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Thursday, January 06, 2011

I've been more active this week and it feels good. I'm remembering how much of a difference it makes in my outlook on the world -- I get a little more energized and start to see things as possible and interesting (rather than impossible and not worth doing). My yoga class starts again tomorrow after a two-week break.

I'm going to be taking African dance class for another few weeks before the semester starts -- but then must find a substitute class and/or activity since I'm teaching on the night the class meets. I was thinking about joining the health club, but the $70/month fee is daunting. I will probably locate another class at the dance or yoga studios where I already have punch cards.

The eating thing remains elusive. Even though I'm well aware that the people who successfully lose weight are the ones who track their food, I seem to be quite resistant to tracking my food. Why? Hmmm....

* I don't like spending the time doing it on a not-too-speedy computer. A bad reason not to track, I know.
* I've done too many "two-thirds days" (i.e., tracked breakfast and lunch and then went hog-wild in the evening and failed to write it down) -- which feels like (and actually IS) failure. I am fearful of repeating it.
* I have a notion that in the end, tracking won't be the answer -- but being mindful when I am eating -- and being aware that eating is a poor solution to being bored, angry, or lonely -- actually are the solutions.

For right now, I am trying to simply be mindful and eat when I am hungry -- and stop eating when I am full. I'm also trying to re-awaken my thirst mechanism by drinking enough water so that I WANT to drink more water. I've discovered that chewing peppermint gum makes me want a nice big glass of water!

Signing off for today.
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    Thanks for raising the tracking issue for me, and all of us. I resist it, also. I always, in the past, start it, then in the evening, I don't. and I'm always forgetting to put certain foods down! But reading your post, made me realize that I need to try it again. Seriously. All the best, hon. emoticon
    3026 days ago
    Oh yeah, I definitely know the resistance to tracking...WELL. The first two weeks of my personal challenge I just refused to begin tracking again...too cumbersome, too time-consuming on my poor internet signal, bla bla bla, and of course I didn't lose any poundage (at least I didn't gain!). Third week I caved in to all the pressure of friends and articles, etc. and decided WTF I'll give it a try. In the last three weeks since beginning, I've dropped 5 lbs. Here's the article a friend slipped into my InBox:

    Keep on keeping on, sistah!
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    3026 days ago
    Good luck with watching what you eat. Personally, when I don't track faithfully, I fall off the wagon.
    3026 days ago
    Sounds like you are moving towards great success mi amiga! I often track my evening intake the following day before I put in my breakfast. I know it is after the fact, but it helps me stay real. I'm trying to up the H2o also. emoticon Dance on!
    3026 days ago
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