Thursday, September 06, 2012

Yesterday afternoon I felt like I was making real progress again. I was fantasizing about being thinner and toned after attending a core class and finally getting some strength training in. I ate well and was planning for success at my nephew's birthday dinner last night. And then I was presented with fresh baked dinner rolls and birthday cake and ice cream and I pulled the rationalization out of my pocket. It all happened so quickly: "well, it's a special occasion, and there's really no reason I shouldn't enjoy it." Now, it wasn't all bad--I did decide not to have an alcoholic drink, and I split an entree with my SIL. But on the way home I thought again about something I thought about a lot when I was closer to my goal weight: How can someone like me, who loves food (especially carbo-intense food), who uses food as a comfort and for celebration and for socializing, expect to make the type of lifestyle change required to maintain a healthy weight in the long run? I don't have an answer today.

I woke up this morning, and the memory of last night's birthday cake lingered. I was craving a tasty morning baked treat. Currant scones, perhaps? And then I spent some time thinking about how I would eat almost the whole batch today. That would not be prudent. And I decided to stick with the usual--a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Small steps, celebrating good choices!
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    Hi There! Thanks for popping by my page and checking in on me. Your blog rings true with me. Special occasions seem to come along all the time, and as much as I rationalize, hey life is short,,enjoy special times,,,the reality is, we can and should be able to practice moderation all the time. One bite of cake really can suffice. Am I there? No. Will I ever get there? Maybe...I hope so. I did well for 3 days in a row...and then today I overate trail mix. It's kind of healthy,,,but loaded with calories. A serving would have been fine,,,,but half the bag was just a BAD CHOICE. Tomorrow will be better :)
    3244 days ago
    I went to a beach party yesterday where I knew I would eat lots of goodies I don't normally have. One would think I would have been at my best all week, making good food choices so that this day of indulgence would go by unnoticed.


    I ate poorly all week! Some days I feel like I have learned nothing from being here all these years.

    I shall follow your example and find my way back to good!
    3249 days ago
    Oh man have you nailed it on this. I can truly relate. Resolutions. Clarity. Visioning success. Progress. Rationalizing. Next thing I know carb fest. The key words here ought to be "when I was closer to my goal weight". Because I think for both of us we are a lot closer than when we started Spark and started paying attention? I guess that is what is meant by progress not perfection. Instead of getting blown off track by one carb fest you had your better option breakfast. Brava. Good modeling here. I am right behind you sister.
    3250 days ago
    Excellent choices.

    Hey, we all do odd things on occasion. I think the trick is to not make a habit out of 'em.
    3250 days ago
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