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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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