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lifestyle change, no diet, no lifestyle change

Saturday, January 23, 2010

We went out to eat last night and the choices had my head battling with lifestyle change vs diet. I feel strongly that lifestyle change is the way to make it permanent and an easy flow into keeping the weight off. But dieting may get me there faster, or would at least seem like it, and I've been hovering so long, but dieting can be lifestyle change if applied judiciously, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh
Sometimes real life is just important to live, and if it has somethings that are off-diet it is not the end of the world or the end of a goal. I think I'm just feeling a bit of impatience. I've been trying to get a handle on this for more than 10 years. Now that my body is responding appropriately to diet and exercise, that "I want it off now!" feeling keeps creeping in. Lifestyle change will get me miles past the finish line.
I need to channel the turtle even though the internal rabbit is jumping. emoticon
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    I think part of the lifestyle change mentality is knowing that there will be those moments when a birthday cake screams "eat me eat me" louder than your inner voice can say "uh, not today" - it's the being able to compensate with fewer cals the rest of the day or next day, or increased exercise, that makes it work.

    Of course, I've been plateaued for 2 years because I hear that "eat me eat me" more often than I need to........
    4160 days ago
    I think the two overlap, too. Choose a healthy lifestyle and that "diet" will get you to your goal weight. Eating out can be a challenge... I even ate a few french fries the other day, after promising myself I wouldn't! But my boyfriend ordered them and I couldn't resist. Still I ate only a few and tracked them.
    4162 days ago
  • XINIXINIX "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaghh" moment?
    I can totally relate!

    And I wholeheartedly concur: "sometimes real life is just important to live".

    emoticon to our inner turtles!
    4164 days ago
    I think the two overlap sometimes. Things I did that may have seemed diet-y turned into lifestyle changes. But I made them slowly over time and one good habit leading to another have tended to be permanent, so considered lifestyle changes. I think that's the difference between dieters who make many radical changes all at once and then can't maintain them.
    Eating out lifestyle changes I made this year include:
    * Choosing appetizers that are not fried.
    * Salad dressing on the side.
    * Chinese food healthy dishes that have sauce on the side and steamed rice.
    * Always sharing a dessert or skipping it.
    * Not allowing eating out as a reward for weight loss.

    4165 days ago
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