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Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits - Take 2

Today's lesson goes hand in hand with yesterday's lesson about wasting food. My comments would be exactly the same so I won't repeat myself except to say that I am not good at this.

For our Day #17 we were suppose to throw some food away and then note how we felt about doing that. We had a delicious dinner of Stuffed Trout. I love the buttery taste of the stuffing, but I left some on my plate to be tossed. DH even commented about it and when I explained what my assignment was he gobbled the left over stuffing right up. Better him than me, I guess! I could easily have eaten it myself, but was happy that I didn't give into that temptation.

I am trying to remind myself that there is no need to be anxious and worried about food left on my plate. There will always be more of where it came from. I will not starve. If I take left overs home, I can eat them later if I am truly hungry.

Today's assignment felt the same to me. Linda talks about "leaving one pea on your plate, practicing this for several nights in a row, leaving a little bit more each time. We are to write some rules for ourselves to reflect our new attitudes to combat the Clean Plate Syndrome.

IF YOU ARE FULL, LEAVE IT! IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T EAT IT! REMEMBER - YOUR WEIGHT AND YOUR HEALTH ARE ALWAYS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A CLEAN PLATE!

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11/21/18 9:51 A

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Day #17 Stop Wasting Food - Take 2

I reviewed my previous posts and I see I have not learned a thing! I am still plagued by the "Clean Your Plate" Syndrome.

At home I control portion sizes and so this is not such an issue. However, last night for dinner we had spaghetti with meat sauce and I was to take the "First 2 Bites" and then stop and evaluate (Day 15). Well, by they 10th bite I was still loving that taste. In fact, it tasted so good to me that when I recognized my body telling me I was full enough, I ignored it and finished the last few bites anyways! I had measured my portions, tracked my food, and was within my calorie range, but I'm thinking that all of that is beside the point for this lesson.

When I am at a restaurant it is a bit of a different story. If there is at least half of my meal left on my plate, I will asked the server to box it up for taking home. However, again, if there is only a few bites left I will eat it up regardless of whether I have had enough to eat or not. At a restaurant it is all about wasting money. I am a "Foodie" fan and love the experience of eating/tasting different and decadent foods! This past w/e my DD and I tried Truffles at a restaurant in Chicago. $35 for one mushroom! I wasn't about to leave any of that on my plate no matter how full I was! If I'm eating somewhere cheap, wasting food doesn't seem to bother me so much.

Like Linda said - this can be a very difficult habit to break! I loved her example of overfilling a gas tank. Of course I wouldn't let gas run all over the ground from overfilling. What a waist! ! !

Tomorrow is our big Thanksgiving feast day and I will have plenty of opportunity to practice our lessons from the past few days.

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Day #16 Nurturing Power Of Food - Take 2

When you're feeling stressed or sad or lonely, food does seem to make you feel better - for a while - and then you begin to feel frustrated and disappointed with your behavior.

I can see myself clearly in this statement now. Thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving feast we will be attending at a local restaurant, I will be stressed from the crowd, the noise of a crowd, and fighting all of the food temptations. I can only withstand circumstances like this for so long and then I start to feel anxious and fidgety. I see no relief in sight and so I start to eat more and more to calm myself.

Not only does the act of eating more give me some to do with myself until I can leave, it is the kind of foods that draws me in and nurture me - creamy appetizer dips, creamed herring, deviled eggs, stuffing, cranberry sauce, wine. Looks like I'm not much of a "crunch" or "chewy" kind of person

I have a plan for tomorrow - one pass through the buffet main table, appetizers last instead of first. Also, I am going to write out a card to carry in my purse to remind myself -

EATING MORE WILL NOT EASE YOUR ANXIETIES OR FIX YOUR FEELINGS !


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11/20/18 5:03 P

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Day #15 First Two Bites - Take 2

This lesson could be a key for me. I keep taking more and more bites for several reasons until it is all gone and I wonder where it went to! ! !

1. I like the taste/flavor and stop paying attention to how much I am eating; the taste is in my head and not on my taste buds.
2. I seem to have a horrible time leaving food on my plate. I know there is a lesson about this.
3. I am afraid of something; like I may never get to eat that food again. How ridiculous!
4. I feel guilty about wasting money.

We are going to a movie tonight. Sometimes the smell of the popcorn is more than I can resist. Every time I give into the temptation I soon find myself thinking "This tastes awful! Why did you get this?!". Those thoughts, however, do not stop me from eating it all. This is definitely an area I need to work on.


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11/20/18 4:40 P

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Day #14 Morning Affects Evening - Take 2

Years ago, when I smoked and drank more coffee, I rarely ate breakfast and when it did I was very hungry all day long! Well, now I eat breakfast every morning and, in fact, my stomach really tells me about it if I wait too long before feeding it in the morning. A dietary consultant once told me that it is best to eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking up. I don't always make that deadline, but I get close. Gill, brought up a good point about feeling extra hungry in the morning after eating a larger than normal meal at night. I'll have to keep this in mind and pay attention.

I find that if I don't include some kind of protein in my breakfast I am hungry sooner for lunch which puts way too much time between lunch and dinner.

I like to keep my breakfast and lunch around 350 - 450 cals. because my dinners can add up to 600 - 800 calories depending on what I'm cooking. Also, if I don't eat enough calories for my first two meals, I get too hungry for dinner and eat at an earlier hour then usual. Then this can backfire on me and cause me to snack later at night. It becomes like a vicious cycle.

But no matter what I eat on any given day, by 3 p.m. I am looking for a cup of coffee to pick my energy levels up. I'm not sure what this afternoon slump is about, but sometimes I wonder if it is a way to escape the stresses of the day and having a cup of joe and/or a little cat nap is a way to get away from it all for just a few minutes.

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Day # 13 Oops, I Forgot To Eat - Take 2

I am getting better at this.

There was a time when I routinely skipped lunch. This is not always the case now. Sometimes I eat my breakfast late and then, like Babs, I am not hungry when it comes time for lunch. When this happens I usually have a snack of cheese or fruit around 3 p.m. so that I am not starving by the time dinner is ready.

There are times when I am busy at "lunch time". Like today, for example, I will be at the salon getting my hair done from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. My plan is to eat lunch when I get home. I am wondering how this is going to effect my appetite for dinner. I'm thinking smaller portions may be in order today.

Linda gives an example that I am sometimes guilty of. If I have a special evening of dinner with friends which will include higher calories or our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, I do scrimp on breakfast and skip lunch in order to save calories for later. Linda reminds us that this will not trick our bodies and that it will store a portion of those extra dinner calories as fat. Good to remember this!

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11/20/18 9:59 A

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Day #12 Fuel Or Filler - Take 2

As long as I am at home most of my food is filler. I keep my carbs controlled and I rarely snack at night. I do find that if I go too many days with my carb intake too low I get an insatiable hunger/craving for them and end up bingeing on fillers. I know that cravings are supposed to go away after so many days of eliminating a certain food from your diet and this is true for me when it comes to sweets, but it is not the case with my carbs. I think I would be better having a healthier carb such as a bowl of cereal, toast w/ PB, a baked potato w/cheese or sour cream, or even an Egg-O Waffle w/ syrup rather than diving into a bag of tortilla chips.

Linda reminds us to avoid getting trapped without fuel!

Last Thursday I and a friend attended a holiday open house at our local garden center. Wine & appetizers are served. The entire store is decorated with beautiful holiday ideas to tempt us to spend our money. Even though I knew I would be eating dinner in just a couple hours I was hungry and I was caught without fuel! The Guacamole Dip kept calling me until I could no longer resist. I would have preferred to dip with fresh veggies, but all that was available was tortilla chips. Those chips have been my downfall recently and this time was no different. Once I started I could not seem to stop - for the rest of the evening! Somehow I need to remember to plan better when social events are on my calendar. I'm not sure how to do that because even when I have a healthy snack before I leave my house it does not always do the trick of keeping me on track.


9:30 a.m. BREAKFAST: Fuel - Grape Nut Cereal, Banana, Soy Milk

1:30 p.m. LUNCH: Tuna Salad, Carrots, Apple

5:30 p.m. DINNER: Spaghetti w/ Meat Sause, Mixed Greens Salad w/ LF Ranch Drsg.

Want to make sure I remember Gill's words of wisdom:

You know what filler is................................it's stuff that has very little nutritional benefit, usually loaded with sugar, salt, carbs, fat - often in combination. Filler literally 'fills the cracks' when we feel, emotionally, like cracking up! Angry, upset, stressed, afraid - all those emotions can create cracks in our emotional well-being - and we reach for things we 'know' will make us feel, temporarily, better.

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Day #11 Two Purposes Of Food - Take 2

Plan that you will eat for only two reasons:

1. To fuel your body
2. To appreciate flavors

Linda reminds us that if we are putting something into our mouth and it doesn't match either of these purposes, there's a good chance we are doing emotional eating.

When I did our exercise for this lesson I felt like I was having an exceptionally "hungry" day.
10 a.m. BREAKFAST - fuel
12 p.m. LUNCH - fuel
4 p.m. SNACK - fuel + taste + emotional
6 p.m. DINNER - this was Knitting Night and I don't think I ate for fuel because I had just eaten 2 hrs. earlier. I'm not so sure it was for taste either - BBQ meatballs, Artichoke Dip w/ crackers, Cookies. Sure I like the flavors, but where they melt-in-my-mouth yummy? I think not. So I have to believe there was an emotional component. I reviewed my previous post for this lesson and it looks like I still struggle during social events.

I was out of town this past Friday - Sunday with my DD as we traveled to Chicago to celebrate our November birthdays. We did plenty of eating to appreciate flavors! We love fine dining experiences where we eat foods we normally would not. For example one night our meals featured Truffles! These mushrooms are flown in from France and this restaurant is open for only 7 weeks each year to feature them in all of the dishes they prepare. By the time our w/e was over we were stuffed, but these special meals are an important part of the experience for us. I'm remember to wait 3 days before weighing in.

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11/14/18 9:20 A

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Day #10 Appreciate Good Support - Take 2

I think good support is hard to find these days because it seems like it has become an "all about me" world. People are so busy and stressed out trying to take care of their own lives they don't have the time or energy to notice anything outside of their life's circle. So that is my "kind" rational. My "not so kind" is that I am surround by a bunch of people who just don't notice - not just me, but they don't seem to notice anything! Is this their personality or, again, is it because their own lives are so stressful? I frequently find myself asking DH "What on earth where you thinking?!" and his response frequently is "Nothing"!

This might tell you a bit about the kind of support I have in my life. No one seems to notice! This doesn't seem to have changed from my last post on this lesson. For today's assignment Linda tells us to ask a friend or family member to compliment us on something. IMHO, if I have to ask for it, it isn't worth it.

However, if and when I do get a compliment I will remember to gush my gratitude all over that person!




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11/14/18 9:00 A

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Day #9 Here's What I Want - Take 2

My answers haven't changed much, but I can see that now I have a better understanding of myself and a more positive attitude.

So this is what I want:

1. If you see me eating something that is not on my plan PLEASE don't hesitate to give me a reminder about what you see me doing wrong - quietly and in private; not blurted out in front of other people.

2. When I'm making progress with my weight loss PLEASE don't hesitate to let me know that you have noticed the improvement - I love compliments! They are a great reinforcer and motivator for me to see that my efforts are paying off.

3. When I'm struggling PLEASE don't hesitate to ask what you can do to help me - this battle is up to me to win, but just the fact that you cared enough to notice me will be a huge help!

4. When I'm making progress you can't see (such as improving my self-esteem), PLEASE don't hesitate to ask me how I am doing - I am in a much better place emotionally than I was a year ago, but again, knowing that you care enough about me to notice/ask will mean a lot!

5. When I've maintained my weight and other good health habits PLEASE don't hesitate to tell me how proud you are of my accomplishments and continued efforts as this will encourage and motivate me to keep going until I reach my goal. Everyone could use a good cheerleader. A weight-loss journey takes a lot of effort and energy, both mentally and physically, and sometimes I just need a little break.

Now if I could only find some people in my life who would be willing to do this for me!



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Day # 8 Help Me Please - Take 2

Linda asks us "Do you ever wish you could get more support from the people around you?

I started out feeling a bit confused by this lesson. It was just on Day 6 when Linda told us NOT to focus our conversation on weight-loss and diet. Now she wants us to tell people we are on a diet and what they can do to help! I am not one to ask for help and actually, who cares if I'm trying to lose weight except for me! I always think I should be able to do it all by myself.

DH is the closest support person I have and, as some of you have mentioned, our DH are not always very supportive. I do all of the grocery shopping and he does not bring food into the house so that is one thing I don't have to face. DH does, however, have the habit of a nightly snack which I have learned to ignore most times. Sometimes he will be polite and ask if there is anything I want, but most times he knows my answer will be "No. Thank You.".

This lesson has helped me realize I might be able to ask for DH support on a situation by situation basis. He really never says anything about what I eat, but not long ago, out of the clear blue sky, when we were at someone else's home he said "Are you going back for another helping?". His comment was so out of the ordinary that it was a shock and it angered me as I snapped "What are you now; my food police?". Now I see that I could use him to remind me not to eat off plan if in advance he and I set up some kind of cue , but in a kinder way and not blurted out in front of everyone.

I will always take a compliment! ! !

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11/11/18 6:54 P

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Day #7 I Can Do It! - Take 2

I thought today was a clear-cut and simple lesson, but all of your posts have been awesome which makes me think I might be missing something. My journal entry this morning went like this:

I CAN DO IT BECAUSE -

I am hopeful.

I am on a green streak.

I am strong,

I am invincible.

Nothing can stop me.

This time I am going to do it!

My "yes" will mean "yes".

Week 2 here I come! I CAN DO IT!

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Day #6 Protect Your Program - Take 2

The first two sentences says it all for me:

NO ONE WILL EVER CARE AS MUCH ABOUT MY DIET PLAN AS I DO!

So it is my job to prevent people or events from pulling me off track. I can see that I am getting better at this. When people offer me food or drinks that I shouldn't have I don't have any trouble telling them - "No Thanks". And if they persist I tell them - "I have worked so hard to get this far I don't want to blow it now, but thanks for the offer".

Planning, Planning, Planning is still a top priority. I know in advance what my activities are going to be and so I plan my meals and food choices around them. I have also been trying to make sure that there is some kind of activity planned around the foods/meals as a means of distraction.

I did skip right over the last part that Gill mentioned about long, empty times such as evenings or weekends. I need to remember that I can be my own worst enemy during times like that.

3 high risk events coming up for me are:

1. Tomorrow is a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet following a meeting with our motorcycle group.
PLAN - only one plate of the healthiest foods available (I'm bringing turkey).

2. Monday is our monthly Garden Club meeting where lunch is served and rarely healthy.
PLAN - no deserts.

3. Monday night I have another meeting with our Holiday Party Planning Committee and each meeting has involved tons of snacks so I don't see why this meeting will be any different.
PLAN - eat dinner before I go.

To reinforce my determination today I will stick to my food plan and get 10 minutes of walking done in between taking the GKs to a movie and working on school art projects.


Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/14/2018 (09:01)
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Day #5 Magic Notebook - Take 2

I have used a journal consistently for about 2 years now for writing about my life goal:

BALANCE EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, SPIRITUALLY!

A lot of my journaling, of course, has to do with my weight-loss journey. Recently, I switched to the Bullet Journal method. This is a new approach for me and I have read that the development of your journal can take time before you get it exactly the way you want it. This brings me to my present dilemma. This journal is feeling more like a check-list method and I have not yet figured out how to free-flow my thoughts in writing.

This is important to me because I am finally in a spot of my journey where I am ready to seriously look at my sabotaging thoughts about food and how I respond to those thoughts so I can review and come up with plans for turning my negative behaviors into positive ones. I am a very hands-on kind of person, let me do it, just don't show me how sort of thing. If I can develop my journaling I think I the lessons will stick better then they do by me just reading them.

Linda tells us we that when we think of a food it doesn't mean we have to eat it! She recommends making note of it and then putting it into a future meal plan. I could have used this lesson last night!


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Day #4 Boundaries, Not Diets - Take 2

Linda tells us that the Narrow road is for our weight loss and the Wide road is for maintenance. She asks us to make 2 columns and list our actions that would define what each of these roads would look like. I remember doing this exact thing on my previous review and they remain the same: Narrow = sticking to my healthy eating and fitness plan EVERY DAY! Wide = skipping a fitness day and/or eating unhealthy foods (although I eat far fewer unhealthy foods now then I used to!).

When I read this lesson my first thought was "I can't begin to even let the Wide Road creep into my mental vision at this point of my journey". We are only 4 days into this and we are already talking about letting out boundaries widen? This seems like a very dangerous and slippery slow to me right now. With the holidays quickly approaching I am sure I will reach those outer boundaries, but for now, I am sticking to the Narrow road for as long as I can.

Linda mentions we should not get stuck on the word "diet" and I like that idea. So I am going to be replacing that word with "healthy eating" which involves common sense and good judgement.


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Day #3 Do It Anyway - Take 2

When I see or hear the phrase JUST DO IT I don't think I associate it with those buff people I see at the gym and in ads. Some times it is the very thing I need to hear! JUST DO IT, Sue! Get Your Butt In Gear! My brain seems to be the kind that needs to get shook up in order to pay attention. The kinder version, Do It Anyway, would just flight right over, out of sight, and out of mind.

When I was contemplating today's lesson I thought to myself - You do this in all kinds of other areas of your life, Sue, so why can't you seem to do it as you should with your food and fitness plan? Well, I don't seem to know the answer to that question right now. I am really hoping this review of 100 DWL will shed some light on it for me in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, I am going to follow Linda's recommendation to FOCUS ON MY ACTIONS INSTEAD OF MY FEELINGS and take a few steps each day that will move me forward towards my goal.

I like how you worded it Gill: When you hear your inner voice whining "I don't feel like it........" try telling it, gently, kindly, with love................ "Do it anyway darling, you'll feel better" .

Today I have two events with food challenges where I will be able to implement our assignment - resist the Garlic Bread and the Wine. Also, I need to make sure I get to the Y for my Elliptical Routine. And, somehow, I need to find the time to get outside and finish up my garden winterizing. I'm really not "feeling" like doing this because it is cold, damp, and windy outside today, but guess what - I will DO IT ANYWAY!


Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/14/2018 (09:03)
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Day #2 Interested or Committed? - Take 2

What a surprise for me to find my post from last March front and center as I read through what everyone has had to say on this subject so far today! And the second surprise - on that date I was busy with my father and the same holds true today!

1. Decide that you will always be omitted to your weight-loss plan and not just interested.

I CAM COMMITTED! ! ! That is my story and I am sticking to it!

Actually, as I reread today's lesson I saw myself very clearly. I have been determined until something else comes up; like having fun. I don't seem to need my scale to reward me with results in order to stay on target, but I do blame everything and everyone else for my slip-ups. This has got to stop! It is time for me to take responsibility for myself.

2. Describe how you will stick with your plan, NO MATTER WHAT.

That means PLAN - PLAN - PLAN when I see a challenging situation ahead.

Since most of my slip-ups are associated with social events I will be watching my calendar closely and planning how to tackle the triggers. For example, on Wednesday I am attending a program at my church which involves dinner. I know that Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, and Desert will be served. After dinner and a short video we break into small groups for discussion and my group always serves wine. My PLAN is to track my calories closely during the day and then at dinner I will skip the garlic bread, skip the wine, and bring my own low fat salad dressing.

3. Do at least one thing today that shows I am truly committed.

Today is a busy day and I am demonstrating my commitment by making sure I get to the Y for my ST routine (which I was suppose to do yesterday, but did cardio instead due to lack of time).

Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/14/2018 (09:04)
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Day #1 I Used To Be That Way . . .

Linda asked us to write all of our fears and negative behaviors that have hurt our weight-loss success in the past. Then she wanted us to rewrite them with new endings. I wrote several, but I will only list a few here. Keep in mind that these are not things I have conquered. They are new outcomes that I want to strive for.

I use to drink too much alcohol but now I understand how much sugar is in alcohol and that it triggers my hunger and this has helped my limit my intake to no more than 2 drinks at a time. Also, I am becoming comfortable with the idea that I don't need to accept a drink at every opportunity that it is available.

I used to graze the food table at parties, but now I realize what a trigger this is for me and that I am better off not to even start on the junk food goodies.

I used to go back for seconds and thirds and even more at Buffet type restaurants and Party tables, but now I limit myself to one plate of food.

I used to let life push my fitness schedule down on my list of priorities, but now I keep it at the top with scheduling my day better.

I used to reach for the easiest and quickest foods available for dinner on very busy days when I ended up too tired to cook, but now I plan ahead and make sure I have a healthy option in place.

I used to reach for junk/snack foods to ease my feelings when I was angry, bored, lonely, stressed, or feeling unloved, but now I look for other ways that are healthier to comfort myself.

I love Linda's advice:

LIVE YOUR LIFE IN A WAY THAT MAKES THESE TRUE! ! !


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DAY #79 Living As A Healthy Person

I have frequently thought, and maybe even said, "I will be glad when I get to my goal weight so I can eat like a "normal" person again!" Linda points out in this lesson: What exactly does "normal" look like? Do you want the "normal" of today's culture (which is obese)?

I WANT TO BE A HEALTHY "NORMAL"!

I have had a book for some years now called Thin For Life by Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.
In it she lists some facts about how "Thin" people live and their keys to success:

1. They stop seeing the way they eat as dieting.
2. Survive the transition from weight loss to maintenance.
3. See beauty in low-fat eating.
4. They develop & enjoy new tastes in food.
5. They indulge themselves but spend their calories wisely.
6. They learn to listen to their bodies.
7. They develop consistency in their way of eating.

A few other guidelines (I think from the Beck Team) to what I call Think Thin:

1. Know the difference between hunger & desire.
2. Hunger is not an emergency.
3. Stop eating when you notice you are full.
4. Know how much you are eating.
5. When you are emotionally stressed DO NOT turn to food!
6. Believe YOU CAN DO THIS!
7. Even most thin people have to restrict their eating and they accept these limitations.
8. This needs to be a life time habit.

One other note - I ran across an index card where I had written:

Living as a "Healthy" Person = Healthy-Fit-Active-Balanced-Strong

These are the things I believe in and what I want my NORMAL to look like!


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We are worth taking care of.
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DAY #78 Punishment DOES NOT Motivate (Inner Critic)

I also can have a VERY loud inner critic. I think this might go hand in hand with my overall pessimistic tendencies and complaining. My inner critic can also be an outer critic. I don't like this about myself and so I recently set a goal for myself to develop a more positive attitude and to ditch the negative talk by replacing it with a positive statement every time I catch myself complaining.

WW also coincides with Linda's theory: THINK - FEEL - DO

Let's make it POSITIVE!

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DAY #77 The Healing Power of Rituals

Over time I have developed some rituals for sure:

1. Morning time in my favorite living room chair with my morning coffee while I do my Daily Devotions, e-mails, SP, etc. I have come to really dislike it when we are traveling or have an early morning activity and this ritual time goes by the way-side.

2. During the summer months it has become a ritual of afternoon Happy Hour. This is a ritual that I really want to get rid of, but I am having difficulties saying "NO" to DH.

3. Night time TV watching and snacking is a ritual for DH which I usually can do without, but have been struggling with lately for some reason. He can fall asleep in his chair or up to 2 hours, but come 10 p.m. it is like the Bewitching hour! He will come awake and immediately go for his nightly snack. Sometimes I get so sick of it that I go to bed early.

4. Reading for a bit before "Lights Out". No matter how tired I am I usually cannot fall asleep until I have read a few pages.

I'm not sure about healing rituals. Especially during times of high stress. But I definitely find the following of comfort:

1. Creamer in my coffee.

2. Rejuvenation Yoga on Sunday afternoons.

3. Absolute quiet!

4. Naps in the afternoon.

5. Walks along wooded paths.

6. Browsing Garden Centers to look at all of the beautiful plants.

Like I said, not sure these provide emotional safety, feeling settled, re-energized, or relaxed as Linda suggests in today's lesson. And I don't view any of them useful in an emergency emotional episode. I will have to keep a look out for more ideas.


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DAY # 76 Food as a Security Blanket

I don't think I have EVER thought of food as a security blanket. If anyone asked me, I would say is what I use for avoidance and distraction. So it is taking me some time to wrap my brain around this concept.

I don't deal well with chaos so somewhere silent can be very comforting to me. I like book stores because they are quiet. I do all of my thinking, reading, praying in a favorite chair in my living room every morning where I can be by myself in quiet. When I am not at home? I'm not sure. The bathroom?

The questions that keep popping up regarding this topic - Are there times when I feel unsafe? When or where are they? and Why do I feel that way? I wonder if I was a quiet bystander instead of the active planner if I would be able to figure this out more easily. Last night was Girl's Night that I had planned. I was way too busy working at making sure everyone was happy and having a good time to stop and think about all of the food I kept putting in my mouth or the whys of it.

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DAY #75 Small Wins

I read this lesson yesterday, but did not have the time to post until now. I have made comments recently about being a pessimist and also about how a dreaded responsibility I had for 2 years is finally over. I recently read somewhere that when you remove stress from your life it frees up space in your brain to put something more enjoyable in there.

The point is that I recently made a goal to work at being less pessimistic, less of a complainer. And now that I have some empty space in my head ( did I hear you call me an Air Head?! emoticon ) I have taken the time to work on renewing another goal that will help me achieve this. I am renewing my daily attention to GRATITUDE - those small wins in life, those rainbows emoticon that I am so grateful for!


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Glad you were able to get rid of a responsibility that was hurting you mentally and physically.
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I am still pessimistic, but I catch it more often. My mind is a terrible motivator.

Change does not have to be hard if we focus on the positive!
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DAY 74 Look For Rainbows

Sometimes I sure can relate with Linda's blog comment - There are days when nothing seems to go right!

And I recognized some of the traits Chele mentioned in myself - I have a tendency to be pessimistic and look at the things that are "wrong" instead of focusing on the things that are "right". This can make me a complainer and rather whinny and I don't like that about myself. So I recently wrote a goal for myself to resolve this.

Change is hard and as I write this I realize I have not devoted as much time to my new goal as I want to. Life gets busy and I easily lose my focus. Today I am officially done with a posting/responsibility that I have had for the past 2 years and hated every last minute of it. It has caused me more anxiety which I have soothed with food than I care to even think about. I am so done with all of it today!

Today I am going to be grateful for all of the emoticon in my life!


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DAY 73 All Or Nothing!

I grew up feeling like I never did anything "Good Enough" . As an adult I can't say if that was true or not, but it really doesn't matter because I still feel that way and it is a very hard feeling to get over.

I do not accept Good Enough well and as a result many things I do take me FOREVER! I become meticulous over every minute detail. Some people call this micromanagement. It can be excruciating trying to make sure I have covered every possibility, every step, every detail.

Linda talks about considering this trait as a Gift and putting it on the shelf to be pulled out only when needed. The hard part is learning to distinguish exactly when it is needed. I think a good motto might be:

IS IT LIFE AND DEATH?

If my answer is no, if the world is not going to come to an end in the long run, then I will learn to look at the BIG picture and accept "Good Enough"



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Sue, I read your "I can do hard things". emoticon

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DAY #72 Sneak Eating

I need to start by saying that I agree 100% with you Gill -

"resilience and will-power issues - that they get exhausted, and food is often the thing that gets through the barrier when we're feeling tired, or stressed, and have used up all our will-power on other things."

When my will-power and resilience bucket are low or empty I really struggle.

So do I Sneak Eat? Let me go read today's lesson and see if I do.

O.K. I'm back.

Nope I don't seem to be a Sneak Eater. I don't sneak off to eat. I do not have any secret stashes. I do not have any Diet Police in my life.

Does that mean I don't eat things I shouldn't when people aren't around? Now that is a different story. Last evening my DH was gone golfing and I ate plenty that I shouldn't have. Don't let that confuse you, though, because I might very well have eating those things if he had been home.

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DAY 71 It's Too Hard!

I am a day late here because I needed some time to process this lesson.
This journey has felt TOO HARD lately! I have found myself groaning about it more and more.

Gil asked us if doing hard things in our lives is the same as sticking to a diet. I'm not sure it is. I think that life's hard work comes at us with a vengeance, backs us into a wall, gives us no way out, forces us to deal with it. With dieting it is a choice we have made. It has not been forced on most of us. And if we slip up, give in, or give up the consequences as not always so devastating.

For me going to college after I married and during which I had one child and became pregnant for our second child before I graduated was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. It almost ruin my marriage AND me.

Losing our son to suicide and dealing with all that such a situation brings was the second hard thing I have had to deal with in my life. That almost ruined me.

Dieting and dealing with my whims regarding whether to eat this or that or not seems almost frivolous in comparison to my other hards. Plus this is a personal choice I am making instead of a life event that was forced on me.

But keeping in mind what Linda wrote for this lesson:


I CAN DO HARD THINGS! ! !

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DAY 70 Are You Good or Bad?

NOTE TO SELF:

Yesterday we spent the entire day enjoying our family and at dinner I had a PAUSE which lead to several poor CHOICES! Today I am back to following my plan.

Linda made a comment in her blog that really resonated with me - "by labeling it as "choices" I stop punishing myself for my eating problems." I know I can do a pretty good job of beating myself up when I make poor choices and so developing a positive self-talk approach will be helpful to me.

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DAY 69 Can I Cheat Food?

I have had some "good" eating days and I have had some "bad" eating days (those are 2 more words I need to get rid of!), but they have all been my CHOICE.


Using the phrase "cheat" goes against everything I have been striving for on my weight loss journey. I do not want to give food that power over me. I want to Eat To Live not live to eat. I want to use the word "diet" to focus on the kind of food I eat (Clean) instead on a means of losing weight. We are all "on a diet". It may be a Clean diet plan, a Low Carb diet plan, a Balanced diet plan. No matter which one it is I want it to be HEALTHY!

May we all made GOOD CHOICES this weekend!

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Enjoy the company! emoticon

Awesome decision making!

Eat what makes you happy, Food will always be there. emoticon

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DAY 68 I Had A "Pause"


I'm with C on this. I had a huge success last night. I went to my Small Group Bible Study which meets monthly. I have mentioned this struggle before. After our "official" study is done we adjourn to the dining table for social time. There is ALWAYS a ton of unhealthy offerings and no matter how I plan or intend to resist I ALWAYS end up taking a "Pause" which makes me end up feeling so angry with myself that I through all caution to the wind. Not last night though! I DID IT! I did not take a "Pause". It wasn't hard at the time for some reason. It was hard once I got home. I wanted to reward myself for being such a "good girl", but I didn't "Pause" then either! Thanks for letting me pat myself on the back for this accomplishment. I hope it is the start of a new trend for me.

This morning I started off early at the Y for a Step class. It beats me up even on a good day, but I have missed a couple of sessions and she introduced a new, tougher routine today. I needed a "Pause" a couple of times just like Linda's example of climbing a mountain. I thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest! After a short break I got back into it. So I know what pauses are all about that's for sure.

Tonight I am having a "Date Night" with my 7 yr. old grandson. We are going out to dinner and then to a ballet called The Happy Prince and Other Wild Things. I am very excited to have fun with him. I am also excited to see if I can make it through the night without a "Pause"!

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DAY 67 Never Say "I Blew It"

Well, I beat myself up plenty because I have this inner need to be perfect. I know that is not what we are meant to think, but a childhood of growing up and being told you never did anything good enough caused my skewed thinking. I have worked diligently for 2 years now trying to correct that thinking, build my self-esteem, love myself, and feel I am worth it!

This is a slow process, but I vow never to say "I Blew It". Beck teaches us to say "Oh Well" and move on. She also tells us to give ourselves credit for all of the positive things we do instead of focusing on our mistakes.

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DAY 66 Don't Even Start!


The first thing that crossed my mind was how contradictory this lesson is to the one way back when our lesson asked us to take just 2 bites. For me that is 1 bite too many because it causes me to just eat more and more and more. Nope. Not 1 bite. I am better off with the mantra DON'T EVEN START! Even that takes a lot of resistance muscle because, as was mentioned, that trigger food can keep nagging at me on and on and on and on until I say "oh, alright then"!

I'm sticking with DON'T EVEN START! and that's my story .

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DAY 65 Stimulus Narrowing

Gill - I can relate to your Lemon Curd story too! Some times there is a craving that just won't go away until I satisfy it. I need to remember Linda's suggestion about scheduling the temptation into my plan later.

It baffles me why I can be soooo strong and resist some times, but not others.
I am frequently aware of food thoughts wondering in the back of my mind and they are usually just fleeting. I like Linda's point about STAY STRONG and stop whining (oh poor me) until you wear down your resistance and give in.

Remember - the faster you can say NO the better your chances are of resisting a temptation because you don't give your brain a chance to change it's mind!

YES, I mean NO! ! !


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DAY 64 Instant Tools For Triggers

I've had a rough week! Very busy with yard work on several days and ended up just to darn tired to care about healthy eating. New computer and all the difficulties that entails making sure everything I have on the old one got transferred over to the new one. BFF birthday celebration in combination with the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday.

Plain and Simple - I feel off my Path completely! So I will be busy getting back within my boundaries, checking in with you every day, and catching up on the lessons I missed. I have had my 2 mugs of coffee already and have moved on to my water.

My Instant Tools for Triggers will include:

1. Water, water, and more water
2. Moving away from the trigger
3. Learning to say NO to myself!
4. Brushing my teeth

I don't anticipate any triggers today. I am spending time outside doing more yardwork and DH is gone golfing this evening so my dinner can be simply to my liking. Today my scheduled fitness is ST so I wanted to get to the Y this afternoon, but that didn't happen due to long hours edging landscape and spreading fresh bark/mulch. That was ST enough!


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DAY 63 What Buffers Do You Use

I really liked how Paula mentioned that everyone on this Team is like a different book - an entirely separate source of wealth of info, inspiration, support, and wisdom! I love this Team!

I do best if I adhere to the mantra "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind".

I really fluctuate in this arena I think because I get mad at myself for having such poor self-control. I don't have a lot of junk food at my house - Triscuit Crackers, Dark Chocolate currently. I have to be very wary of even them because if I get in a fit I can eat all of it! I recently went through some emotional days and I cleared out 2 cans of Cashew Nuts that I had in the freezer! Yup, there were a bit cold, but just for a little while

I really like Trail Mix. In the past I would take a bag and measure out the servings and then place them in Ziplock snack bags. That didn't work. If I got in one of those fits I would just eat one bag after another. Then the brand I like started to offer individual mini-bags packaged in a larger bag for purchase. Come to find out those mini-bags where 2 servings. Really? I have this little bag open and I am only meant to eat half?! No way! There went 300 calories!

So I finally accepted that I just can't have Trail Mix in my house. I also can't have Cashews in my house! And a bunch of other things too! Like I said "Out Of Site Out Of Mind"


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DAY 62 Non-Food Triggers

For me this lesson talks about HABIT! At first I thought I didn't have any non-food triggers, but, after Gill related her story about her bus rides home and her need to "buy something", I realized I have a similar non-food trigger. Warm weather months are the worst. It's a good thing I don't live in a State that has several months of lovely, warm weather because after I do a days worth of yardwork getting my landscape/flowers all ready for the season it is "Beer Time". Yup, when a hard days work is done DH and I sit on our beautiful patio or our front porch and enjoy my handy work with a beer, or 2, or 3, or

Even if I haven't done any yard work it is our habit to enjoy a lovely summer afternoon sitting on our porch with a beer as we "watch the world go by". As Paula commented this habit leads to all other kinds of unplanned, calorie ladened foods. I already have a couple days of this habit under my belt so far this spring and realize I cannot let this habit continue into the summer months if I have any desire to lose weight.

Linda gave a whole slue of situations/emotions that may be non-food triggers for us. She also wrote "Sometimes I just don't want to do the work it takes to figure it all out". I can sure relate to that feeling!

What I want to keep in my mind is this:

What are you habits when situations/emotions arise? Do you acknowledge them and deal with them (like Paula related in her comment) or do you reach for food/alcohol?

A pitcher of iced tea is going to be always available in my frig so I can grab a glass of it instead of a beer.



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DAY 61 Food Triggers

Like Cat, my food triggers seem to be more emotional because there are plenty of times when I can not let the sight and smell of food bother me. Like last night when we were watching TV, for example, when DH fixed up his usual huge bowl of popcorn dripping in butter & salt. Me - well, I had nothing! Other times though the smell of that popcorn can really get to me.

Another example I already related a few days ago. I was at a Garden Club meeting where I knew there was going to be a treat (usually some kind of sweet Quick Bread) and so I went with a plan, but that plan was not enough to hold me back and I had one slice, and then another, and then another! I love those types of breads.

Yesterday I was at a potluck. This can be difficult because you never know what is going to be on the table. I brought a Mushroom Frittata so that was on my plate. I eyed a lot of other dishes also and managed to resist except for a slice of a coffee cake that a local bakery makes. It was a "sight" trigger that got to me instead of a "smell" one. There were some other factors playing along also - such as trying to make my meals balanced with all the food groups, I rarely eat this bread so this is a special occasion, look at how little else there is for me to eat, and, finally, I am being so good resisting all of these other foods that I deserve this treat.

Yup, baked goods are a real trigger for me!

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DAY 60 Create A STOP Sign

I absolutely LOVE all the ideas for STOPPING!

S = Stop T = Take Breaths O = Observe Feelings P = Proceed

S = STICK T = TO O = OUR P = PLAN

S = Stop T = Think O = Options P = Pick One

I have been struggling a lot lately with putting the breaks on and this has made me start to question my WHY. Why in the heck am I doing this?! I'm hoping these mantras will help me STOP instead of questioning my WHY!

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5/7/18 8:14 A

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Day 59 Heart Hunger Insteads

I have been struggling for several days. I feel like I need to add an "again" to that statement. All is good for a while and then BAM! It is the month of May which is a very, very busy month for me due to yardwork. So my days have been filled to exhaustion with cleaning up our landscaping, spreading bark, moving plants, etc., etc. If any of you are gardeners, you know what I'm taking about.

I have definitely had some Heart Hungry thoughts also in the past few days. After a long day of yardwork I was relaxing with DH in our backyard on our beautiful new patio. Enjoying the rest, sunshine, and fresh air. Just being outside! With our usual "go to" beverage on days like this - beer. I have got to nip this in the bud before it gets to be a habit of empty calories. On one of these days I even said to him "I'm so sick of all of this dieting business. I just want to feel normal and enjoy life instead of fretting about every bite or sip that passes my lips"! Boy, you can see my Head and Heart were NOT in a good place.

The other instance was a birthday celebration I hosted for one of my girlfriends - drinks & food galore at our house and at the restaurant. Any good intentions regarding my weight loss went right out the window.

So you can see I have thrown all caution to the wind, but I am back on track today. When my days are busy with yardwork I need to have a simple meal plan in place that I can quickly put together. When I have a celebration event I need to watch my alcohol intake.


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5/2/18 4:43 A

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One moment at a time. You are worth it!
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DAY 58 Heart Hunger

Yup! I love these lessons. For me they are the tops! Now if I could only follow the "insteads" that are suggested emoticon

Yesterday I had high hopes. The weather is finally coming around. I ate a healthy breakfast. I read my SP, 100 DWL lesson, our Team posts, and other emails. I went to the Y for my fitness. I had a plan for the day to deal with a meeting that I anticipated might be stressful. I then planned to do yardwork in my gardens - my passion!

Yup! I thought I was all set for the day. Then at the end of the meeting I dug into the Apple Bread our hostess had prepared. Not just 1 slice, but 3. It was all downhill from there. It took me until my journaling this morning and several hours of thinking about it (and the lessons from the past couple of days) to figure it out.

At the meeting I ended up with Head Hunger. I had been given an additional assignment that I did not want! Boy did I need something to chew on.

The rest of the day was filled with Heart Hunger. My DH was gone for the remainder of the day and well into the evening so I had no one to vent to; no one to understand my frustration and sympathize; no one to turn to for support - except food!

I'm very disappointed in my eating behavior from yesterday, but it feels good to know that I could figure it all out. This helps fill my tool box for the next time I face Head and/or Heart situations. Today is a new day.

From Linda's blog today:

TODAY I WILL - - -
1. Plan my weeks worth of menus.
2. Make a list of satisfying snacks in place of grabbing "whatever" when I have Head/Heart feelings.
3. Go grocery shopping.
4. Enjoy the nice weather outside.
5. Work in my gardens.


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DAY 57 Head Hungry "Insteads"

What "Insteads" Can I Reach For?
I loved Linda's suggestion about starting my day with my "HEALTHY HAT" list of 5 things:
1. Drink a glass of water when you first get up.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
3. Do 10 minutes of fitness.
4. Remember to STOP because "It's Not In There"
5. Do some instant nurturing to slow you emotions down.

OR do 1 of these:
1. Deep breathing exercise.
2. Read - an inspirational quote.
3. Wait 10 minutes before you take a bite.
4. Find something else to do while you wait.
5. Tune into some soothing music.
6. Yell!
7. Call a friend / or text and chat about your frustrations/feelings.
8. Journal
9 Go for a walk.

Today I have a planning meeting to attend. This is turning out to be a lot more than I had originally intended and I fill with frustration every time I have to devote to it. I know all of this going into this meeting. I also know there will be some food (a treat) provided by the hostess. Knowing this should help me arm myself against temptation. I also plan on making sure I am calm and have peace of mind before I get there. This is all helping me feel prepared and strong emoticon

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Day 56 Head Hunger

This lesson and the ones related to Heart Hunger are my favorites! And I can really relate to today's Head Hunger lesson.

Last Friday was an excellent example for me. I had the things in my day all planned out. Time was slipping away and I was going nowhere fast. My frustration level was mounting! Finally I accepted that I was not going to get my "To Do" list done, but I was darned if I was going to let my fitness routine go by the way-side since I had just gotten back on that bandwagon! So I changed into my workout clothes and was heading out the door for the Y when DH decided to discuss new computer options with me! This was another frustration point since my computer has been giving me a lot of trouble and I am just waiting for the "shoe to drop" and have it conk out completely. We can't seem to find the computer I want - just like the one I already have which I love!

Immediately I grabbed for the cheese out of the frig. It was an EMERGENCY and cheese seems to be my "go to" food. I bet I ate at least 3 ounces before I was able to calm down and stop myself ( and by that time the cheese was all gone!).

That surely had to be HEAD HUNGER! I went to the Y and had a good workout. I was happy with myself for not letting my frustration sabotage my fitness plan. I thought I had the rest of the day under control - but that is another story for tomorrow.

Sue

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DAY 55 Food Is The Consolation Prize

I am posting this 3 days AFTER the fact. Last Friday was an awful day for my eating behavior and when I read this lesson on Saturday I just couldn't figure it out. It seemed way off the point of what I had experienced with an assignment that was of no help to me. So I have taken a couple of days off and re-read it again today, Monday.

I have a clearer understanding today about how we use food as a reward! I especially liked the examples that C gave:

getting through a stressful day
a lower number on the scale
eating healthy foods for awhile
doing chores
finishing a challenging task
because eating was more fun than anything else

The first part of Friday was filled with frustration and so I am still thinking this lesson does not apply to that situation. Maybe Day 52 Food As An Instant Fix fits this better.

But the second part of the day might be applied and I'm wondering if it didn't even start on

Wednesday - lunch out with DH while running several errands
Thursday - Happy Hour drinks with DH on a beautiful day before attending a family event.
Friday - Happy Hour drinks with DH and wines with dinner for dad

I'm wondering is after doing 55 days of 100 DWL I was needing some rewards, because, after all, look -

at how long I have stuck with this
at how beautiful the weather FINALLY is
at how long it has been since I have worked at cutting back my calories from alcoholic drinks
at how long it has been since I have been cutting back on the times DH and I dine out to
save money and calories
at what a good girl I've been
at how mentally tired I am
at how I just want to feel "normal" and eat intuitively instead of fretting over every bite of food
and sip of liquid.

Yup. Food is an easy reward!

Sue

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