100 lb. Club - What good habits do(did) you already have?

02-07-2010, 01:45 AM
We spend a lot of time thinking about the changes we need to make - which is good! Every now and again, I do a little happy dance because I realize that I didn't have THAT particular bad habit, and so I don't have to break it or work around it. :D Not just eating habits, either; some are other lifestyle habits.

For example,
- I have never been a pastaholic and really don't care for anything alfredo.
- I never liked beer, either, so I don't have to mourn the loss or figure out how to make room for it.
- Only one of the four us likes fast food, so that is usually a non-issue.
- And we've always used olive oil for cooking, so even our fried eggs had/have an up side.
- I'm our snow shoveler and always have been. I've always been our lawn mower, too.

What are some of yours? What good things do you want to keep, and what things did you find (to your surprise, perhaps) were actually not so bad? How do you leverage them to help you out now?

Only the last one is really helpful to me, as my problems lie elsewhere, but I still am happy that there are some challenges I don't have to worry about.

Arctic Mama
02-07-2010, 02:00 AM
I have always loved fresh, healthy cooking (I just ate too much of it).

I am a HUGE water drinker. Never anything but water or the occasional milk/soymilk.

I eat a solid breakfast every day.

02-07-2010, 03:39 AM
I knew how to cook very well, and always tended to use whole foods. Don't get me wrong, I ate a lot of rubbish (hard to get as fat as I did without doing that) and I ate too much of the good stuff as well, but I at least didn't have to teach myself to cook, or break a dependency on convenience foods.

I've never consumed much in the way of alcoholic beverages, so there was one source of empty calories I didn't have to eliminate. I still drink about as much as I ever did, which is, on average, maybe two glasses of wine a month.

I already walked a lot, although it did get tiring pretty quickly at my high weight.

mel hughes
02-07-2010, 03:55 AM
I almost began typing that I had none!

However, I've always LOVED water. Many times I made it my drink of choice when I could have whatever I wanted. Majority of my family hates water, so I'm glad I don't have to get used to it or force it down.

02-07-2010, 07:45 AM
Vegetables...I have always loved vegetables. I have never liked fatty meats. Also, when I lived in the city I walked everywhere, but since I now live in a rural area, I have succumed to car culture. Lately, despite the weather, I have been getting to the supermarket on foot again....it feels pretty good !

02-07-2010, 08:49 AM
I know how to cook - I can usually make a high calorie/fat meal in a healthier manner.

I already know how to show gratitude for life and the things in it!

02-07-2010, 09:00 AM
1. I was, and still am, pretty good at getting plenty of sleep/rest.
2. I always eat breakfast. I just had to change what I was eating.
3. I've always enjoyed exercise and how it makes me feel.
4. I've usually not relied on convenience/processed foods and I'm a pretty good basic cook. I enjoy cooking from scratch. I love trying new things/recipes in my crockpot and bread maker.

02-07-2010, 09:24 AM
I have always loved salads, fruits and veggies and chicken as well. I just didn't try to encorporate them into my life as much as I needed to. So that was a slight adjustment. Also I have only drank diet pop for the last 3 or 4 years lol that helped as well!

02-07-2010, 09:38 AM
1) I gave up drinking alcohol shortly after my 21st birthday. It just wasn't interesting anymore. I say I have maybe 1 glass of wine/year.

2) Always hated fast food. Thought it was disgusting looking and tasting. I do have a hard time understanding people who say they are addicted to it but understand we all have our own addictions.

3) Don't like pasta. I do have my carb of choice though which is bread. Some people are fanatical about pasta which I don't understand but again we all have our own addictions.

4) Didn't like pizza until after I started losing weight. I always thought pizza was just a greasy mess. When we found a good pizza shop that had a nice light crust and sauce with a variety of veggies on top, I did like going there. In college, we always got free food from companies looking to hire and I always dreaded the days when they said they were bringing pizza in.

5) Always hated buffets. I never understood the attraction to gobs of food that had been sitting out for hours. My only exception were salad buffets and also lunchtime Indian buffets (you know where they make the food fresh and put out fresh food every 10 minutes).

6) Always liked vegetables although I do admit that cheese was often on cooked vegetables I ate and ranch dressing was often on salads. I never understood butter on vegetables though. I learned later to like veggies without anything on them although some olive oil is good :)

7) Always loved walking. Even at my highest weight, I'd go for a 5 mile walk. I did have some difficulty with hills but I loved hiking so I would hike hills as best I could with rests when possible.

8) Always loved weight training. I don't know what it is about weights but they have attracted me since I was a teenager.

9) Always loved fruit, actually loved fruit too much. It wasn't unusual for me to eat a bag of plums for dinner and in college, canned pineapple was a common meal of mine.

10) Hate eating before bed. I have always been the type that if I'm hungry and it is close to bed time, I'll go to bed without snacking. I also don't like having food in my bedroom.

11) Never cared for eating at the movies. I go to a movie to see a movie not to eat. Although I have done some of those dinner movie places before as a novelty but even then, not my favorite thing.

02-07-2010, 10:33 AM
I almost never had boxed and canned food because of the salt.
Never cook with salt
I enjoy lots of walking
Rarely ate meats
LOVE Broccoli
Not a drinker or smoker, I tired both but didn't like it.

02-07-2010, 10:54 AM
I have drank water instead of soft drinks for years thanks to kidney issues.
I didnt grow up eating alot of salt and never hardly use it in cooking.
I love being outside and walking.
Never been a night time snacker.

02-07-2010, 11:09 AM
I have always eaten whole grains and whole-grain pasta/bread.
I've always eaten minimal amounts of meat.
I cook well, and can come up with a lot of good-tasting, healthy dishes.
I grow a lot of my own produce.
My eating habits can be very inexpensive (if I'm cooking at home).
I am a walker, and I currently live in a very walkable community (when the snow melts).
I drink a lot of water, and I don't drink complicated coffee drinks.

02-07-2010, 11:12 AM
I've always been more of a natural girl, so whole foods already fits my personality. I'd already been experimenting with homemade nut butters, pastas, breads, cream of chicken soups, soups, etc.

I too never drink alcohol. I think I'm allergic to it anyway. It does NOT make me feel good in any way and makes my face BURN.

I like healthy foods like salmon, cod, (heck...all seafood), broccoli, asparagus, fruits, etc. I just also like all the bad stuff. :rolleyes:

I love exercise. I'm at my best when I remember that.

I'm a morning person. I don't know...somehow that helps me. It's when I get my best workouts in. Adjusting to waking up an hour earlier is no big deal. It would not work if I had to stay up an hour later though.

I already had a supportive family. :D

I've never had difficulty changing my habits once I get started. However the down side to that is that I'm an all or nothing person so I'm either all in or I'm back to old habits full force.

02-07-2010, 11:17 AM
The boxed/canned food one is something I forgot. My mom always cooked/baked growing up so we never had things that came out of a box/can other than the occasional campbells soup when sick. Food that came out of a box or can just isn't appealing although I do stock cans of some staples like beans.

02-07-2010, 11:21 AM
As a chef and pastry chef I always knew what choices to make when I went out to dinner. I've always preferred water over soda and been a fan of veggies.

02-07-2010, 11:26 AM
The boxed/canned food one is something I forgot. My mom always cooked/baked growing up so we never had things that came out of a box/can other than the occasional campbells soup when sick. Food that came out of a box or can just isn't appealing although I do stock cans of some staples like beans.

My mom "cooked from scratch". She always prided herself on it. But I don't know...preparing a boxed cake mix just does not say "from scratch" to me. ;) I've learned so much since being on my own! Also, the only spices you will find in her pantry are salt, pepper, and cinnamon. And onion comes in flakes and garlic is evil. :rofl:

02-07-2010, 11:31 AM
I always drink water instead of juices or sugar sweetened beverages. I also always eat a decent breakfast that includes protein every day. I started avoiding artificial sweetners a few years ago too. I eat salad for lunch 6 out of 7 days as well.

My downfall was convenience foods for dinner due to being busy. Now I set the menu every Sunday and pre-chop all ingredients so I can just throw them in the pan when I get home and I don't have to think about it or say it will take too much time.

Edited to add that I drink alcohol, usually wine, less than 4 times a year.

02-07-2010, 11:37 AM
I've always loved fruits and veggies, always cooked with whole foods, and always fed healthy food to my family. (I just ate a lot recreationally around the edges...)

I really love excercising, even though I'd forgotten that for too long, and I'm grateful that I have a lot of sports I enjoy.

I always eat breakfast.

I drink very little alcohol.

I have a decent knowledge of basic nutrition and was raised eating healthy, so I do have old habits to fall back on, even if long buried.

I'm incredibly determined and goal-oriented.

02-07-2010, 11:45 AM
Oh I forgot one,

I've been a label reader from a very early age so things I did buy at the store, I have been able to evaluate. I guess that is what happens when you are morbidly obese from an early age and dragged to nutritionists and various doctors.

02-07-2010, 12:40 PM
A couple I can think of right now:

I don't drink alcohol (1-2 drinks per year)
I love fruit
I ate vegetables growing up, and I prefer meals with vegetables
I love fresh foods
My mom always cooked food from scratch. We never (literally) went out to eat or had fast food brought into the home. Although the foods my mom made were partially unhealthy, I also didn't have to wean myself too much off of a fast food habit (except what I built up living on my own). So, it's natural to me to prepare my food at home and eat whole foods.
I eat breakfast; I can't imagine a day without it.
I am health conscious. I love my body.
I need exercise to feel like myself, which doesn't always make me do it but it gives me incentive.
I've read labels for a long time, so it's second nature to me now.
This is a mental habit: I get excited when I lose weight, and I don't enjoy a week without losing, but I also know it's going to take time and I just have to stick it out. It's not fun but I've pretty much accepted (for the most part), that it won't ALL come off overnight, there are no quick fixes, and desperation doesn't solve anything.

02-07-2010, 01:35 PM
Wow! What a lot of great responses! And you all have listed some that I'll have to add to my list of habits or behaviors to celebrate and reinforce. :D

02-07-2010, 02:27 PM
1.) Was already eating a good breakfast every day that included oatmeal 5 to 7 days per week

2.) Already LOVE all kinds of fruits & vegs and other "healthy" food. Have been a vegetarian in the past, so already know different and delicious ways to prepare veg & grain dishes.

Which brings me to

3.) Not a heavy meat eater. Already eating lean meats, mostly chicken & fish, once in a while a steak.

4.) Don't like fried foods all that much and NEVER prepared them at home.

5.) I stay out of fast food joints.

6.) I am self employed and work from home so my schedule and ability to prepare foods is very flexible. I could also schedule time to exercise but have not consistently done so (well, rarely did so) in the five years I've worked at home. But I did have a swim schedule which I stuck to for a while, need to start doing this again. Another downside of my home business is that I am able to graze all day long if I allow myself to....have been allowing it, so here I am.

7.) I don't smoke and rarely drink alcohol. My occasional glass of red wine or Manhattan cocktail can be figured in to a healthy eating plan.

8.) After years of dieting and being health conscious, I know by heart the calorie counts & nutritional value of many foods and also know how my body "reacts" to certain foods. I know HOW to lose/maintain weight and be healthy - I just lost my way, badly, in the past few years.

Oh yea, forgot a big one - already in the habit of drinking 64 to 100 ounces of water every day. LOVE my water! Without it, who knows I might be 50 pounds heavier than this, and in crisis from all the sodium I was eating.

02-07-2010, 04:49 PM
I have always loved my veggies and fruits. Have never really understood why people drink soda, water has always been my go to drink. I just have never liked sweet drinks--not even a big fan of juice. If I want sweets, I don't want to drink them I want to eat dessert! I am also a label reader and a purist when it comes to food. Just give me butter or olive oil, not some chemical concoction of low fat stuff. I'd prefer to just eat less of the real stuff! But, that's how I grew up. My dad always gardened and I know what a real tomato should taste like!

Portion control and dessert are my downfalls--well it used to be that way, alot has changed in the last 7 months!

02-07-2010, 05:57 PM
I don't like salt, butter, or mayo.
I like working out, especially weight training.
I always eat breakfast

02-07-2010, 06:07 PM
I had broken a candy addiction as of April 2005. I had been eating up to a pound of candy per day when I finally stopped the binging. So when I decided to tackle my weight in April 2009, I wasn't also fighting the binge-monster.

02-07-2010, 06:07 PM
- I haven't been much of a drinker in years, 1-3/year
- I can't stand dark cola drinks
- I have always adored fruits and veggies
- I have always preferred the good stuff when it comes to my carbs (with the exception that I used to want white bread for peanut butter and jelly or honey butter sandwiches).
- I've never been big on fried foods (with the exception of chicken and fish 'n' chips on occasion - still ate more baked chicken and fish than fried though, by a long shot)
- I can't stand much salt, I'd prefer to use herbs and peppers
- I've never been one to beat myself up over my weight or my bad habits

02-07-2010, 06:52 PM
I already liked a lot of vegetables, salads without all of the crap, etc, but I just didn't eat them as much as I should have. Even now, I still don't, but it has improved.

I never liked soda or fast food much, but my hubby got me on it for awhile. It was not hard saying good bye to that!

I actually like water, and the "non-taste" never bothered me. I found it refreshing.

I've always enjoyed cooking healthy food.

Everyone I've talked to about food have always commented on the fact that it looked like I ate really well... but what they didn't know is that I was addicted to sweets and very much overate.

s rosa
02-07-2010, 07:56 PM
It's a nice change to think about the positive things I already do manage instead of everything I need to work on! :) Let's see...

I've always had diet pop and fat free milk. Real pop tastes gross to me, yay!
I always eat breakfast.
Pizza and vodka have both started giving me heartburn, so I'm a whole lot less inclined to eat/drink those, without any mental struggle at all. :D
Vodka is really the only alcohol I ever drink, so due to the above, I've basically quit drinking and don't really miss it.
I don't mind exercising.

I like this idea. I think I'm going to keep a list of my POSITIVE habits around so when I get too down on myself I can read that and remember that I can do some things right.

02-08-2010, 03:01 AM
While I had a ton of bad habits before I started, I had a couple of things going for me:

1. I never drank soda.
2. I didn't eat a ton of fast food (fast food everyday was not one of my bad habits)
3. I never really liked cream-based sauces, really didn't like alfredo sauce.
4. When I started shopping for myself 20 years ago, I realized if I bought a package of cookies, I would immediately eat a package of cookies. So, I hardly ever had tons of snacks in the house.
5. I always loved fruits and vegetables.
6. I cooked dinner a lot.

02-08-2010, 03:04 AM
10) Hate eating before bed. I have always been the type that if I'm hungry and it is close to bed time, I'll go to bed without snacking. I also don't like having food in my bedroom.

11) Never cared for eating at the movies. I go to a movie to see a movie not to eat. Although I have done some of those dinner movie places before as a novelty but even then, not my favorite thing.

I also never eat in my bedroom (crumbs in bed, messy dishes in my room - ack!). And I was always way too cheap to eat at movie theaters. 5.00 for popcorn! No way!

02-08-2010, 11:59 AM
Reading this thread reinforces my belief that we all deep-down we really do want and enjoy eating healthfully!

1) I don't really like sweets - can't stand sweetened drinks, candy or desserts in any quantity.
2) I really like fresh fruit and veggies
3) I LOVE seafood - fish and shellfish - even if it's not in garlic butter sauce!
4) I have always enjoyed exercise, especially strength training.
5) I have never smoked
6) I have a very supportive group of friends and family

I think I stayed overweight because I became disconnected to the things that I really enjoyed. We ate out WAY too often and cooking dinner from whole foods seemed like a chore rather than a joy. I am thankful to have these underlying positives because they are the points I return to as I travel down my healthy road.

02-08-2010, 12:57 PM
Hey neato thread! It's always good to look at our STRENGTHS and not just our mistakes & weaknesses!!

Let's see...

*Never was a drinker, so didn't have to give up the booze!
*I thought my 1 can of diet coke a day was bad, but i guess it's not so dire
*always had a big salad before dinner
* always loved fruit
* always loved cooking
* always a very good sleeper
* never used much salt
* always have/had/will continue to have a good sense of humour about life :D

02-08-2010, 01:10 PM
I never was a binge eater -- there were very few occasions where I did eat "excessive" like that. When the Tostitos Hint of Lime chips first came out, I bought a bag and seriously polished the whole thing off in 2 sittings. I've bought them since then and never had much of a problem doing that again, but I don't usually buy tortilla chips now anyway. Also, it's not hard for me to eat a whole row of oreos in one sitting. Knowing this about myself, I just don't buy them ;).

I've never used much salt when cooking and generally don't like the way salty foods sit with me. Whereas my dad would put salt on everything, even pizza.

I never had a huge problem eating right before I go to bed, but I have done it before just because we end up eating dinner late, or whatever. I just hate the heavy feeling in my stomach when I'm trying to go to sleep. Often I have that heavy feeling even when I wake up in the morning, which makes me feel half sick! I can't sleep if I'm really hungry though either, so if I am hungry I'll eat something light like a piece of fruit.

02-08-2010, 04:29 PM
I have always loved fruits and veggies (just loved the less healthy stuff too)
I'm not an all-or-nothing person so I can eat sweets in moderation.
I don't tend to beat myself up over poor choices. I'm like Scarlett O'Hara "tomorrow is another day".

02-08-2010, 05:26 PM
I'm not really into fried foods either.

02-08-2010, 05:51 PM
I've never added salt to food unless a recipe calls for it (and isn't optional)
I definitely don't like hamburgers and a lot of other greasy or fried foods
I've never been one to overeat unless it comes to pasta and breads
I don't drink or smoke
I love going out and walking with my family
I don't have an emotional connection with food unless it's my time of the month or I'm really down-then 1 chocolate bar will do me. :)