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My change in perspective

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm encouraged by my bit of change in perspective. When I began to see my weight loss goals as a lifestyle change rather than 'another diet venture,' my overall perspective began to change.

Just a week ago, I was looking at food as such a comfort - it was my go-to pal when I was feeling low, stressed, or discouraged. There was no negative to be found in the satisfying comfort of my favorite foods, no issue food couldn't assuage -- Now, I can ever-so-clearly see that I deluded myself with those distorted views of food.

Last night, after a bit of a stressful day, my younger son was ill right before bed. I had to stay up late to wash his soiled clothes and the towels my husband and I used to clean up afterward, and I was feeling a bit worn down. As I plopped on to the couch to watch an On-Demand episode of The Middle, I thought, "Gosh, I should get some crackers -- ooh, or ice cream".

However, unlike countless times in the past, I didn't opt for that route. I've begun to see through the food lies I'd believed for decades. Instead, I opted to sip on unsweetened brewed tea.

Afterward, as I sat folding the freshly washed and dried clothes, I was proud of myself for making a wiser decision.

Do I see a life where I never eat a cupcake or scoop of ice cream? No, I honestly don't. The huge difference is that I will have those treats in moderation, and not as a 'feel good' measure when life takes a turn that stresses me. I refuse to slip back in to the habit of embracing food as a comfort. My resolve is that doing so is no longer an option.

This fresh outlook seems so much ... well, less dysfunctional. A healthier view of food (as my train of thought carries me) should also lead to an overall healthier me. I'm very much looking forward to that :)
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    emoticon Great insight on your behavior and what not to do! And what to do! Love this! emoticon emoticon
    1464 days ago
    emoticon You are developing a mind-set that WILL last a lifetime and not disappear once you have reached your goal.

    1464 days ago
    Good for you! I'm proud of you too! You go girl!
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  • BLUEJAY1969
    emoticon on making such a great choice! Living this healthy lifestyle, to me, means all things in moderation. If I could never have say..... cake again, I would fail! All or nothing thinking is a diet strategy not a lifestyle strategy. I have decided what I can and cannot do for a lifetime and that is what I'm learning to do. I can't go a lifetime with no sweets, no bread, no processed food. I CAN go through a lifetime with those things in moderation though. Right now as I'm losing, I have to go without a little more or exercise a little more than I will once I reach goal but to do completely without, would have me backing off and going right back to eating all the junk food that got me into this situation in the first place! I'm one of those stubborn people who if you tell not to do a thing,,,,, even if it's me telling me..... I become all the more obsessed with doing just that thing! So I refuse myself nothing. I do eat it in small portions though! I also make myself wait if I want something.... say a fig newton. I wait for a day or two and then if I still want it badly, I will have a couple! If I forget about it, well obviously, I didn't want it that badly in the first place!
    1464 days ago
    I to struggle and get really hungry, I have been eatting yogart instead of ice cream, it helps with digestion and taste good, I like dannon strawberry short cake and vanilla. I too drink tea. Good luck, keep sparking :)
    1464 days ago
    I really liked your post. That is probably the toughest thing to do is not to run to food for comfort when we are worried, stressed etc. You are wise to know that won't solve any of your problems and that even though you stayed away from them during times that you feel like that you aren't staying away from those kind of foods for good. Great blog. Very inspirational.
    1464 days ago
    That's right . . . you are NOT saying you'll live a life of deprivation, but wise choices! Good job. And hope your DS is feeling better.
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  • 52BINCE
    Good for you and having a change in perspective and seeing that this really is a lifestyle... And one that can bring about so many health benefits!.... I found your blog to be inspirational and a great message for any level whether a new person or one who's been here for a long time.... Best wishes for your success!
    1464 days ago
    What a wonderful decision you made and I'm sure you feel more empowered than ever! I wasn't going to do any exercising today either. Wednesday is usually a rest day for me, but I popped a 15 min Miracle Mile DVD of Leslie Sansone's and wool-ah,, a boost more of energy for me. Have a blessed day ~ Donna
    1464 days ago
    I found your message to be very inspiring as I read it this morning..... It does appear that you have made a major breakthrough and I am certainly going to tuck this under my cap For anytime I might be tempted to use food as medication which clearly it is not..... emoticon
    1464 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your achievement! I know exactly what your writing about. I'm not sure when it happen but I know that I too have changes my perspective on food--especially sweets. but today, I can take or leave it.
    1464 days ago
    Congratulations! That change is a real breakthrough - one that everyone on Spark is seeking to maintain.
    Good for you!
    You have realized that whatever the challenge of daily life, overeating and eating junk food will NOT make it better,
    1464 days ago
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    Well done!!
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  • no profile photo CD17462428
    Agree. It really is seeing food in an entirely different light.
    1464 days ago
  • QUINNY2016
    It's all about how to treat it!!!!
    1464 days ago
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