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Lurching Forward

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

It's been a little bit since I've blogged, because I had nothing really of value to say. I am still alcohol-less for over three months and potato chipless for...I don't remember when I actually quit chips. It's been over a month, I'm pretty sure. The only reason I remember the date of my decision to quit alcohol is I made the decision after putting in my food for Christmas Day and being absolutely disgusted with how many calories the beer I drank cost me.

And in these over three months, I have lost.... 0.8 pounds. That is.... not good, folks.

While stopping the alcohol cut a zillion calories out, and quitting potato chips has helped with mindless snacking and has decreased my pimento cheese consumption markedly (I mean, the only thing better than a pimento cheese sandwich with potato chips in it is skipping the bread and just dipping the chips into the pimento cheese tub, amirite?), I suppose I have been making up for them in other ways, but nothing in such quantities that I think I need to abstain from something completely.

I think that to a certain extent, I think to myself, "Well, I can eat this because it's not potato chips nor beer." That I have to stop.

I actually had a bit of a revelation...um, on Monday evening. I suppose at this juncture, it's just a thought. Maybe in a month or so I can decide if it was a bona fide revelation or not. Anyway, I realized even if I do EVERYTHING right, it's going to take a YEAR to lose all the weight I put on in the last couple years. And so every time I overeat, I start the clock over, not for another day, but for another YEAR.

I don't know why that hit me so hard, but it did. I think that's most of what motivation is--hearing just the right thing in the right way at the right time in the right situation.

So you have to expose yourself to as many opportunities to hear these things as possible, like putting 20 business cards into the fishbowl at the diner. Not that I've done that.

Yesterday and today were good for eating and for activity. I am feeling much more in control, and I think that The Ordinary Buffet serum I bought as a prize a couple months ago will soon be mine.
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  • LINDA!
    Stay with your plan of no alcohol and chips. I am actually gaining weight and wishing you luck on your journey.
    34 days ago
  • TWEETYKC00
    You are doing great so far no matter what a scale says. Be proud of all you have done so far dear.
    40 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    40 days ago
  • WHITE-GREEN
    Still you did very well by giving up alcohol and chips. BRAVO. Your body is saying 'thank you'! And your future self is also very happy that you made those choices.

    Maybe the next step could be to eat at least x servings of fruit and vegetables per day?
    40 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    I say never give up! And it took me a year to lose my weight, at least! Hugs. :-)
    41 days ago
  • LORI-K
    I kind of liken it to putting in new landscaping. While walking around the neighborhood, I see people plant things in their beds with good intentions. The plants work at the moment but the folks don’t think about their growth pattern and size in the long term. I see people plant things that look really great but I know these plants will not fit right in the spaces they’ve been given, over time.
    Looking into the big picture helps so much. Not the today or tomorrow, but the next month and next year.
    I know you know what to do and I know you will succeed! Just keep plugging. You’ve done so great saying no to alcohol and chips! Be proud!
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    41 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Very cool time tweak to your "year!" Way to SPARK! :-)

    Don
    41 days ago
  • SAL_SLIM
    Breaking two bad habits is a great start. I find reading inspiring blogs (massive wiight loss over a long period of time) reminds me that it's a long haul and I must keep at it. Try logging what you eat to see where you can substitute something
    41 days ago
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