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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Isn't it magical what an afternoon can do?

Today, after shoveling peanut brittle into my mouth, eating a bagel almost against my will (but seriously... if not my will, whose? Sometimes I use the word "can't" when I really mean "won't"), I decided to do something dramatic: I would log on to spark people and TRACK. Now, this was a big step for me. I HATE tracking when I know I've blown it. But hey, if my body knows how many calories I've put in it, maybe my head should, too.

Turns out that yes, I have eaten more than I needed to... but that I haven't totally overeaten. I ate a microscopic lunch (just enough proteins and vegetables to take the edge off), knowing that I wanted to save enough calories for dinner. My plan, now, is to eat slowly, mindfully, and thankfully. I'll get on the treadmill after dinner, while my husband bathes the kids, and with that, I will be BACK. ON. TRACK.

Truly, this site is a miracle. This is the time in my weight-loss journey that I would have just walked away and quit. But because SparkPeople is, well, free and so overwhelmingly supportive, here I am. Back on track. I won't say there won't be a next time, but I will say that every time I get back on this wagon, I feel less inclined to keep falling off.
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    Tracking is a way that makes me aware of how much I am actually eating. Some days, when I am eating the wrong things it causes me to really think about how much I am eating and sometimes it is motivation to get that workout done.

    Good job getting back on track
    1492 days ago

    We never "blow it", not forever anyway. There are more minutes ahead of us to make different choices.

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    1493 days ago
    Great way to get back on track!! We ALL make mistakes from time-to-time, it's learning how to respond to those mistakes that makes the difference. You did GREAT!!! Be proud!!!
    1493 days ago
    Yay, You! Good plan to recover from a boo-boo! You CAN do it. We're here to help you and you can help us. I'm headed out on a road trip & am going to need all the encouragement I can get!

    Stay positive, jump back up when you fall down and talk to us! emoticon

    PS: Re: your headline. I saw a great quote: Food is fuel, not entertainment.

    I'm engraving that on my forehead. If I need "entertainment", there are dozens of options without resorting to the worst possible choice: food. emoticon
    1493 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2014 6:54:18 PM
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  • NWESCH24
    love your honesty!!! I will admit, I am jealous - I normally would eat an everything bagel with butter (sometimes I get it toasted with cream cheese) for breakfast twice a week. I have not done it. It's not that I'm jonesing or anything (well, yeah I am) but I do miss it Yet I have found I'm more satisfied with these crazy healthy things I'm eating.

    Today was hard for me too. My husband and I drove out to our summer house to check on it (a two hour drive) and I didn't eat before we left. We're staying overnight. I did pack up breakfast food and lunch food. By the time we got out here it was 2:30, so I had a cross between breakfast and lunch. I then added in our dinner and thank goodness for tracking. It was a blessing. I can actually have a snack after dinner!

    So, good for you for getting back to tracking, enjoying that bagel that I'm so jealous of, and admitting there may be a next time. We all do it!

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    God bless!

    1494 days ago
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