Tuesday, March 05, 2013

trying to inspire myself into keep going. I have eaten dinner out two nights in a row, but tonight we had salmon and steamed califlower. There was no salt added to any of it and it tasted so good. That last sentence is so weird to say because keeping track of what I eat and my sodium intake has been a challenge. I crave salt. I want to add "just a little bit" to everything. My retaining water is getting a little better so I know that low sodium is helping me. Also I have not had a soda for a week now. Yeah me! Portion size is also something I am working on. Anyway, no salt is a good thing.
One other thing that I am having trouble with is deciding what I want to eat. Nothing seems to taste good. Sometimes I don't even want to eat, or if I want to eat it is Ice cream, cookies, brownies or some other forbiden food. I guess I miss the foods I used to eat to cover my stress or foods that made me feel good or that I think make me feel good. What are some ways you handle stress eating? or when you want to "cheat" what do you do to not cheat? ANY IDEAS WILL BE VERY HELPFUL. PLEASE LET ME KNOW
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    Thank you all for your inspiration. It really does help to come and read your suggestions and advice. emoticon
    2238 days ago
    The best advice is that you have to make a conscious decision that you want to lose weight more than you want those fatty foods you're craving. It's easier said than done but I'm working on that as well. I have a sweet addiction and I allow myself to have one sweet day after my weigh-ins. I have to account for it when I journal my food but it takes care of my craving. I have also searched and found foods that are a lot less fattening but take care of whatever sweet I'm craving. As someone suggested you should check out spark recipes for healthier versions of what you're craving. Your health and living longer and a fuller life should be your greatest motivator. If sodium is causing you to retain fluid and you've been hospitalized for it then it's definitely something you want to take seriously. You can use so many different seasonings to give your foods flavor. Take a walk inside or outside to relieve stress. You'll be surprised at how peaceful a walk outside can be. Your pace, your time frame. If you can only make it to the corner walk there this week. Go a little further each day/week you feel stronger. Take your time, enjoy the scenery. My sister has MS so she walks the inside or her house perimeter for 30 minutes each day. She started at 10 minutes --- so you can do it.
    2239 days ago
    Hi & thanks for visitng my blog :-) I was the same when I started 100 days ago. I found that I naturally have moved to making healtier choices. I still allow myself something sweet - like a couple of pieces of chocolate candies or a hot chocolate or a scoop of ice cream. I just log those calories in my tracker and try to stay within my range. I'm craving "bad" foods a lot less lately but again - if I want something like fried green beans, I just track it and then try to eat less calories for another meal. Another thing that has helped is adding exercise. I think it is easier to exercise more than eat less. I started with 10 minutes a day and now am up to on average 30-40 minutes a day. Keeping up with some type of daily exercise (even if it is just walking up and down my street for 30 minutes) has REALLY helped my energy level, which has also helped me have more willpower with the food. I bought a large cup with reusable straw and if I refill twice I've hit my 8 glasses of water a day. I wasn't really drinking water before and this has also helped. I didn't try to do all of this at once. I just made one change that I tried to do for a week or two than added another. I didn't lose much for the first month but felt better. Now averaging about 1 lb/week which is just fine with me. Stick with it and keep trying to find healthy foods that you LIKE :-)
    2239 days ago
    You must check out www.sparkrecipes.com hundreds of recipes to suite any craving! Low calorie options and tons of recipes by Spark People users like you and I!

    I use this site to give me new ideas on cooking. I had to break the old habits and start new. This site will help in doing that!
    2239 days ago
  • TLG71567
    I used to crave those foods too. When I was unexpectedly diagnosed with fatty liver disease, my doctor said get the weight off or this will eventually turn into cirrhosis of the liver. For someone who has never had a drop of alcohol, that wasn't a diagnosis I was expecting. I have decided that I just don't want to live like this anymore. There is more to life than food and I want to be around long enough to experience them. Think about why you want to lose this weight and what those foods that you're craving are really going to do for you. It's hard to give up or reduce those things, but if it is really important to you, then you'll make it happen. Good luck to you. I hope you find the support that you need to continue on your journey.
    2239 days ago
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