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Planning the Right Amount of Freggies

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One more thing about overeating freggies, my last of 4 blogs to deal with the issue. Developing an eating plan and sticking to it is powerful. Saying "NO CHOICE" (as Beck tells us) to any food that appears unexpectedly or we decide to grab on the fly is wise. I have never planned to overeat vegetables or fruits. I've never planned on eating more than 8 servings of freggies in one day, but I have done it over and over.

What harm does it do? Well, calories are calories and it keeps me just a little over the weight I really want to be. (And as I pointed out in previous blogs it may interfere with nutrient absorption as well as reinforce the feeling of being overfull.) And it deprives me of truly being in control and feeling successful. When I make a food plan and stick to it I am strengthening what Beck calls my "resistance muscle." When I give in to unplanned eating, I am strengthening my "giving in" muscle. (That may not be the correct Beck word, but the concept is correct.) I want to have strong abs, strong legs, strong arms, but most of all I want strong resistance muscles!!

Looking over my old food trackers, I can easily see what a smart friend told me. It is easier to eat a reasonable amount of freggies when you are eating a good combination of protein, carbs and fats. When I'm not eating enough protein or not eating enough healthy fats I often overeat freggies.

So that is all I intend to say about my current practice of overeating of freggies. I'm giving it up because I am ready. It is no longer useful to me. It may be a helpful interim strategy. Friends who have 30, 50, 80, 100, 200 pounds to lose may find it a valuable strategy -- until they are ready to give it up. If you are used to eating a lot, it may be easier to eat a lot of freggies than to cut way back on the amount as well as change what you are eating. One change at a time may be easier.

Now to my current issue. Last night my husband and I had a wonderful time. A friend of his invited us to see him perform at a country club. I had no idea that man could sing like that. Just amazing! We danced on the tiny dance floor several times. Definitely fun, but the food served was a buffet. I wish there had been some plain veggies I could have filled up on. I would have been better off to overeat veggies last eve. Everything on the buffet was outrageously calorie-dense and we were there from 4:30 pm until late. Usually I remember that when I don't control what I eat, I still control the amount. Last eve I avoided the most calorie dense foods (the desserts) but that is the only positive I can say about my eating. As of today, I am back to tracking.

I did not make it a full year maintaining without tracking, but I made it over 11 months. Right now I want the tracking tool to help me quickly get back on track. I will plan --including the right amount of freggies --and stick to my plan!!

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    Good job Marsha! I think you have set yourself up to be successful!
    1793 days ago
    I still consider you an amazing success at the intuitive eating experiment! Today's seminar included lunch, so not as much control... they served us chicken cordon bleu... and I ate only half a portion, because... well... what you said! I skipped the dessert, and packed my own usual snacks for breaks, avoiding the cookies and pastries.

    So giving myself credit for doing the best I could with the day. Good job on doing your best in a similar challenge! emoticon
    1798 days ago
    that "calories are calories" lesson is an important one - we have always eaten what we thought was "healthy" (the specifics may have varied over time, but that was the main thrust. and i thought that as long as you were eating healthy things, it was ok. only i was 20 or 30 lbs heavier than i wanted to be. i maxed out on exercise, and still nothing happened. then a successful sparker encouraged me to bite the bullet and track - and no wonder i wasn't losing weight! i was eating well over 2000 calories of healthy food, freggies included! what an eye opener… so now i track…. and you are so right about the importance of being in control.
    1798 days ago
    I think your concept of "interim strategies" is a very helpful one!! And: I'm betting you burned off some calories dancing!!
    1798 days ago
    Yep, excess is still excess.
    I have to watch it with cottage cheese and greek yogurt. A dollop on this and a dollop on that may be tasty, but next thing I know I've had dairy with every meal. emoticon
    1798 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.
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  • GABY1948
    I LOVE this are the Queen of Beck.....and you know to get right back to it! I am so glad to know you! I know you are disappointed about not getting a full year of intuitive thinking and I feel for you. I don't ever plan to not track and weight and measure so it would not be a biggie to me. But we each have our "thing".

    Thanks to your blogs I have stopped overeating veggies....EVER. You are such an inspiration, Marsha! We are all blessed knowing you!

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    1798 days ago
    You got that right. Calories are calories and eating large portions was very helpful to me as well. But as I said yesterday this topic is very timely to me. I am trained to eat "Big" but low calorie. I think you got something there about too much of a good thing. I am wondering if that is what is adding to my being tired. I might be eating too much fiber to hold on to the nutrients I need. Going to work on this and take in less volume. Thanks so much for blogging about this.
    Have a great day.
    1798 days ago
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