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Ooops, I Forgot Not To Diet

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Friday, February 28, 2014

I've been stuck on a plateau, as many of you know. So what did I do, I went on a diet... DUH! Life has been heck. Yes, I lost some weight, but I'm miserable.

What did I do to lose weight in the first place? I ate more whole foods and less refined ones, had smaller portions, checked my hunger more carefully, drank water more diligently, ate from smaller plates, ate meat and dairy with no added hormones, and added more fruits and vegetables. So basically I ADDED foods to my plan... hormone free foods, more fruits and veggies, water, and did more regular hunger checks. I had less room for the junk when I ate well, and really, I just wasn't hungry for it.

It was really tough at first to decide if I was hungry and sometimes it still is. I have a difficult time distinguishing head hunger from stomach hunger, so much that I end up suffering blood sugar lows frequently. I have to eat mini meals every 3-4 hours to keep my blood sugar under control and my appetite in check. I'm always sure to have carbs, protein, and healthy fat. All food groups are important. Did you know that dairy, fruits and vegetables all are considered carbs to a diabetic?

So it's back to basics for me. I will measure so that I can log my food, but no more of this dieting bologna. It leaves me feeling deprived and nuts. I'm going to add in healthful foods and that will squeeze out the unhealthful ones. I can't believe I forgot this. You would think after losing so much weight that I would know better, but old habits die hard.
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STEVENK87 4/3/2014 1:39PM

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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/1/2014 11:33AM

    Old Habits DO die hard!! It's a day to day struggle!

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NASFKAB 3/26/2014 4:49AM

  way to go

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/18/2014 5:57PM

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BKNOCK 3/15/2014 10:04PM

    Sounds like a plan!

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FLMOMX2 3/15/2014 10:19AM

    I doing the same thing right now

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K1TT3N 3/9/2014 11:01PM

    I understand been from fighting the same things

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NASFKAB 3/8/2014 4:10AM

  helpful as usual

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MRSRIGS1 3/6/2014 6:26PM

    emoticon btw, when I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I shocked to learn how fruits affect diabetics. I had a discussion, one time, with my doctor because he thought I eat too much fruit (at times). But, I told him there are times I get a sugar craving that feels like I'm going to behave like a madwoman! I asked him what would he rather I do, eat a little extra serving of fruit or go buy a snickers bar? He backed off. Occasionally, I do eat a bigger helping of fruit and savor each bite! I found it helps curb my sweet tooth.

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BRADMILL2922 3/6/2014 3:21AM

    Sometimes, getting back to basics is the key to it all! Hey, it worked once so why not get it working again? Like you said, be brave!

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MARYHENNIG 3/5/2014 8:42PM

  Well said

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TWOHUNERDPLUS 3/5/2014 7:58PM

  You are a KNOCK-OUT beauty, Indy Girl. WOW! What a difference a "few" pounds make. CONGRATULATIONS, Keep it up. We are looking forward to your GRADUATION PARTY. What a gala that will be!
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SUSIEMT 3/5/2014 6:25PM

    Beth, I think you will do just fine!

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EBONYSOL 3/5/2014 8:55AM

    Garfield the Cat refers to the word diet as "die with a t ". I agree with him. So my approach is to modify my eating a little at a time because it is a lifestyle change. So throw the diet approach out the window and start your lifestyle changes. emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 3/5/2014 5:55AM

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1ALISSUCCESS 3/5/2014 2:00AM

    I can really relate to this I have been stuck at several different plateaus since I joined SparkPeople the beginning of February.! It's very frustrating, but I just need to hang in there and trust that with continued effort, this too shall pas,
To everyone else facing these challenges, let's all hang in there together and together we can support each other through what ever we go through.
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FRESHBEGINNINGS 3/5/2014 12:24AM

    That is probably the biggest mistake all of us make! Especially when we mess up a little - it is so easy to try to make up for it using a dieting mindset!

Good for you that you recognized it!

Good for us that you shared it!

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LAVAL54 3/4/2014 8:58PM

    we have to think that this is not a diet but a life style ,when we fall its important to get up ,its happening to me maybe is the cold whether. I had lost 28 and I gained 10pounds so fast I cant believe it .This week I will try WW.What's hard for me that I like to walk outside and its very slippery right now I live in Montreal Canada and I'm afraid to fall because I have problem with my knee SO I REALLY NEED TO LOOSE MY 75 POUNDS. So for the moment the only thing that I could do is my stationary bike for 30 min a day. emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 3/4/2014 6:28PM

    Cheers for getting back on track.

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JRRING 3/4/2014 6:27PM

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PATTY54151 3/4/2014 3:58PM

    Good for you for getting back on Track!
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I find it funny how the word "Diet" has such a negative meaning to so many people. After all your "Daily Diet" really is just what you consume during the day, right? It shouldn't be connected to depriving yourself or limiting yourself....it's just what you eat.

I find clean eating isn't too hard when you prep & plan & I am guessing that is what your going back to & that is what has worked in the past for you. I know It really is easy to forget the basics & get sucked into all the processed & crappy foods, been there & done that many times! You should be so proud of yourself for realizing what you have to do & putting it into action! You go girl!
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WINNIE-POOH 3/4/2014 3:48PM

    I am trying to make sure I get what I need, but it is a challenge, I had a heart attack, so I have to monitor my sodium, cholesterol. calories. It is a challenge, but I will do it. emoticon

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DELLMEL 3/4/2014 12:03PM

  Well said Way to go

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 3/4/2014 11:28AM

    We all do it, sometimes you just have to go back to the basics to find what's going on. Glad your back on track!

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ONESPOTLEFT 3/4/2014 8:41AM

    one day at a time
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JRRING 3/3/2014 8:01PM

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CHEENY 3/3/2014 7:03PM

    Yep, no diet for me. I'm focusing right now on just getting more active. I think the food will follow that naturally.

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SLLYONS51 3/3/2014 3:32PM

  I also find that when I eat non-processed foods the cravings for all that sugar go away. As a diabetic myself it is the healthiest way for me otherwise I binge.

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SWEETLILBLUEYES 3/3/2014 2:54PM

    I totally get that. It's easy to slide back into the old routine of deprivation and negativity, rather than embracing the healthful choices that I know will help me. Thanks for the reminder! I needed to hear it right now!
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JEANKNEE 3/3/2014 2:33PM

    Your openness and willingness to share your journey is inspirational and heart warming.

Keep up the great work!



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50PLUSBABY 3/3/2014 2:07PM

  Just a reminder that there is no graduation from this school, you always learning and practising what you learn to keep on track. Good job for realizing this before it is too late and all the weight is back emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 3/3/2014 1:30PM

    Many years ago a friend gave me a book called "Diets Don't Work", and we all know it is true. The word diet sets me off.. even though it's real meaning is what you eat. As in "a bird's diet is bugs and worms".. But you are right. We all know the right and wrong foods to eat. And we know no food is really bad - as long as you eat in moderation. Cake once a year is perfectly harmless. Cake every day is bad news. Somewhere between there is a happy place! Eat those healthy foods again, and remember how good it feels. You are an amazing woman!

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NAMASTEJUDE 3/3/2014 1:24PM

    Sometimes we have to go backwards in order to see what we've been doing that works. Good job for recognizing that you don't have to torture yourself!!

Keep on sparking!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 3/3/2014 12:54PM

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WALLPER26 3/3/2014 11:07AM

    Well said, as always. It is annoyingly true that when we are not paying attention to the new guidelines we know will work, that those old habits can sneak right back on us.

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MJEFFERSON23 3/3/2014 10:53AM

  Good blog and good ideas. I'm so sick of plateaus, I've decided to weigh monthly. Keep up the good work!

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FLYOVERSTATE 3/3/2014 10:20AM

  I love this! I too have been struggling, which is silly seeing how I have lost 60+ pounds but yet I can't seem to remember the good habits that have gotten me here! Today is day 1..here we go!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 3/3/2014 9:42AM

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WANT2BFIT43 3/3/2014 7:53AM

    Well said, lifestyle change is a journey. And each journey begins with a step emoticon

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BLUEDIADEM 3/3/2014 12:55AM

    It's encouraging to see this, because this is very much what I've started doing for myself and I'm having great success so far. It's incredibly helpful to know that you did this the way I'm choosing to tackle the challenge this time around. :)

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MOONGLOWSNANA 3/2/2014 10:51PM

  Sending you good vibes!

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PREACHERLADY565 3/2/2014 8:59PM

  It really isn't a diet is it? It is a whole new lifestyle

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BETRHO48 3/2/2014 8:46PM

    emoticon Great job reminding yourself that this is a new lifestyle, NOT a diet.
Keep on keeping on!
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~Beth

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DEE797 3/2/2014 8:14PM

    emoticon Thanks again for your insightfulness. I needed to read this today.

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DAWNDMOORE40 3/2/2014 7:46PM

    emoticon Beth! You have some emoticon thoughts and your attitude is amazing! Keep up the good work! You lost weight the healthy way and that is what counts! emoticon for being an inspiration to myself and to others! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST2MUCH2 3/2/2014 7:16PM

    Hi, Beth! Going back to dieting w/out really remembering it doesn't work very well reminds me of all my dysfunctional coping skills that easily creep back if I'm not on the lookout. I learned new, healthy ways of coping w/stress, anxiety, anger, fear, happiness, etc. (It seemed like I was not handling any emotions very well--using food to soothe me or smoking to calm me or binge spending to cure my depression). I learned so many wonderful techniques in DBT, but if I'm not watchful my "natural" tendencies to go back to my old self-harming & ineffective ways in the long run to "handle" my emotions or cravings or anything HARD, really, come right back to me.

Like riding a bike!

I was the oldest in my DBT group & one of the young ladies asked if I was a "cutter." It seems they all had that "coping" technique in common.

I said, "No, it hadn't been invented yet!! I used all the old-fashioned self-destructive coping skills like overeating, drinking & smoking too much, not taking care of my physical or mental health, etc."

I also use the term "mouth hunger" like you use "head hunger." It seems my mouth wants to have a tasting party even though my stomach turned down the invite (it wasn't hungry).

Love to you & all your great comment-givers. Just copied that quote:

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Wow--Wow--And Double Wow--What Great Insight & Thought-Provoking Words to Live By

Thank you All!

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SERENE-BEAN 3/2/2014 6:44PM

    You're good at examining your life and making adjustments when you need to. I think you'll do great.

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