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Day 4 - Boundaries define your diet. Adjust your Boundaries :)

I usually track my calories and try to stay in the 1300 - 1500 range.
When I know I have a special occasion, I try to decide if I can cut calories the day before or after. Or sometimes I try to get in some extra calorie burning exercise.



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Another No S dieter here! Thanks, Gill, for introducing me to No S. I find it easy to stay on my narrow road 5 days a week and allow a wider road on weekends. It has become a natural way of eating for me.

Now I am trying to develop boundaries for exercise. Right now I'm striving to stay on a path of daily exercise; at least 30 minutes but I hope that time will grow. I am determined to form a habit of cardio or strength exercise every day. Some days I do both. I'm using an online exercise site called Daily Burn. I'm also trying to switch from "just walking" to interval walking. I won't ever be able to run because of my knee replacement.

Thanks for the mention of the "Boundaries" book; I'll be looking for it.

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I'm a (new) No S Diet fan too ... for the past month or two ... and I'd say those are my boundaries now.

I started the 100 Days book before and I did list a narrow/wide road summary on 4/22 which has not changed in way of food but exercise has ... as I've started exercising I've realized I cannot do the levels I thought I'd be able to ... I'm having to start off much slower ... but doing it (anyway) emoticon

I have changed in my No S 'wider road' boundaries though ... on weekends or special occasions I was free to have things I don't normally eat (ahi poke, sashimi, cheeses, eggs, etc.). However, I went to a huge all-out Hawaiian wedding feast last weekend and though I ate some of those things that evening I did not have the quantities I normally would have and I discovered they did not have the attraction or pull they've had in the past for me. I think I'll be perfectly happy going forward having foods in my plan IF AVAILABLE even for 'special' days but it's nice to know I no longer have the urge to binge and can take a normal 'serving' of something else if that's all I have to choose from.

I guess my taste buds/body/mind are slowly changing and embracing my whole foods/vegan lifestyle I want to live but I am just a bit 'behind' in actually realizing it - ha!

And thanks SKIRUNNER1 for mentioning Henry Cloud and the book Boundaries. Though I've not read it I did read Changes that Heal about 13 years ago which REALLY HELPED me at that time and unlike no other book had prior. For the life of me I could not 'remember' the name or author when I was thinking about it just a few weeks ago ... so THANK YOU ... I just checked our library system and there's one or two books of his I'm going to check into.

BTW, lovin' this team and thanks for being an awesome team leader Gill ...

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I have been following the No S diet system for about a year now, which has completely changed how I eat (for the better!),

My 'narrow path' is the Monday - Friday routine of three one-plate meals, with no snacks, no seconds and no sweets. In addition, I'd say that my 'narrow path' is plant-based and wholesome.

My path is always wider at the weekends, when I can have some snacks and sweets.

My 'wider path' would be if I decide to accept an offering of food outside my three-meal structure on a weekday - this might be because it's a special occasion, or because it seems important to accept the food for social reasons - in which case, I just relax my 'rule' on that occasion, then get right back on track. I'd also say my 'wider path' includes some dairy products and a small amount of egg (if someone else offers me, say, cake or quiche, or even an omlette).

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Day 4 Boundaries not diets

When I read this a few months ago, it gave me a sense of freedom. I had been tracking and planning, but always worried about my nutrition. I learned that I could have a few rules in place and then plan accordingly.

As part of the Boundaries, I have allowed myself once "cheat" meal per week. Since implementing this I am not bingeing. That is a big win for me, Now I don't even think about bingeing. It does help to only have healthy choices in the refrigerator or cupboard!

There is no such word as diet in my vocabulary. There is healthy lifestyle. That means making positive choices. So I choose Live-it. If I eat healthy and within boundaries 80% of the time, I am getting healthier.

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My boundaries haven't changed much since my last run-through of the book in January. Today, I'm realizing that a lot of my troubles of the past few months have been the result of a lot of coloring outside the lines! That ties in to yesterday's post about "If-only" thinking. I was doing a lot of that, too...but now I nip those thoughts in the bud. No point in worrying about tomorrow or what could have been. Just stay within the lines TODAY!

I agree, SKIRUNNER, the "Boundaries" book is quite good. It's been quite awhile since I read it, but I've gone back and reread portions over the past years. Helpful thoughts.

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Love this topic. (If you haven't read 'Boundries' by Cloud and Townsend, do it soon! They don't talk about food but what they did talk about was directly related to my own history of emotionally fueled eating.). Another resource in this area is Brooke Castillo's podcast, The Life Coach School. If you go there, start with episode 1.

Ok, to eating and moving! I deleted my first account - hence the 1 at the end of my user name. I leave it there to remind me. I tried another app which frankly has a better user interface for tracking...but that didn't work. I came back to Spark and looked again at the meal plans. This time I discovered the food substitution lists. On the website, click on the suggested food line and a list of 15-20 alternative foods for that category will pop up. You then can pick a food you like. It outlines portions and gives you all your nutrients in a realistic and doable range. When I discovered this, I started to lose weight. Yeah, Spark dietician! Yeah, nutrient ranges! Hence, boundries! Mostly I eat toward the bottom number but I get to go 350 calories higher when needed or wanted. Secondly, I've increased my movement whenever I can. Ok, long enuf!

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All or nothing was a huge problem for me. I have accepted that needed to change, but it is a battle sometimes.

I also hate tracking, but it does work.

I try to follow the clean eating plan, but I have a problem with chips. So, I have to allow portion control on those to prevent binges. I wish I didn't like them at all. I want to eliminate them entirely.

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Day 4: Boundaries Not Diets

I had never thought about the narrow and wide concept so I will just say that this is what I do and I guess I can call it narrow by the definition that I see others using here.

Since January 4th, 2016 I have tracked everything that I eat drink and do here on SP. I have done this 155 consecutive days (SP keeps track for me).

I weigh and measure everything that I eat. It does become easier btw for anyone who hasn't done this.

I am prepping for double knee surgery so I am also working on lower my B/P and blood sugar as well as losing additional weight.

In the past six weeks I have been wearing my pedometer again and each week I increase my daily steps by 200 additional steps. I walk with a cane (for distances and balance) so the past two weeks have been daunting but I am hanging in there.

IF I were to deviate from this then the 'wide road' would probably look like emotional eating (which has occurred a few times since the beginning of this year) as well as being lax on my movement during the day. However, I am on a near 7 week streak of moving every day so I am sticking to task on that.

I have found that the longer I am on the narrow road the more I don't rebound to the wider road. I have some good habits in place and they seem to be sticking. Grateful for that!

I also work on food behaviors (prior to this book study) and I continue to do that.

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Diet doesn't mean eat less ... it means eat SMART.

I have healthy boundaries now ... no all or nothing stinkin' thinkin'.

I plan through what I am gonna eat for the day.
Ensure I have everything I want/need.
And follow through.
Vacation or being away from home ... doesn't mean a "vacation" from healthy behaviors.
Exercise 5 days a week for 45-60 minutes.

This is is a way of life worth living.


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Boundaries Not Diets~Everything from my previous 1-4-16 post still applies. Right now, I see a big need to spend less time on the "wide road" resting and celebrating maintenance by tracking, staying aware, "don't even start" and not undoing my hard won success like I have done in the past.

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Day #4 Boundaries, Not Diets
I gave up the "all or nothing" diets a long time ago. This time through the "100 Days" book I plan to live on the narrow road as much as possible!

My Narrow road Includes:
Logging my meals and exercise plans every morning (and following plan)
Paying attention to nutrition values in my food
Occasionally weighing and/or measuring food
Giving up treats unless they are planned for

My Wide road Includes:
eating out
going on vacation
attending celebrations


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Boundaries not diets

“Narrow Road” emoticon

While traveling down my narrow road I:

Count my exchanges using the exchange cards
Journal
Plan ahead
measuring
plan for mishaps
Increase water intake
Limit added sugar so read labels
30 minutes exercise
10,000 steps or more

“Wider Road”

My road widens when I stop so My wide road

Get right back to Journaling tracking my food
Get back to exercising or just moving
Planning will keep me on track
Portion control if i need to satisfy a craving use portion control.
take photos of what I eat so can get journaling

eating healthy foods instead of junk food
when eating out- look at nutrition on line if possible or as soon as able to track. take half of it home as we know the portions are larger than a normal serving.




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I still feel the same about this day and REALLY like it as my eating plan (Slimming World)has a Wide Road and reasonable boundaries when I can eat most foods and lots of them with treat foods in moderation.
The couple of days before Weigh In I usually eat more strictly.
Writing it down is very important for me too. Though I need to keep doing it even when things are not going well as I don't write it down so am lying to everyone - especially myself! emoticon

I agree I too have a rebellious side and don't like feeling I'm being told what to do! emoticon

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I liked the Narrow Road/Wider Road concept in this chapter. Mine follows:

NARROW ROAD -
eat lots of veggies
beans and legumes
some fruits (I can overdo these)
whole grains
seeds
and no, or as little as possible, processed foods
and little to no oils, added sugar

Walking - 45 min. 4-6x weekly adding minutes/increasing pace as able
Yoga, Tai Chi 2-3x weekly working up to 6-7

One Day Off from exercise (if I want)

WIDER ROAD

Have healthy treats on "S" days but still within 'good' food category
ex: making 'ginger red bean popsicles' or 'black bean popsicles' (they are GOOD!) or freezer fudge (made with peanut butter, ,coconut oil, raw cocoa and stevia)

When out and about for "S" days (celebration/special type days) enjoy some faves I no longer eat ... ahi, mochi, lau lau, manapua - maybe a chili cheese rellano once in a while




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My eating style is planning ahead for the day ( try to do a week at a time. I was diagnosed as diabetic in February. I have been Sparking since September, and had a pretty good handle on nutrition. I do journal to keep track of my food. I also have become ruthless about tracking mindless eating as a separate meal category. That was a real eye opener for me! My dietician said to continue what I was doing. OK- but I still wasn't losing weight.
Recently I reduced my carbs, and am seeing progress emoticon Thanks to my logging, it was easy to go back and analyze what was going on.

Problem areas- too many carbs, reset from 50% to 45%.
Problem- Mindless ( emotional eating) I hate/love logging!

When a food enters your head, you don't have to eat it! That is a powerful statement for me.
I do make a note in my daily tracker and add it to a meal that week. It is weird, when I start that day, the food that I was longing for rarely calls my name. That frees up my plan for good foods. The foods I long for are rarely the foods that are good for me. When I do select the longing food, I find that I am disappointed with the taste. ( Who doesn't love a good gourmet hamburger?) So this past week I had a mushroom swiss burger, and it didn't taste that great- Now the thought of another one just doesn't sit well with me.

I like the idea of boundaries instead of rules. My inner brat doesn't like rules. But she will accept choices. She can have a candy bar, or she can have some yogurt with fresh berries- easy choice. Whatever makes me fill full and satisfied!

As far as desserts or other treats, I do indulge in 3 bites. That satisfies my sweet tooth.

I have a lot of weight to lose, and know me well enough to know that a restrictive diets and a list of No-No's won't work for me. I make a daily choice. emoticon I flutter a bit, but generally stick to real foods, no boxes, cans or chemicals. With boundaries, I don't have to feel guilty about what I eat. If I am not showing progress, I can eat at the low end of my range. Indulgences can be eating within my guidelines.

Now I have to confess. In September I started reading the 100 days of Weight Loss, and this particular section grabbed my intentions. I decided to quit beating myself up and start living.

Because I am still having problems with emotional eating, I am seeking professional help.
This program is amazing! Thank you Linda!






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DAY 4 Boundaries

I did this on the right day - just wrote in my journal.

My boundaries are to eat in my calorie range and cook more.
To eat more whole foods and less snacks.
To be aware of what I'm eating and be less distracted.

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DAY 4 Boundaries

I just booked my flight to Florida and with thoughts of wearing a bathing suit in mind, my boundaries need to be pretty tightly drawn for the next three weeks!

Interestingly, when I looked back at my last run-through of the 100 Days, my boundaries didn't have that much to do with specific foods, but more with habits. This time, I found that I wrote several things outside the boundaries because, at this point in my journey, I have to have a "don't even start" mentality with these things - bar chocolate and certain salty snacks, for example. Sometimes I can exercise portion control, but these days I somehow have to be stricter with myself.

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Day 5

Narrow Road:
2+ quarts of water
60 minutes on the treadmill
1-2 fruits
1 carb
tons of veggies

Wider Road:
the above plus
2-3 fruits
2 carbs
once a week "treat"


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Thanks Maria for a line I will remember, "not tracking but staying aware; being flexible but still responsible" - That is exactly what I need to do.....consistently!

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Day 4: Boundaries, not diets

So far this is the discussion topic that, figuratively speaking, knocked me over the head! Funny because I've always referred to my experience with Spark as a journey, but never viewed it quite like a road with the edges are boundaries.

Narrow Road; I have less of these than I'd like. I think it's because I'm too rigid. Since this is written to the person I want to become here is what I want to see happen

1) drink 8 glasses of water
2) eat 5 freggies
3) eat 3 meals a day
4) learn to include (and embrace) snacks
5) be active
6) reach out to fellow Sparkers
7) get adequate sleep

My wider road

1) drink when thirsty
2) follow the 80/20 rule of eating (allowing treats but only if I've eaten right 80% of time)
3) Allowing myself to be satisfied if I don't exercise "enough"
4) saying okay to not being perfect
5) learn from mistakes but don't let them push me off the road

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My eating plan is the No S Diet, as it has been for six years. I've had some problems adjusting to a much lowered hunger level as I age, but not a lowered desire for meals. It allows for a lot of freedom of what I eat and relaxed eating on limited days. I had instituted some extra boundaries that were working well but allowing small infractions started leading to too much random eating again. Keeping to my boundaries is really not that hard and supports my life fine. I've found that almost all eating outside the boundaries doesn't really accomplish anything important. Using food for celebration sometimes is built in.

I recommit to my boundaries. It will be easier the more I do it.



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Day 4~My favorite sentence In this lesson and one I try hard to live by now is, "even on a bad day you never eliminate the road or get off of it completely."

Narrow road: Tracking, planning snacks, eating less, eating slowly, mindfully, keeping up healthy streaks, increasing steps and movement.

Wide road: Not tracking but staying aware, being flexible but still responsible during a vacation or a special occasion or those times when life just gets too crazy. Try to keep as many healthy streaks going as possible.

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I try to stay on the narrow road but life is never exactly as planned and I've learned not to beat myself up if I take the broader road when necessary.

Narrow road
Under 20 Net Carbs a day
8-10 glasses of water each day
At least 10,000 steps daily
ST exercises every other day

Broader Road
40-60 Net Carbs
Still drink 8 glasses of water
And move as much as I can



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I'm on the No "S" Diet so on weekdays I'm on the narrow road which means that I won't have snacks, seconds, or sweets. I also make it a point to drink my water every, at least 8 cups although my doctor insists that coffee and tea are metabolized like water so I count them.

Ahh, the weekend, the "S" Days - the road widens a bit and I allow myself either a snack, a second serving, or something wicked - dessert! Those are only allowed on Saturday, Sunday, or Special occasions, though.

I didn't think this would work for me but it is working - it gives me boundaries without telling me what to eat and what I "can't" eat.

I can do this!! I'll trip and fall flat on my face but I'll get back up and go at it again. Somehow consistency eludes me but I'm getting better at it and the pratfalls are further and further apart.

Boundaries are important. When I get discouraged or angry with the process I run right bang into another boundary, my absolute determination never to quit trying!
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Narrow road
Drink 8+ cups of water per day
Have a vegetable or fruit with each meal
Track all meals
No sweets, 5 days a week
Walk for exercise daily-30+ Minutes
Step goal-10,0000

Wider road
Track meals 5 days a week
Step goal 10,000 5 days a week
Otherwise, continue with above habits

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Day 4

I plan to attend a Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday to see if I think that program will work for me. I like that it doesn’t cut out anything. You just stay within your points and if you need/want more, you exercise for it. Sort of a boundaries thing. It also forces me to have face to face accountability.




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I like that weight watchers does not restrict any food as long as you count it in your points. The wider road for me includes some chocolate and the narrow road does not.

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Oh, I'm with 'Zippadee', who posted about time being a big challenge. I know what will happen when School goes back on Wednesday... the best laid plans etc.....

I think, maybe, for the next week or two, I shall be like a horse wearing blinkers. I am going to have to focus on the narrow path. I will look at the margins in a week or two when I see what my work timetable looks like. It is all to easy for me to stay off the path altogether once I leave it.

I'll come back to Day 4.

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My boundaries plan I did in November is not too far below if you scroll down. I still feel exactly the same way. I just had to edit it because it said 5 freebies instead of 5 freggies, that darn spell checker had changed it! emoticon

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This is a dangerous subject for me! I honestly have to say for now that I cannot even begin to widen my path. Believe me when I say that I can find a reason every day to travel that wider path and that path does not end up in any weight loss for me. So for now it is the Straight & Narrow.

I reviewed a note I had written about this and here is what I said to myself:

"You cannot allow daily exceptions and succeed!"

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Narrow Road:

-30 minutes or more of cardio per day
-staying at daily WW points allowance without utilizing weekly allowance
-planning all meals in advance

Wider Road:

-skip formal exercise during vacations and get in activity such as walking, swimming, biking intstead
-eat daily points plus weekly allowance, allow for no point counting but stay focused on hunger and satiety during vacations
-planning meals "on the fly"

Dead End Road:

Giving up and eating whatever. NEVER give Up! NEVER surrender! emoticon

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I'm one of those who can't stand counting calories. It really stresses me out so I found a "system" that so far works for me, just counting cups of food- keeping a good balance between healthy choices of proteins, carbs and fruits/veggies. Really it's just a simplified way of portion control. This way I'm not feeling like I can't eat something which makes me crave it even more.

Straight and Narrow- 6 cups of food each day divided between 3 main meals and 2 snacks. Write down everything I eat. Exercise 3-5 times a week, depending on how old injuries are doing. Be part of a support group to help me be accountable and meet my goals.

Wider Road- Increase cups of food as needed if my activity level rises or I want to lose weight more slowly or maintain it. Continue regular exercise. Continue writing down what I eat for accountability. Continue in some type of support group so I don't return to old habits.

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Day 4
BOUNDARIES, NOT DIETS

Fast Lane / Narrow Road:
~ Track food and calories everyday
~ 1,500-1,750 calories per day
~ 7,500-10,000 step minimum
~ Gym, pool, long walk, workout video, class, or home exercises each day

Slow Lane / Wider Road:
~ Record all food on paper
~ Under 2,000 calories per day
~ 5,000 step minimum
~ At least one of my home exercises for the day
~ If I overindulge, recognize it as an isolated incident and do NOT take a complete detour

I want to stay on the narrow road / fast lane as much as possible. However, I need to recognize that if I stray from that lane, sticking to a more lenient yet still bounded path will prevent me from making a complete U-turn or getting stuck stranded in a ditch. Bumps and potholes along the route cannot be used as an excuse to abandon the journey.

Today was pretty much a "slow lane" day for me both in terms of calorie range and step count. However, tonight I got an itch to go for a walk. After I realized that this urge had popped into my head several times and I kept ignoring it, suddenly I realized that it was the kind of urge that is supposed to be indulged, not ignored. So I went for a walk and brought my step count for the day into the "fast lane" range. This serves as a good reminder that changing lanes doesn't only have to happen from fast lane / narrow road to slow lane / wider road - we can also pick up the pace and narrow the road throughout the day!

Edited by: HUYANA_PHOENIX at: 11/5/2015 (03:17)
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Boundaries, not diets makes so much more sense to me. Diets are so restrictive and you can't possibly stay on them forever, since they are not real life expectations. But I agree that you have to follow some sort of system, and having a narrow and wider road allows you to flex by how you are feeling - whether you are highly motivated, strong, and full of energy or need a little break.

Right now my narrow road looks like this:
formal exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, and at least 10,000 steps
at least 5 freggies a day
no sugar or white carbs
drink lots of water!

And my wider road:
take a rest day from formal exercise except for walking dogs
allow for more calories through a special meal, dessert, treat or alcoholic beverage, but don't overeat!
drink an occasional diet soda

Edited by: AMYBELLES at: 1/4/2016 (10:32)
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Boundaries, not diets!
I know that rigid rules and restrictions will not work for me long term. So, the changes I make have to be habits that will last a lifetime, not rigid rules that will be impossible for me to maintain long term.

My "narrow road" will look like this (this would be my ideal plan when everything in life is going rosy) :
*The No S Diet: No Sweets, No Snacks, No Seconds Except sometimes on days that start with S.
*Lots of fruits and veggies
*No Chips (trigger food)
*Lots of water
*No diet pop
*No fast food
*At least 10,000 steps a day
*squat challenge
*some form of "exercise" other than just steps from regular activity...ie a walk or Leslie Sansone DVD
*blog
*check into sparkspeople

The "wider" road
*No S Diet: No Sweets, No Snacks, No Seconds excpet sometimes on days that end with S. Period!

At this point in my life my biggest challenge is time! I have the desire and commitment to get in everything, but I realize that sometimes there just will not be enough hours in the day!! This is only day 4 since I have really buckled down and started working on this. And, for the past four days I have managed to stay on my "narrow path". But, I know that there will be days when I will only be able to manage the "wider" road. And, that is ok!! I'm going to get there!! :)

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Boundaries, not diets!
I know that rigid rules and restrictions will not work for me long term. So, the changes I make have to be habits that will last a lifetime, not rigid rules that will be impossible for me to maintain long term.

My "narrow road" will look like this (this would be my ideal plan when everything in life is going rosy) :
*The No S Diet: No Sweets, No Snacks, No Seconds Except sometimes on days that start with S.
*Lots of fruits and veggies
*No Chips (trigger food)
*Lots of water
*No diet pop
*No fast food
*At least 10,000 steps a day
*squat challenge
*some form of "exercise" other than just steps from regular activity...ie a walk or Leslie Sansone DVD
*blog
*check into sparkspeople

The "wider" road
*No S Diet: No Sweets, No Snacks, No Seconds excpet sometimes on days that end with S. Period!

At this point in my life my biggest challenge is time! I have the desire and commitment to get in everything, but I realize that sometimes there just will not be enough hours in the day!! This is only day 4 since I have really buckled down and started working on this. And, for the past four days I have managed to stay on my "narrow path". But, I know that there will be days when I will only be able to manage the "wider" road. And, that is ok!! I'm going to get there!! :)

Healthy living is my commitment! :)



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I've found that for me having flexible boundaries works best so this lesson made a lot of sense. If I stuck to rigid guidelines or insisted the narrow boundaries were very tight, then I'd probably lose weight a lot faster ... at least initially. The downside of that is that from knowing myself, I know at some point I'd give up and go in the opposite direction; and regain the weight ... so finding that looser more flexible boundaries work best even if slower.

There still do need to be boundaries or I won't lose weight or get healthier. Words like moderation and balance fit well when I think of the boundaries I want to have in place.

The boundaries for me currently includes things like exercising for at least 10 mins a day (allowing time for re-building up strength and recovering from injury; and then increasing that target); keep a food diary; drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day; blogging and writing on the message boards here; and an emphasis on eating less and eating healthier and trying to make wise choices. I'm also trying to be aware of the spark recommended calorie range and trying to fall within it. Because these boundaries are already flexible the main variations between narrow and wider road would connect to not being as concerned with tracking food and with things like journalling; but still trying to do the minimum exercise and while having more freedom with food choices not going too far from my range.




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Day# 4 -- Boundaries, Not Diets
Because I know that getting to my goal weight is important, I plan to stick to the more narrow road during the 100 days of this challenge.
However because I can see by my calendar that there will be days that may make it difficult (like traveling, hubby going to hospital again) etc, on those days I will just need to remember "guidelines, not rules"!

Narrow Road vs Wide Road
My narrow road would be to log everything, exercise every day and no junk food ever!

My wide road would be log every day possible, move my body in some form every day, and try to find some joy in every day!



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"If I'm craving something not particularly nutritious, I'll drink water and wait ten minutes and if I still want it, I eat it"
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When I first joined SparkPeople, my "diet" boundaries were a calorie range, This was a real struggle for me because
(1) tracking food required an increase in sedentary time at the computer
(2) my caloric needs tend not to wrap up in a single day - I pretty much always at within my range over a three day period, but some days I'd be below 1200 calories and just no longer hungry and other days I'd be over 2000 and preoccupied with food if I tried to deny myself
(3) this was the hardest - I'm convinced it's actually impossible to get all the USRDAs in a single day. I'd do the nutrition feedback at the end of the day and it would say my vitamin A was dangerously high so lay off the supplements (when it had come from green leafy veggies, not supplements) and my folic acid was low so maybe eat some additional kale or spinach

Now that I'm in maintenance, I've largely stopped worrying about most nutrients. My quantities are set intuitively - I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm no longer hungry. If I'm craving something not particularly nutritious, I'll drink water and wait ten minutes and if I still want it, I eat it. I'm a vegetarian so I consciously complete my proteins at every meal and I cook as much as possible in cast iron. I consciously consume something vitamin C rich (citrus, berries, peppers) at some point each day, I seek out calcium rich foods at most meals and binge on calcium in both food and supplement form after giving platelets, and I consciously consume something rich in vitamin A (green leafy and orange vegetables) at every lunch and dinner (although I often skip dinner 'cause I'm a morning person and eat three full meals by 10:30 am!). I track my food for a couple days in a row about once a month to notice if there's some ingredient that's totally out of whack, but mostly I find it's just too time consuming to try to watch everything, so I eat nutrient dense, brightly colored foods in a large variety over the course of the growing season and trust my body to let me know if something starts to go wrong.

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I tend to be a "narrow road" or nothing person as I don't trust my self control to just "make healthy choices". I'm currently on a "wide road" approach as I learn to balance my new schedule.

Narrow:
Low carb (skip the bread, potatoes & pasta)
Low sugar (skip the dessert)
8 glasses water/day
1200-1500 calories
Workout 5x/week
Meal plan

Wide:
Keep up with 8 glasses/day
Portion size & choose the stuff I REALLY want at holidays & social functions
10 min/day intentional activity
Keep healthy snacks on hand
Meal plan

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Thanks for all the encouragement for us, Gill!

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Day 4 -

Narrow road: Eating really strictly clean - no processed or junk food - on my diet. For Exercise: Sticking to a perfect schedule of walking and workouts every day of the week.

Wider road: Eating mostly clean fresh foods but allowing some processed foods and occasional (small) treats. For Exercise: following my planned schedule most of the time but if for some legitimate reason I can't, then build activity and exercise into my day as I can and resume a workout as quickly as possible on the next available day.


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