Originally Posted by damiilya
It's okay to cheat, especially because it was your birthday! ...
I eat whatever I want, in moderation. ...
Because sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and don't really see a lot of change...
...I know that later I'll be proud about the fact that I controlled my cravings and so.
And what kind of book are you writing?
I agree that it's okay to cheat sometimes in the diet, especially because otherwise, when things get too strict, a lifestyle change feels less possible because we focus on deprivation instead of on the reality of self-awareness of the body and how we shape it. I don't feel terrible about it, but, admitting my choices helps me to be honest with myself about them.
I also get frustrated when I don't *see* the change. And, yet, being in control is good reward on its own; I agree with you there, too! Moderation is a learned mechanism, I think, and has different positive feelings associated with it from what binging provides with its immediate gratification and lingering guilt. Moderation and control seem to be crucial things in managing weight and stress, I think....
I threw out about 1/3 of my wardrobe because it was too big.
I'll do it again later when I get to the next weight platform, I hope. Getting to wear smaller clothes has felt like a reward and an incentive at once. Sometimes, we can feel in our clothes what we don't recognize in our images.
I do write fiction and essays, but I am primarily a poet and the project I referred to is actually poetry.