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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Damn it. I let myself ignore my body and my eating and not surprisingly, I have gained weight. I finally came to consciousness yesterday when I couldn't find a pair of pants to fit. That's a wake-up call.

So: I am back. I am telling people that I am back. I am re-committing to staying conscious about what I eat -- and about making sure that I give my body the training and activity that it (I) need!

I weighed 177 this morning. My upper arms are lumpy. My pants don't fit -- and I can't find pants to fit in the shops.

My goal is to lose two pounds per week and to be back inside my normal BMI range -- i.e., to weigh approximately 165 -- by the time of the Dance Flurry festival in February.

My basic plan isn't any different than it's been before:

Eat whole, local, organic food as much as possible. Track food.
Be active for at least a half hour every day. Track activity.
Drink water and herbal tea. Substitute black and green tea for coffee.
Take my vitamins and supplements.
Feel gratitude in my heart and not just in my head.
Reach out to others on Spark People and in "real life" who are seeking to lose weight and/or live healthy lives.

And: I'm committing to pay attention to my triggers to overeat and/or eat junk so that I can substitute healthy behaviors. Here are some triggers and substitutes.

Trigger: Passing the Co-op (and being triggered to go in and buy something less than healthy)
Substitute: Have gum in the car to give myself a "substitute" for going in.

Trigger: Getting gas (and being triggered to buy something unhealthy).
Substitute: Buy a cup of tea or sugarless gum instead.

Trigger: Staying up late at night and losing my motivation to eat healthy food and be healthy.
Substitute: Take my vitamins and go to bed on time.

Trigger: Believing that thirst signals are really hunger signals.
Substitute: Continue to drink water and/or herbal teas.

That's it for today.
Thanks for reading.
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    Kathleen emoticon I began gaining my weight back this fall and I have now been back 100% five days. The pounds are going to come back off for both of us now. We know what to do. emoticon 2011 emoticon
    3006 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2010 11:01:24 AM
    I think that you have won half the battle by isolating your triggers and finding substitutes for them.

    3006 days ago
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