Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lies I Tell Myself: Day 79

This is a friend inspired post. You know who you are. I'm not going to out you here but I want to thank you for your brutal honesty. I am on the same path you are.
DAY 79
I started a new eating plan on May 1st. It is working for me and I realize that if I am to get this excess weight off and keep it off, I am going to have to live by this plan the rest of my life. To date, I have shed 17 pounds. This week I have hit a plateau. I've been thinking a lot about the lies I have been telling myself for about 15 years. These lies are often advocated by well-meaning people. Once the words are spoken, they roll around in my brain and all of a sudden these lies become good ideas. I feel like I need to recognize them every time they crop up and smash them right in their tracks.
  • You can have just one bite of that birthday cake. It's not going to kill you.
  • It's a holiday. It's a party. It's a funeral. It's a wedding. It's a potluck. It's Tuesday.
  • You're almost 60, who are you trying to impress?
  • You're a grandma. Grandmas are supposed to be fluffy.
  • What difference does it make, you're gonna die anyway.
  • Eat the ice cream, life is short.
  • You can get back on the wagon tomorrow.
  • One little bite is not going to kill you.
  • It's no use, you're never going to get this weight off. (This is the worst lie)
  • If you eat slowly, your brain will tell you it's full.
  • I have to eat in between meals, I'm hypoglycemic. I'm going to die if I don't eat right now.
  • It's rude to not eat what is offered to me.
  • I have a terrible sugar addiction.
  • I overeat on a regular basis.
  • I do not want to die fat.
I have no idea if I will be able to stay on this path, but I'm no quitter. I have decided to do this one day at a time. I've made some big changes in the last year and a half that have stuck and stayed. There is no reason this won't work for me.
What big fat lies do you tell yourself?
love, susan


  1. "I just need to get past this deadline, then I can worry about what I eat."
    "Nobody cares; why should I?"
    "I'll start again tomorrow / Monday / Next time January 1 falls on a Monday."

    I'm with you, my friend. Sugar is a killer, and I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I manage to Just Say No.

    1. What I know about myself is that I am all or nothing. I cannot eat just a little sugar. I can't have it any sauces or salad dressings. It flips a switch in my brain and I am unstoppable. I'm the girl who'll take a tablespoon to a bag of brown sugar.

      Never give up. That's my motto!

  2. I cant wait to see the new you!!!!!

    1. It feels weird to have the plump gone from my cheeks. I also notice my skin is pretty saggy. Feeling great though!

  3. Regarding excuses... I recently read a quote, "Once you had a good excuse, you opened the door to bad excuses."

    I started the BLE program on May 30. I've only lost 6 pounds... wait... I take that back. I gained a half a pound this past week, so that makes 5 1/2 pounds I've lost. BUT... I am pleased with that because for the past couple years I couldn't seem to lose weight. I tried a variety of methods with no success and then my doctor said my cortisol was too high and causing the problems. So, yeah, I'll take the 5 1/2 pound weight loss.

    For the past couple years as I struggled to lose weight with absolutely no success, it opened the door to a great big fat lie, "Why bother!" I almost didn't start the BLE plan because of that lie. I had already eliminated sugar (and artificial sweeteners) 16 1/2 years ago. And I had already tried eating only at mealtimes, and eating measured meals. But... I had never tried going without flour, and that seemed to be the key.

    (By the way, when I saw you a year ago, I wouldn't have thought you had 10 pounds to lose, let alone 17!)

    1. I have to say that I have never been more surprised or successful at shedding weight as I have with this. I have had maybe 2 days where my thinking got sideways but I am true believer that 24 hours can make a big difference so I powered through. I am really happy that you got the scales to move. I hope it hasn't been terribly painful for you to give up the flour products. It hasn't been for me except when I want a taco. Today I'm down another 1/2 pound. If I can make the scale budget a half a pound, I'm super happy. I know it's way harder at this age but I also know it is totally doable. I'm doing it. I'm living proof. My goal is to be one pound less than my thin husband. Will I get there? I believe so.

      Good to hear from you Trudy! Perhaps I'll start a new category here with photos of my creative dinners. They might seem odd to others but surprisingly I am finding it really fun to mix it up a bit and see what works. My newest favorite is guacamole plopped half a baked potato, sprinkled with black beans. Pretty tasty!

  4. Love this! I tell myself many of those things. Congrats on the 17 pounds!!


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