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Honeymoon is over; now for the hard work

Monday, November 10, 2014

I'm really struggling with food cravings lately. I was doing great for about two months. I logged every single item I ate, increased my exercise, and was happy that I had lost 12 pounds. I had a great visit with my doctor in October (my LDL cholesterol had dropped 22 points, and he was very happy and encouraging of my new diet).

But after that good doctor visit, it's like all my incentive went away, because now I know I have six months until I see him again.
I was craving something pumpkin so badly, I bought pumpkin whoopie pies. Then I had to get a doughnut for a sweet craving. Then I stopped writing down what I'm eating. Bad weather made it harder to exercise.

I know, I know...I've got to get back to eating for health, and not let my taste buds run the show. How do I tame the cravings tiger emoticon and turn them back into kitty cats? emoticon

I guess I should try to make something homemade with pumpkin that would be better for me. Pumpkin soup may do the trick. I have found that just getting more sleep helps...I even took a nap yesterday, which is unusual for me, but sleeping more seems to translate into eating less.

It's funny how attitudes change. During the first two months of my plan, nothing tempted me. I could turn down any dessert and not think twice about it. I had energy and determination and felt so hopeful about it all. It was like that was the "honeymoon" phase of the new diet. It was working, and while it took effort, it didn't seem to be a struggle. Now that phase is over, and it seems difficult and a struggle, and I'm not sure that I can stick with it.

My plan is to start writing everything down again, find some healthy recipes that will help with the cravings (and figure out the calories and log them), and try to get some exercise in.

If anyone reading this has advice for getting back the enthusiasm once you fall off track, feel free to post below. (And please remember to be kind...I don't need scolding, as I do that to myself enough!) Thanks!
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    I'm just getting back to SparkPeople after being away for a long while. I think it's really great that you lost some weight before. Just remind yourself of how well you did that, because you can do it again! Also, maybe you should plan a treat now and then so that you don't miss it so much. Good luck!!!
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    1950 days ago

    What you did is part of the journey. We all have been there or will at sometime.
    You know you have to get back on track and that is the first step in the right direction. emoticon emoticon
    2030 days ago
    Happy to share a challenge with you, Rosemary. I'm 'stuck' weight-wise at the moment and when the shorter, wintry days set in, I have to fight the Munch Demon!

    Food diaries work for me and I've started with a Fitbit to count steps.

    Congratulations on your achievements in the first phase of your get healthy plan. I have a carrier bag with books that represents my weight lost so far. I tote it up the stairs a few times when I feel negative and think that the weight used to be on my body. Do I really want it back again?

    Good luck with getting your Spark back and happy to buddy you if you can think of a challenge. emoticon
    2031 days ago
  • LINDA!
    One thing that may help you is to join some challenge teams. The reason I say this, you are accountable to weigh in once a week. You are also expected to do exercises and other activities during the week. Good luck with whatever helps you. emoticon
    2033 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    When I lose my enthusiasm and the excuses set in, I find an event that I want to look like a million bucks... well, maybe a few dollars lol. Another thing that helps me is to go shopping. I find something ... in a smaller size of course, that I would love to have and set a goal to wear it. Set a major goal and some minor ones along the way and don't forget to reward yourself for your minor goals. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and move. Hope this helps.
    2033 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14643906
    I had a pumpkin smoothie and that was very satisfying. I tasted one at Tropical Smoothie, and found a recipe for it. This one by Chef Meg is close:


    And here's a Pumpkin Custard recipe:


    I was thinking of trying this. I think that if you can find ways to "feed" your cravings without overdoing it, that might help. I do know exactly what you mean about motivation flying out the window. Maybe if you set up a few mini goals for yourself? Writing down helps, because you see how much you are paying in calories for your cravings, and helps you decide if it is worth it.

    That's quite a drop in cholesterol. Congratulations! You're doing great!
    2033 days ago
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