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Creating My Own List of (Hopefully Successful) Strategies

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sometimes I know I overthink things. I analyze, I consider, I re-hash. And sometimes that is good, other times it is not so good. And truth be told, I have no idea whether this latest brainstorm of mine, born of some over-analyzing overthinking, is a) a good idea; b) going to "stick;" or c) going to work. However, I can be a royal pain in the A-- (perhaps some of you who might be inclined to read my musings know this, many in my 3-D life do..). And I am driving myself crazy with this notion that I should have my own list of strategies that have tickled my fancy as I continue this journey.

Certainly, in my 52 years on this earth, at least 40 of which have been lived with the thought of losing weight, or keeping weight off, I have probably run into thousands of such strategies that I have thought I could use to help me in my battle. Some have worked, some have not. I don't have a list, per se, but this notion is forcing me to write about this topic. So, because I am a royal pain in the A-- to myself first, here I am writing.

Numbering seems to lend a sense of priority, but really, there is no priority, it's all about what my old brain can remember and when, so the numbers are just my own attempt to separate the thoughts.

In no particular order.....

1. (this wasn't going to be #1, but as I was writing the above it popped into my head and I thought I'd best write it so I don't forget it):
WHAT WORKS TODAY MIGHT NOT WORK TOMORROW, AND THAT'S OKAY.

Because we are in different places all the time. Because we are evolving creatures and we must stay one step ahead of ourselves. For example, I went though a period a couple of years ago when I felt I was winning the battle of avoiding night time eating by just going upstairs in my house right after dinner. Great idea, but really, who can do that indefinitely, and if you don't figure out what's causing the nighttime eating, aren't you eventually doomed to go back to it? So it worked for a while, and then not so much.

2. (again, something that popped into my head as I wrote the beginning of this blog):


THIS IS NOT, NOT, NOT A BATTLE, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE

"Battle" has a negative connotation, and who wants to be in the middle of all that negaativity all the time? This is not a battle, it's a way of life. I know, I know, not very original. But this is one of those outlook things, and I think that even though not all strategies work all the time, I do believe we have to own this one, forever. Because if we don't, we are doomed to "go off our diet" at some point in the future, and that won't do. Nothing easy about this one, at least not until we own it. Not saying it's easy to get to the point of owning it, but really, it's the only way to eventually succeed.

3. (and this is the one that has been haunting me, I have no idea why):

YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE BOX OUT OF THE CUPBOARD AND BRING IT INTO THE LIVING ROOM. YOU MAY TAKE ONE SERVING OUT OF THE BOX, WALK TO THE LIVING ROOM, SIT DOWN, AND EAT IT.

I think this is step one in controlling that night time, I want to eat everything in sight, out of control eating. You can have it, one serving of it. Seems to have worked for me in the last few days. I've stayed within my calorie range, and I have not had one of those evenings when I could not be satisfied.

4. (I stole this from a book I just read: "Say Hello to a Better Body," by (I'm so excited to say this!) my doctor, Suzanne Koven):

EAT LESS FOOD, and within it, another strategy: PREPARE YOUR PLATE ON THE COUNTER, AND BRING IT TO THE TABLE TO EAT, and within it, another strategy: PUT YOUR FORK DOWN BETWEEN EACH BITE, and within it another strategy, HAVE THAT GLASS OF WATER NEARBY AND SIP FROM IT OFTEN!

No sh!t Sherlock! But listen, again, it really, really seems to work. Fill the plate with veggies (especially the non-starchy ones), a little bit of rice or small potato, 4 oz of protein, some salad, and take it to the table. Eat slowely, pay attention to what you are doing, savor each bite, and more often than not, I believe, you will feel satisfied by the time you are finished.

All I can say is that these things have worked for me lately. Maybe I'm just ready for them to work, maybe I'm, as my friend Jennifer (JKPONYGIRL) happens to be right now, "in the zone."

No matter, I'm running with it, and I hope you are finding your own little strategies that are working for you to!!

Have a Sparky Day!!
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  • CSMNETC
    My favorite line of your tips is "WHAT WORKS TODAY MIGHT NOT WORK TOMORROW, AND THAT'S OKAY." That is very encouraging -- especially when having a string of those 'tomorrow' days, when I realize that what WAS working... isn't.
    Thanks! -- Maryjean
    3081 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    It is a great feeling when you can figure out what works for you and be able to put it together. Way to go!

    HUGS
    3100 days ago
  • DETERMINEDJANET
    So if you're in "the zone" and it's working.... emoticon
    3100 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    Tina - you are so in the zone! I will say that step 4 works. That's what I do. Fix our plates and take them to the table. I will say that I will occasionally get seconds, but most of the time I don't. I think all 4 of these tips are great. You can do it!!!!
    3101 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    Who says you're a pain in the @$$ (doesn't it look pretty this way.. expensive even)?!

    I think this is your version of getting it out of your head into reality... and maybe even talking it out. I understand myself a whole lot better when I 'talk' things through. I always say I talk myself into sense, LOL! I also think sometimes we have no idea what it is that we are doing that is working until we take the time to 'verbalize' it.

    My favourites (and what I believe to be core strategies for everyone):
    THIS IS NOT, NOT, NOT A BATTLE, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.
    WHAT WORKS TODAY MIGHT NOT WORK TOMORROW, AND THAT'S OKAY.

    We will create what we believe, and if it's a 'battle' we think we have, it is a battle we will get in spades! Better to believe that all aspects of life are simply part of living... a way of life.

    Anyone who starts out on this journey without the expectation that they will change and evolve, or that how they move through the process will always look the same is (IMHO) setting themselves up for frustration and disappointment. The only thing that has stayed the same for me over the last four years is that everything will change... often, LOL. I actually just blogged about this when I updated my measurements... I am definitely journeying differently these days, than how I started.

    Honestly, I don't know if I really have any 'strategies' per se. Let me see... one thing that has really changed in our house is that I don't stock treats anymore... we still have them, but we go buy a small amount when we want a 'treat'. Snacks get portioned out into small dishes and are things like fruit, nuts, cheese, olives, hard-cooked eggs, turkey pepperoni sticks... still real food. Eat mindfully (chew, put the fork down, savour - smell, appreciate). My new mantra to get me back into the kitchen is, "it doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to be colourful, balanced and nutritious." Another current mantra, "It's okay to feel hungry, appropriate even, before you eat."...And it's all working, for now, for me, too!

    I'm really glad to hear that you have some strategies that are working for you right now! Nothing feels as good as that feeling of accomplishment. Ride this 'zone' wave as far as you can, just don't forget to dogpaddle! :)

    ('cause life is like that!)

    Thanks for sharing, Tina... you gave me something to think about! You can be a pain in my @$$ anytime!

    {{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}


    3101 days ago
  • ANGIE3733
    great tip/strategies!
    3101 days ago
  • LYNETTEMOM
    good advice. I believe writing things down makes it more concrete and apt to stick in your head.
    Thanks for sharing.
    3101 days ago
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