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Woo hoo! And the dangers of 'just one...'

Monday, March 11, 2013

For at least 5 years I've only worn one style of jeans, in one colour, from one shop. What can I say, I don't like change.
For most of those 5 years I was a size 14...just. The first week after buying them I could only wear them round the house until they stretched enough to be fit for appearance in public.

Fast forward to this morning: My size 12's are hanging on the drying rack and my size 14s are starting to look like clown trousers. So I grabbed my brand new size 12 jeans (that I bought without trying on because they're always the same), pulled them up, buttoned them and got on with getting ready.
I was halfway to work before I realised what that actually meant. Since May last year I've gone from a probably-actually-size-16-but-
wearing-a-14 to a size 12 that slides on like silk. I'm really, actually, for reals getting there!

This realisation couldn't have come at a better time, as I was feeling like a 500 lb junk-munching machine.
My calorie range has increased recently thanks to Fitbit so I was actually only over on Saturday, and just at the top of my range yesterday. But I know that in those calories there was chocolate instead of fruit, cookies instead of veg, burger instead of cajun chicken, chai latte instead of water, and a huge (but absolutely exquisite) Thai curry.

Of course we know that all those things on their own won't suddenly make me gain my weight back again. Which is exactly how I justified it all to myself.

Well it's just one latte

It's just one burger, when's the last time I had a burger??

It's just one day

It's just one square of chocolate

It's just one cookie. And another. And another and another and another.

Maybe some people have enough self-control to make this moderation thing work, but I am clearly not one of them. I really must work on that.
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    Getting down to a 12 from a 16 has been a lot of work worry and anxiety. I am with you in your journey
    1866 days ago
    Yay for the size 12s! I am not good at moderation either!
    1866 days ago
  • LILYPAD12311
    Hooray for the size 12 jeans,,,,,,,,, that is a dream for most of us ,,,, but you made that a REALITY! emoticon

    Don't beat yourself up over a few decisions that you did not like,,, just go on from there ,,,, the good thing is that you realized where you were and where you came from,,,, knowing and being aware of what tempts you is more than half the battle! emoticon

    I am very proud of you!!! YOU are doing GREAT! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    When it comes to trigger food, I try to practice the "3 day rule" whenever possible. If I get a craving for something extremely unhealthy, I tell myself that in 3 days if I still want it, I can have it. That food is not going to disappear from existence in 3 days. And about 90% of the time, that craving is gone by the time the 3 days are up. If it's not, I will indulge, but will also carefully plan it out so it doesn't screw up my day too much. Maybe it's something you could try? It's not really cold turkey...it's kind of a stricter version of moderation that may help.

    Congrats on the new size! That's the best feeling in the world...better than any scale reading, I think :)
    1866 days ago
    I had "just one" cookie at least 5 times yesterday. emoticon

    Congrats on the jeans! It is too hot here to wear them, so I haven't put any on since Christmas when I was at home. Jeans are always the hardest thing to buy, so you're lucky you have a brand you like and can count on!
    1866 days ago
    Hooray for skinnier jeans and that they fit! Good for you.
    1867 days ago
    For me, "just one" is seldom just one. I need to make treats a very occasional, RARE indulgence. Otherwise, one just leads to another which leads to another, ad infinitum.
    1867 days ago
  • NEEDBU66
    Congratulations! Jean sizes are my happy moment too!!! The ones I wear to go grave hunting are way too big, (great for muddy and have a stain,) and I smile every time I put them on!!!

    And I can thank, in part, my fit bit too. Isn't it great!!!! emoticon
    1867 days ago
    Congrats on the jeans! I know that is a great feeling! emoticon

    As for the other half of your post, I read somewhere that some people can do moderation, and others work better with total elimination because it's easier to just say no than to say "just one" and stick to it. Even though I fall into the "Moderation Is Hard" camp, I find that with tracking I can work those treats in without feeling guilty.

    I'd maybe stay away from the cookies if I were you, but don't feel guilty about the other stuff if it fits in your range! emoticon
    1867 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Congrats on the pant size losses!
    I know what you mean by just one....I try to avoid these trigger foods.
    1867 days ago
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    emoticon You're doing great!
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