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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The last year has been one of struggling to keep my weight from getting totally out of control. In spite of good intentions, I managed to gain 25 pounds even though I tracked my food (most days) and attempted to keep up my exercise. I twisted my hip late in the summer so I cut back on moving and some days didn't do it at all. I finally made up my mind I either have to get moving and losing again or I will end up with a hip replacement! Since January first I have been back at doing 30 minutes a day exercising and I have been trying to increase my time. Too much and my hip hurts again. I also joined a challenge at Curves, went back to Weight Watchers, go to TOPS and have another challenge with an internet group! Talk about over kill! So far it is working and I am managing to stick with my plan. It is hard not to when I have to weigh in two or three times a week. That doesn't leave any time for "cheat days." My theory is that if I overeat one day it will take at least two more to get me back to where I was. If I overeat two days it takes another two or three days and I will probably stay the same at a weekly weigh in and if I get to three days of overindulging I will probably gain. I have a tendency to be a binge eater and once I get enough sugar in my diet I have a hard time stopping.
My plan is to eliminate trigger foods from my sight and out of the house if possible, exercise every day, continue with my support groups and keep busy.
I am nearly half way to getting to level 20 here on Spark and I would like to be back at my goal weight when I get there.
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  • JEANNE229
    If I cheat even a little, I have to tell myself I'm delaying by at least 2 days my healthy goals. After a while we learn it is too hard to get "back on track" after trigger foods. NOW, If I could just DO what I KNOW.
    1894 days ago
  • DALID414
    Sounds like the 'overkill' is just what you needed. Do what works.
    1894 days ago
    You have a good plan. I have to keep trigger foods out of the house. Or, I will buy a "single serving" as a treat occasionally. When I have company and bring in foods that I don't eat, in my mind I designate them as belonging to the company; strangely that works for me. But, when the company leaves the extra food has to leave too. Sometimes with the company, sometimes to a neighbor with a house full of kids and sometimes to my DD's with two teenage boys with seemingly hollow legs! If it's here, I'll eat it!
    1894 days ago
    This is what I learned many years ago, too. Cheat days lead to more cheat days. And trigger foods plant evil seeds in my brain that sprout and grow until I am mad. Hard as it may be, it's easier in the long run.
    1894 days ago
  • JASI27
    Good idea to eliminate the trigger foods. That's what I have to do, and it works really well for me. Good luck to you on your journey of health and fitness. Always remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!!
    1894 days ago
    Well wishes for your new adventure (again, like all of us) - I myself am off processed sugar for 19 days - did have a chocolate sundae on Friday, the first thing sweet in all those days! Boy, was it good! But, back on track - taking baby step and a new mindset again. I simply will not buy the junk anymore that is sooo delicious. It is only me, so that makes it a bit easier...
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