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Day 573- You Mean Walking to McDonalds Doesn't Cancel My Big Mac?


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Okay. So that's an exaggeration, but not by much.

Actually not an exaggeration at all.

I don't like Big Macs so I don't eat them.

But I do like cupcakes. And frozen yogurt.

And I find myself eating them, with the idea that I'm going to workout later. Or in the case of the frozen yogurt, walking a little over a mile total to get it. I'm not eating entire pizzas, or the entire dollar menu at Wendy's like I did back at 275 pounds. But still.

Well after reading the SP Article "Reasons you aren't losing weight" the whole, "you use exercise as an excuse to eat more" slapped me right in the face.

I'm not sure when my mindset changed. Those first 9-10 months with Spark People it was SO easy to just stick to the plan. I tracked everything, worked out frequently and kept my eyes on the prize.

Complacency is a monster, and when mixed with stress my mind starts to think "Maybe I should just be happy under 200 lbs."

Okay...yes, I'm happy I'm under 200 lbs. But I'm still 40-50 pounds heavier that I need to be. And while that cupcake won't kill me, and that frozen yogurt won't add 5 pounds, it is certainly a way to ensure I stay on this plateau of 193-197.

I'm glad that I've come this far. But I know I still want to improve myself.

So that starts by flipping some switch in my head and my heart to get back to my original SP mindset.

Anyone want to help me find my reset button? I know it's around here somewhere...
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GRAMPIAN 8/12/2013 6:29AM

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ALIDOSHA 7/19/2013 4:53PM

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WHITEANGEL4 7/17/2013 11:17PM

    You can flip that switch. You do not have to totally give them up but make them a treat once a month etc

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BOOKIEMONSTER82 7/6/2013 2:52PM

    Boy, can I relate to this! It's so hard to let go of this type of logic, but we must. Best of luck to you on your continued journey.

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 7/5/2013 10:45PM

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HEALTHYSLIM2 7/4/2013 6:25PM

    Oh boy - I bet a lot of us can relate to this! I know I can!!!
I read a more recent blog of yours, ad think that you DID find your way back to the reset button.
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Here's wishing you lots of success in the days, weeks and months ahead.
The best part is that you are enjoying the journey. And you do look GREAT, and will be so amazed by all you accomplished when you reach your final goal!!
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SEATTLE58 7/1/2013 9:18PM

    I know exactly how you feel! I was so super awesome for the first year plus and then since the holidays, I've eaten a little too much every day and then try to make it up with exercise and that doesn't work! I've gained 15# and I kick myself over and over again, so I need a reset button too. All I can say to do is like you've said, that we have to get our mind set. We have to keep our goal in view all the time. So girl, do we really want to be thin? I really do and I know that you do too! Is it worth eating less every day without anything extra in the treat dept?! I know that I feel alot better when I eat right and that should be enough to make me be careful. I will get it back and I know that you will too and real soon! You have done so well and so have I! We'll do it again! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 6/30/2013 9:42PM

    When did your mindset change? After graduation? Or after your fiance popped the question on the football field? Make a list to find out what is holding you back. Coach Dean Anderson did a series on that topic that was really awesome.
You are still doing great! Keep up the good work!

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SHANNONY84 6/30/2013 11:31AM

    Just keep on keeping with your goals

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MANILUS 6/29/2013 1:07AM

    I totally get where you are coming from, ever since the holidays and my return back to school, my give a damn is busted...

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ILUVTHE80S 6/28/2013 9:22PM

    I have trouble with that concept too! I know it's horrible and funny, but I have ate a cupcake while riding my recumbent bike at home. LOL

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DSCROW 6/28/2013 7:25PM

    I find I binge when I have been denying myself "dieting" Your body may be telling you that you need some more calories, or fat (their is good fat), or sleep, or stress reduction. I don't know but maybe thinking about what you might need to adding your diet so you don't "need" comforting.

Just a thought :)

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LINDAK25 6/28/2013 6:06PM

    I've been under 200 and maintaining for the last 7 months! Good to know I've got company. Ha! We can do this, I know we can.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/28/2013 4:29PM

    LOL I know what you mean. I would think I was being healthy enough by biking to campus back when I was in grad school, and it was like 2 miles away or something, if that...and so I would think nothing of eating a whole giant Chipotle burrito. OR TWO. There were a couple occasions where I actually ate TWO for one meal. But hey, I biked to school so I was active! Yeah right. Well, at least we eventually realized that it doesn't quite work that way. :) So yay!

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JANET552 6/28/2013 4:06PM

    I'd help you look for that reset button but I'm busy looking for mine. We'll both get there and remember -- we want to learn what to do so it doesn't come back once we reach goal. No one said it would be easy. Good luck!

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WINDSWEPTACRES 6/28/2013 4:01PM

    Walking to MickeyD's would definitely burn up the calories in a Big Mac for me -- the nearest one is 17 miles away.



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NHES220 6/28/2013 3:23PM

    That one hit home for me too! It is more about my red wine that I enjoy and I need to give it up during the week.


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PCL923 6/28/2013 2:49PM

    lol! I sooooo could have written this blog! Glad I am not the only one! and you are right... i need to get back into the right mind set! emoticon

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KNITTY_JESS 6/28/2013 2:38PM

    I was the same way!

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-AIMIE- 6/28/2013 2:08PM

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Awesome reminder to remain diligent and focused!
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AJB121299 6/28/2013 2:04PM

    good luck

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DIETER27 6/28/2013 1:51PM

  Thanks for sharing. Great blog. You can Do it!

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THISCHICKRACHEL 6/28/2013 1:38PM

    I've seen that a few times and blew it off but it makes it real to read it in a blog thanks!!

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JINXIFER 6/28/2013 12:11PM

    Just think of this plateau as a breather before you jump back in. :D

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SALLYLEE84 6/28/2013 11:40AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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RITEEBEE 6/28/2013 11:36AM

    I just hit reset myself this week!! emoticon

I know I'm healthier and happier than I was, but still far from goal.

Gotta kick it up a notch and get our eyes back on the prize!! We can do it!!

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I hope it's okay I friend you?? emoticon

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SANDICANE 6/28/2013 10:16AM

    You're doing great...and doesn't SP have some fabulous info???!!!

Cheers,
Sandi

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FARIS71 6/28/2013 9:52AM

    Yes, my reset button is around here too somewhere. It seems so strange that at times it's quite easy to stick to healthy habits, and other times not at all easy. That's why I love the articles and blogs on here - a dose of reality to straighten out my thinking a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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CATE195 6/28/2013 8:34AM

    I too have use the excuse that we walk to Dairy Queen and get just a small vanilla cone then walk for another mile or so while we eat them. But I will still do it once in a while, just not every week. It tastes so good and my hubby and I get to have some time together.

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KARENKANDO 6/28/2013 8:34AM

    I can so relate. When I was younger, I used to make "deals" with myself. I could eat the twinkies or ding dongs or other amazing hostess sweet treat - IF - I walked down to the convenience store - bought it - and walked back home again. Thanks for your blog entry. Caused me a funny lil trip down memory lane. emoticon

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CATANTIGO 6/28/2013 8:18AM

    Thanks for a great reminder. I love a straight forward blog. Let's make this journey wonderful.

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BGLOOM 6/28/2013 7:16AM

  I know that feeling all too well....I am just going to have a little piece or one and then you forget to exercise ,or something else comes up.It's certainly a journey and you have that reset button everyday because each day is a chance to start again and make better choices.... emoticon emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 6/28/2013 7:14AM

    You've come such a long way --- you've already proven you can do it, and you know you can keep going!
I'm so glad your blog is featured. I had seen some of your postings before and wanted to "friend" you, and now I can. I truly find you inspirational. I'm sure you have a following... do it for us, for starters, then continue it for yourself and your future life!!!
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SANDYCRANE 6/28/2013 6:13AM

    I joined an eight week Spark Challenge team and that has really helped me. I do not want to let the team or myself down so I try to make all the challenges.

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/27/2013 11:42PM

  Ya, it
s tough to have to think about every single choice. Sometimes ya just wanta eat ice cream or whatever. But eh benefits are even more wonderful usually...

Some people can handle tastes and samples and others it makes them want to pig out. I guess sometimes we need to think of non treat goodies.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Give those a try to reset!!
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IMPATIENS2 6/27/2013 8:42PM

  When I need to get back on track, I find that it helps to concentrate on one thing at a time. For instance, do a one-week streak where I focus on tracking food meticulously and staying in range. Then a second streak where I keep up the tracking and add 30 minutes of daily exercise -- any exercise, just do it as well as tracking. Then on the third week, pick up the pace on the exercise, OR make sure to get 8 hours of sleep -- I always know what to choose next. This works much better for me than trying to reform all the bad habits I've fallen into at once. Through the whole process, I can tell myself: "Just one thing -- that's what I need to concentrate on." For me, manageable works better than too much ambition.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/27/2013 8:40PM

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LSIG14 6/27/2013 7:57PM

    Yep, time to reset again! At least we know we need to reset rather than just continuing to make excuses. Good luck to us both at hitting that button and getting on with the healthy lifestyle!

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MARYJEANSL 6/27/2013 6:03PM

  You and me both!

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