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Monday, May 13, 2013.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Somehow I seemed to be busy with other things, none of them important, and didn't get around to turning on my computer for a few days. Nothing happened, nothing was wrong, I wasn't unwell, just doing other things... I did my best to stay within my calorie range, made the best food choices yesterday when I was out enjoying Mothers Day lunch with friends, and even managed to get back to drinking my 8 glasses of water per day.

This morning I logged on and the first thing I did was to update my nutritional guide for each of the three days I wasn't here. The one that let me down was yesterday, for a variety of reasons...

Firstly, I was invited to have Mothers Day lunch with two wonderful friends and their families. We originally met when my dad was a resident at the same nursing home as their mother (these friends are sisters), and we lost them around two years ago within a few months of each other. The booking was made at a local restaurant, and there was a special Mothers Day menu. Unfortunately, most of the items on that menu were either fried, or cooked in really rich, creamy sauces, and the other choices either contained pork or bacon, neither of which I eat. I settled on lamb casserole and potato wedges, which was way better than it sounds, and I really enjoyed both the wedges (I can't remember the last time I ate any - definitely pre-Spark) and the casserole, which was melt in your mouth lamb in a lovely rich gravy with peas and carrots. I could have eaten an extra serving of casserole, not because I was hungry, simply because it was so delicious! I skipped the entree, and the dessert, but did have a glass of lemonade.

The rain has finally arrived, and the day was cold and wet and miserable. Maybe it was that which made me want fish and chips for dinner, rather than what I'd planned. I was so close to giving in to temptation, even got into the car, drove to the shopping centre to buy them, then suddenly realised what I was doing - taking that first step back to the old me. I went instead to the supermarket, bought myself some apples and came home again, reheated some curry I'd cooked two days before and ate that, a small pear, and a small apple for dinner. I always take a hot drink made of skim milk to bed at night, but last night I really, really, REALLY craved something sweet. I checked the pantry and ended up eating a 'Full' bar, a low carb, low sugar popped rice bar held together with a little caramel. Total calories were 117, which is way better than the entire block of chocolate I was craving.

It really brought home to me the fact that the time spent on Spark People message boards, reading blogs, interacting with friends and team members really does serve a purpose, and that purpose is to keep our minds focused on the benefits of eating wisely, and of our reasons for doing so.
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    You've done something incredible! That lamb stew and potatoes released a part of the old you. It's okay to indulge from time to time, but it's also really important to be able to immediately take control after that. You were able to take control! We CAN train ourselves to overcome our cravings, but it takes willpower at first. It WILL get easier and easier as you continue. Bravo!
    1805 days ago
    as Susie pointed we all still do these things but it does get less often. Like you when I do this I thoroughly enjoy eating it. I just try to have small portions.
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    1805 days ago
    Loved your blog and your honest assessment ... We all go through what you are going through regarding food .. Even now, I sometimes crave chocolate . When I do, I buy the really dark cocoa chocolate .. It's so good for you and satisfies my craving ..
    I am glad Spark people and all the blogs and success stories are helping you ..
    You are doing so well and I know you will succeed in your mission for fitness and health ...
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    1805 days ago
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