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My Dirty Little Secrets


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Saturday, April 05, 2014

1) I dislike exercise--sometimes intensely.
I know we're supposed to love physical activity and seek out things that we truly enjoy. The truth for me is, apart from dancing, I don't like exercising and I still find it to be a daily effort to muster up the motivation to get it in. I always love how I feel afterwards, but that doesn't change how I feel before and during a sweat session.

2) I sometimes reward myself with food.
Again, this is another thing we've been conditioned to think we're not supposed to do. Our good health is supposed to be enough of a reward in and of itself and we should find other ways to stay motivated, right? But I find it highly motivating to stay on track the rest of the week knowing that I can have what I want and am craving during my one meal each week. I know this doesn't work for everyone and it took me a while to get comfortable with this strategy, especially since I'm a stress eater, but now I wouldn't trade it for the world. It helps me feel more "normal" and has taken the stress out of social gatherings because I don't have to obsess over my choices. What's more, I still find food to be a wonderful sensory pleasure even if I can't always indulge in what I want when I want it. I do find enjoyment in the healthy meals I make, but I'm still a foodie at heart and there's something in the preparation and eating of special meals, which might not always be the healthiest, that I love and really look forward to.

3) I weigh myself (almost) daily.
We hear a lot about not putting too much stock in the number on the scale and I think it is probably better to not weigh yourself daily if it affects your feelings of self worth. But as a serial regainer, taking my eyes off the scale for too long usually means that I'm ignoring weight gain. Weighing every day keeps me grounded and reinforces that I'm doing the right things to keep my weight and health in check.

4) I used the BMI range to set my goal weight.
I know that there are people who can be perfectly healthy and happy outside of this range, but I think it's generally a good indicator of where most of us should be. I'm not a competitive athlete or aspiring bodybuilder and I don't have any major health issues, so there aren't any compelling reasons for me to think that being and staying within that range isn't achievable. Yes, I choose to be on the higher end for sustainability purposes, but I'm still comfortably within my range.

5) I don't always eat mindfully.
I appreciate the value of savoring our food, its flavor and texture, and enjoying every bite, but sometimes that's just not practical. Sometimes food just has to be fuel to get me through a busy day. Not only do I sometimes eat standing up and literally scarf my food down, but I've also eaten on the run while walking from one appointment to the next. That's just the reality of my life sometimes and it makes me appreciate the times when I can savor a good meal in good time even more.

I'm not sharing these "secrets" to make anyone feel bad or to suggest that my way is the only way. I see people here use strategies that are vastly different from mine with great success every day. My point is that we don't always have to follow conventional wisdom to reach our goals. Just because certain strategies and catch phrases seem to be plastered everywhere doesn't mean that all of them will work for all of us. By tapping into the things that work best for us and avoiding the things that don't we can ALL enjoy success in this journey.
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INCH_BY_INCH 8/13/2014 6:29PM

  emoticon I don't always stay on discipline regime of exercise. It has to work out with my daily functioning. I stray from constant exercise. Adjustment in play and focus for positive outcomes.

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GRAMPIAN 8/5/2014 6:00AM

  A refreshing point of view. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/16/2014 1:58AM

    Great blog, very honest on things. I personally do not ike eercise so I have to make my daily routine exercise to get it into my schedule

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TERRIJ7 7/14/2014 9:09AM

    Very well said. I can relate.

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DARSHAN130 4/30/2014 1:39PM

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LEANMEAN2 4/17/2014 5:37AM

    You and I share many "dirty little secrets". I won't tell though.

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PURPLEPEONY 4/11/2014 5:27PM

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MARY-LEE1 4/11/2014 9:49AM

    Thank you!

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DAUNTLESSDONNA 4/11/2014 7:40AM

    I hear ya! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 4/10/2014 6:22PM

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VEAVILAM 4/10/2014 4:04PM

    Sometimes working out is not such a difficult thing to do but yes, I've felt like that many times, specially after a big day of stress.

Thank you!

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TLGRNT 4/10/2014 9:38AM

  Glad to know I am not the only one that does all of these things.

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THERESE2015 4/10/2014 3:45AM

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CICELY360 4/9/2014 8:29PM

  good blog

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KNEEMAKER 4/9/2014 3:05PM

  Most of us have the same little dirty secrets but we will make it too our destinations together. emoticon

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DENISENTEXAS 4/9/2014 1:58PM

    We're human! As such, many of us simply don't or won't leave all pleasurable food experiences behind. Fortunately, we don't really have to. What we need is balance.

When I was first diagnosed with LADA I put myself on a very strict diet and exercise program. I lost close to 45 pounds in a few months. I looked great, felt great, but in time I realized I couldn't maintain that way of eating for years. I tried. I truly gave it all I had but eating that way every day, all day took so much pleasure out of my life it simply wasn't worth it to me. Some things really DO taste as good as being thin feels!

Life is short - enjoy it! Enjoy the occasional treat, even if you don't enjoy the exercise. By the way, I don't like exercise either. I keep reading/hearing that in time I'll learn to enjoy it but I just don't see that happening so I'm seeking balance again in my life.

Thank you for this well said and encouraging entry!

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SDSMITH662 4/8/2014 2:56PM

  Thanks for sharing this! emoticon

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BEAUDWAY 4/8/2014 10:16AM

  It's terribly rude to enter my brain and post my inner-most thoughts as though they were your own. emoticon Actually, most of your confessions are quite healthy and realistic. In fact, a study has shown that the more often people weigh themselves the more likely they are to maintain a healthy weight or continue losing. It's not thought to be a causal relationship (although seeing your results may reinforce or discourage certain behaviors), so much as a correlation that those who weigh often are mindful and attentive of their weight and what they're doing to achieve it. So go ahead and weigh every day, girl!

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ONEATATIME3 4/8/2014 9:24AM

  I second you! If this the way i can stick to it , let it be. emoticon emoticon








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CHERYLHURT 4/8/2014 7:03AM

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BRADMILL2922 4/8/2014 5:43AM

    First of all, the most important thing is that you have found what works for you. Second, this is a great insight on what you do and what has worked for you. True, your way works for you and it probably won't work for most people but it can give someone a jumping off point at the very least.

I have to say that weighing yourself every day is probably the only one I was surprised about. Maybe surprised isn't the best way to put it. I guess for me, even when I was really losing, I only weighed in once a week at most and often times it was every two weeks or a month because I didn't want the scale to dictate my mood about what I was doing. I knew what I was doing would work if I gave it time to I didn't let the scale sway me either way. But, you do what works for you and that is the way to go.

Thanks for sharing your info!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/8/2014 1:03AM

    What an awesome blog! It just proves the saying you need to find what works for you!
There are many ways to do it and you prove it! It is figuring out what works and working it! Thanks for sharing your secrets!
Hugs,
Mary

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JUDYERAE 4/7/2014 11:43PM

    For the most part, I hate exercise, too. I like your tricks. They're real life and, if they work for you, great!

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HEARTPROCLAIMS 4/7/2014 10:05PM

    I do most of these!

In fact, sometimes I feel guilty because my health journey includes things that are not completely healthy. But they work for me.

I weigh myself every day and my goal weight is definitely set on my BMI range. But I'm learning to be OK with my imperfect choices. I'll probably change my habits/reasoning along the way but right now I'm OK with where I'm at.

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MELODYVIDAL 4/7/2014 10:00PM

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CAROLISCIOUS 4/7/2014 9:33PM

    Those are secrets? Heck yeh I do all of them! LOL!

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LINDAM.1 4/7/2014 8:52PM

  Thank goodness there are differences, would it not be a boring world.

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SWIMMERM0M14 4/7/2014 8:24PM

  This was a very enjoyable blog.

On weighing in every day, my husband has probably done that for twenty years. In the early years of traveling for business, he found it too easy for the pounds to add up. This way he keeps an eye on his weight and adjusts his meals accordingly until he is back where he wants to be. I wish that I found it that simple.

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SOUL2SHINE79 4/7/2014 7:46PM

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MOIMAGGIE 4/7/2014 7:20PM

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I have a friend who's also losing weight. Our approaches are very different, but they both work, so we don't quibble about the 'how', we just encourage each other and celebrate the successes.

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BHENDRICK2 4/7/2014 4:17PM

    you make alot of sense :)

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BAMAJAM2 4/7/2014 4:16PM

  Oh--- I HATE exercise; I HATE the thought of exercise---
The activity I like is eating chocolate... Results, however, come from WORK!

Loved your blog!

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JESLHAR14 4/7/2014 2:39PM

    Great Blog post. I think you have this thing down girl :)

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MISSB8604 4/7/2014 2:10PM

    You rock. Thank you.

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SWEET_CAROLYN 4/7/2014 1:45PM

    Thank you for this!!

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SUPERPSYCHED30 4/7/2014 1:26PM

    Thanks for sharing..I don't like exercising either but it's something that I need to do.

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TICKLESGR8 4/7/2014 1:20PM

    Great post! I've incorporated some of the strategies you've mentioned. Your #2 is a big one for me. I've only been at this a little over a week and I look forward to having a "free" meal on Saturday. I love to cook and hope that I can still have some of the things I enjoy in moderation. Great job on your success!

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FCHRISTIAN14 4/7/2014 1:08PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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BADHAIRDAY22001 4/7/2014 12:26PM

  Thank you! You think the same way I do, and I thought I was thinking wrong! Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way! emoticon

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OSDOWNS 4/7/2014 11:51AM

    Thank you.

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MAWMAW101 4/7/2014 11:49AM

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We should all do it our way......just do it!
Phyllis~~

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SWEETLILBLUEYES 4/7/2014 11:05AM

    Loved your blog. I hope some day to get to that point. Now I am still struggling with weight loss and other issues. Thanks for sharing!

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RAPUNZEL910 4/7/2014 11:01AM

    Love this blog! I'm right there with you on most all of them! :)

Keep up the inspiration!

Samantha

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EDILGES 4/7/2014 10:48AM

    You sound just like me! Thank you for sharing. Now if you take "requests" a blog post about what motivates you would really be inspiring. I need some inspiration on how to get started and keep going and you are very inspiring! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 4/7/2014 10:11AM

    I would love to sit down and chat with you for awhile. It seems we share many of the same dirty little secrets!

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