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Singlemindedness VS mindlessness

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's been a week of ups and downs. I weighed last week and was at a new low...had lost two more pounds. Then. Well I got cocky....and every single day of the week there was some kind of diversion from the straight and narrow. I did not re-weigh because I know I will just be really discouraged. Instead I'm working hard to put a perfect day together...and then one more....and then one more. Today was almost perfect except I had a little of the brown sauce on my steamed veggies from the Chinese food restaurant. I don't know what's in that brown sauce but at the very least, it's full of sodium.

Dinner was a huge salad with homemade dressing from an ETL recipe. I was just looking at my Spark Goal which is to reach 200 lb by June 30th. Assuming I didn't gain any weight last week I would have 8 lbs to lose by then. In these first 6 weeks of ETL (Eat to Live), it is no uncommon to lose up to a pound a day. So if that were to hold true, my goal. is eminently obtainable. However my track record has been less than stellar. Even if I only lose two pounds a week, I can make my goal. i just need to keep my eyes on the goal rather than being lured from the path by white floured breads and what have you.

Singlemindedness is a quality that the Bible stresses. And it really is so important not to allow intruders of desire to lure us from the path to our goal. I have to really think it over before putting something in my mouth that I shouldn't. Does it taste good in spite of the defeat? No. NOthing tastes so good that it is worth the let down I will have after cheating. Mindlessness is the opposite of singlemindedness. It's the "eat fiirst and think second" manner of temptation that is killing me. Maybe if I accept a temptation as a threat and tell myself I will wait ten minutes before I eat such and such. And then in that ten minutes drag out all the stops....all the reasons why I do NOT want to eat this thing. And I know that if I were to do that, I would change my mind about eating it.

Remember, how hard it is to lose a pound....and how EASY it is to gain one. So it is a hard path I am walking....and it really shouldn't be as the food is DELICIOUS on this food plan...there are even guilt free delicious desserts...I really am not deprived. I am enjoying the food. I just can't listen to the lies my brain and my desires tell me.
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    I know I am addicted to sugar again. That makes it even harder to resist temptation. It sounds like you are making progress. Don't forget to pat yourself on the back for that! I should probably re-read this blog every day. You are an inspiration!
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    Don't focus on the numbers of being a certain number(weight) by a certain number (date). It is good to have targets but then What I think works is to use real data. For instance how much did you loose in the last 5 months? What is that in pounds/week and then revise your target number. That way you will be ETL and feeling successful and joyful about it for reaching an attainable goal. emoticon
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    I can't imagine there is anyone out there who can't avoid eating something that is less than healthy. We don't live in a box. We unfortunately interact with friends and relatives not on the same page. Food pushers are everywhere. There are lucky ones on here who have gone through the Beck books and managed to strengthen their resistance muscles. It is the mind and body that need to be trained to choose the healthier options. Sometimes you can't just go it alone. I know I need to get away from the food as comfort food and into food as fuel in order to break the salty snack craving. Our bodies are in bad enough shape as it is without adding fuel to the fire by abusing it with poor choices
    . I know you are strong enough to overcome as you have done amazing overcoming your disease limitations.
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    1945 days ago
    Unfortunately, this is something that we all struggle with. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to not have to worry about losing weight and to just live healthily without the stress of what the scale says.
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