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#10. Weekend

Saturday, September 15, 2018

It is a beautiful sunny and mild Saturday morning, and my DH and I have lots on our agenda today, right here in town. First, there is an annual church fair, followed by an afternoon musical event, then an art showing at a local farm.

And to top it all off, we get to babysit our little grandson this evening.

My scale sang to me this morning, so I am feeling pleased with my progress - convinced that I will be able to reverse some of those unwanted numbers when I re-do my blood workup in November.

Traditionally, weekends have always been a time when I would relaxed my grip on my food intake. Somehow, I always felt I 'earned' it after being 'good' all week.

That is more thinking that I need to change, just as I learned a few days ago that I can have company and still stay on track with my food.

My thinking about food has to be more sustainable for the long term - and less thinking like I'm on a diet that is temporary and will end one day.

For me, some foods have always been part of the fun of the weekend. For example, at a fair, we might eat something at a food stand. Or, in the evening, while watching a movie, we might have a snack. On Sunday mornings, my DH often brings home pastries or muffins with the NY Times.

I do not want to deny myself those things. They are part of the pleasantries of my life.

So those things don't have to change altogether. But I can modify my behavior so that it works better for me. I could have food at the fair; I just need to eat the right stuff -- and eat less of it. I could have a burger or a sandwich - and not eat the entire thing. In the evening, I could have a snack with the movie, but instead of having cheese and crackers or (leftover) apple pie, or even ice cream, I could eat vegetables dipped in hummus. I really like that snack a lot, so it won't feel like any kind of sacrifice. And at Sunday breakfast, I can eat part of the muffin - and just cut down on calorie intake later in the day.

I don't have to LOSE weight on Saturday and Sunday. If my weight holds on a weekend, then I am very happy.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy weekend.


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  • NANCY-
    Finding healthy treats is a good plan. Also so many things have been super sized, so sharing helps me..Fair food is rarely healthy, The BIG E features a huge cream puffs that many swoon over, but I just think all that sugar!!!
    Besides sometimes if we slow down and really taste what we are eating you may find you really don't care for it, that happened to me.
    156 days ago
    I'm learning to let go and not eat the whole enchilada, so to speak. Leaving bites on a plate seemed so wasteful. But, better that than "waist-full"!
    157 days ago
    I have been on this journey so long that a lot of temptations are no longer appealing to me like they used to be. Pastries and muffins are on that list. I can also pass on soda, especially if a restaurant has lemon slices as a lot of places have funky tasting water. I can usually pass on most cake. I only eat the filling of pies when I do succumb to it and can pass on many kinds of those too. Even a lot of bread is not longer a temptation but I still have to be careful with certain crackers. A serving is so few and they have way too many carbs. The same way with certain candy, like fudge. Avoidance works best for me. I guess we all have our temptations.
    157 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    157 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    157 days ago
    Good thinking about the food thoughts related to weekends. I have some of the same, and especially since retirement and especially since dropping back some of the athletic training. Yes, I can still have treats, but they have to be treats that fit with my lifestyle, and within the calorie range that supports my CURRENT level of activity over the course of a week.

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    157 days ago
    Enjoy the day!
    157 days ago
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