The Power Of Choice

- POSTED ON: May 23, 2011


Today I had the choice to either stay in bed
or get up and go about my daily activities.
I chose to get up.

Today I have the choice to either
eat small portions of foods that fit into my diet,
or eat as much as I like of whatever appeals to me.
I am choosing to eat small portions of “healthy” foods.

Today I have the choice to make better choices or not to.

Every day, every hour, every minute, we can use our "Power of Choice".
I am choosing to do the things that will cause me to maintain my weight-loss.
Yes I sometimes have slip ups, but that happens to the best of us.
I’m not going to let that get in the way of good things happening to me,

 Have a wonderful day, and CHOOSE WISELY.

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On May 23, 2011 wrote:
Dr Collins Today I'm going to follow your example.

On May 23, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Samuel, Congratulations on deciding to choose to make better choices for yourself.

On May 23, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
I AM CHOOSING....... BETTER CHOICES.*** Me too. I chose to have a smaller portion of a sweet treat after supper, the almond ricotta one. I enjoyed two of your recipes today. Having delicious foods to go to helps with making better choices. Pretty heart wind chime.

On May 23, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Karen. I made that wind chime several years ago, even fused the glass hearts in my kiln. I'm Glad to hear that you are also enjoying the that foods I like. Personally, I need a variety of tasty low-calorie foods to be successful - long-term.

On May 24, 2011 TexArk wrote:
And I chose to overeat macadamia nuts last night. No one else stuck my hand in the bag over and over. I had that little battle going on in my head and I chose to overeat. Now I live with the consequences. They will not be long term and now I have learned (again) that I cannot keep a bag of nuts in the house because there will be those days where the battle will be too strong. I can now be around foods that I don't eat: grains, sweets, etc. and they are not tempting. I have already chosen not to eat them. It is choosing to stop at small portions that is difficult for me, but it is still my choice. You are so right.

On May 24, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, I understand exactly that urge to just keep on eating nuts. This is also a difficulty of mine. I handle it first by working not to eat directly from the container, and keeping the container closed and out of sight..either in the pantry or freezer. I count out or weigh out the nuts I eat before eating them...even if eating them is off my plan and therefore I'm not making the best eating choice at that time. Of couse I log them into my food journal as I do with every bite of food that enters mt mouth .. ALWAYS. I log it in immediately, and if I choose to go back for another nut or anouther round of nuts, I also log that immediately .. For me, this immediate accountability is like pushing on the brakes. My last option is to throw the rest away and then keep them out of the house for awhile. Sometimes I find that necessary, but nuts are an ongoing favorite "allowable" food for me, so my work to control intake and portion size is ongoing. There are times when I eat more of them than planned, but as I am not willing to give them up, I am gentle with myself when I eat more of them than is optimal.

On May 24, 2011 TexArk wrote:
Oh yes...the nuts have been in high cupboards, in the freezer, counted out, entered in DP, etc. Haven't seen that high a number in DP probably ever! And what is a serving of macadamia nuts...2 pieces maybe?? Anyway, I was just amused at your topic due to my recent choice. So, my choice for now is out of the house. It was just a little reminder of my old "binge self" that I need to watch. That is why I just can't understand people advocating so strongly against recording what they eat or weighing themselves. As Karen says, I could live on the isle of denial if I didn't face up to the consequences of my choices.

On May 24, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, Congratulations for taking the steps you've found necessary. I Accept that I, personally, will ALWAYS have to deal with binge behavior, and I have to do whatever I can to limit it and to be kind to myself about it. Nuts are SO very high calorie. A positive thing about nuts, is that if I have them without sugar or other carbs, a 1/2 cup (about 438 calories) or 1 cup (about 876 calories) is filling enough to limit my desire to eat for the remainder of that day.

On May 24, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
isle of denial*** Many ports of call. Many. So, I am with you TexArk, the simple habit of daily measuring myself and my food, and recording the same, is so powerful. Perhaps, if I chose to never have a piece of German Chocolate cake, Blue Bell ice cream sundae, ashkew every sugary or grain laced food. Then if I were to walk everywhere, as our ancestors did, then I could be at my optimum weight. But I do chose to eat those foods, so I have to figure out how while still being slim & trim. For me, the cost in time is so minimal, and the pleasure I get from eating these foods easily offsets the recording habit. I also enjoy cars, airplanes, trains, buses, etc.. to get me around, so I am not giving modern modes of travel either. So I am, again, back to recording.

On May 24, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, **** "For me, the cost in time is so minimal, and the pleasure I get from eating these foods easily offsets the recording habit" .... This is also True for me.

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