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2013 - The Year of NO

Sunday, January 06, 2013

My friend Angela loaned me some inspirational weight loss/maintenance books. I'll admit that I'm only skimming the weight loss ones since the authors' stories are so different from mine that I can't relate to the behaviors.

But, I did pick up one interesting granule I'm changing a bit and adopting for myself. This is the year of NO (Not an Option).

It is not an option to eat nuts or chocolate, since even the smallest amounts lead to a binge.

It is not an option to miss a workout because my ankle hurts. It simply means is I need to do something else.

It is not an option to sit in front of my computer for hours on end without getting up. The timer is now set at 75 minutes when I'm working or reading. Then, 5 minutes of brisk walking.

I'm sure there will be more NO statements as the year progresses.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 5/14/2013 11:12AM

    Saying NO will open up room for some wonderful YES'es to follow! :-)


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SLIMKIM2B 1/23/2013 6:28AM

    Food for thought, thanks.

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PEACEPOET 1/8/2013 12:18AM

    Great concept! Maybe I need to come up a few NO statements of my own!

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SHIITAKE 1/7/2013 4:23PM

    I like the idea of NO and customizing it to each of our individual circumstances
Thank you for making me think !

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SWAYDE 1/6/2013 9:40PM

    Woohoo! You got this Carrie! It sounds like a great plan.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/6/2013 9:12PM

    I love that idea of scheduling an active break when computer time would otherwise be long.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 1/6/2013 9:03PM

    This is a good reminder for all of us! Thanks for sharing!

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    Great word!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/6/2013 7:33PM

    Glad you're enjoying the books!

While boundaries are a good thing, don't forget to build in some flexibility; I agree, if your ankle prevents biking or walking, look into getting an arm bike as an alternative.

It may be OK to EAT nuts or chocolate, as long as the quantities are controlled. It does not sound OK to actually have them in the house, however, given the Great Pistachio Incident of 2012. So you'd need to get creative about asking someone else to help ration or provide them in tiny, one-time quantities.

I can't have ice cream in the house. But it's OK to go once a month to Cayuga Lake Creamery and get a kiddie scoop on a waffle cone, and fit it into my daily calories and nutrients.

Hang in there, Carrie. ((hugs))

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SWTHNY- 1/6/2013 2:54PM

    Thank you for the words .....
I will work on that also


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    Thanks for this post -- I really needed to read this!!

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NELLJONES 1/6/2013 8:34AM

    NO is the very basis of discipline. Staying away from certain foods is one. For me, so is not saying the first thing that pops into my head. Both lead to an easier life with fewer regrets!

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