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Living Life

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My very wise SparkFriend Monty68 wrote something that I've been thinking about all day. In part he wrote, " I also think there comes a time when we drop the maintenance and define ourself as living life. It doesn't mean we forget about maintenance, we have a new awareness of just knowing."

I don't think I'm there yet, at least not for very long at a time. Perhaps my two week trip in which I had plenty of challenges but successfully maintained was "just living life." I didn't ask for anything special, but just ate smaller portions when the veggies were covered with butter, cheese, or other sauce. When there were naked fruits and veggies I enjoyed more than my share I suppose. I didn't add butter or margarine to anything and often didn't eat the bread at all. Sometimes I noticed relatives adding lots of butter and salt to things or taking a second dessert and wondered if I had been like that, and then realized that I had been just like that. I passed up a couple desserts, but ate some, too. I drank my coffee black if it was good coffee.

I honestly was not sure, though, how I had done. I thought I looked bigger in the mirror and then thought that my clothes fit looser. So perhaps I need to work on that "just knowing" thing. Guess it is a matter of confidence. No, I'm not quite there yet and I'm not going to pressure myself to get there right away. But now, thanks to Monty, I look forward to the time when I just live life and just know.

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    WTG on Living Life!
    2877 days ago
    I like that just knowing would seem that practice is needed to change our mind set
    2877 days ago
    I think that somewhere along the line, it will just become part of the way you do things and you won't have to think about it. Then you'll just know. You're doing a great job Marsha!!!
    2877 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I am one of the many not there yet as I can still have a binge now and then. It will be very freeing to reach that point. My sister certainly is living it to the maximum! No careful tracking for her, just all midful eating. I don't think I will ever give up the tracking -I am actually quite fascinated by juggling my foods to get the nutrients and calorie range I need.
    I do think you are closer to this goal then anyone on Sparks I know.. You are so very careful with all that you do..
    2878 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Marsha
    Thank you for your comment. I feel that when you talked about your vacation, that you really had the awareness. Last year I wrote my blog on eating came about as I was at dinner with my walking partner and we had ordered pizza. I ordered 2 pieces not realizing how big they were, After the first piece, I was full and I was looking at the second piece and she asked what was wrong, I said I am full and she said then don't eat it. I took it home. It was then I realized that I use to live to eat and now I ate to live. That awareness has allowed me to be places where there is a lot of food and know that I don't have to eat it.
    You are much closer to that awareness than you realize and it will just become part of who you are now. You have done a awesome job working on you and you have inspired me and many others with your success.

    Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2878 days ago
    I agree with some of the comments in the fact tht some of us are like drug addicts and are not to the point we do not need to watch calories and live care free. I have thought I could in the past as well ...and ended up gaining a ton back and finally realizing I was not there hehe. Nice blog , Thanks Chris
    2878 days ago
    This is a great blog: and living life is what I'm aspiring to as well . . . thanks for the "target" goodie. Like you, I'm confident we're going to continue this for life, and succeed in maintaining!!
    2878 days ago
    I have always eaten to live - rather than live to eat. I am more caution about my diet after my immune system became compromised and was put on medication that increased my appetite. If I could get my activities back to what I think is normal, I probably would not be as cautious. Hard to burn calories just being on the computer. :)

    Have a great week.

    2878 days ago
    I smiled when you commented on my page about my "being there". I'm not; don't know if I ever will be. I track my calories and now my fitness minutes everyday. But, it's not a chore. I don't need the computer to do it; I was tracking calories with my pencil and paper shorthand for years. I'm the only one who has to understand it. Keeps me from eating mindlessly. But doesn't keep me from living life! I'm fine with doing it and I love my life now. I can be flexible along the way. I don't think as much about food now; I'm more focused on activity. That is a change. Enjoy the journey!
    2878 days ago
    Very interesting. I am not near there yet either. I am always thinking about what to eat and when. I wish I did not constantly think about food. I watch others who can simply stop eating and they seem to not think about snacking. I just can't ever imagine feeling "free" from thoughts of food.
    2878 days ago
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