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Spring Fever: buying spring clothes in the snow and I'll eat that food when I hit my goal.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I have definitely been hit with Spring Fever. Snow is forecast and it is cold. I am walking around looking at the swim suits and shorts that the fashion world presents..regardless of the weather. I purchased two lovely cotton print shirts. Now the question is will I wear them over my merino wool sweater? LOL.

When I was seriously overcoming my addiction to food and binge eating, I would often use this tool. " I will not eat that food now. I will eat it when I reach goal weight." This was a helpful tool in the initial stages of dealing with cravings.

However, as I reached this goal weight, this tool has taken an interesting twist. In the year that I lost weight and in these two plus years of maintenance, I have developed new eating habits. I have returned to some of these foods I craved..but in healthier ways such as low sugar high fiber waffles or greek yogurt instead of ice cream.
However, with 90 percent of the foods that I craved, I will not add them back into my eating plan. The reason is that they are unhealthy for me.

Seibold from www.fatloser.com (Thanks, Watermellon) made an interesting study. He found that overweight, obese people when choosing what food to eat, all had the same thought.
The thought was, "What will taste the best?" However, thin people differed. Their thoughts were consistently, " What is the healthiest food I can eat?" Seibold encourages people to develop this thought as a habit.

I am now in 2 years and 5 months of maintenance. I am happy and staying in my range. Adding the Spark tracker has added energy and movement to my life.

Happy Spring Spark Friends..whenever it arrives!
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    I've officialy delared winter over by wearing spring clothes and my spring jacket today
    1268 days ago
    Successful maintenance does require a different mindset. I found that mixing plain yogurt with my old favorite french vanilla really cuts down on the sugar content - even in my organic brand. What's healthiest not what tastes best - absolutely!
    1298 days ago
    How very interesting, and you know, you're right. When I'm in "healthy" mode I think about what would be the healthiest to eat but when I'm in "not caring" mode, I eat whatever sounds best. There are at least two problems I can identify with:
    1) when I choose healthy, I rarely need to try and try again until something "hits the spot". But when I want something tasty...I can try over and over and never quite eat what it is I think I'm craving.
    2) why is it that we identify nutritious foods with being good and unhealthy foods with being tasty? Is a deep-fried snickers bar really tastier than a bowl of strawberries with some sweet cream?
    1299 days ago
    So many great changes! I had a great revelation this Christmas when I consciously chose to eat my healthy protein pancakes rather than making traditional ones. Not only do they taste great, but I feel great after I eat them and I'm not hungry an hour later. Here's to our continued maintenance and good health!
    1303 days ago
    You are amazing. Looks like you will be set with
    new clothes come Spring. Congratulations and thanks
    for the good advice. emoticon
    1304 days ago
    Very interesting and encouraging. emoticon emoticon
    1304 days ago
    I hope to lose some more weight soon before I have to buy clothes. I would fit into some I have better if I lost more weight and could buy less.

    I was thin most of my life and to be honest seldom worried about what I ate. I noticed then that heavy people seemed to worry more about what they ate and planned for it. I ate only when I was hungry and just filled the tank. I would pick something from what was available and seemed to choose the better choices without thought. They naturally appealed to me.
    1304 days ago
    You'll be set when the warmer weather gets here. Great job keeping at the same weight range through all the seasons!
    1304 days ago
    Thanks for highlighting that distinction: what will taste best versus what will be healthiest?

    Out for dinner with friends last night and have to say -- it wasn't "healthiest" and it also didn't "taste best"!! Plus I woke up with a ferocious thirst because I'm not used to all that salt.

    Yay spring clothes shopping: fun when you've kept in shape all winter!!
    1305 days ago
  • THOMS1
    emoticon I have been on vacation for this past month and while I thought I was making healthier choices I have gained 8 lbs. We leave here next Saturday so my choices this week are going to be very healthy plus my nutrition and exercise buddy is now here for these last two weeks so that will help. Great blog by the way. emoticon
    1305 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon Good thoughts!! You have got this!
    Spring? What spring? Thinking of stocking up on winter clothing sales -to use now in this -22 weather which is supposed to hang around all this week. And yes, this is well below seasonal normal for Canada north.
    Enjoy your purchases, they sound nice -if you think it, it will come?
    1305 days ago
    We've had spring weather for a few days now. I bought new t-shirts and a swimsuit. I still think about choosing my food by yumminess. But now that you mention it, I guess I'm more often choosing based on how good it is for me! Have a great week!
    1305 days ago
    Sounds like a good study I like the clothes idea (on top) But I really do enjoy your blogs! The tems here keep going way up 73 1 day last week and then almost in the teens or singel to come again I just wish it would make up it's mind emoticon Thank you and have a good week emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1305 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Just thinking, the way I want that WW waffle is with greek plain yogurt spread on it and then unsweetened fruit on top of that. That could be either blueberries, raspberries or unsweetened apple sauce. Maybe then I can justify having a second one. I really have to quit thinking like this.
    1305 days ago
    There's a lot to think about there. emoticon
    1305 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Right now it is -25C outside here so there is no way I can fool myself into thinking spring is right around the corner. Oh, well! Survival mode it is. I hear you about that way of thinking and I can see that becoming part of my new way of thinking BUT portion control will always be my nemesis. I am happy eating that WW waffle but I want at least 2 big Belgian waffles. I will deal with that when the time comes I guess. I actually would rather have greek yogurt than ice cream any day to start with. Ice cream gives me such headaches.
    1305 days ago
    Another interesting blog! Thank you!
    1305 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your insights! It really helps. I have been fighting 'eliminations' for over three years now, -falsely- thinking that only "all things in moderation" would help me lose weight. After years of trial and error, I truly know what gives me issues and symptoms but the amazing thing is there is an abundance of wonderful, tasty, healthy foods "left" to choose from. I cleaned all of the other stuff out of my diet just a few days ago and I feel great with no cravings. At this very early stage, I at least know that I have finally listened to my body.

    Your heard-earned success helps us all, and I thank you so much for that. Springtime! Bring it. The country is ready! emoticon emoticon
    1305 days ago
    It's fun to buy new clothes when you like the way you look in them. That is one of the great benefits 'gained' from the weight loss.

    I can remember times when I would dread changing seasons because I HAD TO buy new LARGER sizes.

    No more!!

    Nevermore! as the raven said.

    1305 days ago
    Congrats on your continued success, and I admit I just ordered some hot weather workout shirts.
    1305 days ago
    I am begaining to think that warm weather is just around the corner . waiting with held in breathe . but soon we can be all that we want to be . I am thinking if i gave up the foods i am not going to eat them later . I have made a life style change to the way we eat . never to return the old fat ways .
    1305 days ago
    emoticon Eventually warmer weather will stay around!
    I have the mantra of "How is food going to make me feel?" and that makes all the difference in my maintenance plan.

    Whatever makes us stay on the healthy path is what we all have to figure out and do!
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    1305 days ago
    1305 days ago
    Congratulations on your ongoing maintenance successes!

    I'm looking forward to enjoying clothes shopping again! :-)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, offering your support AND inspiration!

    1305 days ago
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  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon Your thought process looks like a guarantee to maintaining your loss you worked so hard for.

    1305 days ago
    I'm so happy for you!
    1305 days ago
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