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Making My Own Rules

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

So often, when I am on a weight loss program, I feel as if the rules are coming from somewhere OUT THERE, wherever that may be.

But those are the rules I have to follow if I want to lose the weight.

I know what I have to do, but I don't really want to do it.
I fight it. I find ways to cheat. I look for loopholes.

I resent those rules.

But this summer - all that has changed.

These days I am making my own rules.

Everything that I am doing this summer is tried and proven to result in weight loss throughout my time here at Spark People.

I am tracking my food and staying within the calorie range.
I am walking 5 days out of 7.
I am logging on to Spark People every day.
I am blogging every day to keep me focused on my thoughts and behaviors in relation to food and exercise.

In addition, I am not eating any crumb cake this summer. I could if I wanted to - but I have decided not to.
Why not? Because past experience has taught me that the sugar in that crumb cake early in the morning sets me up for wanting to eat more sugar throughout the day.
So I am doing myself a real favor by eliminating the crumb cake. And it's working.
This rule is so easy to follow; it doesn't feel like a rule at all. I am not missing that crumb cake in the slightest.

I have set some other rules too.

Because one day I overdid it with one of my favorites -- nuts -- I decided not to have any more nuts for a whole week. This is a good exercise for me. I have gained supremacy over those nuts now. I am in charge--not them.

Yesterday, I ate a large bowl (two whole cups worth ) of a favorite ice cream.
Even though I accounted for that ice cream in my tracker -- I realized it was much too much ice cream to eat at one sitting. (That didn't stop me from eating it though. LOL)

So today, I have made a new rule. I will not eat huge portions of ANYTHING, whether I have the points for it or not.
Small portion sizes is part of my program here for healthful eating. I will stick to that from now on.


Making and following my own rules about food is a new experience for me.

I am feeling very much in control.
And that is a good feeling.

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DAISY443 7/12/2013 2:11PM

    Good for you!

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ANDI571 7/11/2013 1:39PM

    Finding what works for our body is so important. I noticed something this morning. I have been on a waffle kick. Two waffles for breakfast, with SF syrup. It satisfies me and I don't seem to get hungry quick. This morning I was feeling a bit guilty on eating those waffles, so I fixed a small piece of ham, with an egg, and I had a 100 calorie English muffin. I was so hungry about an hour before lunch that I didn't think I would make it. So it seems the high carb breakfast works for me.

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KALIGIRL 7/11/2013 8:57AM

    Here's to finding what works and sticking to your own 'rules'!
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KAYYVAUGHN 7/11/2013 6:11AM

    Small portions make a difference. I may eat more often, but it will be smaller. I often eat on a salad plate.

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PHEBESS 7/11/2013 12:03AM

    We definitely have to make the rules that we can live with, and they're different for each of us - so yay to making your own rules!

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2013 9:35PM

    Great blog! You are the boss of you!! And: that crumb cake is pretty crumby stuff anyhow, right??

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HELEN_BRU 7/10/2013 9:08PM

    Learning our limits is all a part of losing wt. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

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KENSHO 7/10/2013 6:23PM

    I LOVE this blog. I feel the same way about rules. We all know the basic guideline for losing weight and we all need to figure out how to incorporate healthy living into our own lives. Good for you!!

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BEBARB149 7/10/2013 5:56PM

    Way to take control! Now if you cheat you're only cheating yourself.

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STONECOT 7/10/2013 5:30PM

    I also have to make my own rules, I resent those which are forced on to me. Besides, you are unique, of course you need to make the rules that you know are relevant to you. There is no one size fits all.

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CATLADY52 7/10/2013 5:22PM

    You make so much sense with your 'rules' that are common sense. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 7/10/2013 3:16PM

    You're making So.Much.Sense!
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JUNEPA 7/10/2013 2:30PM

    Good plan !!
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IMPROVINGME 7/10/2013 1:34PM

    That's a program for success! Way to go!
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MZLADY77 7/10/2013 11:57AM

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 7/10/2013 11:38AM

  I do the same thing I make my own way of losing weight because I have found out that what works for one may not work for me. So, I know what works for me and that is what I do, this is a great blog, thanks.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/10/2013 11:08AM

    You are doing great! Tweaking things as you go along - learning what works for you.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/10/2013 11:03AM

    You have finally "Got This". Do what works best for you. Eat what ever you want in small portions. Don't deprive yourself. Just eat mostly healthy foods. It's a new and healthy way of life. Your body will thank you. Way to go!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/10/2013 10:21AM

    Way to go! That's the secret - each of us have to find what works for us.

Eliminating excuses (for the things we don't like about a pre-packaged program) and focusing on the things that we know work for us, is a formula for success.

You've gotta OWN it! Because it is all about YOU
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VINGRAM 7/10/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon you go!

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WALLINMW 7/10/2013 10:06AM

  Yay! Keep going!

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