Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Checking in with my eating

Last month I talked about how I struggle with eating, and a lot of people blew my mind with their thoughts and whatnot, so I decided to do a no sweets thing in April. I also wanted to not eat out on my own and I really wanted to go a month without shopping.

I know it's not the end of the month, but I wanted to check in. I ate out on my own twice. I shopped - I bought some t-shirts and a book. But. I did not eat any junk (my definition of junk for this little challenge).

I think a lot of things I struggle with are way more mental than anything. I don't need bad food, I just want it. It tastes good and then it makes me feel like crap.


I have a lot of food issues that I need to work on - portion sizes, bad food in general, eating to live rather than living to eat.. But my main #1 issue has always been binge eating, and in turn, junk food, because that is what I binge on. Potato chips, chocolate, jelly beans, ice cream, gummi bears, one of those family size pies, etc etc. I would grab a milkshake and an ice cream from mcdonalds and finish them both before I got home and ate dinner. Obviously that is not healthy.

I was successful at tricking myself into working out consistently, I finally feel like I can take a day or two off now and get right back at it, whereas before I would take 2-3 weeks off just because I missed a Monday. But I couldn't quite figure out how to 'trick' myself into eating well, until I started thinking about it as discipline rather than motivation or willpower (thanks Alyssa!).


Like I said, I have other things I need to work on, but the sweets/snack foods are my #1 downfall so I am super proud to say that I have gone 26 days with no chips*, no chocolate, no candy, no ice cream, no milkshakes.. nothing. I didn't eat perfectly, not at all - I had pizza and fries and even pancakes. But if I tried to give up everything and restrict everything, I would have failed miserably and comforted myself with everything I have listed above. Baby steps.

*Unforunately, we went to Jason's Deli last Saturday and I forgot about the chips that would come with my sandwich. I started eating them before I realised, and when I freaked out, KC said it was fine because what I am trying to get away from is eating an entire family size bag of chips while I'm sitting on the couch, which has happened multiple times. I ate my sandwich and then had like 10 chips, and I actually walked away from chips on my plate I don't even know who I am right now. So does this count?



I am not joking or exaggerating when I say that I do not think I have ever gone this long without any of those foods. My entire life. Even when I was sick, I ate chips and then would puke them back up (tmi?). I have never gone a week without just one chocolate or just one handful of chips. I almost caved a few times, but each time when I decided to stay strong, I felt so stupidly proud of myself I wanted to cry. I know that's lame but seriously. 29 years and I have never gone more than a week without chocolate, chips or candy.

Sometimes I am worried people will think I am cocky, or bragging. But that's not fair to myself. I am working hard and I am proud of it. I have been on the other end of the spectrum and I don't want to be there anymore. I'm proud of every step I've taken, no matter how small, or what people think of me talking about it.


I lost a little bit of weight, which is always encouraging, especially when you're working hard and have a cruise coming up. I didn't lose a ton because I still ate a few bad foods. But strengthening my mental muscle and being able to say no to doughnuts when they are just sitting in the kitchen (rude) is so much more important to me than what the scale says. You might think, who cares, have a doughnut. But I can 100% guarantee you that I would not have just one doughnut. I'd have at least 2, and then I would eat bad for lunch and pick up something crappy for dinner, and of course a dessert. It starts a binge for me, and that's what I am working on getting away from.

I am definitely a little scared to try and introduce moderation right now, I think I am going to try and keep going until the cruise where I plan to eat all the things and screw anything resembling moderation. But as for May... I think I might try and work on the bad foods I allowed in April, like pizza, fries, burgers etc.

Linking up with Alyssa and Tracy.

alyssagoesbang

I have a half marathon on Saturday, and I'll be real. I'll probably pig out afterwards because if you can't pig out after running 13 miles, when can you?


72 comments:

  1. You're doing amazing, Kristen! I've struggled with disordered eating forever - everything from binging, to simply panicking over every calorie. I finally had a handle on it last summer before I fell pregnant! Now, I'm back to eating everything that baby will allow me to haha! I can't wait to take your lead and get back in shape again…so proud of you! And yes, I ate ALL THE THINGS after my half marathons haha

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  2. Go you girl! Don't feel like you're bragging at all..I don't think anyone is going to think that and if they do they suck and you shouldn't care about them anyway. I think this is a HUGE accomplishment! I eat crappy foods because I like them too, and its definitely a mental thing. I'm proud of you for staying strong, and YES leaving chips on your plate (having not ordered them in the first place) is a total win!

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  3. good for you!! i love kc's thoughts on the chips--that's so true and a great way to look at it. portion size is my biggest downfall!

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  4. Oh girl yes. I'm oddly good at moderation but it's not from discipline, I just get bored easily. If I want chocolate, a couple bites/spoonfuls is all I need. Chips, which I love, hurt my mouth after about 10 chips so it's easy to stop. It also probably helps that I have the world's most sensitive stomach, so I know if I eat certain things i'll get sick...so I don't, or I do it in moderation. I'm so proud of you--especially for the Jason's Deli thing. My husband does the binge eat while watching TV--I'll buy a box of cheez-its that I expect to last two weeks, he'll eat an entire box in one sitting.

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  5. Portion size is my biggest weakness. I always give myself and my husband the same portion size and he out weighs me by a good 50-60 lbs yet I'll still eat the same as him. I'm not good at eating healthy (as I'm sitting here eating Capt'n Crunch...) but if I eat in moderation that should help! Good for you for walking away from those chips! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. When I did the Whole30 in November, it made me realize more than anything the bad freaking choices I make with food. And while I'm still not perfect, and it's why I still have a lot of weight to lose, it made me back off of sweets and soda. Not so much chips but definitely all the sweet things. Once I backed off sugary foods, it made making other choices easier.

    With all of that, I think you did awesome and leaving chips on your plate is a HUGE accomplishment.

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  7. Kristen! Go you! I'm so impressed that you walked away from chips after they were presented to you and you started eating them without realizing it. It's more impressive to me that you STOPPED yourself than if you hadn't had them at all. Good for you!

    This doesn't come across as bragging at all, but even if it did... you totally have the right to brag. You are working HARD. Good for you!

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  8. Way to go Kristen! And you've been working so hard so you def deserve to pig out after the race. You deserve it! Good luck at the race :)

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  9. I'm impressed that you abandoned the chips! Don't think that I could have done that. PS - you're not bragging and you're totally allowed to talk about your accomplishments and all the baby steps that you're making towards your goal!

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  10. It's very hard. I'm proud of you! You are doing awesome.

    I think I am going to attempt to keep the sweets for the weekend. That has worked for me in the past.

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  11. YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH! This is amazing. I feel like I want to hug you because we've both been kind of going through the same things with dealing with "emotional" type eating, and we're doing it!! Who cares about the chips, I've learned you can't be TOO crazy about it. I know I have a hard time sometimes with control, and I don't want my healthy eating to end up a mask for "controlled" eating which is also emotional-ish, so I have to remind myself be easy sometimes. And it's really the sugar anyways that's the worst part. Who the hell can just eat one donut? I remember working in an office a few years ago and they always rewarded us with donuts. Like, THANKS. And I could usually pass the first time I saw them. But then knowing they were there ALL DAY (the leftovers) I'd be like, okay I'll have a half. Then another half. Then hell I already had one I'll just have another. And is it just me, or when you have those things you just keep craving those things? Like I would never eat donuts in the morning and then continue on with eating healthy the rest of the day. It's like a downward spiral. Wow, I'm writing a lot, but I just love this shit! xoxo

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  12. YAY girl - that's so impressive. i needed this little boost of motivation I'm not gonna lie. i put on jeans today and i was like oh, yeah, i've gained a little more back than i should have. back to my healthy eating train. sigh. one day at a time right? i'm so proud of you! having the vacation for motivation is totally awesome - i have one a month away and i am using that right now (starting today lol) for motivation too :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  13. You are 100% right when you say it's mental - we don't need those bad foods, but we crave them because they taste good LOL!! Way to go on proving to yourself that you can do it...I've done that with soda and it's great!! Now I can feel like I can have one soda and not need any more the rest of the week!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. I'm super proud of you ! The mental muscle is the strongest to strengthen and I'm right there with you. Good luck this weekend :)

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  15. Girl yes, I am so proud of you!! And it's important to be proud of your progress yourself because that is what gives you the motivation to continue! You are doing great and getting mentally stronger each time you resist those effing donuts. My opinion is never let food pushers (e.g. people that bring in donuts and keep saying, "come on! It's just one donut! You work out all the time!) decide what you're going to eat and when and where and how much. Some people seem to take glee in making other people lose sight of their goals. Don't give them the satisfaction!

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  16. Girl, you are awesome! I'm so inspired by your determination and will power. I would have totally eaten all those chips.

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  17. Strengthening the mental muscle ... that really is what its ALL about!
    Good for you walking away with all the chips still on the plate. It really is about learning moderation - you dont want to freak out if you eat a few with a sandwich. But yeah, KC is right - its when you eat a whole bag (which Pop Chips? I can eat a whole bag in a blink)
    I actually am doing a no online shopping challenge for May & may need to add in the chocolate - I've been digging a little too much into my dark chocolate chip jar.

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  18. You go, girl! This is awesome. Nick gave up chips for Lent (they are definitely his #1 weakness) and it was so hard for him, too - you aren't alone! I need to do this in the summer, that is the time of year I eat the WORST. Something about the warm weather makes me eat like complete crap. I'm waiting till this baby is out before I start limiting my foods though ;)

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  19. Yes! It's the mental muscle that needs the most work in nearly everyone! Way to go on leaving those chips behind -- definitely a victory there. I've found that I do better about eating better when I'm with people. It's like I don't want them to see me gorge myself and I don't want to miss out on conversations because I'm busy eating. But dude - let me get back to my office and open up my snack drawer ... it's all over for me.

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  20. Go you! Chips are also a weakness for me. Kettle chips, to be exact. But I've learned to make the mental shift: if you tell yourself that you can have whatever you want whenever you want it, and you truly have to mean that, suddenly you don't want to eat the whole bag. You want a reasonable amount. Because mentally, you know you can go back for more if you want them. But as soon as you let it go, you don't want the whole thing anymore! When it's viewed as a "special treat" or a "cheat day" you want to eat the whoooooooole thing. I don't get why people do "cheat days". Just allow yourself to eat what you'd like each and every day and focus on how you feel. It takes a while, but freedom from the mental aspect of food is AMAZING.

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  21. You are awesome! I've struggled with binging as well. I know that this comes from restricting myself so much and vilifying certain foods. I know that foods aren't inherently 'bad' or 'good'. Like duh, some aren't as nourishing as others but they're not actually evil. I know these things logically but I'm definitely not 100% there yet. Like how? How do I have a box of doughnuts in my house that my friends brought over and interact with them in a healthy way? haha. I have to remind myself how I feel when I eat certain foods, too. Is that the key? Let's let each other know when we figure it out!

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  22. Yes girl I'm the exact way, one cookie turns into chips which then turns into eating graham crackers and before I know it I'm sure I just eat like 2000 calories in one sitting. Being able to get up and out of the kitchen/situation helps but you are not alone and kuddos girl to putting it out there and having that accountability to change!

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  23. So proud of you! You've been such an inspiration with everything you've set your mind to and successfully followed. I'm cheering for you and give you a free pass for your half marathon this weekend!

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  24. You go girl! Seriously! It is so so so hard to give the junk food up and especially chips! Those are my huge down fall too! I can eat a bag in one sitting if I allow myself! So be proud of yourself! You're doing great!

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  25. I have a problem with chips too. I stopped buying them. Even those little bags are like 500 calories. It's absurd. I'll sit there and eat an entire BIG bag if it's in front of me.

    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

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  26. You should be so proud! Oh my gosh I think that's a huge accomplishment. I'm the same way.. food can be so mental for me. I was listening to Gretchen Rubin's podcast once and someone made a point that when they're trying to make better eating choices, they keep telling myself "I can have that cookie/candy/treat tomorrow." I thought this was such an interesting phrase. I've been trying it and it kind of has been working! Haha. I just keep telling myself that I can have this cookie tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and I just keep saying "tomorrow." Our minds are crazy. Also, good luck in your half marathon!

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  27. Thanks for sharing! Go you! And I second the half marathon eating need- I feel starving for like 2 days after :) Keep up the good attitude!

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  28. Girl you are doing awesome! I don't think I would have walked away from the chips on my plate at Jason's Deli! And yesss to eating all the things after your 1/2 marathon this weekend. Good luck! I can't wait to hear how the race goes <3
    Green Fashionista

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  29. After your post from last month I've been trying really hard to remind myself that I want to be disciplined, NOT motivated. They can overlap. But motivation stops. Discipline keeps going. Which is such a huge mental shift. I'm not quite there yet...but I'm working on it. And trying hard to take each choice one at a time. I'm not declining donuts forever. I'm declining one specific donut. If a better donut comes along, I can make a new choice then. It helps.

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  30. All the high fives for you!!!! When I did Whole 30, I forgot to say no cheese one day when I ordered a salad and I ate about 10 bites before I realized it had cheese in it. I started to cry and Chris and my sister made fun of me and said I was being ridiculous. But it was the fact that I didn't mean to eat it lol. Obviously you need to eat all the things after your half! Good luck!

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  31. Great job Kristen! Every little bit counts, and the less junk you eat the less you end up craving it. I also struggle with food because I always get cravings for sweets and other junk. I've been trying to take it one day at a time, and when we went grocery shopping I insisted that we don't buy anything "bad" that's going to tempt me to eat badly. I figured that if I eat healthy during the week then I can treat myself on weekends and feel less guilty eating out.

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  32. You're doing awesome!! That is some serious willpower, and coming from a huge chips and sweets lover, I know how hard you are working to achieve this. You definitely SHOULD be proud! This will be my next step once I get the whole habit of working out regularly down ;) Although, I do feel like I make better food choices when I workout regularly, but still, I have a lot of room for improvement (like you don't even want to know how much junk I ate over the weekend while my family was visiting. UGH.). Keep up the good work! :)

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  33. Good for you! It sure is hard to change your ways, but it's for your good. And I'm sure in time you'll be able to eat all of that stuff in moderation :)
    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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  34. I am so proud of you, Kristen! You're doing amazing. I did not have a good month as my motivation went out the window. I need to mimic your approach and forget about motivation and focus on being disciplined. "But strengthening my mental muscle and being able to say no to doughnuts when they are just sitting in the kitchen (rude) is so much more important to me than what the scale says." - this is what matters to me too, because in the end, this is what will help you succeed long-term.

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  35. I think that you're doing amazing, and you are such an inspiration to others - honestly, there's nothing better to read than about someone else being open and transparent with their struggles because I'm sure you're helping other people in the process. And uh, I'll ship you a pizza to eat after your marathon Saturday because you basically need to binge after an accomplishment like that. :)

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  36. Well done! That's huge! I went about 3 days in Turkey without any chocolate and just about had a meltdown. I'm a serious addict. I was doing much better with my eating, and then I got stupid braces and sensible foods like fruit and veg are just really hard to eat when you can't bite or really chew so well. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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  37. Ugh, I've fallen of the wagon. Haven't been to the gym. I love how awesome you've been this month. Totally killed it!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  38. Way to go! I definitely feel myself falling into same of the same traps as you, that if I start off eating crappy then the rest of my day goes the same way. The good thing is that you realize it and now you're working on it! Changing eating habits has been one of the hardest things for my husband and I, but once you start doing it, it just feels so great to have the will power to do it!

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  39. YES the chips totally don't count because who can actually eat a few chips and leave the rest on the plate?! This is sooo good and I'm so proud of you and I know what you mean when you feel so proud of yourself. For the past few days I've thought about whole30 (or some sort of it), and then was going to cut out dairy, and now I'm back to not being sure what I want to do- though I know I need to set some kind of guidelines for myself because I'm like you, I can't just have a little of something. I thought about maybe doing 6/7 days or something, because going out to eat is such a social thing and I don't want to have to limit myself or spend money on something I don't really like/want to eat-- but it's a slippery slope. So today is my last day of indulging, but I'm not exactly sure what tomorrow will look like.

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  40. GOOD JOB!!! A month is a long time to keep your discipline together and you are kicking butt. Plus being able to moderate one of your trigger foods is awesome! I'm a week into my "healthy eating" and I've already had a couple of exceptions, but I recovered from each of them and came back pretty strong. Glad to hear about your progress because I'll need all the motivation I can get to keep going!

    I totally get what you've said about abstaining being easier than moderation (I've got a post for tomorrow, since I missed Tuesday), and I also have my exception. I need one thing at the end of each day or I won't make it. The end of the day is when I'm weakest, and I'll just be miserable if I can't have anything I like BUT if it's super sugary I will crack and eat it all. So I have "in-between" foods that are sweet but not enough to make me go crazy.

    Thanks so much for inspiring me and keep it up!

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  41. So proud of you!! You really are working that mental muscle. I need to train mine! Did you stop craving the sweets after giving them up? Everyone SAYS that happens but I can't get past day 2 or 3 without wanting them!! Make today work, Rachel -CubicleCouture

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  42. Baby steps, and you're doing them no doubt! I crave junk food because it's what I've been eating lately. It's amazing how when you (have to) force yourself to have more healthy stuff, you begin to want that more over the crap (for the most part ha). I'm proud of you for sharing your progress and motivating the rest of us along the way!

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  43. I think I would have the same worry like, "Am I coming off bragging?" BUT I can confirm that you totally aren't, because what you accomplished is really impressive! From a fellow junk food binger, I get it! It's so hard. And when I eat healthy all week during a work week I feel like I've accomplished a lot, so to go a month (or 26 days so far or whatever) without that stuff is awesome!

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  44. I have always had some sort of disordered eating -- even when I was pregnant (which is not healthy), I was still counting calories. I think that you are amazing, and I'm super duper proud and happy for you. You're going to rock that half and then eat whatever the h you want!!

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  45. What a great accomplishment! You should be really proud. I know your struggle... I love junk food way too much.

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  46. No, good for you! Seriously. The whole eating thing (how to do it right that is) is easy on paper and harder when real life comes into play. I definitely have days where I'm like EATING ALL DAY. Like what you said about eating and then finishing it before home and then eating dinner. Been there. It's like...what am I doing? I think it's great you made such strides. I really think at the end of the day, it's all a mental game. And changing how you feel about that stuff is the way to go. Go you!

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  47. It's TOTALLY mental, I 100% agree!! I have a real problem sometimes with eating like crap. But its funny, because once my stomach hurts I'm like WHY did I DO THIS?!?! Ahhh. But sometimes I don't let myself have a "cheat meal" w/out feeling insanely guilt. Which is so silly! I'm rooting for you girl.

    I also have a half marathon this weekend! It's on Sunday! I'm excited!!

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  48. Sounds like you're doing good so far. I completely agree with you on eating being a mental thing, do I NEED the Mcdonalds McFlurry and fries...no definitely not, but my mind is telling me I do. I totally think after running a half marathon you deserve to pig out girl...after running my 5k I pigged out lol!

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  49. I feel your struggle. I have the same problem where if I decide to eat bad for breakfast or whatever, then the rest of the day, I eat junk and then feel blah. I'm glad you've had a good month, you can keep it going :)! I also literally binge ate my way through the last couple years of college and it took me forever to escape that. Ugh I'm not even ready to blog about it. I have to be in a routine, otherwise I will eat all kinds of crazy. Whatever works best for you, you do it. I hope you can figure out the moderation thing, but you just keep doing what works for you 'cause we are all different!

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  50. I relate to such much of your post. It's SO hard for me to not eat junk. I think I need someone to give me a meal plan explaining exactly every little thing that I am supposed to eat. I can't be trusted on my own!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  51. You go, girl! You should totally brag on yourself. Eating is where I struggle, too. I work out every day, no problem, but I'm a junk food junkie. Not for meals, just snacks. And I'm VERY bottom heavy so it all goes to my ass. Sigh. I need to try your challenge! Look at you walking away from chips! Don't know if I could do the same!

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  52. Eating all the things is now my motivation for doing a half marathon :)

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  53. Hey girl, you have every right to be proud of yourself for how strong you've been! It's baby steps that get you where you want to go. I think we all struggle on the food thing. I still can't believe I did Whole30 earlier this year - now I can't even eat healthy a whole week! Way to challenge yourself, you rock!

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  54. I can't even have this stuff in the house because I'll mainline it. I cut out all snacks and second helpings. All sweets. I cheat occasionally. It's called the "s" diet if you want to look into it. It's hard not to double up on that first helping though. It takes time. Good for you though seriously. This is awesome. Baby steps!!

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  55. That worry that you are bragging? Wipe that away from your brain right now. Setting a personal goal and accomplishing that goal is worth acknowledgement. You should feel proud of yourself. I'm a lot like you in that I don't think I can tackle everything at once. But, you've tackled a work-out routine, and a no-sweets month...both of those things are worth feeling like a personal bad ass!

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  56. Awesome job!Eating healthy isn't a particularly tough battle for me, I only have a few real temptations--and my strategy for those is to only buy them when we're having a party so that I have to share them with everyone else, haha! It's harder for my husband, but he's also fighting the good fight against bad eating habits and I encourage him in that by making my healthy, home-cooked food so tasty that he doesn't even want chips. :P

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  57. Girllllll, you are killing these goals! This totally isn't bragging, you deserve to shout it from the rooftop! ;) xo

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  58. So true! You should be proud of yourself! And celebrate! And no you are not cocky! :) I love that quote of being proud of yourself along the way! I have been celebrating the fact that we have continued to cook at home more, eat healthier breakfasts, and have started doing more DVD workouts at home. Are we doing amazing? No. But we are doing SOMETHING. Which means we are making steps. We aren't stressing about imperfection, but doing our best to make these things into easy habits. :) I have been majorly restricting sodas. I don't like them even that much I've decided... I just crave them. It's the sugar/caramel coloring addiction... So anyhow, pre-trip I had none! (or one, only at a movie I think!) and since I have been back I have been doing ok too. Though we did have a GG night with a junkfood theme... so we should probably throw that night out! And one person didn't show up.. .so we've got lingering junk at home... LOL Anyway, hooray! I think MAJOR restrictions or abstaining is a better tactic for me when it comes to unhealthy foods. Ex. only once per week. Or none at all. I am usually very good at sticking to 1 or not even making it to 1 when I do those restrictions. Good luck! Go you!! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  59. Be proud of every step you take, no matter how "small". When it comes to eating better, I honestly don't think any step is a small step. I have the same sweet tooth struggle, and the first time I went out to eat and didn't order dessert (and NOT b/c I was too full either) I felt like I'd climbed Everest or something. Every single milestone counts toward your larger goal. Go you for staying strong!

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  60. I am crazy proud of you for your eating. It has been a real inspiration to me to watch you go through this because you and I are a lot alike. I need to follow-suit and jump on that wagon!

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  61. I am crazy proud of you for your eating. It has been a real inspiration to me to watch you go through this because you and I are a lot alike. I need to follow-suit and jump on that wagon!

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  62. This is an inspiring post, Kristen! I am the same way with eating, which is unfortunate because I wish I could eat treats in moderation but it really is a downward spiral for me. Good luck with the half marathon!!! Hope it goes well!!!

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  63. Way to go!! Such an inspiration!! I have a really hard time with sweets myself and I think I might have to take up this challenge for May. It will be realllly hard for me but I think it's maybe worth a shot! My problem is boredom eating. At work it's hard because if im not busy then I usually have a lot of time to think about things and food is a big one. I always keep candy in my drawer. Great job girl, good luck with the half marathon!!

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  64. Good for you! Super impressive to be able to stick to a goal like that!

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  65. Totally pig out after a half marathon! It's necessary for calorie replenishment! ;) I think you've set some great goals and it's not braggy and all, I think you're just doing awesome work and should be proud.

    I need to write a post on eating over here, I've had some delicious things, but finding any kind of normalcy or food schedule has been whack.

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  66. Once again I'm so glad what I said could help you and resonate the way it did. I'm SO proud of you! ESPECIALLY because there is no way in hell I would have been able to walk away from chips like that. You will earn all the carbs and all the crap after this weekend's half though for sure ;)
    Thanks for linking up love!

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  67. 26 days is a huge accomplishment! It's definitely not easy breaking habits but awareness and learning discipline can definitely help to break them.

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  68. Ugh I am the worst when it comes to junk too! I could eat a whole box of oreos in one sitting easily, hence why I can never buy them! I have been trying to be better and even started making salads for lunch! So proud of myself, but it has only been a week so we will see! ;) Good luck on your half marathon this weekend! I could never in a million years... I would legit die I think

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  69. I'm so so bad when it comes to junk food! It's definitely impressive that you've managed to go so long without it. Keep it up!

    Kenzie
    http://simplyjandk.com/

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  70. Be proud of walking away from the chips. By the way, your body is banging! And I envy your hair, fyi. Do you use a hair mask?

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  71. I eat like crap way too much. Today, for example, they brought in a catered lunch to work (they do this a few times a year for all the employees) and I ate so much. Like so much that I didn't even eat dinner. I didn't want anything else. I still don't at 10:00 p.m. But ... I feel like garbage. I didn't work out or do anything besides lay around on the couch reading and commenting on some of my favorite blogs. That's a nice relaxing evening and everything, but still. I should have shown some self control!

    I think it's great to acknowledge any steps you're taking to better yourself and work on making better/healthier habits, no matter how big or small the step. You SHOULD be proud of your accomplishments! (Hopefully no one is telling you that you're being cocky and that was just something that popped into your head as you were writing this.) I think sharing successes (and failures) is important, and I feel like blogging is a great platform to do this.

    Oh, and you know how you mentioned that abstaining is easier than moderation for you? I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I gave up chocolate for 2 years (maybe longer?) at one point because I just couldn't control myself with it. I couldn't eat a couple of pieces of candy and then put it away ... I'd eat the whole damn bag of candy in a single sitting. I wasn't gaining a ton of weight, but it obviously wasn't healthy. So I just stopped eating it completely. I eventually started eating it again (and maybe I should give it up again because I've been so awful with the sweets lately!), but it was honestly pretty empowering to know that I COULD give it up completely.

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  72. 26 days without all that good stuff is AMAZING! You go girl! Portion control is a big struggle for me and snacking too, ugh. Why does all the good on your tastebuds stuff have to be so bad for you?!

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