I could echo gemstones comment. I remain the same weight, but sometimes overeat...at least most of it has to be healthy foods, because I have trouble with my blood sugar roo. I can't go all out on the candy, or anything sweet. And what has been bothering me lately, which shows that I'm slipping back to old ways is my irregular use of exercise. And I'm the one who wants to lose six more pounds?
Don't freak out over a sugar-flour gain. When you get back onto your program, it melts back off. Just pick out a lee-way of 5 pounds over and 5 pounds under your goal. This lets you be stricker with your self or less strick during celebrations. I gained over my lee-way, but right back on track for this week. It will all come off before the end of the month.
Skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, Crystle Lite in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
Thanks for the post! I was about ready to drop out of this team, feeling like a bit of a failure at maintenance. It appears I'm not the only one who is struggling with the holiday weight gain....great suggestions from everyone, thanks :)
yes..yes yes, old ways have been creaping back in for me too. I plain out cannot have these trouble foods in my house. Cookies and chocolates have been the culprit for me over Christmas....
I haven't given up on eating healthy...meals have been great it's just the snacking that gets me. I enjoy exercising but it's harder for me without that motivation that comes with losing weight. I have to find something else to motivate me. I am going to sign up for some races throughout the year...that will keep me running because I have to be fit enough to do them.
Another thing that really helps it to be involved with challenges to keep you accountable and the encouragement from other teammates is really powerful.
current weight: 162.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,486) Posts: 2,684 12/30/07 2:30 P
I have been slipping since i reached my goal weight and its starting to show on the scale. I'm barely exercising and eating like a famine is about to start. Have been disiplined today but the evening is creeping in..... i need to get on the bandwagon!
current weight: 114.6
Fitness Minutes: (5,071) Posts: 414 12/30/07 10:47 A
Thanks for starting this thread. It is so easy to slip back into old habits because the food tasted good.
I like the idea of throwing things out. I usually am the one who does the dishes and I think when I get home I am going to throw out the stuff that I have been munching on. It won't hurt anyone not to have that junk food around.
I can't keep the bad stuff out of my house because my DH is too thin and needs to snack! He helps me by keeping his snacks up above the refrigerator where they are out of my sight and pretty much out of my reach. Only once or twice have I indulged myself by raiding his goodies. I really had to work hard to get myself to be mindful of what I eat...so if I do eat those M&M's I can make up for it somewhere else like extra activity!
I love black-eyed peas with brown rice! I'm going to make them on New Year's Day since it's a tradition I learned living in the South.
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I think we all have to deal with this from time to time, and this time of the year is very hard. In my house it's DH's pistacchios! I have substituted them for walnut halves ( which I put into my oatmeal this morning....was awesome!)
Another great snack is frozen grapes. I portion them in ziplock bags, and they are so sweet once they are frozen. You also can't gobble them especially if you have sensitive teeth!
Fitness Minutes: (80,798) Posts: 3,146 12/29/07 12:23 P
Grape tomatoes are fabulous! I think they will be in my shopping basket later today. And I wish I had remembered the Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind strategy last night. There were the homemade carmels on the counter and each time I passed, one went in my mouth. Duh! I should have just put them away. Duh again!
As a mother of 4 chilren (the same as me) I found the hardest part was putting "me" first but I needed to because I wanted to be a good example for my children. That said I decided that my rewards would be for ME! A relaxing massage, a hot bath with a good book, a walk on the beach by myself (if only for a few minutes) and I rewarded myself each time I reached a goal. To this day my kids tell me how much they appreciated the example I was showing them. I still give myself rewards that are special to me when I reach a goal weight - I want to continue to be good to ME and overeating isn't the way to do that.
Hopes this helps a little - Jenna
July 4th, 1948 - May 13th, 2008
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Fitness Minutes: (80,798) Posts: 3,146 12/29/07 11:55 A
I wish it were that easy. I have a husband and four children. Granted, they could all do without the snacks and other foods that tempt me. But the decision about when, if, or how to lose weight is a personal decision. I know. Nothing anyone would say could make me lose weight.
So the food IS in the house. I have asked for help, though. I ask them to put a portion or two into a bowl instead of eating out of the package. I ask them to put the package away in the cupboard. Out of sight, out of mind works for me.
And I'm glad you brought up stressed, tired, emotional, self-indulgent. This is definitely a problem area for me. So another strategy for me will be to reconsider what treats I really like that I can control. Then make sure they are in the house so I have an alternative to the other treats that I cannot control.
Not to be harsh BUT food does not sneak into my house...someone brings it in and someone can take it right back out. Why torture yourself with things you don't need to have around??? Cookies and candy are not a food group!!!
I had plenty of stuff around the house during Christmas and did indulge some but when an item got problematic, it hit the trash...I work too hard to do that to myself over food!!!
Portion control is great for some foods at certain times but for me, when I am stressed, tired, emotional or just feeling self-indulgent, it is better to not have dangerous foods in the house. At times when I am stronger then I can have limited treats. But I still limit how much I keep in the house at one time. Even the freezer isn't always a safe place for me...one of my favorite binge foods is frozen M and M's!!!
You can get back on track today if you choose to!!! Thanks for sharing your experience and solutions!!!
This is a wonderful thread! I'm also having problems with this. My weight has remained stable so far, but it has become a struggle not to return to the old habits that got me in trouble in the first place. The only thing that keeps me from going all out is my diabetes. I fear that more than anything else so I guess that is my motivation. Tips on how to decrease temptation is great. I may post some of these on my team that I lead. Thanks
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Fitness Minutes: (68,281) Posts: 7,066 12/29/07 11:03 A
I could have written this post! I'm sorry you're struggling, but you listed some very good tricks. I would like to tack on to #1 that: 1a. It is easier to resist cookies, candies, etc., if the package remains unopened. Once you open that package, get it away from you as soon as you are done sampling. 1b. If having a certain food in the house is a problem and doesn't require refrigeration, wrap it up and keep it in the trunk of your car. That way, it requires quite a bit of effort to get, and this avoids any "sneaking" because it's quite obvious that you're heading out to the car.
I love the idea of using smaller bowls/plates to serve everything in. Thanks for the reminder!
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Fitness Minutes: (80,798) Posts: 3,146 12/29/07 10:40 A
A couple of weeks ago, I was just two pounds away from my goal. Now I am 10 pounds away. The old ways have returned. I am still exercising, but candy and cookies have somehow reintroduced themselves into my diet. And I am starting to eat out of the package again. This is not good!
I started this thread intended to ask for help, but as things often go, I find myself figuring out the answers as I type the question:
1. If candy and cookies sneak in, just don't start eating them at all. It's too hard to stop. Keep them out of sight or out of the house, if possible.
2. Use small bowls and measure EVERY portion. Don't eat out of the package...EVER.
3. Find new and interesting recipes with new foods. I'm currently looking for something to do with black-eyed peas. I haven't had them before and the recipe that came in the spark mail looked interesting.
Maybe this list ought to be my goal list for the next couple of weeks.
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