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Habits, habits, habits..

Friday, May 10, 2013

Okay, so last year I was completely burnt out from what felt like always being on a diet. I put my scale away for a month, decided to not worry and just focused on a structured schedule with regular meals and portion control. At the end of the month I had actually lost weight without stressing out over counting every calorie and minute exercised.

So now fast forward, I pulled that dratted scale back out and went back to my old habit of weighing every day and if the scale said something positive I would eat more thinking I had the flexibility..sigh..at that point I joined spark because I knew that I needed to get back on track. So what I've found is that I use the scale as a crutch to allow me the flexibility of overeating more on a particular day - very unhealthy!

I want to go back to my newly created habits of regular meals in portion controlled sizes without an allowance for overeating because the scale said it was okay..also, I want to go back to not thinking about food, diet and exercise every minute of the day and focus on living a full life with the healthy part being automatic.

I have officially put the scale away and it will come back out on June 10. For me this is going to be about creating a healthy sustainable lifestyle of normal eating without the crutch of constant weighing. I have a clear idea of what, how much and how I should be eating so I just need to make it habitual.

I read somewhere that it actually doesn't take 28 days to create a new habit..it takes 2 months of consistency. So I am going to shoot for 60 days of consistency..

1. Healthy breakfast every morning ..early (I have the tendency to skip breakfast and rush out the door if I don't focus on this)
2. Teas and lemon water throughout the day.
3. Fruit and soy milk for a night time snack if needed
4. More calories for lunch and then a lighter dinner with room for the night time snack.
5. Enjoyable exercise that I look forward to at least 3 times a week.

Today I've been doing well on the nutrition front. I have my 30 minutes of exercise scheduled for this evening.

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  • CHERIJ16
    Your plan sounds good for you. It always helps to know your own style and what works best. For me the scale is a helpful tool that I use each morning to keep myself accountable. I use my trackers every day but that scale just gives me a way to make sure I am staying on track. If I gain a pound or 2 then I make sure I am extra careful with my eating. (But I don't beat myself up) I say whatever works! emoticon
    1718 days ago
    I love your plan! I need to put that damn scale in the basement and out of sight too. It isn't about the number on the scale. That daily number isn't the reward or punishment. It shouldn't guide how we eat! I think I am going to adopt your plan as of tomorrow morning, no more daily weigh in! Thanks for sharing! Keep doing those right things!!! emoticon emoticon
    1718 days ago
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