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Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
10-29-2015, 03:46 PM
Post: #41
RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
Yes ^^^ And most people find that once they really relax and just really settle into the process, *that* is when the magic starts to happen. Just relax and know that this will not be forever. By the time you are totally relaxed and wonder how you ever survived on even one less calorie, *then* you will be mentally ready for a cut. laughing

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10-30-2015, 12:12 PM
Post: #42
RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
Yup, that's the thing. We get so used to losing weight that when we either have to gain a few pounds or stay the same to get our metabolism revving again, that's it's a hard knock. But once you realise that it's not forever and that you are going to lose weight while eating at amounts you'd never imagined before, then it really makes a lot of sense.
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10-30-2015, 05:27 PM
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RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
I"m trying to get there. Really!

Here's what I posted in my blog over on MFP today:

This is when the going is tough...

I was cruising along, thinking things were gonna go well, and I was going to be fine.

To test and see if I'm truly at TDEE, I added 100 calories each day. My weight has crept up a bit in a few weeks.

What has been THE WORST about this phase has been the water retention and the bloat that's suddenly made my clothes too tight!!

I am trying not to hate myself for how I feel (squishy), to accept that I have to be patient. This is not a quick fix. This is a process.

Feeling all squishy in too-tight clothes, however, is what has previously caused me to throw up my hands and say, "Enough!! I'm cutting calories!!!"

I've been through this same pattern--gain a lot, lose a lot, keep it off for a while, start the cycle over again--at least four times in the last 15 years.

I refuse to keep doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting it to be different this time. That's the definition of INSANITY.

More than anything, the mental adjustment has been and will continue to be the biggest challenge for me. Getting comfortable in this temporarily larger version of myself is important. And it won't last forever.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Let's go!!
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10-30-2015, 08:49 PM
Post: #44
RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
Awesome post, and so true! It won't be forever, and the light at the end of the tunnel is a world where you don't constantly feel deprived and as if you are "on a diet". That is why we are constantly saying that the mental portion of this journey is often harder than the physical part.

Making sure that you have clothes that fit you right now, and make you feel good about yourself is soooo important ... there is nothing worse than feeling like a sausage stuffed into your clothes to get you feeling "down" and in a funk. Treating yourself to a few pieces of new clothing, a massage and/or a manicure can do wonders for the attitude. Do something nice for yourself. It's all about accepting the fact that you are in the process of doing something good for yourself, and the results may not be instantaneous, but they will be worth it. A couple of years down the road, this will be a mere blip on the radar screen.....

You are doing awesome!

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12-02-2015, 04:38 PM
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RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
Hello, time for an update. It's been a little more than a month since my last post.

I'd bought some new clothes, but even they had gotten snug, and I am really feeling that "menopot" that has suddenly appeared!

I've taken a small cut, but with it being Thanksgiving, there have been several days where I know I ate more than I needed.

The exercise has been hit-and-miss (mostly miss).

I was feeling really discouraged, and thinking this just wasn't working for me.

I read this posting just now: http://forums.eatmore2weighless.com/show...?tid=10758

That encouraged me, to see another in the same place I am.
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12-02-2015, 05:01 PM
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RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
I do think it is working as you are acknowledging that it's a small cut and you ate more than usual for Thanksgiving. Small cuts are tough as it means you have to be very, very precise. You can do it. You can. And recognise that it'll go slowly but it will go. I believe in you!
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12-02-2015, 05:10 PM
Post: #47
RE: Taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase
That was an awesome post by Kiki and an excellent reminder that we are healing from potentially a lifetime of low-cal dieting and binge/restrict cycles, and that we can't expect miracles to happen overnight... Slow, consistent work towards our goal is the key.

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