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Friday, July 13, 2012

On today's FSC Red, White & Blue challenge, we were asked how we do with eating over the weekend. Well....

I've had an epiphany in the last couple of months that the reason I keep staying basically the same weight is my weekend eating habits. I do well on challenges - losing during the week - and then BOOM....the weekend comes and it's kind of a "reward eating time" for a job well done....NOT GOOD!

It wasn't really an "all or nothing" eating pattern, but it was enough of a letting loose of the more stringent eating pattern to undo what good I had done during the week. Oh, and by "week", I mean only 4 days (Monday through Thursday)....because by Friday I had weighed in and felt it was okay to "treat" myself. What I realized is I was eating healthy 4 days and not-so-healthy for 3 days.....NO WONDER I WASN'T LOSING!

I decided it was a ridiculous pattern....a real time waster....self-sabotaging - I could be at goal by now!! So I decided to change 2 things:

1) I was going to treat the weekend like any other day - there is NO TIME OFF! I have to eat every day the same, one meal at a time and make an effort to pick healthier choices that I enjoy. It's about liking what you eat and not treating it like a "diet" - I don't want to feel "deprived".

2) I decided to use the meal planner on the Nutrition Tracker (mine happens to be the Diabetic one because I'm low-borderline and it's a healthier plan for me). This provides me a healthy, balanced meal plan for the day with little effort from me (I can swap things out if I need to), and I know my meals in advance for shopping.

My goal is small - 1 lb a week. I'm doing way better than I was, but had a little "hiccup" with a knee injury (no movement for 2 weeks had me gain 1/2 lb). BUT I'm tracking daily, and making better choices....and my weekend eating has turned around!

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    Eating foods that you like is key. Treating each day as a healthy eating day. Finding balance.

    I think the girl's got it!
    2168 days ago
    Good for you. You're learning about yourself and making adjustments.
    2168 days ago
    emoticon You saw the stumbling block and are turning it into a stepping stone...awesome!!! You can do it!!! Stay focused and ENJOY the journey!!!
    2169 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon sounds like you identified a stumbling block & kicked out of the way! Woot!
    2169 days ago
    Oops! YOu got it twice!!!! emoticon
    2169 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/13/2012 6:53:13 PM
    I have done the same thing. Weigh in and it's no holes barred for the next several days!

    Good for you!
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