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Monday, June 18, 2012

Irish Dance Diet - Every Day is a Holiday

Every time I turn, around I am eating to celebrate.  Father's Day, birthdays, reunions, 4th of July, "it's a weekend" days, "I made it through the day" days. If I am to be successful at losing and maintaining that  weight loss, I must change my perspective. After all, there are other ways to celebrate!

Here are a few tips for curbing the urge to celebrate with food:

1-When eating out, ask yourself, is this a special occasion?  If it is, splurge a little and make up for it earlier in the day or the next day.  If not, eat similar to how you would at home.

2-Find non-food ways to celebrate.  Reward yourself with a bubble bath, a new book, some great smelling lotion, or a night out at the movies.

3-Bring a healthy contribution to an event. If you are attending a reunion or party where you don't have control over the meal, bring a healthy salad for your part of the meal.  At least you know one thing that you will be able to eat. And bring some healthy portable snacks with you.  If the food selection is too high in calories, you don't actually have to eat it.  You can survive a few hours without food and the snacks you bring will tide you over.

4-Have a water in hand. Drink plenty of water all day to fill you up and keep you satisfied.  If you have a glass of water in your hand at a party, you will be less likely to snack on high calorie hors d'oeuvres.

Last week my grandmother passed away and the week was filled with funeral activities and family.  I was unable to attend dance class and only practiced a few days.  This week I have only one dance class but I have a feis on Saturday.

I realized that part of the reason why I've been stalling in weight loss is because circumstances in my life have been changing my goals.  I need to make new goals to work toward.  My new weight loss goal: ten pounds by the first week in August. For me that is a pretty ambitious goal.  In order to do so I will need to eliminate snacks and make certain that I get at least one work out in everyday, sometimes working out more than just my Irish dance classes and practice.

And my reward?  Still want to get that solo dress.

Week Eleven

Weight lost=.3 pounds
Total weight loss= 2.6 pounds

1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear about your loss. Life circumstances always throw curveballs, but you're doing the best you can. 2.6 pounds may not feel like a lot, but you know that gaining 2.6 would be a bummer! Every couple of pounds really counts. I totally lost control of my healthy eating habits recently, but I'm back on track starting today. Really want to drop 20 more by oireachtas. We can do it :)


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