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Second Half of the First Six Weeks

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I was just thinking about how I'm starting my fourth week of the first six on Eat to Live. What will be the differences for the second three weeks? I'm anticipating some barriers and some "facilitators."

1. The temptations may get more difficult, as the rationalizations ("one won't hurt") set in. But I should remember that:
1b. I've already encountered brownies twice and also resisted two parties with lots of junk food around.
1c. I've had wine at least 4 times and still not given in to any temptations.
1d. I can still have brownies and cookies again. Just not always, and just not now.

2. The amount of weight I take off might be disappointing. But:
2b. I've already taken off 14 pounds from where I was a month ago. Even if I took off 1 pound a week for the next three, that's still remarkable.
2c. Weight usually comes off easily in the first week or two and slows down.

3. I might get tired of salads, fruit breakfasts, and such. But:
3b. This has come up repeatedly already. One night with only cooked vegetables left me ready for salad the next day.
3c. Plus, a spinach and arugula salad is very different than a romaine salad.
3d. DH keeps bringing home things I hadn't already had since starting. A couple days ago it was a big pack of kiwis.
3e. I feel incredibly healthy.
3f. I love the example we're setting for our kids.

4. Restaurants continue to be challenging while traveling. However:
4b. I've traveled how many times since starting this? And done fine.
4c. Even if something comes to my table not quite right, I'm still doing okay overall.
4d. I've learned that I can go to a lunch place and get two salads, saving one for dinner.


I keep wondering why I didn't try eating like this long ago.

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  • WATERDIAMONDS
    These obstacles aren't limited to ETL, right? Temptations crop up, weight loss slows as time passes, restaurants are typically difficult and we usually get somewhat tired of our diet foods.

    But what's significant about your way of looking at this is that you have identified and already refuted these excuses BEFORE they have the opportunity to manifest in your life. And this means you fall within a statistically small percentage of the population--you tell yourself the truth.

    Psychological research indicates that one of the key measurements of the likelihood of success lies in the willingness to (a) admit the truth that life includes struggle, particularly during transitions and (b) do what is necessary anyway.

    Congratulations on your very wise assessment of the process and your dedication to achieving your goals whatever obstacles come your way.

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    3135 days ago
  • FARAWAY01
    Good for you! I'm sure you'll be glad you stuck with it after the fact.

    Here's a meal suggestion I just tried and loved - zucchini 'spaghetti'! I bought a World Cuisine turning slicer (also known as a Spirooli) and was so excited to try it. I sauteed a chopped onion and garlic until soft then added 2 zucchinis sliced on the 'angelhair' setting, added a small amt of chicken broth to saute a couple minutes (to soften the zucchini just a bit) and seasoned w/pepper. Then topped it with our favorite store-bought spaghetter sauce, which doesn't have any added sugars (but you could use homemade). OMG yum! Even my DH liked it and he struggles with vegetarian dishes. I thought I'd share the success since it's something that will fit on ETL.
    3136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2011 8:09:48 PM
  • 55WALKER
    If you could bottle your good attitude and pass the bottle around the world would be a better place!
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  • SUZANNA_XX
    Keep it up~
    3136 days ago
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