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05-06-2005, 12:49 PM
Have you ever figured something out that you wished you'd known all along? Something that was so simple and logical, that you didn't think it would work until you actually tried it?

For me, it was taking the time to measure out serving sizes. Portion control has always been my weakest spot. When I finally took the trouble to count out the 18 chips the bag suggested and put the rest of the bag away, I found that I didn't actually need any more than that. It was like flipping on a light switch; just that easy.

If you have a little trick or inspiration you figured out, please share it with everyone. A simple trick you've learned might not have occurred to others yet. :^:

05-06-2005, 05:45 PM
My light switch moment was figuring out that if you eat all the stuff you are meant to eat, your 5 fruit and veggies a day, good sources of protein and carbohydrate, you are too full to eat much rubbish. It's worked for me!!!

05-06-2005, 08:17 PM
My light bulb moment was paying enough attention to realize that not being stuffed wasn't the same thing as being hungry. I actually remember noticing that I wasn't "full" but also wasn't hungry - and that it felt good. What actually went through my mind was, "So THIS is what NORMAL feels like." From that point forward things got much, much easier because I wasn't walking around all day long THINKING that I was starving and I no longer felt like I was on a "diet".

It all finally seemed so simple and painless. If I'm not hungry, I don't eat and I lose weight. Who knew?

05-06-2005, 11:30 PM
My lightbulb moment was really the result of a few months of experimentation, but I recently realised that by being pretty careful to eat lots of lean protein & complex carbs my satiation level is indeed much higher than with breads, pastas, etc., so that I don't in fact get the urge to eat nearly as much (esp in the evening). The cool thing is that by eating this way, I don't have to fight the urges so much, they're just not there. (though I still give in now & then).
cheerio, Sue

05-14-2005, 08:48 PM
I just figured out another one lately. Whenever I think I'm really hungry, I drink one of my glasses of water for the day first. Four times out of five, that quells my appetite, and the "hunger" goes away.

05-14-2005, 10:01 PM
I've had similar lightbuld that you all had. ITs like why didn't I realise this when I was 12 years old? But I also think at least we are figureing out.
My most recent is that if I journal my food everyday, eventually, it will be a habit. It was the hardest thing for me to get the hang of but everytime I did it, I lost much more weight so I knew I needed to but I just couldn't get the hang of it. Now for the past 5 weeks, I have journaled everything that has gone into my mouth and I have lost 8 pounds!

05-14-2005, 10:27 PM
Teriffic! I agree. Journaling is the way to go. When I started my diet almost 3 years ago, I journaled and lost about 20 lbs. When I stopped journaling, I eventually stopped losing weight. Now I've started again and broke through my long plateau. Both FitDay.com and Journaltosuccess.com, as well as the threads here have really helped. It makes perfect sense now, but I thought it was just plain stupid before I started.

06-19-2005, 04:00 PM
Here's another one I wish I'd known about years ago: Exercising in the morning is FAR better than waiting until after work. I'm far more prepared to face the day, and I have more time for myself in the evening. Plus, there are far fewer excuses to skip!

06-19-2005, 05:11 PM
My lightbulb moment was realising that I like exercise. But more than that, realising that I've always liked exercise, but been too worried about what other people would think at seeing the fat girl try to run. I was on all sorts of sports teams at school. Not because I was thin and athletic, I was fat then, but because I was one of the few who could actually be bothered to turn up to practice. I did enjoy it, but I was never actually very good so kind of slipped out of doing it. If only I'd realised then what I know now, that I can actually exercise, and it's good for me.

The other one is that trying new vegetables won't kill me. I've always been very much into sticking to what I know. So I'll eat more of the fruit and veg I like but not try anything else. Then I just decided to try to eat one of my biggest mental block veg and realised it didn't make me sick or unwell and I actually quite liked it. After that it's been a lot easier to try other things. After all, if I don't like it there's always something else in the cupboard I can eat instead, and what's the cost of buying something not to like it compared to the benefits I'll get if I do?

06-19-2005, 05:50 PM
My 'lightbulb' moment was realzing just HOW much extra food I was putting into my mouth each day! I used to "snack" on bowls of cereal like it was going out of style, not taking into consideration the huge number of calories it added to my total each day. Once I figured out how to do other things when I was bored other than eating the weight just melted off.

And I agree with whoever said that eating healthy foods makes it easier to turn down the rubbish, because your body is satisfied and not giving you cravings to try and get you to eat something *nutritious* instead of another salty, starchy snack.

gray eyed girl
06-20-2005, 03:19 PM
My biggest lightbulb moment has to do with exercise. If you'd told me two months ago that I would be looking forward to going to the gym this afternoon, I would have laughed at you (probably in between bites of ice cream). But I am! I still hate the first 10 minutes or so. But once I get through the first 10ish minutes, I get into a groove, I turn up my music, and I actually ENJOY the rest of my workout. It's such a great way to relieve stress and to focus on ME and what I'm trying to do here to improve my health and my appearance. My time at the gym is pure ME time in a way that nothing else really is, and it's been a huge lightbulb moment to me to realize that exercise is not a punishment or a drag - it's something that I can and should enjoy.

My other big one has been just paying attention to the signals from my body and not just eating because hey, I haven't had anything to eat in about an hour. I'm a snacker, and I know that. But I was just eating and eating and eating, and my "snacks" were full meals all by themselves. I was eating 6+ MEALS per day calorie-wise, and calling them snacks. Pure rubbish.

06-20-2005, 09:58 PM
a recent dental surgery kept me from chewing with ease.. I learned that week by taking little tiny bites.. (because I could barely chew).. that I was getting full with way less food.. eating slowly really does help!

06-21-2005, 10:16 AM
I'm a magazine junkie and I feel like I've been dieting since... forever, so about 20 years.
After all that time it took one of those magazines before I had a real light bulb moment. It sounds so obvious, but the caption to some picture said.."Just because it is there, it doesn`t mean you have to eat it."
Somehow in all my dieting and restricting myself I had never thought of things this way. I always managed to justify eating junk food because it was around and I "deserved" it.
Now, I remember this when I'm at work and the pastries, cakes and candy is all around. This isn't food that I would normally eat, and I DON'T have to eat it just because it is there.

06-21-2005, 11:53 AM
Just had a light bulb lesson a second ago.

Must.Check.Calorie.Content.BEFORE.Eating.Food. I thought since string cheese isn't too high in calories, a similar size serving of colby jack <which I like significantly more> wouldn't be bad either.

Ate breakfast.

THEN put in Fitday.

Bad idea.

Must chart and plan FIRST, then eat. Who knows where else the extra calories are coming from?

10-31-2005, 06:00 PM
I just discovered a way to find out if I'm truly hungery, or just mouth hungry. When I have the urge to eat something, I'll first eat something strong like an Altoid. If I'm not truly hungry, I don't have much desire to put something else in my mouth with that flavor still there. It's not sure-fire, but it helps more often than not :)

10-31-2005, 06:41 PM
One of my lightbulb moments is when someone said: "Your next healthy meal is only 2 hours away" ... It's like, yes I don't have to continue screwing up my day just because of one bad choice... OR "I'll start my diet on Monday" :doh: why? Live now!
Another one was as someone mentionned: .."Just because it is there, it doesn`t mean you have to eat it." :doh: Ain't that the truth...
Another one is: "Talk to yourself like you are your own best friend"... I would never EVER tell a friend "You look like a fat slob in those pants!"
I don't say "diet" anymore, it's a LIFESTYLE damnit :lol:

10-31-2005, 07:31 PM
Learning portion control! Like Betani said, it didn't take many days of counting and measuring to realize how much I was over eating!

10-31-2005, 08:40 PM
My lightbulb moment was realizing that the 'diet' is never over and that reaching goal is the only the first (and the easy) part of the journey. Keeping the weight off for the rest of your life is the hard part. Like Ilene said, it HAS to be a lifestyle because you're going to be living it -- everyday -- for the rest of your life. :smug:

10-31-2005, 08:50 PM
My lightbulb moment :idea: came when I realized that maybe I was as big as two people because I WAS EATING AS MUCH AS TWO PEOPLE! Duh :doh:

You are so right about portion control and keeping a food log :write: - it's the ONLY way I can keep on track.

10-31-2005, 09:22 PM
Oh, there are so many good insights in here. I'm only a month or so in and I am a fair-weather food journalist. Sounds like I better step it up a pace. :)

the slim me
11-01-2005, 09:08 AM
My light bulb moment was when I started planning ahead what I was going to eat. If I make a weekly menu and follow it, I end up with less waisted food and I have the food I need for my diet actually in the house. Rummaging in the cubbards to try to figure out what I want to eat or what's for dinner is the worst thing I can do. Too many temptations!

11-02-2005, 11:13 AM
My recent moment has been realizing the power of a single day. As I have recently recommitted to a healthy lifestyle, it is amazing how even one successful day can give you this amazing power. You can gain so much momentum and control after a day of healthy choices.

11-02-2005, 02:26 PM
Realizing that the weight won't all come off in a month -- not when I have 50 lbs. to lose -- let me wrap my brain around the idea that I would have to change a lot of habits. So I'm changing them little by little, the weight comes off little by little, I get littler and littler... :p But since weight loss is taking so long, I know the weight will stay off!

11-05-2005, 08:04 AM
Who you surround yourself with is a big part of how you behave! My old roommate lived on cookie dough and quesadillas and I was always craving sugary fatty foods. Now I live with a bunch of health nuts and I've lost 20 pounds. Don't underestimate the effect of your environment! (that's not to say I didn't work for the 20 pounds but it was so much easier than before)

11-05-2005, 02:17 PM
Signing up with a personal trainer- it made me realize that I can get results, and that, hey, who knew... I like working out!

Having a breast reduction- I was so happy not to have to deal with DDD boobs, but man did it make my stomach stick out more!!

Signing up with WW- definitely something I wished I had done a long time ago!