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TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/7/12 11:26 A

terrific advice Trinity. Thanks and have a Blessed day, Amy

5/4/12 4:14 P

Oh, and Amy...
Stop telling people that you're trying to lose weight. That is the quickest way to get people to start offering you food. Just decline politely without mentioning your diet and health goals.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/3/12 9:52 A


DEANJR86 Posts: 126
5/2/12 7:20 P

Amy, I agree with some earlier comments. It's okay to sometimes eat things that aren't strictly on your usual menu, but you have to be very careful about portion control. Just get small helpings. Make sure to talk with your friends at Bible study a lot so that you take bites less frequently. Drink lots of water at the event.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/2/12 12:34 P

great reply Eric. Thanks. I just relate food addiction to a drug addiction. If I'm an alcoholic and somone waves a beer in my face, it's gonna be hard to turn it down. Sames goes for food addiction. Someone waves banana pudding in my face and it's hard for me to turn it down. I need to get past the desire for bad foods such as those. I guess some people don't have that problem, but I do. I need to work on that. Thanks again. I know they are not pointing a gun in my face and making me eat. It's my decision. Only I am to blame for my own actions.

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5/2/12 11:52 A

Those are excuses, Amy- I get that all the time. I say "looks great, but no thank you".

They're not trying to sabatoge you at all. They don't care about you that much to try to sabatoge you. They are just living. They are making bad food choices. That doesn't mean you need to follow the herd.

I NEVER join in at my office when the inevitable birthday cae is brought in every other day for some other employee birthday. Everyone else does, and everyone offers me cake, all the time. They are not trying to sabatoge me. They are being polite. I am polite and decline, because I won't sabatoge myself.

I eat badly enough - especially on weekends. But that is on me- I won't blame anyone else!

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/2/12 11:40 A

I guess my main problem is this: "Amy, go get something to eat" "Amy, that food in there is delicious, especially the banana pudding, don't miss that" "Amy, you don't look like you need to lose weight" "oh Amy, one good meal won't kill you"

You see, I'm constantly surrounded by people trying to sabatouge me. This is my main weakness I guess.

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5/2/12 11:10 A

Drink 3 cups of water 15 min before meal time to suppress feelings of hunger.

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5/2/12 11:05 A

Well, then ye. It's about portion control. Get a grip on yourself, load up on salad, skip the dressing, and control yourself.

If you feel compelled to binge, then maybe the night before you can make yourself something healthy to bring to work before you go, so that you've taken the edge off of your hunger and can control portions better at dinner.

It really isn't that hard.

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5/2/12 11:03 A

Gravelridge says it all. If you're not comfortable bringing your own healthier food, and honestly who wouldn't feel a little uncomfortable doing that, it then becomes all about 4 things:
2)portion control
3)portion control
4)portion control

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/2/12 10:53 A

yeah it is a eat all you wish to kind of thing. You can go back for seconds if you're still hungry. You just help yourself. They have salad but only ranch dressing.

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5/2/12 10:39 A

Are these buffet-style?

I don't go to Chuch-based things like that, but when I do go to things like this, I usually load up on the green, leafy salads that are offered, as in more than half of my plate. Then, I take a small portion of whatever else might be there.

OR, if no salad, then a bit heavier on the protein that is available, and very light on other things.

I have no problem with declining dessert, or sweets, that are there. Fruit or nothing for me!

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/2/12 9:49 A

actually Gravel, we just started going a few weeks ago. Another thing, everything they cook is homemade so I have no idea as to how many calories I'm getting. I will take your suggestions though. I know if I have just a scoop of this and a scoop of that, I will be within calorie limit. That's what I'm aiming for anyway. 1200 calories per day. Thanks alot man.
Also, I was thinking last night about it, and those 100 calories popcorn takes a while to eat.

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5/1/12 8:14 P

I am sure you have gone there enough times to know what is usually there every time. I would suggest to do some research as to how many calories and fat each dish usually has, granted it might be different with homemade stuff but it will give you a good guesstimate.

Also remember about portions, Just take a little bit of each thing that you think is lower in fat and calories, once a week will not hurt too bad to have a treat day and then maybe have an extra long or hard workout on Thursday so you do not feel guilty about the extras.

Another thing to consider, besides slow eating, is being last in line. While you are being considerate to letting other people go first, it also will help you if you do not have as big of a plate to finish about the same time.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
5/1/12 2:03 P

well, actually, it's prepared dinners. My husband and I go to bible study on Wednesday nights and there is already a prepared dinner for us. I don't want to go without eating and look stupid sitting there not eating anything and being envious of everyone else. Also, pretty much everything is calorie laden, seeing how Southern Baptists love to add sugar to everything they cook, even the veggies. So, what can I eat? If I bring my own snacks, what would take the longest to eat, so that I will finish when everyone else does? I don't cook that day because I work during the day and I don't have time. Any suggestions guys? Thanks, Amy

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