there.

What matters is that we get there. :)



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SUZYMOBILE 11/29/2012 4:05PM

    Uh, yeah! I'm on the same track, in fact. I have struggled mightily with my own evening wine consumption, even setting myself what seems to be an unrealistic goal of 5 oz. of wine per day. (Okay, okay. You can stop rolling around on the floor laughing any time now.) I read this Spark article that accused me of being a "heavy drinker" if I had any more than that! But limiting myself proved so difficult that my next step was to start making exceptions on the weekend and "special occasions" (which crop up surprisingly often this time of year), which in turn led to lack of restraint at those times, and subsequent weight gain. I haven't started limiting my food calories during the day so that I can imbibe more at night, though. I'm just continuing to struggle with that 5-oz. limit.

Damn, I can't wait for the weekend! Maybe tonight is a special occasion?

Lessons learned: Restricting oneself is hard and sometimes causes things to go out of whack elsewhere. Your mind can make all sorts of excuses and trip you up at every turn.

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