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You wouldn’t know it from reading this blog recently, but I have actually been working every day towards my goal to lose 20 lbs. Eating choices that were difficult at first are becoming “second nature.” Consistenly making good and healthy food choices is really making a difference in my life and my weight chart is just part of the proof.

In 18 weeks I have gone from a size 12 to a size 6 jean.  I actually had thrown away jeans in size six because it didn’t seem as if there would be any way that I could ever wear them again. So now I am buying lots of new clothes — but I don’t mind.

This is a difficult time of year for diets with holiday parties and lots of dinners with family and friends. So I am really excited that I am continuing to lose weight, even though it is at a very slow pace.  What is that they say about the tortoise and the hare?  Oh, yes.  Slow and steady wins the race!

I have made a change in my eating habits that I haven’t written about yet.  I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get hungry about 4pm. But if I am at work or doing errands I just keep going.  I tell myself, “It’s ok. I’ll just wait until I get home to eat dinner.”  The problem has been that by the time I get home I am so hungry that I make fast, and often poor food choices.  I also tend to be so hungry that I eat and eat and eat and eat. Until I feel full. Then a little while later I am uncomfortable.

So now I have a new way of doing things. I have given myself permission to indulge in “tea-time” every day at around 4 pm. If I am at work. I take a break, make myself a cup of tea and nibble on a rice cake with jam. I keep rice cakes and jam in my office for this purpose. It only takes about 6 or 7 minutes but it makes a big difference in the way I feel when I get home.  No more starving assaults on the refrigerator and pantry! Now when I come home I can take my time preparing a healthy meal for myself.

When I am not working I make sure to be home at 4pm so I can make tea. Sometimes I will have a bit of fruit or another low-cal treat. Then I go out and do whatever needs to be done feeling energized and satisfied.  This new pattern means that I usually end up eating dinner later than I had been. I used to eat about 5:30 or 6 pm.  But now I am not really ready to eat until after 7.  This has the benefit of cutting down on late night snacking since I am still full of food from dinner by the time I go to bed at 10 pm.

The20 lbs struggle has changed my life.  I hope it has changed my life for good.


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