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There Will Always Be An Excuse To Eat...

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Monday, April 14, 2014


In my previous attempts at weight loss, I always felt picking a time to "start" was so difficult. My thought process usually went something like this...

"I really need to lose this weight... I really need to start a diet."

emoticon Don't panic, the Stephanie of 2014 knows this is a lifestyle, not a diet... but the Stephanie of Past Failed Weight Loss Attempts did not. emoticon

"Okay, well I can't start tomorrow, because tomorrow is Thursday... no one starts weight loss in the middle of a week. I mean seriously, who does that? Monday sounds perfect, a shiny new week, yes that will be the day I start. Oh but wait, I am going out to dinner with my family on Wednesday, and I can't possibly stick to my diet when I go out to eat, so it should be after that. I guess that means a week from Monday. Yes, a week from Monday will be fabulous. But wait, I leave for Vegas to visit my Gammie two weeks after that, and there is no way for me to stay on track in Vegas. So maybe I will just wait until I get back from Vegas to get started. So it's official, I will start 4 Monday's from now." emoticon

As you can imagine, there became many new reasons not to start, it was always something. But were they really reasons? No, they were excuses. Oops. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of starts, and I might get off to a strong start for a week or two and give up. Every once in a while I'd get the ball rolling and make it 3 months or so before throwing in the towel. But that mentality really got me into trouble and prevented me from successfully losing weight for many years.

I am experiencing that "excuse to eat syndrome" this week as well. This week is Dispatcher's Week, and it is a lot of fun! We have different theme days where we get to wear free dress (Monday is Hawaiian day) and we get to play little games, but in addition to that there is food. There is an assigned food for each day (Monday is chili dogs), and that is not counting all the extra treats that others bring in. There is a huge container of candy that I have to walk by like 15 times a day, and on Saturday I dipped into it one too many times. For Sunday I am staying strong, and going candy free. I also devised a plan... I will not participate in the root beer floats Sunday (done), chili dogs Monday, and nachos on Tuesday. I am off Wed-Fri and if I stick to my plan, I will participate in pizza on Saturday which is the last day, which I will track and eat no more than 2 pieces. That way I can feel like I participated some, but didn't let it lead to an entire week off track. :)

It can be so hard to control yourself when you have an unhealthy relationship with food. It is no secret that I am an emotional eater, and I can sure eat a lot lol. Pair that with the fact that EVERYONE else is eating these things around me, and it's free, and it's a celebration, and it really makes it harder to resist. In previous years, I would use this week as an all out free week to just eat whatever I wanted. I mean it was only once a year right? Okay so Dispatcher's Week is only one week out of the year, but what about all the other holidays? What about all the birthdays? All the times people bring in donuts, cookies, cupcakes for no reason other than the fact they like to feed people.

This happens on a daily basis. Maybe not the baked goods, but since we aren't allowed to leave work for lunch, one person goes on a "chow run" each night, and brings back food for everyone who has ordered. They go to many delicious places, and that is a daily battle to stick to eating what I brought. Even now, I hear the clinking of the candy jar being opened and it makes me want one, but I am trying to stand strong ha ha. Luckily, the candy jar should be gone in another day or so, since that candy is getting gobbled up at a pretty steady pace. emoticon

My point in all of this, is that there will always be an excuse to eat. There will always be a birthday, anniversary, party, Taco Tuesday, pizza on Friday, girls night out, dinner out with family, vacation, etc. The list goes on and on. The thing that we all have to learn is balance and that is something I struggle with but continue to work on. We can use all these excuses to postpone our success, but in the end we are only hurting ourselves. I wasted a lot of years postponing this, and I don't want to see anyone do the same. We can go out to dinner sometimes, eat off plan sometimes, we don't have to avoid everyone who wants to go out to dinner with us. emoticon We just need to have that balance and have a plan in place so we can enjoy a donut or dinners out without letting it completely derail us. So if you are waiting for the perfect time to get started or to get back on track, do it now. There will always be excuses to eat, but you can overcome them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATESCAPE 4/24/2014 6:15PM

    Excellent blog. Thank you~

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PIGGYWAY 4/20/2014 7:56PM

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KIM22211 4/17/2014 4:48AM

    been there done that yesterday! mini binge so I thought well I might as well have some ice cream I blew it already

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WHITNEYLD 4/16/2014 9:02AM

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SLLYONS51 4/15/2014 5:55PM

  Thanks Steph I really needed to read this today as I refresh my journey. emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 4/15/2014 3:24PM

    Oh, oh, I hear you! I am having one of those weeks too - temptation in every direction I look and Easter (think choc bunnies etc.) looming ahead! I have just made a plan to allow for a small pizza on Friday night and some chocolate (dark and expensive!) for Sunday - the other days are 1400 calories max! Hope you have a lot of fun with your collegues this week! emoticon

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LADYJAJA 4/15/2014 2:38PM

  Hey....I've had that same talk to myself!!! Very well said.......seems the hardest part is just getting started! emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 4/15/2014 1:50PM

    So true and purely awesome!

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NIKKICOLE83 4/15/2014 11:59AM

    You are so very right girl. I know that if I start anything on a Monday that I will be over it by Wednesday. Lossing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is hard because food is everywhere and we need it to survive. HOWEVER, we do not need emoticon emoticon emoticon to survive!

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FLMOMX2 4/15/2014 11:36AM

    great encouragement emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/15/2014 8:44AM

    that is the beauty of time being in minutes and seconds.we can always change the direction of our life.this minute infact in this next second can you turn your life around with the very next choice you make.isnīt that an awesome and powerful thought steph love.we can change our life round this very second.SECOND emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 4/15/2014 7:16AM

    Great blog and so true!! Eating is socially acceptable..until you get fat..then you need to lose weight per society. But it's a vicious cycle. I have a bad relationship with food as well and these types of things are SO hard to battle but you're right we can do it! Keep up the great work and avoid those nachos today!

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WEBEZE 4/15/2014 2:12AM

    Well said. I hear this so many times from co-workers who want to lose. Oh but I have ... and will start after. Needless to say they never start.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 9:05PM

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RAINBOWMF 4/14/2014 8:26PM

    Good advice, emoticon

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LAILATN 4/14/2014 7:51PM

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You're right! we've got to learn how to find a bit of balance with all the celebrations and fun times in life - great post.



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SMILINGEYES2 4/14/2014 7:48PM

    Excellent advise. If it is going to happen we must make it so.

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DEBADEAU 4/14/2014 7:37PM

    Amen to that sister! As that old adage states "tomorrow never comes!" We have to take control when the moment strikes us :)

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TRUNKJUNK 4/14/2014 6:26PM

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AMARILYNH 4/14/2014 2:34PM

    Been there - done that!! It is so freeing when we realize this is a lifelong journey and we CAN say no to food pushers if that is what we choose to do!! Add to that a little moderation and you have a PLAN!! You can do it - you've already proven that!! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIJ16 4/14/2014 12:59PM

    emoticon You hit the nail right on the head! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 4/14/2014 12:56PM

    Well said Steph

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GRLTAZ 4/14/2014 11:55AM

    If I worked where you do, I would probably bring in healthier versions of the foods being served. It would be so helpful to know the menu ahead. I would not have a candy jar near where I work because that is a severe weakness for me. I would try to workout before work if possible. I think you are doing wonderful and this is just my opinion of how I would probably plan to handle this type of week at work. Take what you like and leave the rest. Keep sparking.

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MTN_KITTEN 4/14/2014 11:49AM

    We never start over ... if we don't give up. Keep on truckn'

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SUSIEMT 4/14/2014 11:20AM

    Balance is a good thing! Keep up the good work Stephanie!

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JENRAQTAY87 4/14/2014 10:47AM

    How do you keep reading my mind?

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BARBARAJ73 4/14/2014 10:32AM

    Sooooo true!! emoticon

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PIGGYWAY 4/14/2014 10:27AM

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LINDAK25 4/14/2014 10:25AM

    Great approach! Keep your balance and track.

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2014TODAY 4/14/2014 10:23AM

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 4/14/2014 10:04AM

    Thank you - this is inspirational! :)

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BRENDA_G50 4/14/2014 9:45AM

    I loved the "no excuses" cat and the "You can have Results or Excuses not both". I think there's not an excuse out there that I haven't used to be able to eat whatever I wanted. Thanks for the eye-opener emoticon and for sharing your thoughts with us so we can identify our "stinkin' thinkin'" and get back on our road to success.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/14/2014 9:43AM

    Yes! So many excuses. We will never get away from these 'special events that only come around once a year', but there are always so many special events that they litter the calendar! Best to find a way through them. I'm still working on how to make it through. Christmas ended up being about 2 weeks of epic failure in the eating department, so I still have so many kinks to work out! Stay strong.

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FUNLOVEN 4/14/2014 9:30AM

    I can oh so relate to this blog. I always seem to have something going on in my life and it makes that balancing very difficult. I have not given up though and I dream for the day when it all becomes second nature to me just like it has for some others here on SP!

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GODZDESIGN95 4/14/2014 9:13AM

    Awesome always................ emoticon

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KANOE10 4/14/2014 8:30AM

    I love you can have results or excuses, but not both. Too true. We have the same thing at my job..We have appreciation weeks where everyday is food theme day and culminates wtih a feast. I generally avoid the food.

You are right..there is always a celebration or event to use as an excuse. This is a lifestyle change and it goes with you..whenever and where ever you are.
Good for you finding a moderate solution to enjoy your week.

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JOHNSONTREE 4/14/2014 8:18AM

  Thank you for the post. I always say I will start on Monday. emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 4/14/2014 8:12AM

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 4/14/2014 7:50AM

    Described my emotional struggle with food

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SNOOPYLINKOS 4/14/2014 7:45AM

    emoticon emoticon Great thoughts. Being conscious of these thoughts is part of all our battles with weight (and life!). Thanks for the reminders.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 4/14/2014 7:32AM

    Stay strong Steph. Remember each thing you eat is a choice Make it a conscious one.

Good luck!! I know you can do it!!

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BESSHAILE 4/14/2014 7:19AM

    Oh la. How you sing my song!

I can think of a thousand mornings when I stood in the shower and said "Today is the day I start" only to put it off another for one more day. sigh.

It was when I quit thinking of it as something to start - which means to eventually stop - that I began to get a handle on things. A handle from which my grip sometimes slips too - but most of the time I focus on getting the nutrition I need first. Indulging later. One trick I use now, especially for those EVENTS that seem to pop up everywhere - is to think of the nutritional value of the candy, the cupcake, the pizza - BEFORE I put my body in the place of temptation. Before I go to work I imagine the emptiness of the candy on the lunch room table. Before I walk into the restaurant - even if I don't know what's on the menu - I imagine the best nutrition I can purchase there and try to select that. This way, even if I'm I do decide to have a bite of the birthday cake or whatever - I can have only a bite.

of course - all this is only sometimes - but sometimes is always better than no times.

LOL I am glad, though, that your work place is giving you a week of laughter. Hope it's a good one. Track the junk you eat and you may find you eat less junk.

loveya
meanit


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RUBYSNANA 4/14/2014 7:05AM

    emoticon I've used them all! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 4/14/2014 6:47AM

    Are you recording my brain?! emoticon Seriously though, great blog! And totally spot on!! You've got the plan spot on.....have a good week, and Happy Dispatcher's Week! :-)

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ZELLAZM 4/14/2014 6:33AM

    No time like the present! Good reminder!

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/14/2014 6:25AM

    You are wise to realize these kinds of situations will always come up and they can be difficult indeed. But you have a plan, and that is what counts.

Best of success with the rest of Dispatcher week!

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MARYBETH4884 4/14/2014 6:03AM

    Great plan for dispatcher's week!! You have the determination to follow through!! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 4/14/2014 5:54AM

    Lots of great information

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SUNSH9NAJ 4/14/2014 5:06AM

  Hello,
Very well said.. I often find myself doing this.
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