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A New Experience for Me

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Since I have arrived at the beach this summer, I have lost two pounds.

That has happened because of all that I have been doing to stay on track. I have written about all those changes in my previous blogs. I am walking for an hour almost every day. I am tracking my food and staying in the calorie limits most days. I am paying close attention to what I eat, how I eat, and when I eat. (Also, I never mention this -- but I drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.)

Also this summer, I have had company several times already. As part of that - I have eaten many high-calorie snacks - all in smaller portions than I would have done in the past and all tracked.

However, just this week, I did have a double helping of a favorite banana cream pie that I have refrained from making for the last three years. (That sure took me over my calorie limit for the day!) Then I had a third piece the following day.

Yesterday, I went with our company to a local ice cream parlor with singing and dancing waiters and I ate an entire ice cream sundae with walnuts and caramel topping and whipped cream. (Needless to say, that also took me over the limit!)

However, because these overeating episodes were spaced around my careful tracking and my daily walking, I have not gained back any of those two pounds!

In years past, I would have used either of those eating events to let go of all my tracking and walking. I would have allowed myself to slide down into several days of overeating and not exercising.

But this summer is different.

I have had a major attitude change. This is not a summer of dieting. This is a summer of how I plan to eat for the rest of my life.

And look what happened -- I did NOT gain back any weight!

I treated those eating events as what they were -- one-time experiences. A break in my regular routine.

This is a new experience for me - and I am very excited about it.

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    I love ice cream too and occasionally have a treat.
    1798 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You are developing a healthy way of can enjoy a treat, but then resume healthy eating..and not feel that you have blown it and need to go off.
    Congratulations on staying on track on your new life!

    1799 days ago
    You are just doing super. I am so proud of you.
    1799 days ago
    Glad to read that the pie and ice cream episodes didn't cause a gain in your weight.
    Today's SP quote from marketing coordinator Sarah says, "Living a healthy lifestyle is about moderation, not deprivation!" And that's just what you're doing!
    Good for you!
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    1799 days ago
    In true maintenance, you can have that occasional indulgence. The hard part is figuring out how infrequent it needs to be to qualify as "occasional." I don't have that part figured out for me, but it sounds like you're making good progress in figuring it out for you.
    1799 days ago
    WAY.TO.GO, Sue!!!
    1800 days ago
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    And you should be proud of yourself!
    That's exactly what it's all about . . . . getting a new attitude about health.
    It's not just about losing weight.

    IF (and I used all caps for emphasis) IF this is going to be a life-time journey to health, it has to fit into your life. Facing a life sentence of NO ice cream, and NO banana cream pie, or missing out on a special occasion with a friend, or whatever it may be -- it won't last for very long. And we're setting ourselves up for failure if we start down that road.

    Finding the KEY that works for you (each of us) is the way to long-term success.

    Sounds like you are on your way!!!
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    1800 days ago
    1800 days ago
    Amazing how our thinking effects our outcome. I have always said if you think it, it will happen. Sounds like you have found what works for you! Keep up the good work!
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  • DAISY443
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  • ANDI571
    Fantastic! You are doing awesome. I remember those days when I first lost my 60 pounds of eating what I wanted but within the limits of full and hungry and within my calorie range. I don't know why I lost that attitude. It is such freedom.

    Day 1 yesterday was decent and I plan on another good day today. I did finally get brave enough for the scale this morning and it wasn't pretty. But hopefully the reality check will help today be another good day.

    Keep up the good work.
    1800 days ago
    And even if you had gained some back, you now know what to do to lose them again. You know it's not the end of the world, and not to panic or give up. Even better not to put them back on in the first place though!
    1800 days ago
    Oh wow, well done! That's a HUGE step! You must feel so awesome : )
    1800 days ago
    Fantastic! You've got it!! And it's working!!!
    1800 days ago
    Here's to balance and savoring the joys of treats!
    1800 days ago
  • ELMA1913
    Great!! Way to stay with the program and experience success!!!!!
    1800 days ago
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