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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So I'm halfway to my goal - YAY!!

But being halfway there makes me realize more than ever that once I get there, I need a plan of attack to STAY there instead of returning right back to where I began. The problem is: I like food. I like cookies and cakes and pizza and burgers and donuts. So what do I do? How do I keep from gaining all these pounds back?

One option is to never, ever eat any of those yucky things again. Part of this plan isn't all that bad. Do I really need to eat Corn Nuts? Or drink whole milk? Probably not. I can get rid of these items from my diet.

But I don't think I can part 100% with cake. Or pizza. Or coffee. So what should I do?

One of the biggest things I want to focus on, post-weight-loss, is eating healthy ALWAYS but indulging OCCASIONALLY. Fruits and veggies and healthy meats are a must every day; MAYBE, a small treat at night (*A* cookie instead of 10 cookies, a scoop of ice cream instead of half the container).

The other thing I've thought about is alternatives. Vegan and vegetarian options are becoming more and more plentiful; instead of making fattening cookies with butter and milk, maybe I should pursue a vegan option.

For restaurants, I want to be adamant about portion control and avoid the bready products as much as possible. Bread sticks - avoid. The burger they serve you? Cut it in half, don't even TOUCH the other side (or have it boxed immediately).

And then of course, I want to keep a food journal of everything I put into my mouth. Then I can see what's going on and maybe keep myself on track.

My body goes, "No cookies ever again?! NOOOOOO!!!" But I know what I want - while I want to enjoy food, I do NOT want to be a slave to it!! I am hoping that by preparing ahead what I will do when I am at goal weight, I can succeed in staying at goal weight and continue to do the things I love while not completely giving up some of the foods I enjoy. As anything, it will be a balancing act, a struggle, but my health is MORE than worth it.
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    It's great that you're recognizing foods that you could do without, but others that you would still want to eat occasionally. For instance, I really do love chocolate but I don't need to eat it every day. However, I can and WILL eat it to excess if I had, per se, an entire box of chocolate in my kitchen. My best trick is to buy a single serving of chocolate (preferably under 200 calories and 12 grams of sugar or less) if I get a craving. The other day I got one package of Newman's Own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups to enjoy. So if it's a trigger food (cake, chocolate, potato chips, etc.), try and buy a single serving for those occasional indulgences.

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    1863 days ago
    Sounds like you are heading in the right direction. I have noticed while eating out (which we don't do often) that a lot of restaurants are now offering lower calorie/healthier meals on the menu. When we went to Applebees a few weeks ago, they had the calorie count listed next to the entrees. Planning on how you are going to maintain your weight loss is great...it means you can see yourself at your goal weight!
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    1863 days ago
    I have some great paleo recipes that are a little more healthier. I'll send you a message with the Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. All thing sin moderation. And have you tried the cauliflower pizza crust? Yum! God luck! emoticon
    1863 days ago
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