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Moderation Works against My Natural Inclination

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I AM GOING TO WORK OUT 1 1/2 HOURS EVERY DAY AND EAT PERFECTLY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND LOSE 50 POUNDS AND KEEP IT OFF FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not.

This idea of eating healthily and exercising with moderation (instead of trying to do it all perfectly) is supposed to be what works. My gut tells me that this idea is true, but it goes against my natural inclination.

The perfectionist in me wants to be able to look back on the day and give myself a check mark only if I ate and exercised perfectly according to plan. However, my experience is that such a way of operating is not sustainable. Maybe it's taken age (I'm 40) or maybe it's taken the growth I've done over the years, but experience does confirm that I can't keep that "perfect" stuff up for very long. Oh, sure, I may be able to go several days . . . a week or two . . . but here I sit at forty years old with fifty pounds to lose STILL.

The way I can work on being more in moderation is to be willing to exercise for less than my planned time if I'm feeling low (instead of hiding from the world and not exercising at all). Also, having a bite of chocolate or movie popcorn here or there (as long as I'm not doing it every week) is probably what's going to help me lose weight and keep it off in the long run.

Working toward doing things that work.


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ILOVELUCY35 9/19/2013 10:56AM

    I too am learning about moderation. I also suffer from perfectionism. I have learned just recently that making small healthier choices is working for me. That way I don't have high expectations that I won't be able to keep and will leave me feeling like a failure. Keep at it, you're on the right track!

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MADEIT3 9/13/2013 4:40PM

    You really put it together in your last paragraph. While consistency is a key factor in losing weight and maintaining your loss, I think it's difficult to make the "right" choice 100 percent of the time. Or even 95 percent. Which is why there's the 80-20 rule. Most of the "experts" now say if you choose the right foods and exercise the "right" way (whatever that means to you) 80 percent of the time, you're probably okay.

And here's the thing - when I'm faced with a decision, the thing that I have taught myself to think about is what this decision will mean to me in a month's time. Take today, for example. I'm not "snacking" on The Plan but got really hungry about 3p. I wasn't going to make it to dinner, so I had a choice - pig-out snack, right-foods snack, or just eat dinner. No right-way/wrong-way, just choices.



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GHK1962 9/13/2013 12:15PM

    Yup, yup ... I think we all take a bit of time to learn how we can best help ourselves to that healthy place. Having support (at home, online, at Spark, etc.) helps too. In the end though, we are the ones that make the ultimate decision on the route we take.

So try this venue you've chosen (it's a very sensible one I think) ... and keep keeping us up to day.

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ARGENTPUCK 9/12/2013 6:11PM

    It is a very common problem to want to do everything all at once and ending up burning out quickly as a consequence. It is supposedly more of a woman thing, but I do it all the time and so do many of my male friends, so I take that with a grain of salt. The proposed alternative is to basically just settle down and do what you can handle, slowly ramping up *without thinking about it much.*

Oh, but I cannot turn my brain off to let that happen. It is hard.

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NEPTUNE1939 9/12/2013 1:49PM

    Me too emoticon

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KREXA7 9/12/2013 1:42PM

  It's true what they say "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you have always gotten". Trying for perfection has not worked for you (or me) so maybe we should give this moderation thing a shot!

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