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    decembersue, chicagobama

    I still have a long way to go, but I've come to realize many of these on my own journey.

    For me, eating mindfully has probably been the biggest improvement.  I had so many blind spots and tended to "compartmentalize" my habits in crazy ways. For example, I'd think I was having a positive week in terms of my eating (that salad for lunch! healthy breakfasts!) and completely block out the blow-out dinner Monday, or the crazy night out Friday (complete with truly heroic amounts of alcohol and post-party pizza). And exercise? Feh! I was one of those people who thought I somehow (magically?) had to get in shape before going to the gym or so much as walking around the block, lest the svelte, toned villagers take up arms against me or something.  

    It sounds insane when I spell it out, but I recognize that at the time I just didn't get it -- the level of commitment, planning, and forethought it would take -- even when I thought about my weight all the time and knew I didn't like the effects it was having on my health, my social life, my self-esteem, career, everything.

    Once I let go of the "diet" mentality and made it about a total lifestyle (and perception) change, things felt so much more manageable. I haven't developed a set eating plan yet, but I have started writing down every last thing I eat and drink, and when I know it's going in the notebook, I'm much more cognizant of the nutritional value, portions, etc.

    •  When I first started the eating plan (0+ / 0-)

      I continued my old eating habits for a couple weeks, but wrote everything down.  I thought I was eating fairly well, so I wanted to see how my normal eating fit within the guidelines I had set.

      I was shocked.  Way too much fat, too little protein and  fiber and lots of sodium.  Like you, I conveniently forgot about all the ice cream, cheese and pizza I ate every week.  But even the salads were loaded with calories from croutons, cheese, dressing and nuts.

      I needed almost six weeks to get my eating plan functioning.  Now, after more than a year, I don't have to track my food every day, but I do it to keep myself on plan.  I'm almost afraid of going into maintenance mode because it will take me a while to adjust to more calories, and I'm worried I might go back to my old bad habits.  It's a good problem to have, but I do hope I can make the switch.

      "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." — Oscar Wilde

      by chicagobama on Sat Apr 09, 2011 at 02:58:09 PM PDT

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