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Positive Restart

#1
Hi all

I lost 55lbs last year on CD and have regained 56! :cry::eek::cry:Anyway - I am restarting on Thursday and have been thinking about how to approach it as I believe the psychology of the whole weight loss thing is key - at least for me.

I hate to read the "First Time is Golden Time", "Second Time is Harder" stuff - that FREAKS ME OUT :eek: and makes me want to GIVE UP before I've started and rush off and bury my head in a trough of carbohydrates ... so I choose NOT to buy into that.... so, sorry, don't tell me that - because I choose not to believe you!!

Instead, I am looking at my last diet as a PRACTICE run which allowed me to make mistakes and learn lessons from them-thats what it was for!!

THIS TIME is going to be my "proper" go at it!

So - what did I learn from my practice run?

1- Never to cheat. Never! Not even one teensy weensy liddle bitty chicken ... because that is the top of the slippery slope and for me even putting a toe on that slope leads to feelings of failure and inadequacy and lack of self-respect , which leads to ... EATING!

2-Be very careful on AAM week - be strict - even neurotic about portion sizes! For the same reason as above ... just a "little bit extra" and I can hear the greedy wee monsters whispering in my ear, urging me to fling caution to the wind and stuff my chops.

3-Remember always that I am CHOOSING to do this - it is a positive step I am choosing to make. I am not being dragged, I am not being pushed .... I am doing it of my own free will, so I should not resent it. I should embrace it joyfully because every day completed successfully takes me closer to a slimmer, healthier me.

4. -When I get cravings, remember that the food (whatever it is) will still BE THERE when I am at goal... and I can have some then and enjoy it sensibly like a naturally slim person would!

5.- When I have lost some weight, don't get complacent! Don't be satisfied with being "less fat" - I CAN get to goal... is there any reason I shouldnt weigh what I did when I was 21?

6.- If for whatever reason I have to come off plan - don't go crazy, munching like there is a famine around the corner and I have to lay down fat stores to survive ... keep tabs on the scales and never never let the gain go over 5lbs because then it becomes a PROBLEM!

Sure there will be more but can't think of them just yet!

Can anyone else think of other lessons learned on their practice run?:)
 
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#2
You CANNOT fail with such a positive approach! Good luck on this new phase of your journey ... lessons learned - now you can put them into practice! :)
 
#3
Thanks RD.
Is there anything you're going to do differently this time?
 
#4
Sounds like youve got ur head in the right place,you'll do great if you stay this motivated Im on day 6 cd never tried it before and am also worried about putting the weight on as soon as I've lost it same as Ive done everytime Ive lost weight.:(
 
#5
Thanks RD.
Is there anything you're going to do differently this time?
I'm already doing something differently Mrs P. I did a week of SS to get me kick started and now I'm doing 790.
I found that being so wrapped up in SS last time - to the extent where I didn't even do AAM for six months - created a deeply ingrained fear of ALL food and my ability to control myself around it. In other words, I nurtured a mind-set of either total control or no control at all.

So I decided that I'd compromise by using the controlled envirnonment of 790 which gives me the rules I need plus limited food.
So far I'm loving it ... I have my weigh in on Friday after a full week of 790 so we'll see what happens then :)
 


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