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    Every time I visit my parents I fall off the wagon a little. Yesterday I opted for bean soup instead of fried rice, and garden vegetables in tossed salad instead of in tomato/cucumber sandwiches, but then my mother brought out the homemade dessert of their own backyard blueberries baked in a crust of flour and sugar.

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    Procrastination. It still catches me off guard. I'm too old to do the adrenaline rush of trying to beat the clock because I haven't managed my time properly, but I do it anyway. I blame tendencies toward perfectionism and fear of failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken lady View Post
    Hmm, do I have an Achilles heel? Teacher Terry and Ultralite, do you think you could help me out here? - lol!

    i actually found my old thread about my studio yesterday. A year later it is either much better or marginally improved depending on if you are me or ultralite.

    Examples:
    a year ago I was trying to get all of the bags of dry clay into buckets but I didn't have enought buckets and they were all piled in the middle of the floor.
    Now all the clay is in buckets, some of the buckets are in use as legs for a glazing table, and I am slowly using up the clay and removing buckets (currently three empty ones waiting to go to school)

    a year ago the shelves were full of toys my kids had left behind.
    now one shelf is full of toys and the others are full of pottery related items

    a year ago my soapmaking stuff had been used once and was scattered everywhere and I couldn't find some of it
    now it is pared down, all gathered under one small table and I have used it 4 times this year and will be offering soap for sale in my booth next weekend and when I need a new bar of soap for the shower, I just go get one.

    a year ago there were plaster molds everywhere, some clean, some dirty. Now there are clean plaster molds on a designated shelf and a slowly decreasing pile of dirty plaster molds next to the clay buckets.

    there are more examples.

    the only thing that has gotten worse (much worse - because the kitchen cabinets came encased in cardboard) is the pile of cardboard. I should set aside a few days to mulch everywhere and then recycle, but it isn't a priority.
    That sounds like a lot of progress to me! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Quitting carbs is tough! Your body is used to converting lots of carbs into glucose. Take away most of the carbs and the hormones/liver/digestive system that's used to processing high volumes has to make some changes. On a macro level, they're not immediate. The first three days are about the worst. When I went from low-ish carbs to almost-no carbs, I still spent a few days feeling weak and headache-y and a little out of sorts.

    It does get better. Now I have kind of the opposite effect: if I eat something with a lot of carbs in it, the carb spike and my body's (over)reaction to it kind of reverberates for a couple of days before things settle down again. I have to say that, with almost-no carbs, I rarely have the "FEED ME!!!" days I used to have. That helps provide me the incentive to say no to "cheat days" and the like. Of course, seeing the results from the bad behavior on a blood-glucose meter adds incentive, too.

    ObThread My Achilles heel has to be the last 20% of pretty much any project. That could be the putzy trim work after painting. Or finding a place for the recycling that's not easy to recycle (cross-town trip, limited hours, etc.). I don't like that about myself, but it's existed long enough that way that I try to find ways to address it. It's not easy.
    After reading your post I realized that I lied. I'm cutting my carbs down but not super low, not ketogenic or anything close to it. I'm not restricting fruit, which is pretty high carb. I'd guess I'm around 65-70 carb grams right now. So I'm actually still doing phases, just bigger ones I guess. I eat all the veggies and fruit I want along with protein and good fat.

    I do notice that since I'm not eating starchy fillers my tummy is having a harder time with caffeine. It's making me feel queasy so I will need to start cutting back on that. I've been eating LOTS of veggies to counter it but it's not that effective. I also think it's making me eat more fruit.

    So far the changes have not been too tough, probably because I've been busy mentally with other things (our new cat! the new roommate arriving soon). And knowing I can have fruit helps a lot too. I've had a few occasions of really wanting to eat bread or popcorn. In the past it would turn into a mental debate, but now I just shut it down with a firm no. I suspect it will be much harder when I start restricting fruit. Right now I can say, "No, you're not having X. Have some fruit instead." And it works. Not sure what I'll do when the fruit is not an option either. Maybe veggies or salad prepped and ready to eat in the fridge. A few years ago I was blanching veggies and then marinating them with Italian dressing in the fridge. It was a wonderful snack. I should try that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    Every time I visit my parents I fall off the wagon a little. Yesterday I opted for bean soup instead of fried rice, and garden vegetables in tossed salad instead of in tomato/cucumber sandwiches, but then my mother brought out the homemade dessert of their own backyard blueberries baked in a crust of flour and sugar.
    That would be so tough to resist! Although I think if it's just an occasional treat, it's not a bad thing. Maybe you can build in a mom treat allowance? The thing that would make it difficult is if that one treats lead to a cascade of other "treats." That's what happens with me, but maybe you don't have that problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Procrastination. It still catches me off guard. I'm too old to do the adrenaline rush of trying to beat the clock because I haven't managed my time properly, but I do it anyway. I blame tendencies toward perfectionism and fear of failure.
    This used to be a big issue for me. When I started getting better sleep I suddenly felt more energized (suddenly was after a few weeks of catching up on sleep), I found myself being more productive and I procrastinated less. You mentioned that you're a bit sleep deprived. Could that have something to do with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geila View Post
    That would be so tough to resist! Although I think if it's just an occasional treat, it's not a bad thing. Maybe you can build in a mom treat allowance? The thing that would make it difficult is if that one treats lead to a cascade of other "treats." That's what happens with me, but maybe you don't have that problem?
    Geila,
    I agree about the "treat" circumstances multiplying. I remember being impressed with one mom who said she never described any food she gave to her children as a "treat." I thought that was very wise.
    It seemed to remove the idea that you can allow all kinds of excuses to eat food that isn't good for us: birthdays, holidays, happy hours, vacations, staycations, etc. etc. Hence people saying afterwards, "I was very bad." It's a weird dynamic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lainey View Post
    Geila,
    I agree about the "treat" circumstances multiplying. I remember being impressed with one mom who said she never described any food she gave to her children as a "treat." I thought that was very wise.
    It seemed to remove the idea that you can allow all kinds of excuses to eat food that isn't good for us: birthdays, holidays, happy hours, vacations, staycations, etc. etc. Hence people saying afterwards, "I was very bad." It's a weird dynamic.
    You're right. After visiting Europe for an extended trip years ago, I noticed how our American culture handles sex and food in a good/evil way. We are prudish when it comes to sex yet have a huge porn industry that is often violent and degrading to women. We are 'bad' if we eat fatty foods, yet are the fattest nation in the planet. A lot of dissonance in our culture.

    When I was in Europe I saw sexuality represented as a normal part of every day life. Food was rich and delicious and it was something to enjoy, not beat yourself up over. I ate SO much delicious food on my trip. And yet I did not gain an ounce of extra weight. We walked a lot and the rich food felt satisfying and enjoyable without feeling addictive.

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    The treats have not cascaded so far, but there will be a big gathering at Thanksgiving.

    Yesterday I ate only a salad at 11:30 and wasn't hungry until 7 PM. I never go that long without wanting to eat, so maybe I am getting somewhere. It had lettuce*, tomatoes** onion, feta cheese, chia seeds, tahini, oregano** and thyme**. *locally grown **from my garden
    Edited to add: and a hardboiled egg

    Have any of you found that fresher, more flavorful foods fill you up better?

    Geila berries are a better fruit. Do nuts, seeds, or sugarfree yogurts appeal to you? A hardboiled egg? A piece of cheese? Celery with natural peanut butter?

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    Frittering away time on the internet would be mine. I feel like I'm not as productive as I used to be, and I believe that is the underlying reason. I read this quote recently in an article by Wayne Curtis in Yankee Magazine: "The internet is to time what a vending machine is to nutrition: always there, always tempting, always full of empty calories."

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