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Things I've Learned So Far in Week One

 
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sharon227



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 11:12 pm    Post subject: Things I've Learned So Far in Week One Reply with quote

I can really pile food onto a plate!

Reinhard is correct: There is such a thing as good shame, and it works. This morning, I was packing cereal to the top of my bowl when I looked at it and thought, "This is ridiculous." And I took several handfuls back out.

Except when I was weighing and tracking and measuring, I truly had no idea how much I was eating. I'm sure during the mornings when I would have "a little more" and then "a little more" after finishing my first bowl of cereal, I was eating more than that topped-off bowl I decided not to keep.

I also had no idea how much I snacked. Every time I open the refrigerator to get some seltzer, I have to stop myself from taking a piece of cheese or a few grapes.

I think it's fine to give myself permission to pile a small mountain of salad on the salad portion of the single plate.

A few grapes in a sushi-set soy sauce dish can be a lovely addition to a dinner plate.

Almost all food tastes so much better when there are limits.

But I'm done tracking or weighing or measuring or counting. That's such a grim way to live.

I need to readjust my relationship with the scale. It's not healthy to check the next morning whether I've been "punished" for eating something I enjoy. Or to slavishly expect an instant "reward" every morning after a day I've stayed on my plan.

It's much easier to power through an hour or two of being hungry when I laugh a little at myself, and remind myself that what I'm experiencing isn't some kind of tragedy. I'm so fortunate that's not my normal way to feel.

I enjoy life a lot more when I'm in control of my eating on a sensible plan.
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not bad for one week. Wink
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sharon227



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:25 pm    Post subject: Week 2 Reply with quote

Learned Week 2: I feel a lot better on N days than when I overindulge on S days.
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feeling better is a potent motivator/reward.
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 8 years & counting
Age 64
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.
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sharon227



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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, oolala53, it definitely is!!

And I just love the idea of eating for pleasure instead of following a whole bunch of punitive rules. I have to admit that not snacking does make me appreciate meals more. And eating sweets as an occasional treat makes me appreciate them more, too.
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