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A small easy

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

It feels like a very long time since I had a day in which I didn't have to struggle to stay within my calorie range. Today was the first in a long while that I made it near the low end of my range rather than barely squeaking within the high limit.

So it's the end of the day and I feel a little bit hungry, and I'm okay with that. I've been so stressed the last couple of months that I've been snacking at night to stay full, as if that would dampen the stress. Maybe today I've just accepted that things at work will be crazy for the indefinite future, and I just need to accept the new reality.

Or maybe it's that I'm inspired by a couple of fellow Sparkers who have found the secret to their success, their own customized paths to dealing with food wisely and gracefully. It's been so reassuring to read how Pam and Carolyn have solved their puzzles - maybe it will get easier for me as well! All I can do is keep trying, one day at a time, and hopefully at some point this will not require so much conscious thought. I feel like part of my brain is always thinking about food, and it's getting tired!
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  • PJDANIELS
    Glad you made it through! Thanks for the mention. I'm glad if I can be helpful. I find I did not lose eating at the high end of my calorie range and in a weird way, I think tracking at this point was actually encouraging me to eat when not hungry. Oh look! I have calories left, Let's eat something! So far so good on intuitive eating. Lost 2 lb. in August and that is more than the 1 July with tracking. You're so right, it gets tiring thinking about food all the time, what did I eat, when will I eat next, what will I eat.......However, I will resume tracking if it is necessary to get off the rest of this weight. We'll get there eventually, and stop fixating on food! :) --pam
    2058 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1338628
    Great job!! That's why I love spark! It's a community of people going through s similar journey!
    2058 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Thanks, Bemused, for saying you're inspired by me and Pam! I don't feel like I'm good enough yet to inspire anyone, as I've only been on my new path for a little over two weeks, but I do indeed feel different and much more confident than before.

    YOU are an inspiration to ME! I watched you as you got closer to and then reached your goal weight. I saw the enormous discipline you displayed! As I told you many times, I could never have had as much self-control as you. And I think that now, as you wrote the other day, your schedule and fatigue might be presenting problems. The only way for me to forget about food late at night is to go to sleep, so again I have to say I admire you for being able to stay awake past your bedtime, complete your work and even get on the treadmill (!!)--all that without exceeding your calorie range! To me, that is a HUGE accomplishment, and I know you can keep this up!

    And I see that my good friend Susan has left a comment for you. She's another star here at Spark. I watched her reach goal weight, too, and then go on to train for and run a half-marathon, all while weathering many family crises. As far as I know, she has been a very successful maintainer. Just like you! She's another great source of inspiration to me!
    2058 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    have a nice day
    2058 days ago
  • KEEPITUP4LIFE
    The day will come when food is not the first thought of the day or even the second. You will get to a point where the only time you think of food is when you are genuinely hungry.
    You did great today. May I suggest if you feel hungry at night, try having a cup of tea or decaffeinated coffee. If you still feel genuinely hungry try a rice cake with low fat peanut butter. Eat its lowly and it will satisfy your hunger.

    Susan emoticon

    2058 days ago
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