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Friday, July 03, 2020

For this month, I joined a McDougall group for maximum weight loss to see how I can tweak what I am doing with plant based eating. It's a free program, and started July 1. The first few days have been okay, I am finding that it's a challenge for me to move away from what I normally eat for lunch which involves a peanut butter sandwich or a soy corndog. I know the processed stuff isn't great. The peanut butter is just the fresh stuff I buy freshly ground.

The real challenge for me is not eating sweets. Part of the plan is eating fruit with each meal, starting with soup or salad and fruit for dessert (of course, there's more but that's the part I'm talking about)...eating fruit for dessert. I made it two days, this is a good time of year as there are sweet grapes, plums, nectarines and watermelon and I love fruit so that's a good thing.

I've realized that a lot of things for me are HABITS so I'm hoping to learn some new ones this month. I'm trying to manage expectations and not expect huge weight loss. To enjoy and learn from the process.

I finished my 100 mile challenge a week ago. Waiting to get my medal and swag. I'm glad to be back doing other things and have swum twice this week and cycled. The gym has sign ups for lanes which can be done up to 48 hours in advance - but people haven't been showing up or calling to cancel so it's hard to get a lane. I know they are just trying to manage all of this stuff, as we now are back to no indoor dining, but it's a bit frustrating. I feel for the staff who are at the front desk.

I still am keeping my group small and am not exercising inside at the gym or doing classes.

Yesterday I felt a bit depressed at this setback of all of the rising new cases. I have to really work not to get irritated at people who aren't being more considerate.

That's the news from here, hope all the sparkers are well and being safe.
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  • WHILLSW
    Good insight & suggestions when we are overcoming habits. I love fruit & almost all veggies but the problem is getting them ripe & wonderful. Tells me I should try a little patio garden but not sure I have the green thumb.
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Betsy, I agree with you that a lot of our problems are simply the result of bad habits. I grew up in a house (Deep South), where to have dessert after BOTH lunch and dinner was our God-given right. I might eat pie a la mode for lunch and frosted devil's food cake after "supper." I didn't know there were people in the world who didn't eat these things after heavy meals. Oh yeah--and sweets were served at breakfast, too, in the form of pancakes and waffles. Fortunately, I've ditched that bad habit, but I still crave sweets a lot when I'm really tired and often indulge, and it's a drag on weight loss. But isn't fruit wonderful? The melon and peaches and all the other fruit are just so delicious over here in Japan. Fruit is very filling and satisfying.

    So sorry about the spikes over there. It must indeed be frustrating to be doing your absolute best to prevent contracting the virus and then to see so many people acting irresponsibly. I hope things improve very soon, but in the meantime, I hope you keep on being vigilant.
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  • ERIN1128
    So true about habits...that's what I'm really struggling with after dinner!
    31 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    It *is* discouraging seeing "setbacks". Living in a "lagging" state, once again, I'm in the "don't get cocky" phase as our state has remained stable the past three weeks. Our governor had kept us at a 10 person limit through Memorial Day weekend, only starting to open to groups of more than 10 on June 1st. Well, we continued to go down for a couple more weeks, with upticks that were corrected three weeks after... and are now in phase 3, for a week.

    So, waiting for a shoe to drop. Worried about the S. Dak. rally, as that could be driving distance in some folks' minds... after all, that state is right next door. I'm hoping nobody goes and brings "it" home!

    Therefore, I, like you, keep my group VERY small. My son and his girlfriend are shooting off fireworks at his house across town, and I'm staying safely home! I cannot control what others do, only what *I* choose to do, and there's little point in getting upset about their actions. I regularly have to remind myself that I am NOT the social distancing police... but I WILL wear my mask, even to walk around the block to mail a letter, when I didn't pass within 25 feet of another person!

    Good luck with your new adventures with McDougal. That's one I have never tried. Congrats on completing your 100 mile challenge.


    31 days ago
  • SUSMANNIE
    I was thinking of joining that group on McDougall’s site. I eat mostly whole food plant based, but tend to lean on some processed convenience foods to save time. Good luck with it.
    31 days ago
  • LEARN211
    You blog reflects some of my recent struggles. It took some time, but I found my way. I hope you do too!
    31 days ago
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