Sun, Dec-09-01, 07:10
Plan: Atkins Maintenance
BF:and feeling great
Location: Ontario, along the Rideau
The Number of Seats in Low Carb Heaven
I'm putting this here because as a less active thread it won't get pushed down too quickly. I'm also hoping that this being a "maintainer" area that it might be a natural stop for curious newbies.
There is no such thing as 'cheating' on this WOE. If refined white sugar finds it's way to your menu today it's because you put it there. That's not cheating. Putting an ace of spades on the bottom of the deck and then dealing it to yourself is cheating.
Cheating is doing something, generally considered to be illegal, with the intent of putting yourself farther ahead of others around you so that you are in a position of advantage. How does eating 1/2 chocolate cake give you an edge over me? There are NOT a limited number of seats in Low Carb Heaven. Eating 1/2 a chocolate cake is self-destructive - but it's not cheating.
Self Destruction to Feel Pain Eating that chocolate cake just put you farther from your own goal, and caused you to be depressed where yesterday you were happy. If you want to feel pain, next time, just set fire to your hair - that won't cause an insulin spike.
Self Destruction to Get Reassurance
We all jump in ("poor baby..it's ok don't worry") everytime a person admits to being self-destructive. Why should this behaviour be rewarded? Unfortunately that 1/2 chocolate cake often causes a lowering of the scale (for a myriad of reasons) and often reassures the loser that "cheating is good". That's OK, life is about learning lessons the hard way. That second 1/2 of chocolate cake won't have the same scale result. If you don't believe me, go ahead and eat it. If eating chocolate cake caused us to lose weight, there'd be a "Chocolate Cake Diet"
Self Destruction Because You Don't Like Yourself.
If you didn't like yourself just a LITTLE, you wouldn't be here. You wouldn't be registered on this board, and you certainly wouldn't be reading the maintenance area. Figure out what it is about yourself you DO like and dwell on that a lot.
Self Destruction Because 'There was nothing else I could eat'
Yeah yeah - the mother-in-law who serves carrot soup, thickened with potato and flour and Wonder Bread on the side. When you eat it because you are a nice person and want to please your mother in law, WHAT you ate just became part of today's plan. It wasn't self destructive at all. Do the carb count and include it in your journal. Like this: Todays Carbs 8,567 (dinner at MIL's - mental note - stop eating at MIL's house)
Self Destruction Because 'I didn't know it had carbs'.
"It was an accident officer, I hit that car because I didn't know it was parked. The second time I hit is was because I was just so mad at myself for hitting it the first time!". If you are ever fooled by carb count, let it be only once. Nobody's going to believe you the second time.