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Better habits finally kicking in...

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As some of you may remember, I made a shepherd's pie yesterday. Cleaning out the fridge, I cooked and mashed turnip, which I like but Peter doesn't, to have with it.

Turns out the weather was good today, so he decided to take the Sprite to the car show which is held in town every Thursday during the summer. They get as many as 380 cars each week. He took some snacks with him, and will probably eat a small supper when he gets home around 9.

I didn't want to eat that late, so dished up my supper around 6. It looked so good! Definitely a comfort food, and delicious. Surprise, surprise, I ate only half of it, then put the rest back. I took a long look at the rest of the mashed turnip, telling myself that it was a vegetable, so it would be okay to eat it. Instead, I put it in a zip-lock container for another time.

Before SP, I would have eaten the whole plateful, and possibly gone back for a small second helping, kidding myself that because I wasn't having dessert, I could have more of the main... but chances are, I would have had dessert later anyway.

Can it be that after 3 1/2 years I'm actually starting to "get it"? Whoever it was who said that it takes 3 months to break a habit and make a new one certainly doesn't know me. My body (and mind?) is hanging onto every ounce it can, and making me work really hard to get down to a healthy weight.

Some of my Spark Friends have complimented me on my healthy food choices, and how well organized I seem; but believe me, it's a hard-fought battle. Eating too much healthy food is still eating too much food. I joined the "calories-in, calories-out" team challenge on the Calling All Canadians team in June, and find that it helps. I'm also checking my carbs, fats and protein mid-afternoon, and planning my food for the rest of the day carefully to get as close as I can to the 50/30/20 ratio recommended by SP.

Biggest challenges, still, are drinking 8 glasses of water each day, and ST at least 4x/week. I'm working hard to get those goals to become good habits.

Thanks for reading,
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    You are doing so great.
    1407 days ago
    Awesome!!! Isn't it great when you find yourself making healthy choices almost automatically??? I love that feeling :)

    It is SUCH a hard-fought battle, but so worth it.

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    1409 days ago
    Hi Gail.........
    YOU are my go-to Girl for inspiration and good meal plan ideas. I think that you are doing a wonderful job. emoticon
    1409 days ago
    1410 days ago
    Gail you've come a long way hun! emoticon

    Have a great weekend emoticon
    1410 days ago
    Today was cool and after reading your blog, I decided to do another chicken batch. I make microwave apple and pear crisp. Very little sugar in topping none in fruit.
    DH cannot eat skin of fruit. Anaphylactic reaction so we are very careful.
    I like your honesty. I have to write everything down to stay on track but with so much going on I forget to do it. DH tries to help out.
    Great information. That kind helps other’s as well as yourself Pat in Maine.

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    1410 days ago
    Sounds like a great meal, and very inspiring to have healthier choices. (I'm doing better at controlling eating also!). ST is harder to incorporate.
    1410 days ago
    you are an inspiration! well done with the self control
    1410 days ago
    You are doing so good. I still have lots of eating problems, portions too large, snacking too much and not always making healthy food choices. Some of us just take longer to break old habits and make new ones. But as long as we keep trying we will get there. I'm happy that things are getting easier for you. Hugs Pat
    1410 days ago
    Gail, I am so proud of YOU !!
    I too quite often check out in the early afternoon what I have left for calories and what nutrients I need to focus on to get my minimums and to avoid going over the maximums. It really does help me keep my focus where it needs to be. What is my Over Active Elbow transporting to my mouth for desiccation. (Wow one of my few really big words.. but it seemed to really fit in that sentence.)
    It does make a difference whether we are planning for solo eating or group meals where others wants, needs tend to push ours to the side (just a little bit).
    Have a great what is left of the day... and an even better tomorrow!
    Hugs, Audra
    1410 days ago
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