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7/7/11 3:42 P

I also, think of this as a journey and not as a diet, and I'm learning what I can give up and what I can't. Like you, who is used to eating late at night, so its a habit that you want to give up. However you may decide that that late night eating is really important to you, so you can plan for it. I just spent an hour talking to a friend who's doing weight watchers, and who isn't sure she can give up her late night cookies routine. So, she's trying to change it to having "legal" cookies late at 9pm, but she's struggling with portion control....she just can't stop eating them until they are all gone.

She may decide that its easier to give up the cookies ..... we won't know until she tries for a while.

Everyone is different..... find out what works for you.

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7/7/11 1:07 P

The thing about eating healthy is that benefits aren't immediately obvious. Unlike eating a Snickers bar where the reward is immediate.

I've been eating to stave off Type 2 diabetes medication for about 10 years. I have felt deprived many times. The payoff is coming in my senior years. My peers struggle with the right medication, the side effects, the abdominal girth, the nerve damage, I'm only struggling to eat right and exercise more often.

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7/7/11 12:15 P

Sounds to me like you are doing okay! I started (again!) with the Spark program about the same time as you, and you have made better progress than I have, if that is any comfort. I think we have to do a little "obsessing" over calories, fitness minutes, etc, until we get firmly into the routine. My biggest challenge is coordinating my meals with my husband's - who can eat anything and not gain a pound, but who works like a crazy man, so burns many more calories than I do in a day. I love the saying, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels" - unfortunately it has been years since I have "felt thin". My clothes are fitting a little better, but the scales aren't offering much encouragement yet!! (sigh!) emoticon (Maybe I can too!)

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7/7/11 12:04 P

If I don't track, I stray. For me, it's as simple as that. I've developed some new habits, but they aren't deeply ingrained yet, and I know it wouldn't take much for me to go back to my old ways. I guess that means I have to keep tracking, and that's okay with me.


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7/7/11 11:43 A

If the things you are doing are things you want to be doing, you will continue to do them. Sometimes there is a 'slip' but if that happens and you return to doing the things you want to be doing, you are creating the habits you WANT and over time that is what you do most days. An occasional splurge is not what throws us off, it is letting little things become the habits we don't want. Nip those little things in the bud before they have a chance to be habits. emoticon

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,705
7/7/11 11:34 A

"My fear is that I will have to do this forever to be in control of my food. "

That's really nothing to fear... consider it a tool to keep you on track.

7/7/11 10:22 A

It's been about 6-7 weeks I've been working the Sparks program and have been doing fairly well until recently.

My program is one to live my life by, not a diet. I allow myself anything within moderation and within a 1450 calorie range at this point. I started not eating anything after dinner, but have slowly allowed myself to stray there. If my calories were low and I was short on a particular nutritional goal, which was usually carbs, I'd allow myself a slice of toast after dinner. That worked for a while.

The past week I tried to go without writing everything down that I ate and kinda freaked out not knowing exactly where I was calorie-wise. I also allowed a splurge and ate out once over the holiday weekend, which really set me off. It's almost like if I don't know how many calories I've eaten, I assume I've blown it and continue with the overeating.

Needless to say, I'm back to tracking every calorie. My fear is that I will have to do this forever to be in control of my food.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my recent frustration and commit to my program again fresh.

Hope you all have a great day and keep on "Sparking."

Thanks for listening,


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