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9/20/17 11:54 A

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Hi Provincetown,

First off, congrats on your weight loss! Every loss should be celebrated but instead of celebrating with food how about finding a non-food reward? Buy yourself a new shirt or pair of pants in a smaller size. Workout shoes looking a little worn? Invest in a new pair that will make you smile and feel good every time you put them on. In the past I've lost over 50 lbs and maintained within 10 lbs for the past year or so. I'd like to lose a few more pounds (and not find them again, LOL) so I've been trying to get back on the train, too. I've had a recent set back that limits what I can do so I'm looking at it as a pause not a derailment. I still watch what I eat (some days good, some not so good) but I know I haven't been drinking my water like I should so I'm working on getting that on the right track first, small steps lead to big change. We've both made that first scary step before and we can both do it again.

I'm taking that step today, how about you? Let's both get back on the health train and see where this journey takes us!


Edited by: BARB0863 at: 9/20/2017 (11:55)

Today is the first day in the journey to a healthier you!

Rome wasn't built in a day... and neither were my hips :)

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9/20/17 12:49 A

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When I am on a weight loss path, and I loose some weight, I'm more motivated to keep on eating like I've been eating, for yet more success.

I'm curious why your weight loss triggers the thought that you now have room to eat more. I don't have an answer, just a question back to you.


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9/19/17 7:54 P

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The biggest thing here is to accept the past and realize that a) it's always progress, not perfection and b) you can't do anything about the things you've already done, and can't anticipate the future, so focus on the here and now.

Are you telling yourself you'll stop eating blizzards and M&Ms? That can easily cause you to rebel. Portion out the M&Ms into single serving sizes into little baggies. Have one baggie a day. And focus on the rest of your day: how about a yogurt, fruit, and granola parfait for breakfast? It's like desert. Grab a veggie burger in a low cal, high fiber wrap with some veggies if you're craving a hamburger.

Don't plan to "never" eat a food again. Just preplan solutions for lighter, healthier versions of what you love. And if there are things you just can't change, eat them slower, savour them, and I'll bet you find you're satisfied well before the amount you used to consume. Good luck!

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9/19/17 7:12 P

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You ate the blizzard and M&Ms. You log the blizzard and M&Ms. You move on.

If you are ready to take charge of your health, then you need to be ready to accept responsibility for what you ate. Good health isn't about eating right or being "good" 24/7. It's about learning to make healthier choices as often as possible.

What to do ? Log everything you ate today. Be honest. Tomorrow, you start by making some simple changes. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. example, if you haven't been eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you haven't been drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you've been exercising, don't start with an hour a day. set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you create new goals.

Setting simple goals is how you slowly ease back into healthier habits.

You also have to ask yourself why you wanted to eat a blizzard and the M&Ms. Were you hungry ? Did you have dinner ? If you didn't have dinner, tomorrow you'll need to make sure you eat nourishing dinner that helps keep you full. Don't cut your calories dramatically or you will end up wanting another Blizzard.

Decrease the amount of M&Ms you eat and increase the amount of fresh fruit and veggies. You'll feel better if you do.

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9/19/17 6:10 P

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For starters, quit buying DQ blizzards and M&Ms for a while!

Get back to staying within your calorie range.
Weigh/measure and log all you eat.

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9/19/17 5:41 P

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I don't want to - July was my best month ever! Swam. Walked. Worked out. Ate a little something every 3-4 hours. I felt so proud of myself (which doesn't happen often). Then, when I had an unexpected weight loss, I said, "Hey, I lost weight, let's eat." And I haven't stopped. Now, I know what to do - and I tell myself EVERY DAY that today's the day I'll get back on board the health train - and I'm still standing at the station with a Dairy Queen Blizzard in one hand and Caramel M&M's in the other. For anyone who's been there, words of encouragement??

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