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Changing treat days & rewards

Friday, March 01, 2013

If you're not growing, you're not living. Change should be welcomed!

I have experimented with many, many styles of healthy living over the last few years. I am slowly, slowly putting together the Judy diet: pulling bits & pieces from everything I try to create a plan that works for me.

I don't really do cheat - or as I like to call them - treat days, altho I have tried that in the past. But I do tend to eat a little bipolar -- higher carbs on the weekends, when I do my long runs; lower carb during the week, ramping up those carbs towards the end of the week again.

I've moved into a mostly gluten free lifestyle simply because I enjoy it, but we eat out once a week usually & then I might have pizza or pasta or bread . . . or I might not. But I've come to see that even my treat days tend to be mostly healthy foods with just some higher carb options & something a little unhealthy (like pizza or bread, for instance), that I normally wouldn't eat.

It wasn't a conscious decision to eat that way; it's just sort of evolved over the years.

I had a small loss yesterday - not bad for TOM starting - & I realized my rewards for weight loss are evolving, too. Part of my reward was simply to go to a bookstore & peruse cookbooks - another addiction of mine. I was REALLY taken with Paleo Indulgences . . . but in the end I went home & bought the 21 Day Sugar Detox that I've been eyeing for some time. Now I really wished I'd bought it before DH left . . . so much easier to do when he's not here!

I read most of it this morning. I'm not sure I'm ready to totally embrace it, but I will be trying out some of it. Taking it for a road test, so to speak. And I'm thinking I'll also get myself The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, which isn't quite so strict. I've used several of Dr, Hyman's books & programs in tbe past & always been pleased.

So instead of indulging in paleo comfort foods, however appealing they might be, I chose rewards that will help me along my healthy journey. Nothing wrong with a little indulgence now & again, but I don't really need that temptation right now. Adding
to my RSS feed is all the temptation I can take.

My advice: just don't go there. Be afraid; be very afraid! Do as I say, not as I do!

Do you find your reward system changing as you get healthier?
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  • PCOH051610
    I don't have a reward system at all although I know you should. The cookbooks sound lovely but the sweets site even more so! Ha
    1330 days ago
    Thanks! it really is about finding what works for you, and yes that sometimes changes quite a bit.
    1330 days ago
    Excellent rewards!!
    1331 days ago
    I have to say that the doc's name makes me smile whenever I see it - for obvious reasons. Yes, my humor is that of a
    12-year-old sometimes. (smiling) Have a
    wonderful day.
    1332 days ago
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