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Back from the Brink

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I'm curious if others struggle with lapses as much as I do. After Easter, I was able to rebound with limited difficulty. But then I went to the shore for the weekend from my (now) sister-in-law's bachelorette party. It was so hard to stay on track (alcohol is not a part of a balanced diet...apparently.) The week after I got back was a complete wash. I felt like I was starving constantly and had a hard time controlling the urge to snack. I didn't even feel that way when I first started getting a strict leash on my food intake. I gained 2 pounds that weekend...but I earned them. It's not like I don't know why.

After that week I was able to get back on track, and as soon as the weight started come off again, and I started making process, the wedding came. Between the rehearsal dinner, and all of the wedding festivities, and also Mother's day which we went to outback... I was completely off the wagon again for a couple of days.

It's so hard to come back from a "bad" few days and get back in the swing again. I realize it would have been easier to abstain from the festivities, but it's not really feasible for me to bring my own non-buttered vegetables to a wedding, or eat only 1/4 of the chicken I ordered because it wasn't cooked in a healthy way. I'd be starving. So I need to focus on coming back from the brink efficiently.

Here's what I'm thinking. This week I basically did some extreme vegetable swapping. Today I filled my self with salad and an apple and some lean protein and that seemed to sustain me thus far. Yesterday I made a salad with beans and a banana. If I can have a game plan, and one that doesn't involve coming home to oreo's, but rather watermelon instead, I'm hoping that will help for the time when life, and America's general food fascination, get in the way of balanced living.
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  • EMERCE10
    I'm not sure if this will help or fit into your plan, but the thing that helps me is that I practice what I feel is a practical and realistic diet. I eat some of the same things that I always have, but prepared in a much healthier way. I'll have wheat pasta instead of white, make my own healthy pizza, eat turkey burgers instead of beef, etc. Thats not to say that I dont also eat vegetables and watermelon and such, but I love food and I need to feel satisfied. Since I don't ever really feel like im missing out on anything, I dont feel the need to lapse. Maybe if you allowed yourself some of the things you're craving or looked up how to substitute healthier ingredients it wouldnt be as hard. I know everyone approaches losing weight differently so im not trying to push anything on anyone, just what works for me. Keep it up!
    1858 days ago
    One thing I can say, you had wedding events. Family celebrations are also not part of a balanced diet, if your family eats like mine. The biggest thing I can say is if you know an event is coming up, lower your intake to the lower range of your daily a few days in advance, and enjoy the big day, then the day after go back to that lower range. I've heard people do a "Weekly" balance act, so that overall it's not out of bounds.

    Another thing to consider, if you're dieting, you're probably taking about -500 calories a day from your basal metabolic rate, so before you're "Putting the dreaded weight back on" you have 500 more calories to eat through.

    Now that the events are over, stick to your original plan, we don't lose or gain weight overnight. I took a trip to DC last weekend, ate like a pig both of the days I was there. Within 3 days, I was back to where I was before I left, no problems. Just gotta keep it up!
    1860 days ago
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