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The First Hard Day

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I guess I was expecting it, but it still somehow took me by surprise. All day today, I just wanted to EAT. I feel like I'm in the withdrawal stage of an addiction (and I probably am), but I am determined to stay positive.

I am wary of writing the words "stay positive," because I have used them before in the past to excuse bad behavior. "I'm just going to eat all day, but in the end I want to love myself and stay positive." And while it's TRUE that we all deserve our own love and tolerance unconditionally (i.e. we should love ourselves no matter how much we weigh), I don't want to quietly slip back into old habits.

I apologize in advance to the men in the audience (though I'm sure by now you are aware that women menstruate), because I'd like to link my abnormal-as-of-2-weeks-ago appetite (before 2 weeks ago, my appetite today would have been TINY) with my monthly cycle. Does anybody else feel hungrier the week before your period starts? Again, I don't want to excuse my behavior (I DID sneak a few bits of things here and there... but did a pretty darn good job at tracking most everything) but I do want to acknowledge that sometimes we might need to eat the upper limit of our calorie range. On that note, we might need a day every few weeks to eat a few hundred calories MORE than our calorie range.

Because in the long run, it's not days like today that will determine my success; it is the way I respond to days like today. My contractor gave me sage advice: it's not about NOT making mistakes, it's about how well you deal with them!
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    'That time of the month' causes me to crave EVERYTHING, particularly bread and sweets. On top of that, we also tend to retain water so our weight naturally goes up anyway. It's a vicious circle sometimes.
    Just ride it out and you'll probably lose the extra weight when it's over (IF you don't give up and give in to the cravings).
    1517 days ago
    I am also finding it hard to resist all of the extra tempations sitting around the house. Most healthy eating plans will tell you that you should have one meal each week where you can eat what you want (well, in moderation to portion sizes). That the little extra calories help your body to lose weight when you take the total daily calories down the next day. Now, that being said, you are trying to break a habit of over-eating, that you have been in for a long while so only you know if this is a good choice to make at this time.

    Oh, and yes I seem to want to eat more during that time of the month -- always feel hungry then.
    1518 days ago
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