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A symptom of the human condition

Sometimes, despite the progress made, there still is a part of me that resists the changes I heartily embrace.

I’ve been following a particular way of eating that’s working really well for me because 1) I feel great, 2) I feel great and 3) have I mentioned I feel great? πŸ™‚

And, I’ve lost lbs and a bunch of inches.Β  Clothes are looser, I have more energy, and, most of the time, I follow “the plan” very closely.Β Β  I still go out to eat with Hubbs sometimes, but I know what works for me and I like how I’m feeling too much to blow it on foods that aren’t worth it.

Also I’ve been exercising and am seeing uexpected benefits … when I have to scuttle under the deck to wrangle pool equipment, I have more stamina to kneel down there than I did in summers past.Β  Thank you Melt it off with Mitch! Β  I can chase, catch and lift the grand kids with ease.Β  Thank you The Firm!Β  Clothes are looser; I sleep better than ever and I’m enjoying shopping in my closet again. Β Thank you to my Treadmill!

But every once in a while, your body gives you a message that you can’t ignore.Β  It’s a craving, a little voice that says, “I need this.”Β 

Normally, I ignore it. Usually I just push through.Β  But today, today I indulged.

No, it wasn’t chocolate, ice cream or anything from the sweet category.

It wasn’t chips, salsa or popcorn either.

What was it?

Pierogies with sauteed onions.

I made them,Β  I savored them and I enjoyed every last morsel-age of them.

And I’ve learned that it’s OK to indulge in a craving now and then; it won’t derail my progress, I won’t gain back the 15lbs I’ve already lost and, contrary to past beliefs, my pants won’t explode in the morning.

Β What have you indulged in lately?

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27 thoughts on “A symptom of the human condition

  1. Way to go MJ! Sounds like you have the right plan for you!

  2. Um…… a chocolate fudge cake tonight at dinner to celebrate MY BIRTHDAY! You’re right, of course, everything in moderation. I find if I just walk my 30 minutes (almost) every morning, it doesn’t matter if I eat something I shouldn’t once in awhile!
    Good for you, doing everything to help you feel better!

    • I hope your birthday was wonderful – and you are right — the physical part of it is making a big difference and I think that’s what affords me to do as I did tonight. Granted .. this was the first real step-out indulgence in about 2 months … but was it ever good πŸ™‚
      MJ

  3. what have I indulged in lately? A package of powdered sugar mini donuts, a slice of caramel/hot fudge drizzled cake and crab rangoons….woof…the last two at the same meal. I’m a bad boy. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your weight loss!!

  4. Good job with your exercise and weight-loss plan, MJ. Today’s indulgence was a spoonful of White Chocolate Wonderful. (By Peanut Butter & Co.) Yum!

    • thank you, Patti … it’s a journey, and for me, that’s been the lesson. I’ve never heard of White Chocolate Wonderful … but it does sound dreamy! MJ

  5. Good for you, MJ! I’m finally in a groove of exercising and eating right as well and my clothes are finally loose again. I did have a cupcake last week, couldn’t help it, my mother-in-law brought them over so I couldn’t be rude and NOT have one…right?

    • You were more than right not to be rude πŸ™‚ Doesn’t it feel good to have a little “back in” room in the clothes? I know it does for me πŸ™‚ MJ

  6. Love that KD Lang song πŸ™‚ Working very hard to not cave to cravings these days, but when I get them, they are, like yours, for savory or salty/sour flavors. I’m not a big sweet craver, thank God…
    *anna

    • And .. small world .. my sister was Katherine Dawn’s (k.d.’s) mother’s home health care nurse. Neat huh? I would have a hard time resisting my Mom’s pie, but that’s an emotional/sentimental connection vs. a craving. I tend to crave things I am low on — I don’t cook with salt and I rarely eat packaged foods. I think that I likely was low in salt – yeah, that’s the story and I’m stickin’ to it πŸ™‚ MJ

      • Hahah… Well, you got me at pie. Although I’m not a sweet eater in general, my grandma lived w/ us while I was a kid. I never had store bought snacks till I was in my teens. PIE πŸ™‚ I don’t cook w/ salt either, maybe that’s why I sometimes get a yen for it.
        *anna

      • Pie. It’s a sentence all in its own! And, like you, a bite of Grandma’s pie (or Mom’s) right now would be divine. MJ

  7. I had chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream on Saturday. Yummy!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • See, I don’t really even like chocolate cake – OR ice cream – but you put them together and that’s just a down-home heartwarming kinda dessert. Mmm πŸ™‚ Hugs to you! MJ

  8. Who is this Mitch?

    • Mitch Gaylord, former Olympic Gymnast, has a workout dvd and you follow his moves with a weighted “G” ball — powerful, effective, and you sweat like never before. And .. it works! I like that it’s not too fast paced … and that it works! MJ πŸ™‚

  9. I am currently indulging in a bag of Orville Redenbacher’s Tender White popcorn. I earned it. I worked out after work! πŸ™‚

    p.s. you have the same dishes as I do. πŸ™‚

    • good on you, Terri!! I remember seeing a cake you’d made and thinking that, “we have the same Corelle wear!!” Tried & true .. MJ

  10. YUM! I’m with you. Savory over sweet any day for me.

  11. Congratulations on your weight loss and your improved stamina and health–how awesome is that! And it’s okay (and even necessary, I think) to indulge every once in a while …

    • Thank you — as you know, it feels great to make a change and to see and literally feel the results πŸ™‚ I definitely did enjoy that treat … the trick is not slide back into bad habits afterwards; so far so good!
      MJ

  12. alanamokma

    You’ve lost 15 lbs?? NICE WORK! What do you think about posting a current photo? πŸ™‚ Just in the past few days I’ve been inspired to get more fit. One of my good friends moved out of state for a 6 month job contract. She told me the other day that she has lost 16 lbs since she left Grand Rapids. This kicked my motivation into gear bc it tapped into my competitive side. I’ve already been cycling and dancing, but now I will be adding a couple more days a week… plus… cutting down on my Starbucks visits. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you and the best part? I’ve maintained it … I’d like to lose 10 more. That will happen this fall, of that I’m sure.

      Good job on cycling and dancing! Cheers,
      MJ

      • alanamokma

        Yes, that is awesome that you have maintained it. Very impressive!

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