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A Maintenance Frame of Mind

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Something has changed -- for the better.

I am no longer in a fight between would I WANT to do and what I SHOULD do.

It is no longer the scale against me, or the tempting food against me.

In times past, when I would have indulged in some forbidden dessert or treat, I would often think, "Oh well, I've blown it now, so let me just go ahead and enjoy some other prohibited food while I'm at it."
It was THE RULES against me.

Today I am not fighting against any rules that I resent.

Today I am in control, and quite comfortably in control.

I am making the rules.

I am not feeling deprived, or sorry for myself.
I do not feel that I am in a temporary eating pattern to be tolerated until some future goal is achieved.
I am not in a race.

Today I am tracking, recording everything I eat. I am making decisions about what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat.

When I am hungry, I eat something. I choose foods according to nutritional value and how many calories I want to take in at that time.

When I am full, I stop eating, often leaving remaining food on the plate.
I don’t finish something up just because it tastes good.
I don’t feel I must clean my plate -- like a child.

It all comes down to Watermellen's saying, "Whether I track or not, my body is always tracking."

I am merely keeping a close watch on what my body is taking in.
And I am controlling that intake according to my goals: stay healthy and shed excess weight.

I think this must be a MAINTENANCE frame of mind that I have finally developed.

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