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6/10/18 1:30 P

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I’m in another weight loss upswing. I am sticking to a meal plan that works for me. There are so many diets out there and I carve out what works for me. My workplace had a challenge which started me out on an upswing again. Everyone who wanted to participate put in $10. Everyone who lost 7% of their body weight got their money back plus money from whoever didn’t lose. This was effective and there were 4 winners. The challenge is over now but I have kept up my new habits. I eat a limited diet. Instant oatmeal for breakfast. Low sodium tuna fish iceberg lettuce romaine lettuce avocado tomato and balsamic vinegar for lunch. A protein shake of unsweetened almond milk low sodium peanut butter whey protein and frozen banana/strawberry. I eat an apple and a Greek yogurt as snacks and a limited amount of peanut butter crackers. I use my Fitbit religiously to track my intake and outgo so I don’t have to stick to a fixed amount of calories. I also make note of foods that spike my sugar level so I avoid to many of them during the day.

I think you have a chance to learn during your down cycles as what not to do. And from your up cycles as what to do.

It’s definitely one of the hardest things to do to lose weight and keep it off. But it’s not impossible and their are many benefits. Lower blood pressure being more active. Being able to pick up kids and grandkids. The downsides are it takes time and effort, avoiding or minimizing eating out which can lessen social interaction.

Don’t get discouraged when you gain weight. Stay positive. Do the best you can. It’s truly a marathon not a sprint. You will fail at times. That’s ok. It may take many cycles to get where you want to be.

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7/9/17 7:47 P

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My weakness is that I'm black and white in my habits. I have gotten better, but these last 15 months or so I have slid back. I'm also an emotional eater, and have had some difficult family challenges and my own injuries that have contributed to my set back. Getting on this challenge will help, as accountability can make a positive difference for me. I'm going to go back to the strategy of brushing my teeth after I eat dinner to help curb evening snacking.

Take care fellow Utah Sparky Friends!

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6/23/17 5:40 P

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The National Weight Loss Registry is a project that interviews people who have lost more than 30 pounds and kept it off for more than a year. They interview them and ask about their behaviors and publish the results.

One thing that they found is that successful people tend to eat out less than 2 times a week. This is a hard habit to break. I pass no less than 10 drive through/dine in places from the grocery store to my home. I'm often hungry. It's hard but I use the same strategy and tell myself I can do it if I want and ask if I want to do it today or wait to another day when I might be hungrier. I usually can wait.

They also found that successful people tend to eat the same meal plans most of the time. They have found the way of eating that is successful for them and "switching things up" frequently is not a good idea.

I like that I can find other successful people like those on Spark and use the ideas they have to be more successful.

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Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
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You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
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6/23/17 4:41 P

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I like your ideas and the way you curb eating the snacks.

I do believe we should treat ourselves and not deprive ourselves all the time. If we know an event or something special is coming up, I can always adjust my food throughout the day. If I decide we are watching a movie tonight and I will want snacks, I cut back on my lunch and dinner. For instance, tonight we are going to the movie theater, and I will absolutely be indulging in movie theater popcorn, so I have cut my lunch portion in half and will probably just have some fruit for dinner.

It's oftentimes just a matter of choice, I think. We can choose to sabotage our hard work, or work with our indulges.

What are your thoughts on eating out?



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6/23/17 2:48 P

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Sometimes it helps to have something tangy instead. A tart lemonade or even a tart piece of fruit can stop the craving for the sweetness of sugar.

I'm working hard at listening to my body signals and am doing a hunger scale to help determine if I'm just craving something to put in my mouth out of boredom, self care/gratification, or if I'm really hungry. It helps so much when I do that.

I don't put anything off limits and have found that makes it easier to delay gratification rather than say it's bad to have chips, I say to myself that I can have them when I want them. I then ask myself if I want them now or want to wait a while longer before eating them. Very often I can wait as I can have them when I want them. I will buy a small one serving size bag of chips and keep it around to eat when I'm ready. Sometimes it expires before I get to it. I do have trouble if the package is opened, but it works well for a "sealed" package of chips, chocolate, whatever.

I also buy things I don't enjoy but others in the family do. I'm not a great fan of Oreos. My grandchildren are. I have no problem not eating them and the grands have a cookie they can enjoy when they visit. I also have fruits and veggies around, but they like cookies and I'm Grandma so I get to do that.

I have also found that changing my behavior can alter a craving. Doing something else during times when it is hard not to munch helps me change that habit. If I normally nibble while watching TV in the evening, having something to do with my hands that is not conducive to eating like working on a puzzle or a craft while watching a show helps.

Call me WG
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
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6/23/17 12:02 P

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My weakness is sugar, sugar, sugar. It's like a drug for me! It's terrible. One way I have found that helps curb my sweets craving is having sugar free jello on hand. My weakest time is in the evenings when I finally have a minute to sit down and relax. The first thing I want to do is grab some cookies and curl up on the couch. I grab my jello and water instead and for the most part feel pretty satisfied.



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