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Four Letter Words

I cannot stand the word “diet.”  I’d rather hear words starting with the letter “F” than to be asked whether or not I can eat this or that “on my diet.”  Going on a diet implies, at least to me, that I’m doing something temporary, and that’s just not true.  It cannot be true.

My friend, Hillary, said “the original definition of the word was the foods we ate. People have turned it into the ones we don’t. Everyone is “on a diet” if they eat food so let’s show people that they are using it incorrectly.”  You can find Hillary’s blog at ByHillary.com.   She made a great point.  We are all on diets, but in weight-loss it means something so different now.

Few people would argue with me when I say that permanent change can be found when we change our habits in ways that we can sustain for a lifetime, right?   I’m still testing this theory, but I believe it’s true.  Changing my habits permanently is the best shot I have at losing the remainder of my excess weight and keeping it off. 

But here’s the thing…if I want to eat cake, I decide if it’s worth the calories/points/whatever at that moment.  I make the choice in the moment.  You’ll never hear me say “I don’t eat cake” or “I don’t eat fried foods.”  Of course I eat cake.  I love it. 😉  I love fried foods too though I don’t eat them regularly like I did prior to starting this journey.

The one thing that I have completely eliminated from my diet (you know, my food intake) is soft drinks.  I quit drinking them cold turkey in 2009 because they controlled me, and that needed to change.  But I always planned on working them back into my life.  When I felt strong enough to drink one instead of 3 or 4,  I just didn’t want them anymore.  If I really wanted a soft drink today, I’d track it and drink it. 

My point is simply that nothing is off-limits, and this is not a new point.  I hear it all the time.  I eat what I want to eat, but I’m more responsible with when and how much.  And it has worked well for me so far…

How is everyone doing with the challenge?  Are you eating  at least fruits and vegetables? =)   Rhonda won the first Clearview pedometer, but don’t worry! If you wanted the pedometer, you have another chance to win!  Just leave a comment saying that you want to win the pedometer, and I’ll pick another winner Thursday evening! Rhonda, e-mail me to claim your prize! =)

Now let’s get fit!

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    January 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    "My point is simply that nothing is off-limits, and this is not a new point. I hear it all the time. I eat what I want to eat, but I'm more responsible with when and how much. And it has worked well for me so far…"

    I'm doing the same thing so I agree with you!

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    January 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Great post!! I find that if I make things off limits I will just want it more. That leads to less than healthy choices later.

    Oh, and I would LOVE a Pedometer! =)

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    January 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    okie dokie…figured out i misread the last pedometer drawing date to enter so gonna try for this one…btw sorry about that my bad:(
    would love to win one so i can know where i am to get to where i need and want to be:)
    love your post about "diet". I know when i first started inquiring as to how other's were losing their weight i would ask about their diet and most often got flak about looking for a quick fix or fad diet.

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    January 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    good post! 🙂
    I do the same thing with deciding if the calories are worth it at the time. I know that diet coke still controls me, but I haven't found the strength to give it up yet. I've upped my water a TON and naturally the diet coke consumption has gone down, just not eliminated.
    p.s. i'd love to win the pedometer.

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    January 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I love this post, Kenz. I joked on Monday about people starting their diets because they always say, "I'll start my diet on Monday." It isn't a "diet", though, if you want to lose the weight and keep it off for a lifetime. Diets, in the context of the word that is commonly used nowadays, are temporary and often result in gaining everything back that you lost and, quite often, even more. You're on the right track and are doing so well!!

    I'm eating more fruits and veggies the last few days. 🙂

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    January 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Since I'm on WW, nothing is off limits, and that actually is freeing! I agree with Sabrina that making something completely off limits only enhances its appeal. So, when I want a Real Coke, I have some and track it. If I want ice cream or a vegetable that WW doesn't consider "free" – hello, corn! — I have it. Not a big deal and no guilt!

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    January 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This is my first time commenting, but I've been reading you for a while now. I am also on my own journey, and find your posts very inspiring!

    And…I'd love a pedometer!

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    January 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I'm so happy to hear someone else feels the same way I do about food. If I thought I could never have chocolate again, I'd beg someone to shoot me! It's all about learning to control how much and how often! You're a great inspiration, thanks!


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    KCLAnderson (Karen)
    January 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I think this is the best mindset to have!! I have noticed that there are many things I thought I wanted that I really don't (any more) but if I had tried to restrict myself, I bet they'd be a lot more enticing.

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    Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia
    January 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    We had a family meeting about this on Sunday. Since I have a teenager we do have some unhealthy snacks (like Oreos) in the house but what I'm trying to do here is to know our limits. I can have 1 cookie if I really want it. I'm also teaching him and the hubs to look at the actual serving size instead of eating half the package. Is a life change NOT a diet for me. It has to be 🙂
    So far eating veggies has worked, I have pics of my shopping for vegetables soon

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    h e a t h e r
    January 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    So true!! May I suggest a book. You may have read it already.
    Food Rules by Michael Pollan

    And good for you for giving up the soda!! That stuff will just make you sick!
    Have a great day! 🙂

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    January 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I am doing great getting my fruits and veggies in. I couldn't agree more with you about the word 'diet' and what it implies these days.

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    January 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Nina! I cannot wait to see the pictures! =)

    And Heather, Ill look up the book for sure..thank you.

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    January 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Yup. I have always hated that word because I went on my first one at 8. So sad. The word makes me cringe.

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    January 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I like this post a lot and having been on Weight Watchers forever–I agree that you have to reframe how you think about food, "diet" and what you choose to eat. It's a tough journey but definitely one that pays off in the end.

    A comment on the veggie challenge–I found a recipe book in the library which incorporates veggies (and some fruits) by pureeing them and basically disguising them in meals–especially great to get kids to increase veggies. Kind of like using pumpkin as a base for brownies–you're getting all the nutrients from the veggies and it still tastes good! I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but maybe something for those who need to incorporate more!

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    Heather Forcey
    January 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I love your post today. The things you said are things I say and think all the time. I have a friend who just put herself on a very restricted calorie diet for three weeks. All I can think is what is going to happen when three weeks is done? This is why I love the WW approach. Nothing is off limits. Just like you, I gave up soda. Occasionally I have a diet soda, but I don't buy it for the house. If I did, I'd neglect my water. Oh, and I HATE the word "diet."

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    Alissa (A Journey to Thin)
    January 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I completely agree with this! I wrote a post about basically the same thing this past Saturday- about moderation being the key to success.

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    Heather B.
    January 27, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I always refer to it as a lifestyle change! Because it REALLY is! I am choosing to change the way I eat which in turn changes my lifestyle!!! Great post!

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    January 27, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I'd love to join the challenge but I will hold off considering I don't like to start something unless I can finish it. I hate self sabotage…lol I'd love to have a pedometer, that would be awesome. I do eat lots of fruits and veggies everyday so does that count? Great blog and I plan on following.

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    January 27, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I agree…I don't call what I am doing a diet,
    I call it a lifestyle change. And I occasionally do eat stuff I shouldn't and usually I feel like crap the next day, but I do make wiser choices!

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    January 27, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Awesome post! Big thumbs up! 🙂

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    January 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I hate that word too. I won't use it (or let anyone else) around my daughters. We say "healthy eating" and talk about eating that way for life. 😉 I don't want them fighting these same battles.

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    January 27, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I had egg beaters with spinach and sides of asparagus and fruit for dinner tonight so I guess the challenge is working for me. And it was delicious! I already have a pedometer and I love it. I use it every day.

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    January 27, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Yay! I'm thrilled I won! Great post…I too dropped the sodas…huge diet coke addict. It's been 3 years this month. I will say I have NO desire to ever go back…not even one!

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    January 27, 2011 at 2:58 am

    I totally agree with the way you think about food. There is no food that I cannot have. However, I need to manage a tight balancing act right now and make sure that the food I choose to eat works within my plan. If I choose to eat a chocolate covered peanutbutter ball cookie my sister surprised me with today, then I need to think about how I react to that fact. I can either just add the extra calories onto my day's total, try to exercise more to burn it off or eat less at another meal. It can be done if I truly want that cookie. Having two cookies might be more than I want to make up for, so I decide to stop at one for the sake of my weight-loss journey.

    I suck at eating fruits and veggies. Great language I know, but it's true. I'm trying to work on that. I did better today with apple slices, big salad at lunch, salad with dinner and roasted broccoli. Not much, but I'm starting somewhere.

    Great post! Did I say that already?

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    January 27, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I totally agree! I eat as healthy as possible, but if I'm craving chocolate and I can stay within my calorie limit, then i will eat chocolate! Feeling deprived too often does not work for me…I've tried it over and over again. I like food too much too completely give up all of the things that I love to eat. 🙂

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    January 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Rhonda and Kenz….please tell me your reasons for eliminating diet coke. It has 0 calories and 0 points but I am addicted to them too. I always figure that they cannot hurt because they are not adding calories and it satisfies my sweet cravings…so what am I missing here. I would love to hear your reasons. Thanks…Debbie in Maryland

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    January 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I was thinking about you last night!!! I needed a snack and I really wanted eggs but instead, thanks to your challenge, I had a big 'ole bag of celery and 2 mandarins 🙂 You rock!

    Oh and I'd love a pedometer! Who wouldn't? 😀

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    January 28, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Whenever people say diet, I always say I'm on a life change. To me a diet means "oh let's lose this weight and go back to our old eating habits" and I'm the same way,I'm not cutting out everything completely. I haven't parted with soda, but I mix coke and diet coke together and don't drink NEARLY as much soda as I used to! Since starting my journey I think I've only bought a 2 liter of pepsi ONCE. Which is a huge change for me!!

    I would LOVE a pedometer. I plan on starting to walk/run fairly soon, so it'd really me out:]

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