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Special day plan: regular meals with treats outside home so we can get back on track next day. We can increase activity and rest. Add more water too! Thinking back I don't remember what I ate on special days. The memories are sharing experiences. My birthday is April 20th and I'm drinking coffee! I stopped coffee at home because caffeine was causing cravings. Coffee tastes great once a week on $1 Mondays at Kwik Trip.
emoticon Activity for special days will depend upon the weather. We may walk at Quarry park, a beautiful wooded area with deer. To make walks more challenging we climb hills and ST outside : squats, lunges, push-ups, lift weights. Buddy and I celebrate our birthdays together (born 4/19/08) I'm very happy that he is active at age 12 emoticon Buddy does tricks for treats and makes everyday special.


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Day 73 - Manage Special Days

As we have learned since infants that food soothes and comes with social interactions, it is easy to want more than we need for just our body nutrition. Special days bring special food, often sweet and fatty, which makes us feel happy and more energetic, which makes it easy again to want more than we need for just our body nutrition. Stress and suffering makes us look for ways to feel better. No wonder we think about and sometimes indulge in eating more than we need for our body nutrition = overeat. To avoid overeating, I need to make a plan in advance of the overeating opportunities. And try to listen to my body and just eat what I need for what my body needs for energy and maintenance. And not envy someone I know who eats less in response to stress and suffering. Eating less than my body needs, or eating more than my body needs - both are disordered eating.

Plan in advance for special days when special foods are available
Valentine's day, Easter, Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, Christmas holidays, birthdays, banquets, family gatherings, eating at someone else's home, eating out at restaurants, vacations, days spent away from home. For now social eating is not a problem with staying at home. The next family celebrations will be in June and July. I am thinking I can make it to goal weight by then. We shall see. Next time we do this thread I hope to be at goal weight and maintaining. Hope springs eternal, I have said this after my first Beck trek and after my first 5% challenge and after my first 100 DWL journey. Maybe this time is the charm.

Anticipate and plan in advance what to do when trigger scenarios happen.
But the main theme is - eat for optimal health - for body needs for energy and maintenance.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 4/15/2020 (12:02)
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DAY #73 MANAGE SPECIAL DAYS

Almost one year from my last post here and my thoughts about Special days has changed. I have come to accept that not every day is a Special day! The other change for me is that when there is a Special day I am no longer spending that day fretting about eating something I shouldn't. Special days are always filled with foods high in calories, fats, and sugars; foods we would not normally eat. In the past I have fretted so much about this that I have barely been able to enjoy the day. This is NOT how I want to spend Special days with the Special people in my life. So for the time being I am eating what I want, indulging my cravings and urges, without guilt or worry on those Special days.

- Identify the next Special holiday that includes food temptations:

There was currently a lot of disappointment for all of us during the recent Easter celebration and it doesn't look like the social distancing restrictions are going to ease up any time soon which brings us to Mother's Day. My DD and I had planned a weekend get-away mid-May to a wine event in a town that we both love to visit. The event has been canceled, but I have not canceled the hotel reservations I made for us. I am waiting until the last minute to see if the circumstances change at all.

- 3 things I can do to manage Special days:

1. Make sure I get at least 30 minutes of fitness done
2. No snacking between meals
3. Stay hydrated with extra water between beverages

- Create a reminder and record what I did:

Who knows what the future will bring; when we will be able to celebrate Mother's Day. And it will be interesting for me to see, the next time we do this review, if my thoughts about how to manage Special days has changed any as it did during this past year.



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DAY #73 MANAGE SPECIAL DAYS - ROUND 2

I can't seem to explain it. I do better at some "Special Days" than I do at others. On the other hand, I have pre-planned, just like our example Sarah, only to get side-tracked somehow before I come to my senses. Then, I too, end up wondering "What is wrong with me?!"

Our next Special Day in the USA is July 4th (Thursday this year). Although we don't gather as a family or have any parties that we attend, there is a couple Art Fairs we will browse through on the weekend which always seem to have a lot of Food Trucks full of unhealthy offerings. So I guess now is a good time to come up with a plan!

Sue's Perfect Day:

1. Get going early in the morning.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast of eggs, bacon, Ezekiel bread, and fruit.
3. Saturday is a "free" day with no planned fitness, but I will walk the dog with DH.
4. Bring my water bottle for sipping while we browse.
5. Do not stop at the Food Trucks, but chose a sit-down restaurant with healthy options.
6. Plan a late afternoon treat for when I return home that is a healthier option.

The 4th will just be a normal day for us. At night we will walk down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks event.

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Day 73 Manage special days

If you slip up on holidays or other special events, mentally create the day exactly as you had wanted it. For example, pretend that Valentine's Day went perfectly, then write down the things you would have done.

Today

-Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.
- Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.
-Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.

Today

-Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.

On my own before Spark I realized that I gain weight starting on Canadian Thanksgiving (the second Monday of October ) until the end of the year. "Special Days" within that time period are Halloween, and the two weeks of Christmas holidays.
Other "Special Days" are birthdays, Valentine's Day , Easter, and social gatherings and vacation days.
On January 1st , I start eating less and it takes me up to Easter to lose that weight.
I put effort every year into avoiding that pattern by planning ahead to limit my total daily calories.
- Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.

1. Limit daily calories
2. Give myself a day off during Christmas break to eat what I want
3. Keep exercising and go outside into the fresh air daily for at least an hour.


- Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 6/18/2019 (01:39)
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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Day 73 - Manage special days





If you slip up on holidays or other special events, mentally create the day exactly as you had wanted it. For example, pretend that Valentine’s Day went perfectly, then write down the things you would have done.



Today

• Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.
Father’s Day cook out

• Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.
1. Eat a filling breakfast so I will not feel starved at meal time
2. Drink my water early in the day to help fill me up
3. Make healthy choices at dinner, small servings, skip dessert or just a taste

• Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.
Created reminder note and put it on my calendar.







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Day #73 Manage special days
My next special days will be vacation with our daughter’s family in mid July.
As long I keep my activities as important as the food all will end well.
Thankfully they are a very very active family!

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It's a very good idea to think ahead to the 'after the event' situation - well done! Good plan.

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• Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.
• Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.
• Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.

There is a recurring Sunday evening dinner that I'll consider my special holiday. DH's musician friends get together and there are a lot of good cooks who bring things. DH goes alone much of the time, but when I go, I feel I need to contribute. Since the entrees and sides are usually taken care of, a lot of times that means a dessert is what everyone will really appreciate. I enjoy making (and trying) desserts, but don't like to have extra servings of them here at the house.

I will make sure that if I make a dessert, it is something that is easily portable so people can take leftovers home with them. I will have a small serving if I've not tried it before, but if it's something I've made before, then I don't need to try it.

I will take small portions of what others have brought, and larger portion of veggies, beans, etc. I'll take fizzy water, or a diet soft drink to sip on through the evening. When I get home, if I feel less than satisfied and have the urge to eat, I'll have some watermelon or cantaloupe to finish the evening off.

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Is this one too hard to think about in June? What's your next thing? 4th July? Make a plan for that!

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I have an end-of-term curry night to attend in a few weeks' time. It's in the evening at 7.30 pm. I don't usually eat after 6pm - so that's the first challenge.

I will push all my meals further on in the day - have breakfast around 11am and 'lunch' at about 4pm. That way I won't overeat by one meal that day!

I will enjoy the meal, but I will not eat the breads and rice. I will have some poppadoms. I will make a game out of eating slowly and try to be the last person eating. Putting my cutlery down between each mouthful will be part of the game.

I will not have dessert, but will enjoy a light beer and make it last. I will end with a coffee.
I will not eat any chocolate mint or other sweet put on the table (often the case here in the UK!)

I will go for a run in the morning.


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100 More DWL, Day 73 Manage special days

If you slip up on holidays or other special events, mentally create the day exactly as you had wanted it. For example, pretend that Valentine’s Day went perfectly, then write down the things you would have done.
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Today

• Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.
• Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.
• Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.

The next special holiday that includes food will be our wedding anniversary. We have already decided where we will dine so I know which foods to put into my nutritional planner. That makes it much easier to stay on track and under control. Also a reminder to myself that it's about celebrating the event of our beginning life together not about what food to eat.

I will put the selected food on my menu planner in advance.
I will pick out which attractive clothes to wear.
I will be grateful that we've had a long-standing happy relationship.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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Day #73 Manage Special Days

I am feeling like a bit of a fraud right now. We are on vacation and I am not managing anything very well! We have had some deliciously rich dinners and lunches have not been junk, but they have not been healthy fares either.

We have a birthday celebration for my dad (92) and our GD (6) when we get home from vacation, but I am very familiar with the restaurant we are going to and already have a plan in my head. Halloween candy is no longer a temptation to me for some reason. I manage to walk right by it without a thought. We don't get Trick-o-Treaters at our house so we shut off the lights and go out for dinner.

Putting vacation aside the next holiday that is a big temptation for me is Thanksgiving. Our DD and family will be spending this year with the in-laws (we alternate years). DH, myself, and my dad will go out for dinner. If I stick to the healthiest appetizers, limit the amount of dressing, and skip desert I think I will be doing good. We will be doing another Spangle book during this time and so I'm sure I will get plenty of reminders to be mindful.

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Today

• Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.
Possibly Labor Day, definitely Halloween as in the MONTH of Halloween!
• Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.
On Labor Day, it's supposed to rain here, so I'm hoping to have a chill day and just a nice meal with my family and making a healthy home cooked meal is a no brainer.
Halloween, however... there's all those special candies treats and foods that I have to be careful around. I'll just hold my ground, remind myself how long I've been sugar free and low carb and the progress I've made and will those candies or treats be worth screwing that up? NO. I'll make the Halloween foods so that they are sugar free and low carb.
• Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.
I'll make a sticky note as I'm not that much of a phone person... and I'll write out our Halloween menus
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The last holiday of summer, Labor Day, will be this weekend.
It’s a time of picnics, outdoor festivals and lots of food from Friday evening until Monday night.

I will take a healthy option when I can.
I will remember “the first bite tastes the best”, sometimes one bite is enough.
I will skip some parties and just stay home and relax.
emoticon Thanksgiving, when the house is full of family, food and then left-overs, will be the next holiday for me. I will keep working on the idea that it’s only one day, not a month!


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Oh it seems like every holiday is my excuse to cheat. Yes Labor Day is around the corner and already I am thinking about the neighborhood ice cream cone. ......they close for the season.....so you know what will happen.
I use a fitbit....yesterday I worked out for 40 Minutes and burned 251 calories. So I will try to remember when I eat how hard I have to work to burn off those calories I am eating.....is it worth it........maybe just one bite that I will thoroughly enjoy!
Oh .......the things we do to be healthy........yes it is worth this! emoticon

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Next holiday coming up is Labor Day, which will most likely include an end of Summer BBQ.

For us that is still fairly healthy as long as I have a reasonable size portion of meat. The one ear of corn and watermelon are well within my plan.

The next "danger" holiday isn't until Christmas for me, I will circle back on that one.

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Ah! Just call me "Sarah"! I've done exactly what Linda describes in this lesson - maybe not TWO boxes of chocolates, but I've certainly made that impulsive self-gifting purchase, and then eaten that instead of my planned healthy food!

If only we could view a salad as a loving friend! I mean, it's not that we don't like salad - but it doesn't trigger a release of dopamine and hit the pleasure-centres of our brains.

This morning I was sitting outside on the garden bench with my coffee - my hands wrapped cosily around my favourite mug, and I was considering why I can't get the same 'feeling' from a herbal tea. It's not that I don't like herbal teas - but they don't trigger a release of dopamine and hit the pleasure-centres of my brain! That's a deliberate repetition there - I know that certain foods have a chemical effect on my brain and mood - that is why they are so hard to resist.

For special days, I plan some chocolate. If I'm really well-controlled and have enough cash, I buy the best quality, fair-trade, raw, locally-crafted, dark chocolate. Then at least I know I'm getting some nutrition with my 'medication'! Otherwise, yes, I can indulge in a 150g of cheap chocolate quite easily! Then feel terrible about it!

I plan all my food and treats for all special days - like any other day. I'm realistic about wanting cake and sweets and treats at Xmas, Easter, birthday etc.

The things that have always been most challenging for me are being at work where there are tins of chocolates and toffees and cookies scattered about the place at Xmas. It is SO hard for me to keep my hands out of those tins. I've tried everything, and I'm more successful at either resisting, or limiting this - but not totally immune. One chocolate leads to another. One shortbread cookie leads to another.

I can do all the good things - and then still get drawn into the Xmas sugary things too.

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"Mentally create the day then write it down to minimize slips." bit.ly/2MLeuo3
Special event & Holidays: stay on plan & balance a few minor splurges with more activity

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Day 27 Eat dessert when it's special bit.ly/2NmhNPA
Aug. 8, 2018 emoticon 2 bites of memorable carrot cake. One slice given to DH by church lady. I wrote in my magic book - Coconut Carrot Cake sweet, spicy, nutty, and covered in rich cream cheese icing. Carrots and coconut flakes give color and texture, smells divine. May have on slice to share emoticon Nov. 3rd.wedding was spice cake and marble.
End of Aug. 2018 emoticon one watermelon $1.99 at Fresh Thyme. I savored every bite. I was going to have emoticon 4th of July but had to work so I forgot. Didn't buy a whole emoticon had a few pieces on salad. I'm good till next year. No big gains that I couldn't get rid of this summer. High Sugar Fruits to BAN (low-sugar to include) gundrymd.com/high-sugar-fruits/ I still have berries, coconut, nuts, green bananas and avocado all year! I can manage nuts better on salad and not by the handful out of the bag.

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If you slip up on holidays or other special events, mentally create the day exactly as you had wanted it. For example, pretend that Valentine’s Day went perfectly, then write down the things you would have done.
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• Look at the calendar and identify the next special holiday that will include food temptations.
• Write a list of three things you will do to manage that day when it comes.
• Create a reminder note for your plan and put it on the calendar or on your phone. Record what you did.

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