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Things I do well & Things that do well for me!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

So many of my blogs are about things I was stumbling with...and while that's great to notice, today I want to take note of things I do WELL -- and also to note the circumstances in my life that work well for me.

I've maintained myself in the healthy BMI range for a year now -- with slips sometimes into the lower reaches of "overweight." That means that I'm doing some things right! Here's what I've been doing:

* I aim to make vegetables and fruits the bulk of my meals.
* I aim to eat whole foods -- e.g. whole grains not bread, whole berries not jam, etc.
* I aim to eat enough protein.
* I aim to eat organic and local foods. I'm not sure how this helps directly, but by continuing to focus on it, I signal to myself that I care about my own health and the health of the planet.
* I aim to avoid eating for emotional reasons. If I think I want "something," strategies I've used successfully have been -- just wait, have a cup of tea, chew some gum, weed the garden, do some yoga, go outside.
* I aim to avoid sweets. I don't have any sweetener or any foods with concentrated sugar (e.g. raisins) in my place -- and therefore have had some success in dodging impending sugar binges.
* I aim to invite myself to have a cup of decaf instead of a gas-station-bad-choice when I refuel the car.

Things in my circumstances that work well:

* I live alone and only have to account for myself. While I would like to be in a relationship, I'm aware that negotiating eating patterns is part of being in relationship. As a single person, it's been helpful to me to able to eat when I want and what I want for the past year and more since I've been on SparkPeople (which nearly coincides with the amount of time I've been separated from my ex).

* Having a big communal garden right out my back door. Fresh vegetable and fruits are available to me at little cost from May to October -- and beyond.

Things I need to work on: Doing more of the above!
Love, Kathleen

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    You really are doing well. I love my picture of us together by our bikes in Burlington. Did you keep the bike? It fit you so well!
    3129 days ago
    I guess it comes easier to us to look at the struggles we have, I know I am guilty of that. By listing the things and circumstances that have worked for you puts everything into a positive light and concentrates on the good.

    I'm glad that you have done so well and I know you will continue.

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3151 days ago
    "Negotiating eating patterns," indeed. It's very, very difficult when your partner doesn't see things the same way.

    Do what's working for you!

    3151 days ago
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