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Learning to walk on by

Sunday, January 11, 2015

On the kitchen counter are cookies, homemade brownies, nuts and candies. Bags of chips on the living room coffee and end tables. Cheese and veggies in the fridge. Fruit in a large bowl in the kitchen. There is temptation *everywhere* in this house. I can't get rid of it all since I have a family to feed and they deserve their indulgences. I've learned to just look away, and to just walk on by, wherever I am in this house.

It's not even a matter of one day at a time, but also a matter of one moment at a time, keeping on this strict diet. If I think of it as "three months without carbs" I'd probably give up, but instead I think of it as "no carbs right *now*" and then remove myself until the moment passes. When I can't look away is dinner. Most of their favourites are forbidden for me: meatballs, breaded proteins, pasta, rice. So I cook separate meals for us which occasionally overlap in protein or vegetable content. I thought that part would be harder, but surprisingly it's manageable. I like when I make something the family likes, and they are appreciative enough to actually say it aloud, and that goes a long way to not minding that I can't enjoy their food along with them. And each dinner is another moment that seems to fly by, but in this case usually a happy moment since we are altogether.

Sometimes all those moments consciously pulling my mind away from tempting foods catch up with me at night. I lie in bed thinking about my favourite foods, which I will be able to indulge in after I hit my target and am refeeding. Like pasta - I want lasagne or ravioli so much! So I think about having a 1/4 serving of lasagne, and savouring each bite. I know that I won't be able to go back to my pre-PSMF ways, but I will be able to incorporate more modest carb components in my maintenance diet. It seems far off right now, so a fantasy for late-night musings, but it also helps me keep going.
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    I tell my husband and children to not keep things on the counter. These types of food stay in cupboards and are not in plain view for me when I open the cupboard. My family is happy that I have begun to live a happier healthier life. Yours will be also. Ask them to help you by keeping their snacks out of site. Tonight my husband kept a big cinnamon roll cake on the counter. I put it in a bag so I couldn't see it but it has been calling to me. I have a slim active husband and slim active kids and I want to keep up with them. I started by walking to work and back (1hour) for 2 years and now I am jogging very slowly for 5km having started to job about 6 months ago. If I can do this anyone can. Trust me. About 18 pounds have come off in 2 years but I'm stronger, I stand straighter and feel better about myself. Still have another 50-60 pound to go. Slowly but surely wins the race. Keep the great work!
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