Not the end of the world

Monday, July 23, 2012

Two days of being mostly out of the house and eating out. Didn't know I would be eating out, so I was not able to plan ahead. Last night we ate at my favorite place, too (LOVE their biscuits and their seafood). Each night I did remember to track what I'd eaten. I was really surprised - I actually was within my allowed limits - and even had to add some food at night yesterday! One thing I think that has contributed to this is that I now don't think "Well, tomorrow is another day." I say to myself, "Today is the beginning of tomorrow." And I remind myself of my mantra ("Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment") which seems to help. Of course, at home I try to limit the temptation and not keep large quantities of things that tend to tempt me, and even try not to bring certain things into the house. But when I'm out of the house it is often harder to do. Most of the time I have been careful.

This weekend I wasn't quite as careful as I have been. BUT I did do some things like having about half the amount of biscuits I would normally have had. Didn't put any butter on them. I barely used any of the butter and sour cream provided for the baked potato. I only had half of the potato and half of the salad (with very, very little dressing). I took about half of the main course home, along with the half of potato, too. No dessert, either. Even the day before I chose a fish course - I'd been tempted by the Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry sauce and mashed potatoes special that they had - and even pushed most of the crumb topping off of the fish. So I have to applaud myself for even the small things I did right!

I think I may have finally learned what's important. Forgiving oneself for any deviations and looking at eating as part of being human. Making small changes and improvements can add up. We can't be perfect all the time, but we can strive to do the best we can! Deviations don't have to mean it's the end of the world!

Oh - and I lost a pound and a half this week!

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    i found your personal history fascinating. you certainly seem to have an attitude of success.
    2067 days ago
    It's amazing to watch our thinking change across time. For me the big thing was to stop classifying food as "good" and "bad". Food is food--I make wise choices most of the time, but food is just food!!

    2118 days ago
    I agree! emoticon
    2125 days ago
    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

    You have the power to succeed or fail.

    You have chosen to succeed.

    Few baby steps complete a long journey

    Writing is progress!!!

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    2126 days ago
    emoticon My favorite mantra is "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels." Good luck...sounds like you're doing great! :)
    2127 days ago
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    This is definitely how life goes. I had a similar thought to yours this weekend with my eating out (though I did go over, unlike you) - that in the past it would have been so much worse. Instead of reasonable portions and fully enjoying both the meal and the company, I'd have eaten as much as fast as I could because it was "special".
    2127 days ago
    emoticon . I needed to read this.
    2127 days ago
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