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What makes it "click"?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Some things don't work. It makes no sense to beat myself up about not being able to pick up where I left off. I might have been able to do that for a few weeks, but not now. But I'm doing some things right, and that's what I'm focusing on.

I'm not a binge eater, but I'm a mindless eater. When I'm not paying attention (willfully or not), I just bounce back and forth between sweet and salty foods, what "sounds good."

So, today, what I'm doing is going back to basics in terms of planning. Not the whole week. Just today. So for lunch I had one of my favorite cereals with big blueberries on top. For a snack I had a cheese stick. For lunch, I'm having some raw broccoli, Stacy's pita chips, and hummus. I'm not measuring the hummus -- just enough to dip with. And about 4-5 ounces of chicken meat I cooked earlier in the week. And a cup of peaches.

In other words, get used to servings again, but not be draconian about it. You know, compared to what you know is way too much of something for one sitting. Or perhaps eating "portions" way too often.

With exercise, I'm keeping up with ST. My cardio has been intermittent, though never abandoned. For awhile, I'm just going to do "easy runs" because I don't dread those and I like them. Make what I do what I like. Because I know the more I do the more I like.

These are just various strategies I'm trying to get something to "click." I'm encouraged that I keep doing this, as opposed to throwing up my hands, but I want to be more consistent again. Reading Spark for at least 30 minutes a day is also on my agenda, as food for my head.

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    I agree - reading Spark is good for the head and the soul.
    I'm guilty of being a mindless eater "grazer" as well. Kicking up the water intake has been getting me more on track.
    1365 days ago
    Doglady is right. What worked before may not be what works now.You have a sound strategy going now. Small steps and successes build upon one another.
    1365 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Portion contral is definitely a big factor. Once you get that worked out, it becomes a lot easier. Portion sizes are way out of control now adays and it takes some work to train yourself to know that you don't need that much. Find what works for you! Sounds like you have a good strategy!
    1367 days ago
    I think things "click"for a while and the gears stay in place until something shifts and then we have to find the right fit again. Your plan sounds smart. Stick with it and keep a positive interior dialogue going.
    1367 days ago
    You're still doing great because you're still DOING it. It has taken me YEARS to get things to "click" but I'm still learning and think I will be learning forever. Nobody is perfect and things take time. Just keep swimming! :)
    1367 days ago
  • HEAT7918
    Those sounds like good strategies to me!

    1367 days ago
    Keep going!! Great plans. I need to keep fine tuning and just letting some things be. emoticon
    1367 days ago
    Portions are always a factor, aren't they! Restaurants don't help with all the food on most plates, so we have to keep ourselves reminded of what a portion actually entails! Sounds great.
    1367 days ago
    Sounds like good strategies and betting they will work great for you. I am doing better exercise and starting to tell myself portion and what to eat again. We will do this. well you have done it I will get there!
    1367 days ago
    I'm feeling that way about running these days. I've come to really enjoy longer, easier runs. Today I pushed myself really hard on a short distance, and didn't enjoy it nearly as much. I think I'll just stick with easier paces for now.
    1367 days ago
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