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9/11/11 9:57 P

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I think once you change your idea of why we eat, it helps. I now look at food as a way to fuel my body, not my emotions, not my stomach. Food now helps me be able to accomplish my daily life. Once I realized that satisfied feels much better than full/stuffed, it helped, too.

I also like the notion that this isn't a diet, but a change of lifestyle. Once that clicked in my head, eating right was much easier. Fit/healthy vs. thin/fat. Everyone can be fit/healthy. That's a much more obtainable goal than the thin. What exactly is thin? That is very subjective and I won't "play that game."

Here's to all of us being fit/healthy together!

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9/11/11 8:20 P

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Peggy, you put it so well. It is really habit which is a way of living healthy.

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9/11/11 7:20 P

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I don't think of myself as either fat or thin. I think of myself as healthy and fit as long as I keep doing the things I've learned from Sparkpeople. I weigh and measure when I'm at home and estimate food portions when I eat out, usually sharing an entree with my husband. It isn't either a battle or a war, it's just HABIT. I also keep up my 3 day a week Jazzercise and try to walk 30 min. each day. That's also just HABIT. Thanks to Sparkpeople I've exchanged the bad habits I used to have,(like finishing any leftover food on the table or talking myself out of walking somewhere and driving instead) for the good habits I've developed over the 4 years I've been at my goal weight.

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9/11/11 5:15 P

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I, I fear, even after 40 years at goal, am still a fat person in a thin body. My sister just automatically wants things that are good for her. She'll eat an egg and just half her toast at breakfast, and tell me she's full. She never has to force herself away from the pie, she really doesn't want it most of the time. One time my brother came back from college in San Diego and went to the Deli to get a real submarine sandwich. He loves them, but said they just don't make them right out there. He cut it in half, and ate one half over the kitchen sink, moaning in ecstasy. Then wrapped up the other half for later saying he couldn't eat anymore just then. I was astonished! They can both just listen to their food desires and appetite, follow them, and stay thin. I needed to have someone give me a plan. I still need to measure it out and write it down. I still need to force my hand away from snack bowls and candy bowls. My sister and brother never even WANTED that stuff. They never have to decide what they can eat, they just decide what they want. No tracking, no plan, it's just intuitive for them.

What to me is a choice that I have to consider, they don't. But then I don't think about having to accommodate my shortness, I just grab a stepstool and keep the things I use most on lower shelves. I don't agonize over it, I just do it. I don't agonize over Cheetos anymore, but I do have to hustle past them. And Reeses...aahh Reeses! They still call to me after all these years. Funny, I don't miss my high school loves anymore but I DO miss Reeses. I can't have even one or it will be all over.

I was the only fat person in my family. My parents, grandparents, both siblings and all my cousins have always been blithely thin. I know how normal people eat and think about food. It has never been that way for me. But I CAN stay at goal if I follow my program every day. People seeing me in the grocery store just see a thin, older woman checking off a list and putting stuff in the cart. They never notice that I assiduously avoid certain aisles and hustle past the Reeses. It is invisible. They probably think I am like my family because I look like them now. I think that is what Jean Nidetch was talking about.

Nell

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CAROLJEAN64's Photo CAROLJEAN64 Posts: 11,344
9/11/11 4:17 P

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I think lots of people gain back the weight because they still see themselves as a fat person hiding in thing body. We are NOT. We are healthy people in healthy bodies making choices to stay that way, there's nothing weird or valiant about it. It takes time to come to this place.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,932
9/11/11 4:01 P

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True. I suppose the "normal" way a thin person chooses not to eat something is just to shrug and say "I'm full already" or something like that. In that case it doesn't look valiant, but it at least looks boring and predictable, not weird. LOL

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 9/11/2011 (16:02)
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9/11/11 10:46 A

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Jean Nidetch said in her book "The Story of Weight Watchers" that once you hit goal you have won the battle, but the war really begins at that point because you go out into the world as a fat person in a thin person's body. People have no comprehension of a thin person choosing not to eat dessert. It looks weird instead of valiant.

Nell

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9/10/11 11:48 P

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Sounds kind of like what we've been hearing on SP.

I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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MJREIMERS's Photo MJREIMERS Posts: 3,776
9/7/11 9:28 P

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Thanks for the good information! Makes me rethink and realize that I'm doing just what I need to do.

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9/7/11 1:54 P

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Maybe you could suggest it to them?

Look through the archives and figure out who writes the articles most similar to this topic, and then send him/her a spark mail?

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CAROLJEAN64's Photo CAROLJEAN64 Posts: 11,344
9/7/11 1:52 P

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It there any way we could get this published in Spark Digest? I think we need to see maintenance articles there on a regular basis.

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9/7/11 1:44 P

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Thanks for sharing that very informative article. It's good to be reminded of stuff we have found to be true about how to stay lean and fit. I plan to "keep on keeping on" the rest of my life.

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9/6/11 8:19 P

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Great article. Said a lot we already know, but I feel less obsessed now about keeping my nutrition and fitness trackers going. It is interesting because even after over 5 years of being at goal, my family will often say, "Oh, let's not go to that restaurant, there won't be anything for Mom to eat." My response is,"Don't worry, I can always find something." And I always do. Often others look at my plate and wished they had ordered that. We were at a Mexican place recently and one dish looked good except that is was listed as covered with nacho cheese. I just asked that the cheese be left off and the dish looked fresh and beautiful and tasted good. Everyone at the table agreed I had made the best choice.
I do need to continue to remind myself to chew and be more mindful,but who knew how much my yoga was helping. It is interesting to me that I started practicing yoga within 2 months of reaching my goal weight.

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9/6/11 8:07 P

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thanks for sharing that- I read the article - good thoughts- a reminder to always be vigilant

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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

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9/6/11 7:05 P

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Thanks for sharing very interesting

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9/6/11 6:45 P

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Pretty nice summary of some research on maintenance. Some of the references are a little old, but it's well written and can be helpful as a reminder:
www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkp
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What I like about it is that references are provided.

Here are the main points:

- The old thing about fat cells shrinking rather than going away (I'm not entirely sure I believe this one)
- Eating slowly
- Thinking about what you're doing
- Tracking food and exercise, etc.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 9/6/2011 (18:45)
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