It's taken me YEARS to do what I am finally doing --- changing my lifestyle and not just dieting.
My secrets are: 1, realizing that I am not depriving myself when I eat smaller portions and strive for balanced, healthy meals because the foods I eat are DELICIOUS and 2, constant journaling to vent about the lapses and learn from them. Together, I am loving myself more.
I don't give up things I really want; I just don't have them every day. I'm also learning from my triggers..
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When I remember how I used to tell my children "No" all the time, did not mean I wanted to deprive them of happiness, I just wanted to divert their happiness to something else more beneficial for them, it helps to remember that for myself now!
Instead of buying a full size cake for my birthday yesterday, friends bought cake pops! Perfect! Gave me the feeling of a treat but a much smaller size and no feeling of deprivation that may have caused me overeat later on a different occasion (we've been there/done that before, right?).
Same calories- i know- BUT by choosing to buy only the quantity you need when you order there are no tempting leftovers!!! So thankful!
I eat a small snack or meal every 2-3 hours without exceeding my caloric limit for the day. I'm never hungry so I'm not tempted to over-eat. It was hard to get used to the smaller more frequent meals because I felt self-conscious as an over-weight person eating frequently and because I always have associated dieting with deprivation. Once I realized the impact this was having on my success, I got over the self-conscious feelings and got rid of the guilt.
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