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4/11/07 4:14 P

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Also, it seems like treats are a lot better when you wait for the right time to indulge (like say, on your birthday, or on friday night) and when you plan for them and wait for them.

If you plan for it, you circumvent the whole guilt thing, too...

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4/11/07 3:10 P

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yeah, i think of it as budgeting. i try to look at my options and really weigh how much they're worth in convenience or pleasure and how much they cost in delaying my achievement. it's a tough call a lot of the time, but i'm getting better at it. sometimes the cake, burger, and beer are worth it, and sometimes they're not; it's just determining when those times are that's the trick.

"That's why we call it a struggle/ You're supposed to sweat"


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4/11/07 12:33 P

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I'm also really bad with the willpower or as I think of it the rational side loses out to the emotional side of my brain a whole lot. I don't want to deny myself but I started really looking at why I craved things and if they were truly worth it in the long run. And if I am going to indulge I make sure it's for something really good not something handy.


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4/11/07 12:36 A

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Ha ha, Enzyme, I've totally read those fantasy books... they are always eating crusty bread & cheese!!

I have never had much willpower before, but when I started to track things and found out how many calories things cost me, it helped me make much smarter decisions almost immediately. I also don't go out much (my husband is a vegetarian and he hates paying a lot of money for veggie food at a restaurant).

Anything that even sort of works for you, just cling to it and get as much use out of it as you can...

And also, there are a lot of great suggestions in this thread.

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4/10/07 10:49 P

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i understand your concerns about the crazy-makingness of weightloss. i never wanted to be one of those "weightloss people" who tediously focus their lives on points or calories or 'good' foods or 'bad' foods. i suppose i'm kind of there right now. i mean, seriously, look at my points total; it indicates a certain -er- reliance on this website, eh? but i'm counting on this being a temporary tool in the service of longer-term learning. i want to learn how to control my nutrition and fitness so that i don't have to become one of those glamour ladies who thinks constantly about weightloss and body size. you aren't one of those sad glamour ladies because those sad glamour ladies don't know that they're sad, yes?

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4/10/07 7:23 P

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"I've never been one to deny myself food or obsess over what's going down my gullet and I usually feel good about that. But I know that if this is going to be worthwhile, I need to be much more diligent than I've ever been."

Dude, this is so me. I'm a generally healthy eater - to the point that when I told a friend of mine I had one of my bimonthly trips to Jack in the Box she was shocked. This whole... limiting thing is really weird for me. The first couple of weeks it wasn't a big deal, but for the last two days I have wanted to eat EVERYTHING. I was reading a fantasy book last night and they were eating cheese on crusty bread and suddenly I wanted - nay, NEEDED - crusty bread and cheese. I crave chocolate, something I've never done before. I suddenly want to eat everything. I'm thinking about food so much more. I don't like it and I hope it'll pass.

Otherwise, I just have fun with portions - no, I cannot have a whole croissant covered in Nutella (man that sounds good, and all the ingredients are IN MY KITCHEN AUGH) but I can have a bite.

I have been encouraging my boyfriend to eat dessert a lot more lately. I wonder why.

Please, people, post tips, because these last couple of days have been really hard. I was reading Glamour and it said that 60% of readers, if they could have anything - ANYTHING! - they'd want the ability to eat anything without gaining weight. Normally I'd think, "Losers! What about the power of flight or invisibility?!" but right now... I can relate. Ick.

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4/10/07 11:52 A

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I don't know. I have iron willpower, I can say no to just about anything. For me, it comes from a mindset that I want to achieve my goals, I want to do it healthfully and things that don't help me achieve my goals in terms of food just simply don't fit into my life. I practice saying no to things or I psych myself up when I know I am going somewhere where there will be food out. I either take the healthy selection like the fruit and veggies or I just stay away and don't eat anything period. I find that if I start eating its harder to stop so I just don't start. I just keep thinking about how I want to reach my weight goal and honestly, its really motivating me. I want so badly to make it, I can taste it and it tastes way better than some food that's going in my mouth that will just cost me money and come out the other end.

I think that willpower is something that you have to reach deep inside to find. Find something that motivates you and just think about it all the time. You have to be conscious of everything you are doing and I think its really great to be so in touch with your body as to be thinking really hard about everything you are doing. This especially includes eating - never eat without thinking about what you are doing!

Avoidance is another tactic I use. Although I don't seem to have a big problem with portions when I go out as my stomach is really small now and I just can't eat a lot like I used to, if I don't want the temptation, I just don't go there. We went from eating out several times a week to eating out once a week or once every two weeks. Once you leave something like fastfood or sugar or fried foods out of your diet for a while and you get over the initial cravings, I find that I don't miss it. For me it was mainly sugar which I don't eat a ton of anyway but I eat even less now, just a little bit and mostly from fruit.

Hope this helps some.





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4/10/07 11:00 A

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my willpower isn't so much willpower as good planning. if i know that i'm going to be tempted, then i'm extra virtuous earlier in the day or plan for extra virtuousness later in the day. i don't really have any powers of extraordinary self-denial, but i'm really anal and i try to use that to my advantage with preparing for frenchfries or pad thai or enormous pancakes and the like.

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4/10/07 10:27 A

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I have a hard time being good at restaurants - so unless I'm ok with eating a lot - I just don't go. I guess NOT GOING is my willpower.

I have a hard time with it too though. I swear snackfood has legs that jump into my cart at the store.

And I grew up in a family of grazers. That's what we do - put out a bunch of food and just graze.

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4/10/07 9:54 A

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resturants and long weekends: all bets are off. I don't eat out that often (anymore) and there aren't many long weekends in a year ;p

at home and work though I just don't buy things I shouldn't eat. If it isn't at hand, it won't end up in my mouth.

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4/10/07 2:45 A

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Okay, so I just jumped into this game for real yesterday evening. I felt totally committed and positive while sitting on my couch and reading through the site. I felt totally committed and positive while kicking ass at the gym this morning. AND THEN, it was time to eat.

I've never been one to deny myself food or obsess over what's going down my gullet and I usually feel good about that. But I know that if this is going to be worthwhile, I need to be much more diligent than I've ever been.

So, here's the question: Where does your willpower come from? Do you have imagery or specific strategies to help you stay on track? When I'm hungry and I'm out at a restaurant, I'm completely helpless in the face of deliciousness...

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