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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

After messing up quite badly, I want to try to do as well with the rest of 2017 as I can. No idea what that means, exactly but I know that simple goals work best. So this the focus:

* Avoid sweets / sugary foods
* Eat 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks, eat only at set times
* at least 2 walks with dog per day (usually it's more but let me just try to get the minimum done, DH walks dog too).
* Be in bed on time and try to rest during the day if needed.
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  • OOLALA53
    You know my positive bias is concentrating on behaviors, as this plan does. Kudos! I have one comment, but will not offer it unless asked.

    BTW, I don't know if you know, but I spent the autumn deviating a fair amount from my long term plan. Everything that occurs to me to say about it just sounds like making excuses now, yet I doubt I'll change anything if I berate myself, so I'll keep diverting from such thoughts! It is what it is, and if I did any damage that will turn up in the long run, I'll have to accept it.

    The book I mentioned is called "Addiction: A Disorder of Choice," by Gene M. Heyman, a psychologist associated with Maclean Hospital, a psychiatric facility, and Harvard Medical school. It's very technical at points and I found myself tuning out, but the good stuff is worth it. I'm so convinced that it's important to look at why we don't do what we believe is better for us; what we choose is only part of the equation; reasons are extremely important and the common motivations for weight loss are notoriously ineffective, for understandable reasons, IMHO. I'm amazed over and over how Reinhard Engels, the "founder" of the eating system I adopted, was aware of so many of the principles of choice so long ago. This book was written in 2009, though draws on research over several decades. Reinhard started his site in 2001, as a 24-year-old! Heyman doesn't propose near the precise strategies for reversing addiction; that wasn't his purpose. He's just adding to the "intellectual conversation" of researchers and practitioners because he believes many of them aren't using the best strategies, and thus are wasting money and probably prolonging misery.

    Best wishes for the holiday season. Let's both remember that we've just about never been sorry we stuck to our plan.
    1273 days ago
    Reasonable plan.
    1276 days ago
    Back to the basics of self care. Hang in there. The holiday season doesn't last forever. Perhaps you could, in some way, view it as an opportunity?
    1276 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/20/2017 5:57:04 AM
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Why is it so hard for us to stick to the goals we set for ourselves? Even the simple ones can be a struggle sometimes. I need to work on this myself, too. Good luck, this is a tough time of year (for me anyway) to stick to anything but very basic goals.
    1276 days ago
  • LVMS61516
    1276 days ago
    Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
    - Mary C. Crowley
    1276 days ago
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