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Author: ThyPeace Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 58721  
Subject: Re: Somebody smack me upside the head! Date: 1/23/2013 2:42 PM
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There's been some good advice on this thread. I want to suggest another approach that sometimes helps me. You asked why you don't do it. As a guy I know says, that's the runner-up prize. (He says something else but it's not really prinatble here.)

Instead, I want to know what you WILL do. What can you do? What can you do right now, today, that gets you towards a simple, complicated goal: Healthy you.

Not skinny you. Not perfect-body-going-to-be-a-model you. Healthy.

So, as an example from my own life. I know that snacking after supper is not a great idea. I was doing it anyway. I learned that my own biology is not interested in stopping after-dinner snacks cold-turkey. I learned by trying it and ending up starving and binging and it was ugly. So. Okay.

I know that I like popcorn. A lot. And I know how to make popcorn in a reasonable size serving, with nothing worse than sprayed canola oil and salt on it.

Ah. I have a solution. I can listen to my body's cravings and handle it in a way that is healthy. And I can incrementally improve, which I've done with many other meals over time.

My goal, though, is not so much a particular number on the scale, but rather feeling healthy, strong, and fit, and having a body that will do what I want it to do. I've posted here on how I've gotten closer to that goal, and times when I've gotten further away. For me, the key is a lot of observation of myself and how I react to things, and then trying a lot of ways to work with my body and its sensations, rather than being its drill sergeant. For me, drill sergeant = failure somewhere later down the road. But that's me -- you may be very different.

ThyPeace, currently listening via FitBit. And learning that she and her brother (we live on opposite coasts) naturally walk almost exactly the same amounts of steps in a week. Interesting, that.
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