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Taming the MORE Monster - Tales from #100 Pounds Down

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Vestiges of our former life can still be found on the journey to "Health & Fitness". One of these is the MORE monster. I'm sure most of you have met this demanding creature. He's the reason why most of us began this journey in "Obesity".

Let me describe this creature so you can identify him before he puts you into a detour. The MORE monster was born into entitlement. He cons you by suggesting you "deserve" more. Everyone else is having "more" so you should too. He lays waste the most thought out food plan by pushing the food bowl, chip bag, pizza box, or candy bucket closer to you after you have eaten the last bite of your "planned" snack/meal.

Let me give you a few examples. You carefully plan your lunch to include one slice of whole wheat bread (90 calories) 2 ounces of deli turkey (50) , mustard (0) a handful of raw carrots (30) and 10 tortilla chips (140). Because you buy the big bag (they are cheaper than the portioned individuals) when you eat your last chip the MORE monster strikes. If you left the bag within reach your hand is tempted to get "just one more". Of course that one easily becomes 5 or 6 and soon you have added another 70-80 calories to your meal.

Perhaps you are sitting down to a family meal with the serving bowls on the table. Even if you portioned out your helpings the MORE monster will entice you to take a "little bit" more as the bowl is passed.

The MORE monster can attack anytime, anywhere. You might be getting a single peppermint from the office candy jar when the ogre convinces you to grab a handful and shove them into your pocket. You might be at a movie and find the MORE monster pushing the popcorn bucket your way. You might EVEN be in bed when the MORE monster tempts you to walk back to the kitchen and snag a spoonful of ice cream directly from the carton.

Oh he's a sneaky one! He's always ready to push MORE food on you. He doesn't respect any food tracker or point system. He just wants to get MORE food past your pearly whites and settled onto your hips and thighs.

Why is it so hard to banish this sneaky guy? It's hard because we have to continue to eat in social situations (church buffets, family meals, birthday parties, etc) and because media is constantly enticing us with "2 for $20", coupons for free appetizers, BOGO offers and 1/2 price holiday candy. Everywhere we turn the MORE monster is saying EAT!

He can be defeated with careful planning, accountability, a strong support system, and a frontal attack but even the most experienced traveler on this journey will meet him somewhere. I met him today. I was eating RICE cakes of all things when the MORE monster convinced me that it was a "health food" after all and I ended up eating an extra 2! Now fortunately for me they were low in calories but they WEREN'T in my plan and furthermore that behavior was something I THOUGHT I had left behind months ago.

It just goes to show that the mental attitudes I USED to have are not 100% gone. I must be ever vigilant to eat within my calorie budget. Too much of even a healthier food is still TOO MUCH.

I'm taking action now. I'm planning my food for tomorrow now. All the MORE monster has to offer is making my journey take MORE time. I've worked too hard to get this far!

Hoping your tomorrow has LESS!

Press On!
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SORTIZA99 5/5/2013 2:08AM

    Good day.

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GLASSART43 4/26/2013 10:43PM

    Creative and so true!
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TREYONE 4/26/2013 10:07PM

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KSTONYA 4/26/2013 9:48PM

    I have to watch this monster also He took me from 90 lbs as a young adult to 171 by age 40 I am not down to 154

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JUDYGREG 4/26/2013 12:28PM

    I definitely have a problem with the more monster! Especially when in social situations and the "skinny" people are having HUGE helpings of " no no" food.
The More Monster screams at me, "they are skinny, look at what they are eating, you can have that also."

I have to find a way to Shut him up!


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NVRGIVINGUP 4/26/2013 1:34AM

  Great blog thank you for your wisdom. This is so true and that stink'n More Monster got me today but i'll be aware of him tomorrow and I will rebuke that devil! I will get the victory over this IN JESUS NAME!

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GOING-STRONG 4/25/2013 11:56PM

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STAREYES723 4/25/2013 10:58PM

    I love the explanation of the More monster. It explains a lot and he has been hiding around a lot lately. Banishment time.

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CHERIJ16 4/25/2013 8:17PM

    Very clever! The More Monster was just sitting here on the couch with me as I was deciding what snacks I could have this evening! He was trying to convince me that I could add one more item (a cookie) even though it would put me over my mark!

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DMS1946 4/25/2013 4:05PM

  I believe the entitlement syndrome you refer to is a problem for many of us. We feel we are "entitled" to eat what we want, when we want and how much. This is very unrealistic thinking and can zap our motivation to change.

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JCRAFT6 4/25/2013 3:18PM

    I like this. thanks for sharing

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WORLDSERIES11 4/25/2013 2:49PM

    Great analogy!! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 4/25/2013 2:11PM

    I think the 'MORE' Monster lives in my house emoticon
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FELINEBETTER 4/25/2013 12:37PM

    Ackkkk! I think we've all met the More Monster and he even works through people around us. "Why don't you have the last potato? Finish this up - there's not enough for tomorrow..." And it's always a slippery slope!

Naming it such conjures up a great picture in my head. I hope I see him/her coming and get on the armor before the campaign even starts!

Thanks for this visual! emoticon emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 4/25/2013 12:36PM

  emoticon BLOG! The More Monster is a sneaky emoticon . He'll find you when you're most vulnerable: tired; frustrated; bored or depressed. Walk away from the tempting food. Think about your goals emoticon emoticon and emoticon

Try this trick. Using a nice tall glass, fill 3/4 with ice water or seltzer water add a couple of slices lemon, lime or orange and squeeze a tablespoon of juice into the glass, stir and add ice-cubes to fill the glass, sip slowly and think happy thoughts.

This is also great with a few frozen berries......enjoy!

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THOMS1 4/25/2013 12:21PM

    Very good subject. That more monster has hit me more then once. We do have to plan each day and I do this all the time but, there are unexpected things that do come up and we have to stay stong. emoticon

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SPARTAN40 4/25/2013 12:12PM

    Great blog. Thank you for sharing. Very, very true.

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STHOMAS1009 4/25/2013 11:31AM

    Thanks for the thoughts, Pink! You definitely hit the nail on the head.

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SUSIEMT 4/25/2013 11:03AM

    I'm with you there sister! I see that one commercial for (not sure what exactly) but they are sitting around a small table (kids and one adult) He asks something about is more a good thing? This little girl goes on a ramble about how we want more and more! Sometimes that is me with my food. I have to be very diligent about certain foods especially with meat and a high fat content. It just keeps saying MORE MORE MORE! Good subject!

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MYTHMYTH 4/25/2013 10:27AM

    Your comments about the entitlement feeling really hit home. Thanks for the blog!

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GINGERHAWK 4/25/2013 8:26AM

    Good luck with a today full of LESS. I'm going to work on that myself!

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EFFIEANNIE 4/25/2013 7:49AM

    Great blog. I meet up with this more monster regularly I fear. That is why I have been on a looooong plateau.

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STEPH-KNEE 4/25/2013 7:33AM

    This is an outstanding blog, and I wish it was a popular blog post (maybe soon) because I think a lot of people could benefit from reading about the more monster. Thank you for sharing this with us! emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 4/25/2013 6:41AM

    Yes, I have a problem with this monster .... GREAT Blog!

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NASFKAB 4/25/2013 5:59AM

  thanks for putting s0 clearly

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COCK-ROBIN 4/25/2013 4:38AM

    Let's banish the MORE monster once and for all!

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SHERRYBETH84 4/25/2013 4:28AM

    That is the perfect name for my compulsion/addiction... The More Monster. Your blog has given a name , and on a basic level, I feel capable now, of confronting and rebuking the monster part of myself that has contributed to my obesity. I feel focused, and ready to face off the more monster and win each challenge - with healthy me over riding the monster of more. Thank you for empowering me to win this battle of the bulging body. Now that I have named it, I own it. If I own it, I control it. The choice is now mine, as I see where I have allowed myself to bargain my body into fat and more.

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VICKI2705 4/25/2013 4:15AM

    Good Blog! Sad but true the More monster is alive and well in my household. emoticon emoticon

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