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Saturday, October 06, 2012

I am doing quite well but I did put 3 pounds on last week but gave myself a talking too and I have hopes for my Monday weigh in.
Sundays are my downfall especially when I am on my own(which seems to be too often), if the weather is good I like to go for a walk even if it is only for an hour it does me good.
I have been for my flu jab today and after the recent cough and cold which went straight to my chest it can only be good.
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    I think Courtney gave you some excellent advice about not relying on the scale TOO much to determine how you are doing & to try to figure out what to do about your reoccurring Sunday night "downfall."

    Now that you have identified the pattern, you can plan how to alter it! Plan a new fun activity to replace the being at home & eating. Take in a movie; take a class at the art museum or Adult Ed. Learn to knit, crochet, spin wool--anything that keeps your hands too busy so you can't be using them to feed your mouth!

    Pause & think about the discomfort you feel when you don't get immediate gratification of eating non-healthy food or eating for comfort or out of boredom or whatever reason you figure out it is. Attack this Sunday night eating from as many angles as you can.

    1). Why are you eating? Bored; lonely; feeling intense emotions you want to cover up w/eating & food--which you know only makes things worse later as the problem is still there & then compounded by feeling badly about "failing" at your eating plan; overwhelmed w/your "to do" list; anxiety; depression; low motivation at the end of a weekend; procrastination; yes, the list of why you might be using food for reasons other than nourishment are endless & I know as I've employed them all!

    But once you figure out the reason you can attack it w/a vengeance. Boredom? Learn new stuff through classes--many free ones at local library & you will meet new, interesting people.

    Procrastination (a HUGE problem of mine)? The 1st step to doing that chore or whatever it is you are procrastinating is the worst. It is a huge hurdle to START any project. I set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes & then promise myself I only have to work on the project for 15 minutes. Then I work like a fiend for 15 minutes & it is amazing how much you can accomplish in that short time. I can then quit knowing I have succeeded & plan to do 15 minutes later or tomorrow. But, usually, when I see how much I have accomplished I feel motivated to continue working. It is a tool that helps me beat my procrastination (& perfectionism--another foe to getting anything accomplished; if I can't do something perfectly I don't do it at all--needless to say, a lot doesn't get done w/this attitude).

    So figure out the reason & then figure out the antidote.

    And remember the idea of instant gratification of eating the junk food or overeating or whatever the problem is, it is very hard to exercise the muscles of delayed gratification (I feel so much better the next morning when I didn't overeat at a restaurant the night before, for example, but it was HARD to deny myself that night), but it gets easier & easier.

    Sorry for the ramble! Take care!

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    Hang in there! You'll do great. Even if you're alone, listen to that little voice that's telling you "No" and don't give into temptation. IDK what your weakness is or what u cook when you're home alone, but try to cook healthy for yourself or if u go out if you're alone...try to order healthy. U can get most menus online so u know what to get before u even go. Just because you're alone, don't sabatoge yourself. That little voice in your head will not steer u wrong..Lol. Listen to it BEFORE u indulge in something you know you shouldn't. Don't worry about the 3lbs. either. It happens. Just take a look back and see where u slipped up and make a note of it and don't do it again. If it's a pattern, find a way to break it. You can do this! You're worth it! An hour long walk is great exercise. Try throwing in some crunches or leg lifts or side bends. That burns calories too. Good luck on your weigh in on Mon. Personally, I am not a big fan of the scale. I know alot (ok, most) ppl rely on it but to me it just gives u a number telling u what u weigh AT THE EXACT MOMENT U STEP ON IT. There are so many variables especially for us women. If it shows a loss,,, emoticon enjoy it. If it shows a gain or nothing at all...please don't beat yourself up. It's not the end of the world. It could be anything...water weight, you're building muscle, TOM? Scales fluctuate so much it's sad. I weigh in about once a month. I used to be a slave to the scale and it would get me SO depressed if I didn't see a loss. Then, I started reading articles and testimonials about it and I realized that ppl were right, the scale is NOT the defining factor of your weight loss journey. It's just a measuring tool and not an exact one at that. Have u taken measurments? They are much more accurate. I just started doing that.

    Ok, I'm rambling. Enough of that...

    Best of luck to you and all your goals! You can do this! You're a fabulous woman worthy of every pound you lose!

    3218 days ago
    Back on track. Thanks for checking in. Just sharing my missteps helps me to re-focus.
    3219 days ago
    Many flu shots wind up helping people's resistance to common colds! Hope it works for you!
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