Thanks Ray! I'm a 'snacker' and I used to do precisely what you have described here - Healthy main, fruit dessert....sneak off to the computer with a clutch cookies with my coffee; Disappear to read in the bedroom with chips or savoury nibbles.
Of course I was eating healthily - 3 extremely 'virtuous' meals a day....but also unheathily.
I had to come clean to myself about this before I could truly turn my eating habits around and, I agree with you, the answer is a compromise.
Interestingly I reverted during a recent stressful time and just snacked hourly, half-hourly on a complete carbfest so I have a way to go before I have the total upper hand on this. However I've clicked back into a sensible pattern again now things are stable.
I must tell you, Ray, that the image (from one of your previous posts) of all those clamouring fat cells has been a big stop sign when I've wanted to binge eat. For this I'm very grateful!
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Motivation and The Truth How successful you become at your new lifestyle is measured by what you do and what you don’t do… Think about this for a minute… your success depends on what you do and what you don’t do! This all depends on the TRUTH! If you believe that you’re doing the right thing but in reality you’re doing another thing you’ll get confused because you’re convincing yourself that you’re changing …but in reality you’re not! Let me explain. You’ve just had a chicken salad for lunch… you’re convincing yourself that your lifestyle change is working and in this instance “It Is” but then when nobody is looking you’ve decided to binge on cookies… after say 5 or 6 cookies you decide that you need to return to your lifestyle change and have an apple for a snack. Wonderful! But when people ask how you are doing on your “Diet” you proudly say Great… I had a Chicken Salad today and an apple for a snack… I’m doing great! The person then congratulates you for the great effort in controlling your will power. In reality you haven’t owned up to the cookies because you can’t justify why you had them in the first place. Unfortunately, Wrong is Wrong and no matter how you justify or not justify the wrong decision, you can never change the wrong decision that you just made. The truth to the matter is… no matter how much you convince yourself that you’re doing great, every time you decide to break the diet you’re back peddling and it will hurt your progress. It will slow or even reverse your progress. Truth is what it is… you should be prepared to tell the truth and live the truth when it comes to your lifestyle and not try and hide the fact that you’re a secret snacker.
I am a snacker but I don’t hide the fact. The truth is what makes us credible. When someone says that they have done everything in their power to lose weight but they still keep gaining there could be reasons why and I’ll try and get behind the reasons. It could be a medical reason… but for all others, you have to be truthful. Truth isn't a matter of your personal viewpoint. Learn to see things as they really are, not as you imagine they are. Remember, you have the power to succeed but you also have the power within yourself to deceive yourself. You have the power to succeed but you have to be truthful always or your results may not be to your liking! Think about these truths… Portion control, wrong types of foods, soda pop, sugared cereals, refined white sugar, too much salt, eating too much fat, margarine, butter, bacon fat, lard, pretzels, chips and dip, pastries, cake, cookies, etc… are not the enemy! But how you consume them and how much you consume them can be.
You could cut them all out of your diet and eat like a mouse or you could eat them sparingly using moderation and enjoy your life. Remember… one small piece of cake isn’t going to hurt anyone but when you choose to eat 4 or 5 pieces of cake at a sitting this is considered extreme. The Truth: If you just ate 6 pieces of cake you haven’t changed you eating ways if you’re trying to lose weight. If you just ate half a bag of cookies, a double bag of potato chips and dip, gone back for a second or even third helping of food you aren’t being truthful with yourself. Let’s face it… at this point you aren’t ready for your lifestyle change. If you truly believe that you want to change then change!
This doesn’t mean you can’t have these things… it just means you need to choose moderation when consuming them. Have a cookie (Not 20) to satisfy your craving. In 85 percent of what you think is a hunger craving… it’s usually your body telling you that you’re thirsty. Try this the next time you’re hungry… drink 1 or 2 glasses of water, wait 10 to 15 minutes and if you’re still hungry, have a small snack! You’ll be surprised at the results.
The truth shall set you free… but you have to be truthful with yourself! By being true to yourself, only then will you be able to move forward in your lifestyle change journey! Your new lifestyle awaits… your health will improve… you’ll feel better and you’ll enjoy your life!!! Isn’t this what lifestyle change is all about? We deserve a better life… Let’s get that better life… after all… We deserve it!
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