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DRS510 Posts: 2,234
3/21/12 2:25 P

Great decision! Good for you. I want to encourage you to always have a sweet food that is allowed within reach. Fruit is usually ok, jello (sf), etc. Resolve yourself that you are sticking to your plan, but plan for those cravings and how you are going to handle them, because they don't just go away cause you are on a diet!

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3/21/12 11:32 A


Don't worry ! You didn't undo your efforts at good health or weight loss because you raided the cookie jar. As long as you didn't eat the entire jar, you'll be fine. Remember, Spark People isn't about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. There is absolutely no reason you can't have a cookie once in a while. It's just a matter of being mindful of your portion size. I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was afraid I'd gain weight. That's not healthy.

All things in moderation. With time, you will notice your cravings for sweets will decrease. but, it really does take time.

Patience, it's a virtue.

TIDESONG Posts: 1,214
3/20/12 10:52 P

Thanks, guys. I'm trying to go easy on myself, forgive it, and keep moving forward. I think I do indeed need to get rid of the cookie jar. I was hoping my willpower would have been strong enough, but I should have known better.

Thanks for the support.

KATEM200 Posts: 745
3/20/12 10:36 P

Hang in there! I regularly have to remind myself that just because I ate a couple hundred calories of candy at work, that doesn't mean I've screwed up the whole day. I tell myself I can't use that as an excuse to eat ice cream for dinner and skip a planned workout. Every choice is an individual choice. Try to make more good choices than bad, and everything will work out in the end!

IOWADEB SparkPoints: (38,001)
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3/20/12 10:24 P

Be gentle with yourself, you can start over at any time during the day or night. I have to remember this myself.

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3/20/12 6:50 P

No need to panic, we all have lapses. It happens. You just have to keep moving forward...

That said, you may want to seriously consider banishing the cookie jar from your life. When I started my diet I informed my fella "THIS IS HOW IT IS GOING TO BE", and cleaned out every single solitary bit of non-approved food. All goodies, sweeties, etc: GONE. All pre-packaged processed food: GONE. Anything that is a trigger: not in my house. Since then, I have developed the willpower to resist the goodies, but when you are starting out, why tempt yourself? Work up to being able to say no and until then, get it out of the house!

TIDESONG Posts: 1,214
3/20/12 6:26 P

Help! I've been trying to start and keep a healthier lifestyle for almost 3 weeks now. I've been able to stay within my goals the whole time. I am a sugar addict, and that's one of my biggest problems...but I've still been able to keep it under control. Until just now, when I felt it necessary to raid a cookie jar. I just had several hundred calories worth of cookies, and I feel so incredibly terrible about it now. And tomorrow's my weigh-in day! I'm panicking a bit. emoticon

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