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Sunday, November 22, 2015

I decided that I was going to have a "eat whatever I want" day on Friday. I wanted some fish so I went to a Chinese restaurant and bought me a fish dinner which included French fries. Now I must tell you that I never go to this restaurant to get food without leaving with 3 or 4 Almond cookies in hand. As I was standing there waiting for my food, a thought came to me to order those Almond cookies. Without a second thought, I decided against it because I was already having fried fish and fries and I just didn't want to go too overboard with my unhealthy food choices.

On the way home, I stopped at a gas station and as I was standing in line, another thought came to me to buy a Little Debbie's chocolate fudge brownie. Now I must admit, when I have a "eat whatever I want" day, I almost always go and buy one or two Little Debbie's snacks because I want to satisfy my sweet cravings and also to keep myself from feeling deprived. This time was different, when that thought came to my mind to buy the snack cakes, I immediately thought about how I felt afterward after I would eat them. I never felt guilty for eating them but crappy from what's in them so of course I was able to once again walk out of the store without buying them.

When I went to Walmart the next day, I was able to purchase my items and leave out that store without being the least bit tempted to buy me a king size Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It was at that time that I realized that I had now formed some good habits. Even though I don't plan on having a "eat whatever I want" day too often, it still feels good to know that I can have some foods that are not the healthiest in moderate WHEN I want to and I feel even better knowing that I can go to a store and not struggle within myself not to buy that snack cake or chocolate candy bar WHEN I go through that checkout line.

I even find that WHEN I'm sitting around the house, I actually crave water instead of diet sodas and I stop eating WHEN I'm full instead of feeling a need to eat everything on my plate. I'm exciting about this healthy lifestyle journey because my WHEN's keep forming each day.

What are your WHEN's that you've formed on your journey?

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    I know it's been a long time since you wrote this blog but I just found it. Some friends and I were discussing this very thing at a meeting today; how we notice that we aren't always perfect, but we are all finding it easier to bypass treats we were once almost obsessed with and that it doesn't leave us feeling deprived. Instead we all admitted feeling surprised, pleased, confident, and even proud when we chose to NOT give in or have JUST one. It's nice, isn't it, to have these moments when all the hard work starts to pay off. Thanks for posting this blog.
    1737 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
    emoticon Nice when lifestyle changes start becoming natural for you.
    2059 days ago
    I am starting to have an inkling of these feelings, and I just can't believe myself! I mean, I'm the one who couldn't understand how you can stop afer a couple of bites of a delicious pie, or eat only one piece of chocolate or two. I'm the one who fell hard when I got off track. It's hard for me to believe I could be, or want to be otherwise.
    2075 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2015 2:23:20 PM
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon pat yourself on the back, that's a BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT!! keep up the great work!! emoticon
    2075 days ago
    You did *fantastic*! emoticon Good for you!
    2075 days ago
    Lisa, that is WONDERFUL! And that's another way to measure progress without a scale.

    2075 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Way To Go! I have had those days and it good to be able to control those bad habits. My Hubby and I was in Big Lots yesterday and he found this big Reese's Peanut Butter Cup it's candy for Christmas, it's cups was so huge and solid for $10, I just shock my head as we walked away. My baby girl would have a field day with that candy, she loves her Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2075 days ago
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    It is great to see these things happening in our healthy lifestyle journey.
    2076 days ago
  • no profile photo CACTUSFLOWER13
    I tell myself, now, I can have "that" another time or later, just not right now. It helps me from feeling deprived. I also put something out of my mind three times, and if it pops back in, I get a smaller version of it or eat a small amount. Yes, the beast has to be calmed now and again, but developing better eating habits feels so good. Remember nothing taste as good, as feeling slender or smaller feels. :)
    2076 days ago
    Never did well with "when's"...........perhaps it's just not the way to go for my journey - glad to see that this is working for you!
    2076 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    WHEN I get on the scale after eating like crazy, I create new goals and plan accordingly!

    2076 days ago
    2076 days ago
    Well done on your new habits.
    2076 days ago
    Excellent job!! I'm pretty sure I would have bought that peanut butter cup, man I really like those things!! lol
    2076 days ago
    This is awesome! I don't really have any WHEN's yet but I'm looking forward to the day that I do :) It's awesome to hear that your lifestyle change is becoming natural to you :)
    2076 days ago
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