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I've been derailed by deep fried foods!

Oh no!

 

There's only 1 week left, and even if you've been struggling the last several days, you can pull through for 6 more days!

 

 Especially considering that you're studying like crazy, give yourself a bit of break when it comes to low willpower. :tongue: Less rice and more veggies is a great change, and so its more stairs. Even though you haven't completed your Paleo transition, you're making progress! Don't forget that.

 

Sometimes, it's easier to recharge the willpower bar by allowing yourself a little bit of time to have things you miss. Not binging on them, just having one or two reasonable portions per day for a week, or something like that. But, everyone is different. As someone on another thread commented, some people do well with moderation (I'm one of those), and some people do better by abstaining all the time until the cravings go away. I'd recommend having a plan for what you're going to do at the end of this challenge, though. That way, you don't flip out and start eating all the treats you see, or something like that! :tongue:

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I'm already planning how I can do my next 6wk challenge better...but I'm dedicated to finish this challenge. Only two weeks to go! (or is it one, now? I've lost track!)

You can do it!

Given that you're alone in your paleo-ing, it's bound to be a little rough. And you're doing your stairs, so go you!

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Stealthstitcher

 

"You see, what you've got to consider is: are you going to be the hero of this 'ere adventure, or ain't you? You can't 'ave it both ways."

              - E. Nesbit, The Magic City

 

Challenges:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

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The fried foods bug crept in again. I think I'm one of those people who self-sabotage with unhealthy thinking such as "well, I had one, so I might as well have it all for today." As I've lamented consistently throughout my challenge, I'm really an all or nothing type of person. Which is quite awful when my parents are all "I hate to see you give up something you love! Here, have a chocolate. Don't you love me enough to have a chocolate? I want to see you happy." And suddenly a whole packet disappears within 2hrs. I don't think they realise how little willpower I have once I've gotten a taste. 

 

Sometimes, I wished I lived away from home so I can better commit to this lifestyle. It's just depressing when they feed me junk food and then complain 3 mins later saying I need to lose an extra 10 Kg. -.- There are a lot of unhealthy family dynamics here and the amount of stress it causes everyone with my attempts to eat healthy almost makes me think it's not worth the drama. Almost. But not quite.

 

Tomorrow's a new day. I shall succeed for the remainder of the challenge! I will go out with a bang. I will finish strong! I will. 

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It's really sad that your family isn't respecting your desire to change how you eat. :/

 

If nothing else, stick to switching out rice to more veggies, and taking the stairs. Even if none of your other changes stick, those are two very good new habits that I believe you can stick to! It's going to be a long journey, but you can get there one little change at a time. :)

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Haha, thanks for making me see the bright side of things. I was so focussed on trying to go as Paleo as I can and being disappointed that I just wasn't making it that I completely forgot how good replacing rice with veggies actually is. It was definitely a challenge and probably the only one my parents don't complain about. 

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Isn't it weird how people who care about you seem to see positive changes as you suffering instead? When I told my mom about the vegetables I was having for breakfast, she said, "I just hate this for you!" You ... hate that I'm having lovely broiled asparagus with my eggs? Because it must be so painful for me?

But anyway - maybe your example will slowly but surely bring your family around. Enough exposure to your healthy choices and eventually they'll have to start seeing it as normal and good. But even if not, you're still the better for it.

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Stealthstitcher

 

"You see, what you've got to consider is: are you going to be the hero of this 'ere adventure, or ain't you? You can't 'ave it both ways."

              - E. Nesbit, The Magic City

 

Challenges:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

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It's been a while since I've logged in, but since the challenge has finally concluded I feel obligated to say:

 

I failed my challenge big time.

 

BUT, I do have one small win from the 6 wk challenge. I'm still not eating rice, which is my dietary staple.

 

Unfortunately I have slowly returned to treats and wheat products over time..and lifts due to time constraints at work. 

 

But, by golly, I'm going to consider my elimination of rice and continuing to have full paleo brekkies as a win. I succeeded in paleo brekkies, which I failed in my last challenge. So at least there's improvement. I bet that next 6wk challenge will get me to a more permanent paleo change.

 

Thank you all for the support you've given me over the last two months. :) I know my plan for my next challenge will be purely diet based because my will power is so weak, and I definitely need to build up resilience to that, :tongue: I'm set on eventually going full paleo over the next few years, so any change in that direction is a good one in my opinion.

 

Since falling off the wagon, you won't believe how happy my parents are ("omg! You're eating real food again!!!"), which is all kinds of sad. Especially when they say in their next breath whilst handing me a chocolate ice cream sandwich: "You should lose weight".

 

Like everyone says, it's going to be a massive uphill battle. But I bet when I reach that summit and set up camp there, I'll be so proud that I stuck through with it. I'm going to use that chinese proverb (something along lines of moving a mountain by taking a single stone) to heart. Each challenge can be my stone that will eventually move an entire mountain.

 

On to challenge #3!

 

Summary of Challenge #2:

Goal 1: B+

Goal 2: C-

Goal 3: A-

 

Life Goal: F

 

Goals 1 and 3 were most successful and they were mostly goals of endurance and willpower, so I'm going to allocate 1 point to stamina and 0.5 point to constitution to reflect this challenge type and success in those areas.

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Breadstrings! Glad to hear from you. I was wondering where you went!

 

BUT, I do have one small win from the 6 wk challenge. I'm still not eating rice, which is my dietary staple.

 

Unfortunately I have slowly returned to treats and wheat products over time..and lifts due to time constraints at work. 

 

But, by golly, I'm going to consider my elimination of rice and continuing to have full paleo brekkies as a win. I succeeded in paleo brekkies, which I failed in my last challenge. So at least there's improvement. I bet that next 6wk challenge will get me to a more permanent paleo change.

 

I wouldn't call it a "small" win. :3 Full Paleo breakfasts is 1/3 of your day already converted!

 

Do you have any plans/ideas for dealing with your time limitations at work? Maybe making some Paleo lunches ahead of time or finding Paleo snacks to bring?

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Breadstrings! Glad to hear from you. I was wondering where you went!

 

 

I wouldn't call it a "small" win. :3 Full Paleo breakfasts is 1/3 of your day already converted!

 

Do you have any plans/ideas for dealing with your time limitations at work? Maybe making some Paleo lunches ahead of time or finding Paleo snacks to bring?

 

I like your perspective. 1/3 of my day converted! Whoot!

 

I actually haven't thought about it yet. It really is a craving/convenience cycle that's easy to fall into at work, and when I'm home the same thing happens where I'm too exhausted to prep for the next day after studying all night.

 

The best run I had was when I made a whole week's worth of lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Granted, it was the exact same meal everyday, but at least I did't have to worry about it as I ran out the door. With exams just around the corner (7 days! EEK!!!) this may be postponed until the exam rush is over. But I like the idea of food prep on Sunday for the upcoming week.

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