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Time to Pause....Diets are NOT fun....

Sunday, April 21, 2013

These past two weeks I have read so many posts on people's honesty about dieting...

1) They are not fun
2) They are hard....
and my all time favorite....
3) They are a DRAG.......!

They are a Drag. I can so relate!

For a late lunch, we went to Red Lobster. It was in part to use the gift certificates that I had received at Christmas (thanks Alice!), but also to celebrate my birthday this week.

NOW...........I have heard so many times to LOOK up online at a restaurant's site for their menus and nutritional information. I have never been one of those people that have done so. I have been one of those people that have WINGED it. I go....try to make the best decision and am either thrilled when I get home to look up the points.....or....HORRIFIED.

Today.......I looked it up BEFORE going. What I was going to get....was 33 points! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA............

After digging deeper .......

I decided upon.....

Shrimp cocktail 3 points
salad with oil and vinegar for the dressing 2points
1/2 order of Trout with plain baked potato and broccoli 12 points.

17 points. Huge difference from 33. ALL POWER FOODS I may add! Well...maybe not the cocktail sauce, but big woo.

The waitress threw me on how I wanted the trout cooked. I remembered that blackened was a danger word and went with broiled. I knew that was a safe word. (good thing I pay attention in my meetings!).

I have NEVER had the cheese biscuits before. I knew they were 5 points each. Since I have NEVER had them before....I didn't know what I was missing...and decided......I don't NEED to know today. I passed.

We had the best time this afternoon. It was a change of pace and we laughed and talked. The food was wonderful. My food really was.

I now KNOW and UNDERSTAND the importance of viewing the restaurant menu ahead of time. When I glanced at the menus.....I was confused....too many options and too many opportunities to choose poorly.

When we were mother made the comment that she hoped I enjoyed my meal because it was my birthday and hoped I was satisfied since it was so healthy.

I was taken aback. I responded that I CHOSE this because I wanted this. I was satisfied. I didn't want the shrimp scampi drowning in butter........I was pleased with my choices......

and I was.

Funny, but I am reminded of the posts and comments my friends have made recently about being on a diet. It is not is is a drag.......

That is true.......

What I have been slowly realizing........and trust me my has taken me 2 and 1/2 years to comprehend
s don't work.........

oh...I suppose for some they do....but I am not one of them.

I finally UNDERSTAND weight watchers. The healthy guidelines....are JUST that...GUIDELINES that are required to eat healthier with OPTIONS. MY CHOICE! MINE!

Diets are like a prison and you cannot wait to get out of jail.

For TWO weeks now....I have been concentrating on my exercise routine ......and my food intake. I make SURE....I like every snack and meal in my day. I won't settle for HO HUM in my meals. I make sure I LOOK forward to what I am having.....and .......because of that.....

I am choosing wisely. Since I am choosing wisely.....the old cravings are non existent. I know they may return....... but......with portion control and can be managed. It will be a TREAT and not a daily .....requirement.

A friend from Canada emailed me this am. She recently joined weight watchers and is having a hard time. Her mind is not into it.

I can so relate. For 2 1/2 years now.....I have been trying to get MY head into this way of life. My heart finally caught up with my mind. I get it. I WANT IT. I am now truly doing it.

My best advice....never quit my friends. Never compare yourself to others that seem to be flying on by you. It may take you longer to get there....and that is okay because......


once you truly WANT IT...UNDERSTAND appreciate it all the more! Not saying the others don't feel the same way..... are NOT them....and they are NOT you.

So yes....Diets are NOT fun....but you know what is?

LIFE...and what you CHOOSE to get out of it...that is......what it is all about.

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    Like what you wrote!

    Good for you eating what you want in a restaurant - making the healthies choices for yourself.

    1671 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    No truer words were spoken.
    1672 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    No truer words were spoken.
    1672 days ago
    good for you!
    1672 days ago
    I think it was Richard Simmons who years ago said "Live it" not diet
    1672 days ago
    Exactly, never quit!
    1672 days ago

    It has taken me a long time to figure that stuff out too. But the change in my life is remarkable. I am so happy for you!
    1672 days ago
    Am so very proud of you and your choice. Was sitting right there with you as you enjoyed your lunch. Glad you had such a great time. WW is the way and not a diet. Am wondering if your friend in Canada is mutual. If so, we can help her. You are strong and I know that you will continue with your plan until you see that goal that you have in you headlight. You know what you have to do and you have the tools for success. You are strong enough to use those tools daily. Moving on down that road.

    Love ya
    1673 days ago
    Just so's ya know Mary...I HAVE read this...
    I am still in *thinking*

    When I first started to lose some weight way back in Feb 2010...I, too, said to my hubby...
    * We cannot call this a diet~ because to be on a diet means that some day we will NOT be on a diet!*
    You are so right on when you say LIFE is what counts! And we will only get out of LIFE what we decide to put into it....not just into our mouths but in everything we make decisions about. But I do get it Mary....What we *don't* put into our mouths...helps us to get on with a much better and active LIFE!....right?
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    1673 days ago
    What a lovely blog. So true, all of it. Good job!
    1673 days ago
    ALL SO TRUE! GREAT BLOG MARY!!! No wonder those cheese biscuits are so good...must be packed with butter and who knows what else! Bravo for you for skipping them! Your food sounded delicious!
    1673 days ago
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