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Slimming down, but still satisfied

I almost fainted in the bathroom this morning.

The scale said 230.6. 

That's a 3.4 lb. loss from last Sunday. 

AND IT'S FAIR WEEK!
That's right, I went to the fair this week, four different days actuallly, and I LOST weight. I never thought I would see the day. It's INSANE!

But here's what I want you all to know: I didn't do anything drastic this week, and I definitely did not deprieve myself. I had all of my favorites: A sausage sandwhich, fried pickles, pulled pork, taco salad and TWO amazing chocolate milkshakes. I think what made the difference was planning. 

Coming into this week, I was nervous as hell. I was fresh off a slump, and my confidence was still low. But, instead of throwing in the towel and declaring the week "off," I decided to plan each day to make the most of my points. I came home for lunch one day instead of staying to each a burger, I planned my meals at home to be low in points for the days I knew I would eat at the fair, and I even left the grounds and went to McDonald's for my trusty grilled chicken snack wraps on the very last day (instead of pigging out on the food I wouldn't get to eat for another year). 

Also, I should note that I had a serious craving for chips and salsa Friday and Saturday, so I didn't deprieve myself at home either. It was gooooood. 

I firmly believe it's the key to long-term success - keeping yourself satisfied. If you deprieve yourself, you'll always want more. The trick is finding your own comfort levels for what you can and can't live without. 

For me, chips and salsa will probably always be a downfall. And no, I can't stand those whole wheat or low fat chips. They'll never do it for me. But I CAN tolerate things like turkey bratwurst instead of sausage or grilled chicken instead of crispy. 

I guess that's the beauty of working on the points system - nothing is off limits. That means I can give in and have what I want every once in a while as long as I count the points and get back on track. It's the "get back on track" part that I tend to struggle with, but it's getting better with time. 




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