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~ RE: My Goals ~

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My Sparkfriend, FITGIRL, made a comment on my previous blog "My List of goals for 2014" ...

"Dee... Goal #4: "NO UNHEALTHY CHEAT MEALS"... in my opinion, sets you up to fail!

What is "unhealthy" to you? I also think it's unrealistic to expect to eat CLEAN 100% of the time! Even the PRO's will tell you that! (I strive for the 80% rule... and can lose weight at that! It is doable!!!)"

... I just wanted to address her comment and clarify "why" and to explain what I consider to be "unhealthy".

First, let me say that also believe and follow the 80/20 rule, however, the reason I added #4 is that my cheat meals would be based on sugary, processed sweets; eating them would set up a cycle of binging and actually set me up for failure ... I am not good at "moderation", so knowing that I am an "ALL" or nothing kind of person, I want to structure my reward meals or 20%, around sustainable foods based on "healthy sugars from fruit".

Something most of you probably don't know about me is that I am an ex smoker emoticon and it took many years and attempts to quit, but I finally did and it has been 18 years since I have smoked a cigarette. It was not easy because I "enjoyed" it and thought of smoking as a "reward" or a "way of coping"... this is the same with sugary desserts, etc... I could never just cut down with smoking, it never worked, I had to give them up completely and actually wear a nicotine patch to help with the cravings. Thus I can't just eat one piece of cake, or candy... that "one piece" would have me craving more... just like smoking,"I have to give it up completely"...

In short, my 20% "WILL NOT" include sugary, processed foods, but rather, other foods I enjoy that I don't eat every day and that don't trigger cravings.

I will definitely keep everyone updated on my progress and thank you FitGIRL for your ongoing support.

~ Dee emoticon
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEMARE 1/8/2014 10:20PM

    All the best to you in 2014.
Nobody knows you like you do. emoticon emoticon
You will do great on your goals. emoticon

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ERIN1957 1/8/2014 12:40PM

    I so agree!
Know your limits and do not set yourself up for failure!


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_LINDA 1/8/2014 11:44AM

    That is awesome you have remained smoke free for so many years! Very well done!!
You have to have a program that works for you and it looks like you have it cased.. I am one of the 80-20 group, but with no food off limits.

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MRS_TOAD 1/8/2014 7:32AM

    I live by the rule of moderation. There is a place for everything, but in moderation!

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CINDYTW 1/8/2014 12:43AM

    Hi, I have to say this post could have been something I wrote! I was a smoker too, for over 20 years, and since I started so young it screwed with my perceptions of everything! I find that now I have gotten myself off "sweets" but starch has proven to be just as addictive to me! I think it's because the cigarettes gave us a blood sugar rise. It made us addicts to that as well as the million other things in a cigarette! All or nothing for me too! I got in quite a tailspin over the holidays! Starch.

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EDDYMEESE 1/7/2014 10:05PM

    makes a whole lot of sense to me!

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TIFFY0906 1/7/2014 5:51PM

    Hey Dee - good explanation one of the things I figured out on how to be successful in this journey is to tailor it around you. Everything is not for everybody so we all have to figure out our strengths and weaknesses and work around them. You recognized that eating a sugary treat could be your downfall where it doesn't affect others so you do what you need to do to stay on track.

Good job

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FITGIRL15 1/7/2014 4:57PM

    Wow! Congrats on staying SMOKE FREE for this long! That's wonderful and you have done your health so much good as a result!

I am glad you clarified! I could just never do ALL OR NOTHING, so for me, that goal would be out in the first week! LOL But, I'm the QUEEN of moderation! Just ask my BF... I can cut up a chocolate bar into 14 peices and eat it slowly... over a 14 day period! LOL

Well said, Dee! You are going to rock these goals! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 1/7/2014 4:33PM

    Good clarification, makes total sense.

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    I'm totally with you in this regard. Trigger foods set me up for failure.

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NEWAGAIN 1/7/2014 3:28PM

    You can do this!!

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CAROL494 1/7/2014 2:16PM

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WALLINMW 1/7/2014 2:13PM

  Stay motivated!

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