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matt_H
11-02-2010, 12:58 PM
I count calories, so theoretically, nothing is off limits to what I can eat as long as I stay under my calorie count. Of course, it is in my best interest to get the most out of my calories and I'd much rather have a day of eating filling and healthy food verses a tiny amount of calorie dense foods.

That being said, I do have certain "rules" that I follow. Certain foods are just out of the question.

1) I do not drink my calories. Regular soda and even calorie rich juices I'm just not having AT ALL. We a few minor setbacks I basically stopped drinking alcohol. Drinking calories takes away from foods that I could be eating and it does nothing for me other than hinder my long term plans.

2) No deep fried foods. The visual imagery I have of a plate of french fries is just a mound of fat. It annoys me to no end that most restaurants serve fries as the traditional side to just about any sandwich. I will always substitute a side salad or if that isn't possible I make it known that I do not want to see fries at all.

3) No pizza. This is more of a personally thing for me as pizza was perhaps the single leading contributor to my morbid obesity. It is a trigger food for me and one that does nothing to keep me full. I have been known to consume 4,000 or 5,000 calories in one sitting eating large pizzas.

For me, there is no temptation when I've made something a rule. It takes the "inner dialogue" away where we argue with ourselves whether we should have something or not (often using logic like "but I've been good I deserve a treat", etc. that makes one cave in). When you make something a rule, there is no argument. End of discussion. I'M NOT HAVING IT.

Do you have certain rules you follow? If so, what?


socalfelicity
11-02-2010, 01:18 PM
that is really helpful. soda is something i have GOT to eliminate- i am down to 2 cokes/day, and i know i could be losing half a pound/week just from getting rid of soda.

my rules:

1) except for my 2 sodas/day (which i am working at eliminating)- i don't eat/drink anything with HFCS.

2) I don't eat anything that contains MSG (and A LOT of things do, surprisingly).

3) I don't eat or drink anything with artificial sweetners (no aspartame, splenda, etc.) they give me headaches and make me crave real sugar and carbs.

4) I don't eat anything with Red Dye 40.

5) i don't eat at parties and limit myself to one or two beverages. i find the unconscious eating at parties is ultimately unfulfilling, and unsatisfying and i always end up feeling unsatisfied.

6) i don't share at restaurants. it helps me with portion control to look at my plate and judge how much i've eaten that way.

7) I don't eat doughnuts (trigger food that leaves me totally hungry an hour later).

8) I don't eat McDonald's or any other fast food. If I really need something to eat when I'm on the go, I will go the gas station and get a granola bar, some fruit, and a bottle of water.

9) I don't eat food off my kids' plates after they're finished. (this is a rule I'm aspiring to- i really need to work on this...)

great thread! :)

Nola Celeste
11-02-2010, 01:24 PM
Hmm, I hadn't thought about it in those terms, but now that you mention it--yeah, I do have rules.

- Like you, I won't drink my calories. Soda was never a problem for me, but juices and super-sweet iced teas were. Now it's unsweetened teas and water. It's actually been a beneficial change taste-wise, too--food tastes better when I drink water instead of something syrupy and sweet.

- No salty snacky stuff. I used to tell myself that because Cheez-Its or pretzels were only X calories per serving, they were "better" than junky Chee-tos or potato chips, foods I always knew were no-nos for me. But as I could never eat them "per serving" and instead ate them until my fingertips were dessicated from the salt and I felt grossly overstuffed, I had to cut them out entirely. It's easier for me to eat none at all than to eat "just a little" of those foods.

- Exercise is non-negotiable. Back in the 90s when I worked two retail jobs and was on my feet constantly, I lost 70 pounds just by cutting calories. I never internalized the lessons about exercise because I didn't see my jobs as exercise. Now that I have a sedentary job, I absolutely must make time to walk, lift, or even do vigorous housework at least thirty minutes a day, preferably longer. Unless my leg spontaneously falls off, I will get up and walk; if my leg does pop off, I will get up and hop.

- No beignets. It makes me sad to think of cutting out beignets--a food that has nothing but the happiest associations for me, from childhood breakfasts to late nights with friends--forever, but I have declared a moratorium on them while I'm in the process of losing and will never eat a full serving of them again even as I maintain my eventual weight loss. Beignets have 540 calories each and come three to a serving; no amount of happy memories outweighs that kind of gut-bomb.

By the way, Matt, your weight loss is stunning and you look terrific!


KatMarie
11-02-2010, 01:28 PM
No candy, no chips, no fried food, no rice, no pasta, no potatoes, no junk food and no more than 1 slice of whole grain bread a day.

Eliana
11-02-2010, 01:33 PM
Most of my "rules" are more like guidelines, but I have a few definitive ones.

1. NO soda, none. I can't, not ever. It's my drug. :dizzy:

2. Like Matt, I do not drink my calories. I will drink soy milk, but limited and I consider it "food".

My guidelines are:

1. No HFCS if I know about it and if it can be avoided. I will indulge at parties, restaurants, special events, etc.
2. Avoid chocolate. Actually, it's more like I will eat chocolate full well knowing it's going to take me three days after that bite to reduce the craving again. Can I live with that? Is this piece worth that?
3. Only WW flour, when possible.
4. I eat whole foods, almost entirely.
5. No chips, except on rare special occasion. Fortunately this is no longer a trigger food, though I do tend to overindulge in one sitting.

Rosinante
11-02-2010, 01:38 PM
* I don't drink my calories either - but that's no biggy, I never have been crazy about either alcohol or soft drinks.

* I don't eat junk food.

* I don't eat anything artificial - sweeteners, low-cal 'butter' etc. If I have occasional tsp of sugar on my strawberries or butter on a cracker, I have a tiny amount of the real thing.

* I don't often eat real bread but if I do, only at either breakfast or lunch, not both, and never dinner.

* I don't eat carbs other than veg. at the evening meal.

* I don't eat a meal after 8pm.

* I don't eat chocolate ~ 1 piece is never enough.

* If I'm offered unexpected cakes or cookies, I always say no.

ShylahEQ
11-02-2010, 01:47 PM
I need to create some rules. I wish I could see french fries as a mound of fat. I need to visualize these things and stick with them! Thanks for sharing your rules.

Sunshine73
11-02-2010, 01:53 PM
Interesting thoughts...

I guess I do have a few "rules" for myself now that I think about it.

1.) No soda unless I'm out to eat (and not always even then). I used to drink soda all the time and switched to water...now I view soda as a "treat" instead of a normal drink. So far it works for me.

2.) No ice cream. I can't. I have no self control at all when it comes to ice cream.

3.) No "picking" at food while I'm cooking or putting the food away or just...whenever. If I'm going to eat something then I need to dish out a serving, put it on a plate and eat it.

Pacifica Bee
11-02-2010, 01:58 PM
I am also a calorie counter. I only have two rules, but I keep them strict. I'm really afraid that if I break them, it's gonna be down-hill. For the last 10 months and 28 days I have not broken either of these:
- No sugar of any kind
- No white bread - (I have 1 slice of whole grain sprouted bread once a day at lunch and that's it for bread in general)
and adding this one which I didn't consciously realize was a rule until ya'll mentioned it:
- no drinking calories (except soy milk on occasion in my tea if I am hungry in the morning before breakfast)

I also have loads of guidelines that I fudge here and there, but for the most part, stick pretty close to:
- no white carbs
- no processed food
- 1 hour of walking a day, at least 4 days a week
- drink lots of water/tea

Teresa66
11-02-2010, 01:59 PM
I don't drink my calories (other than fat free H & H and fat free milk in my coffee and tea)

I don't eat "fast food" ever! If I eat out then I'm going where I can get food that is better than I can cook at home. This is becoming an issue since I've become a really good cook. :cool:

I don't eat white flour or rice

Once dinner is done and I've had my small treat (dark chocolate) I don't eat any more food.

I don't buy packaged meals and I really try to eat as close to whole foods as I can get.

guamvixen
11-02-2010, 02:05 PM
Like all you others, I will NOT drink my calories.

-No pastries, ever, including donuts, cakes, bagels, etc.

-Red meat only ONCE a week.

-Never get seconds. Once it's done, I'm done.

-Candy, once a week. Chocolate, maybe once a quarter.

-Burger-Once a month, but only half of one.

-Pizza, once a month, but only 2 slices.

-No regular potato chips. I stick to unsalted pretzels.

- No booze

- For snacks, anything I put in my mouth, has to be 100 calories or less. I found these GREAT 100 cal ice cream sandwiches from klondike, and they are really satisfying! I find myself only craving one maybe once ever two weeks.

matt_H
11-02-2010, 02:15 PM
-Never get seconds. Once it's done, I'm done.

This made me think of another rule that I have. NO BUFFETS.

This was violated a few weeks ago when I met up with a friend for brunch. She drove and she picked the place and I didn't realize it was a buffet until I got there. I went overboard and regretted it. There is an interesting psychology to "getting your money's worth" that is at play in a buffet and I just can't place myself in that situation any more.

Trazey34
11-02-2010, 04:30 PM
I'm with the majority on this - no DRINKING of my calories, including juices. I'd much rather have a nice pulpy real ORANGE than a glass of juice. Basically, all I drink is water, and 1% milk. I gave up soda (diet) pretty early on as I think it's going to be the "smoking" of our generation, they just won't find out about for 20 more years!

Other than that, I tend to stay away from really fatty deep fried stuff as it tastes gross to me now. Baked stuff only if it's my OWN and I can calculate the calories (a bakery cookie i put at about 250 cals turned out to be 600! that's right SIX HUNDRED CALORIES lol).

I won't let food control me anymore so I don't say "i'm never eating ice cream" Most times I choose not to because it's not much caloric bang for the buck, but sometimes i do have it, one scoop and enjoy it and put it away.

I admit I took a bite of the KFC "Double Down" just to say I tried it! it wasn't as horrific as I thougth LOL a WHopper is worse!

lottie63
11-02-2010, 04:48 PM
Matt yours and mine are pretty much the same.

Also, no buffets here. There is a chinese place up the street from me, it was killing me (literally) cuz it got to the point that I was there more often than I wasn't. I am now just saying NO to buffets!

I can't drink alcohol, my answers as to why are not very fun, which is why I dont' drink:

1.) No matter how much I drink I am sober about 2 hours later.
2.) I get hungover before I even leave the bar.
3.) I don't sleep a wink when I drink. (I'm bipolar, alcohol makes me manic)
4.) I have enough trouble staying hydrated as is, and I get VERY dehydrated when I drink.
5.) I kind of hate the taste of alcohol anyhow!

fun fact: I never drank until I was 27. Drank socially for a year before deciding it was more trouble than it was worth! Suprrised it took me that long!

I've also never been a pop drinker, and I'd also rather eat fruit than drink juice.

PaulaM
11-02-2010, 06:49 PM
No soda including diet, no HFCS, no sugar, no chocolate;
I HATE buffets, things are never hot enough, cold enough, people germ them up and I agree, you always want to try one of everything and end up eating too much;
no white rice, white pasta, white bread (which kills me, I'm Italian)

Can I add I saw for the first time some sugar free cake mix, I forget which brand, and thought I am going to try this! My husband thought it was fine but it actually made me vomit, not sure what is in it but it definitely didn't like me! Lesson learned, no more of that stuff

Shmead
11-02-2010, 07:30 PM
My big rule: NOTHING UNPLANNED. I may not have the perfect plan, but I never, ever give into temptation. If I am going to work a 16 hour day, I decide before hand if I can skip exercise that day. If I am going to a party, I decide before hand what I am going to eat. If I decide I need to increase my calories by 100/day, I decide to do it and then wait 3 days to actually do it.

This has several advantages:

1) I am good at lying to myself/convincing myself of things in the moment. By waiting at least 72 hours--and more often, weeks--to change my routine, I know it's based on logic, not impulses.

2) I feel more successful. I don't have to be perfect, but I hate not living up to my own expectations. That feeling that I "gave in" really makes me sick.

3) "Giving in" reinforces itself. A dog can learn to sit up and beg if it gets a cookie each time. If you give yourself something yummy whenever you are weak, it encourages future weakness.

Anyway, this is my one unbreakable rule. It's been as good for my finances as for my waistline!

xty
11-02-2010, 08:23 PM
I can see Im the odd woman out here, and to each their own..but thought I would share.

I dont do rules. Not with food and not really with any aspect of my life. I find that I break rules. I dont do well with authority either, hehe. When I have tried to set rules in the past, it not only led to me breaking the rules, it led me to feeling guilty and like a failure for having no "will power".

Interesting - many people who know me would be a bit shocked to hear that as I am very, very disciplined.

This is the approach I take: awareness.

I try to be a very aware person, and then I do what I truly want (not just what any wild impulse says though). I didnt even become a vegetarian because I thought it was mean to kill animals or because I thought it was bad for my health. I guided myself to become extremely aware of what the entire process was from animal birth to being in my mouth - and QUICKLY stopped *wanting* to eat meat.

This, in essence, has been how Ive gotten healthy too. So sometimes I do drink my calories...and sometimes I do eat straight carbs...and sometimes I do eat after 9pm...and sometimes I dont workout x times per week...

I am not breaking my "rules" when I do those things...I just have general habits I keep because I like them and I like how I feel when I adhere to certain behaviors most of the time.

chickybird
11-02-2010, 08:39 PM
I'm toying with the idea of giving up white flour. It would create a lot less temptation for me.
Because of my IBS, there's some foods I never touch because I get so sick from them: garlic, onions, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, most dairy products.
Because I now attend OA meetings, I don't eat peanut butter any more, or fried foods. They are trigger foods for me.
The only time I drink Sprite is when I'm sick, so I'm ok with that--it's a pretty rare occurrence.

Trazey34
11-02-2010, 08:47 PM
I can see Im the odd woman out here, and to each their own..but thought I would share.

I dont do rules. Not with food and not really with any aspect of my life. I find that I break rules. I dont do well with authority either, hehe. When I have tried to set rules in the past, it not only led to me breaking the rules, it led me to feeling guilty and like a failure for having no "will power".

Interesting - many people who know me would be a bit shocked to hear that as I am very, very disciplined.

This is the approach I take: awareness.

I try to be a very aware person, and then I do what I truly want (not just what any wild impulse says though). I didnt even become a vegetarian because I thought it was mean to kill animals or because I thought it was bad for my health. I guided myself to become extremely aware of what the entire process was from animal birth to being in my mouth - and QUICKLY stopped *wanting* to eat meat.

This, in essence, has been how Ive gotten healthy too. So sometimes I do drink my calories...and sometimes I do eat straight carbs...and sometimes I do eat after 9pm...and sometimes I dont workout x times per week...

I am not breaking my "rules" when I do those things...I just have general habits I keep because I like them and I like how I feel when I adhere to certain behaviors most of the time.

AWESOME, just AWESOME!! :carrot::carrot::carrot: I agree 100%, it's crazy strict adherence to rules that helped me FAIL about a million times dieting. "I can't have chocolate" so i have some chocolate because no one tells me what to do, even me LOL and then I've blown it so what's the point, eat a family sized chocolate bar CRAZY BUSINESS!!!

rules work for some, but for others it's a path to ruin! count me amongst them

doppio
11-02-2010, 08:54 PM
1. Drink lots and lots of water, preferably a glass every hour or two. I never really drank soda, so it was easy to nix that, and then I decided to cut out drinking booze of any kind. Though, if I feel like I might be needing a little extra protein with a meal, I'll drink 1 cup of soy milk :>

2. Don't overeat. I watch my portions for this, breaking my plate up into 1/2 veggies, or fruit in the morning, and then 1/4 carbs and 1/4 proteins, with 1 tablespoon of a healthy fat, as well as making sure I chew each bite at least 20 times.

3. I must keep on schedule with my feedings. I must eat breakfast within one hour of waking up, then I must eat a snack three hours later, and then I must eat lunch three hours after that, another snack after another three hours, three hours later I must eat dinner, and then I must, must, *must* eat a treat for myself before the end of the day, and stop my eating at 7:30pm.

4. I must do strength training as soon as I wake up, after a quick trip to the bathroom and a glass of water, and before I can eat my breakfast.

5. And then last, work in an hour of walking/jogging a day. :>

matt_H
11-02-2010, 10:06 PM
xty,

You are not the odd one out at all! I'm specifically a calorie counter because I don't like to limit myself when I really want something as long as I fit it into the overall plan for the day. That is why my "rule" list is so small. Everything else is something that I can and do have. In fact, knowing I can have things actually prevents me from eating them. It is no longer taboo.

For certain things though, I can't control and so I made the decision to live by those rules. The great thing about rules is there is no argument with yourself and no struggle. For me, this whole weight loss journey has been finding a balance between what I can have and what I know I can't have.

DixC Chix
11-02-2010, 10:33 PM
First of all, good thread idea - Matt!!

Second, If you give yourself something yummy whenever you are weak, it encourages future weakness.

WOW!! very profound and thought provoking - Shmead

I'm not sure I have hard and fast 'rules' but I do have a strict routine for food and exercise and Rx.
I have a fruit and vegetables at EVERY meal.
Water is my beverage of choice.

Rosinante
11-03-2010, 03:48 AM
Shmead - I Love the "wait 3 days" rule, I'm going to adopt that one!

krampus
11-03-2010, 08:54 AM
I have no rules specific to food. I eat pasta, white bread, peanut butter and ice cream and sometimes pizza or even a buffet. For me, banning certain food groups would just make me miss them more. I've learned through repetition that physically I feel better after eating healthier foods, and I try to shoot for a fairly "balanced" diet. It's been working pretty darn well so far, but we'll see.

I do have one rule I don't break unless I have just come back from a smoky bar/club and smell terrible: No showers unless I have just exercised.

AZ Sunrises
11-03-2010, 09:04 AM
I try to skip wheat products because I am slightly allergic, but beyond that, it's game on. :) That's not to say that I don't have pizza, pasta, and food with a bun on occasion...just not regularly. Calorie Counter for Droid is a godsend. It makes me accountable for what I'm putting into my mouth. If I'm on the high end on calories for the day, I know it's salad for dinner.

SassyPoppet
11-03-2010, 09:43 AM
I'm really trying to have no rules, as I'm like others who have stated they break their own rules and then the self-induced guilt round robin starts in etc. It's always so amazing to me how our psyches work.

Nonetheless, I guess my one rule is to count calories every day, and write them/enter in my program. I'm getting better every day so I guess this rule is evolutionary. The next "rule" I'm working towards is planning ahead for my calories.. but this just doesn't seem to work due to my schedule... but my awareness strenghtens daily!!

Good thread and good things to be aware of!

Gale02
11-03-2010, 11:20 AM
My only rule is that I must track my food every. single. day. Even if I screw up bad, I have to track it. If I don't it starts the downward spiral for me and I give up. It's my one indispensable tool and hard and fast rule.

rockinrobin
11-03-2010, 04:09 PM
I LOVE that I have rules. Love it, love it. LOVE IT!

A society without rules - chaos. Children with out rules - let's not even go there.

Back in the day, I had no rules. I had no limits, I had no boundaries. And that's what lead to disaster. DISASTER.

When I overhauled my lifestyle, I instituted many rules. Finally, I had something to keep me and my horrendous eating habits in check. I, ME, had boundaries and limits!!! It wasn't this wide open free for all. I raised my standards and required more from myself. Never mind the wonderful results of those rules, but just adhering to something, felt marvelous.

It's like before I was a person without (food) morals and values; it felt icky and dirty; shameful. Now - I am a person that doesn't put any old thing into her mouth. I have scruples and values. Again, it feels fabulous.

Love this quote from of all people Julie Andrews:
"Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly."

Karen925
11-03-2010, 04:59 PM
My big rule: NOTHING UNPLANNED.
Anyway, this is my one unbreakable rule. It's been as good for my finances as for my waistline!

I agree 100% both for health and money.

runningfromfat
11-03-2010, 06:01 PM
I have different levels of rules. Some that I NEVER break and others that are general rules but sometimes I make exceptions:

NEVER break:

-no sugar. This is my trigger food and I just can't eat or a cookie or cake or anything. I have had bites on occasion (literally one minuscule bite) and I can't even stand the taste anymore it's too sweet. If I want something sweet I make my own with agave nectar/real maple syrup/honey.
-no "real" pop

General Rules:

-no juice/pop/diet soda... basically just water/coffee/tea
-no fried foods
-no artificial sweeteners/HFCS
-no products with while flour (but I do have sour dough bread on occasion because it's just way too good :o)
-cut back sweeteners in recipes by 1/2. I just can't abide by super sweet stuff anymore

Now. occasionally I cheat on my rules. I had one diet soda this week and that was the first time since... july? I do eat french fries (but baked) and sometimes as a treat I'll have seltzer water with a bit of juice. Also when we eat out I'll eat sushi with white rice on it. But we just kdon't keep those types of foods in the house, which helps a lot!

ETA: I'm working on my cracker/bread intake at the moment so this is a pseudo rule at the moment.

Arctic Mama
11-03-2010, 06:12 PM
The only calories I will drink are dessert calories, meaning I set aside 'food calories' for a treat and thus will have a homemade 'frosty' (189 calories a serving) or a homemade coffee drink (150 calories a serving). I find I am happier having these with real sugar than artificial, but they are still severely limited and budgeted in.

As for my 'rules', I don't have a lot beyond generally not drinking my calories and not letting something I don't want to binge on intl the house. If we have pizza (we do, once weekly), I am agreeing to eat it. If I shouldn't eat it, it never enters the door.

Asherdoodles87
11-03-2010, 06:38 PM
A few rules I have had to create while losing the weight so far:

No potato chips - cannot do the "low" calorie, "low fat" potato chips. I will eat the entire bag. Therefore, I do not start to eat them. I don't allow them. (Maybe one day I will be able to eat a small portion without going out of control, but for now I cannot.)

No fried foods - I think they are empty calories and unhealthy.

No French fries - I am a BIG potato lover, so I cannot eat just a few french fries. There are some "natural" ones I have seen with less calories, but I cannot stop myself from eating more then a serving.

No soda - I would rather eat more of something, instead of drinking away my calories for the day.

No breakfast bars etc. - I tried special k bars, and I liked them so much they did not last very long.

I am sure my list will continue to grow. I keep learning new things about myself, and my behavior every day.

ubergirl
11-03-2010, 07:13 PM
AWESOME, just AWESOME!! :carrot::carrot::carrot: I agree 100%, it's crazy strict adherence to rules that helped me FAIL about a million times dieting. "I can't have chocolate" so i have some chocolate because no one tells me what to do, even me LOL and then I've blown it so what's the point, eat a family sized chocolate bar CRAZY BUSINESS!!!

rules work for some, but for others it's a path to ruin! count me amongst them

You know, it's really funny, because I was EXACTLY this kind of person for years, until all of a sudden, I wasn't. I was always defying someone, even if only myself!

And then somehow, I switched ownership around and I no longer saw it that way. Now my "rules" are devices that break the compulsion cycle....

I'm very fascinated by this topic. Some of us seem to have an almost obsessive-compulsive component to eating, and the rules help us break the mindset that makes us feel as if we can't stop ourselves. But by the same token, I spent 25+ years entirely unable to follow any rules that I set for myself...

No insight to offer, just odd how the mind works.

SCraver
11-03-2010, 08:41 PM
My "rules":

- veggies every day
- no soda
- no trigger foods in the house
- limit booze to 2x's a week
- exercise 4 times a week minimum

Obsidianbbw
11-03-2010, 11:17 PM
:carrot: Thank you for this, I tried the I can't have this that or the other thing and I just rebelled against it.I ended up wanting the banned stuff more. I have a bunch of guidelines that I follow, same as what most people have here. I think my only real rule is to never stop even if I mess up. Pick myself up, get back on the wagon and keep going.

I can see Im the odd woman out here, and to each their own..but thought I would share.

I dont do rules. Not with food and not really with any aspect of my life. I find that I break rules. I dont do well with authority either, hehe. When I have tried to set rules in the past, it not only led to me breaking the rules, it led me to feeling guilty and like a failure for having no "will power".

Interesting - many people who know me would be a bit shocked to hear that as I am very, very disciplined.

This is the approach I take: awareness.

I try to be a very aware person, and then I do what I truly want (not just what any wild impulse says though). I didnt even become a vegetarian because I thought it was mean to kill animals or because I thought it was bad for my health. I guided myself to become extremely aware of what the entire process was from animal birth to being in my mouth - and QUICKLY stopped *wanting* to eat meat.

This, in essence, has been how Ive gotten healthy too. So sometimes I do drink my calories...and sometimes I do eat straight carbs...and sometimes I do eat after 9pm...and sometimes I dont workout x times per week...

I am not breaking my "rules" when I do those things...I just have general habits I keep because I like them and I like how I feel when I adhere to certain behaviors most of the time.

findingfawn
11-04-2010, 09:17 AM
I'm with xty and Trazey, I have decided I can't really do rules. If I say non of this or non of that then I break that rule to the extreme. But then, I'm like that with other aspects of my life as well.

My only "rule" I guess you could call it is know my trigger foods and be aware of how hard it will be to stop if I put just one in my mouth, and be prepared for the battle if I still choose to eat it.

matt_H
11-04-2010, 10:13 AM
Like so many things about weight loss, there are vast differences between people and what works for them. I need some structure in dealing with things that I know are problem areas for me and making things totally off limits provides that structure (but it is just for the things that are problem items).

I've realized throughout this journey that the longer I argue with myself about something the more likely I am to cave in and talk myself into it. I then will regret it. I've had the same thing happen for other things in my life that were once a problem (ie., drinking in bars).

mmel3283
11-04-2010, 11:41 AM
The only food I completely say NO to is Fast Food. Mostly because the ingredients are HORRENDUS...and it's not even that it's high in fat...it's that it reigns terror on your body.

I try to limit Soda to 1x per day. I used to drink it ALL the time...and I knew I had to cut it down quite a bit...but it's never full calorie soda.


Other than that...I track everything...and once my WW points are gone...they're gone.