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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

As a prospective teacher, I know it's good to analyze, reassess, and modify plans if you don't get the result you want. I don't have any experience losing weight, but I really want to make this work.

I'm starting my aerobic dance class tomorrow, so at least I have one obligation to make me exercise each week. And for those religious people out there, lent begins in a week. Living on a college campus makes you curious enough to try new things, so I'm going to take another crack at my lent I started (and failed) last year. Well, failure is a little harsh, but I lost the purpose of my overall goal. I wanted to feel in control of sweets. I already don't drink soda pop, so that helps with lowering my sugar intake. I refuse to give up coffee for my own sanity. So desserts it is! 40 days never felt so long. Over a month...

It's difficult enough to find decent food on a college campus, and I am going to try to give up the one food I know has always been safe to eat. The worst part will spring break. Home is definitely the worst because I finally get to be around all my favorite food places that I miss all school year( I live in an Iowa small town with 3 pizza places, and a Subway). Chinese, Mexican, etc. I feel like I need to sign a contract before I leave to promise not to ruin my habits.

I already know I struggle in social situations with food, I feel pressured to eat when others are eating. It happened last night at house meeting with my hall, delicious cream cheese cookie brownies from heaven... emoticon I had been good all day at least, so I actually went down on the scale. That was a bit relieving this morning. But that isn't going to last. I think cutting the sweets for a specific amount of time will help me feel okay to say, "no, thanks," when offered snacks. As long as I don't splurge when I'm done, this should work. Rather than simply cut dessert, I can eat healthy ones if I need to this year. Fruit or what else I can find available at the commons.

This is going to be a very long lent. I might actually start this a week early(today), but I just have to take this one day at a time. At least I'm not giving up all food like a very dedicated woman I know. I can get through this! I think.
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  • BRENDA_G50
    When I was growing up, I always chose something I didn't really care for... like meat for instance. Then when I grew up, I discovered it wasn't the meat that I didn't like, it was the way my mom fixed it...dry and usually burnt emoticon (she did finally turn into a great cook though, after my dad taught her how to do it.)
    1868 days ago
    It IS very hard to give up certain foods, and it is wonderful that you are doing that. When we were children we were encouraged to choose what to give up for Lent, such as chocolate or ice cream or chewing gum. Most of us just chose one food to give up, not all desserts. And then on Sundays, you had a free day because Sunday didn't count for Lent! You can get through this. You can decide for yourself how to manage food. You are smart or you wouldn't be in college!

    Thanks for sharing, and I'm wishing the best for you.

    Missourians Team
    1869 days ago
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