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3 down, 17 to go.

From what I know of my metabolic setpoints, the first eight will be relatively easy. Getting the next twelve will require more discipline. For now, I'm just doing the easy thing and not exorcising anything entirely. Still, one or two fewer sodas, smaller portions, and not automatically clearing my plate (stopping when satisfied, not "full") do do make a difference. Recognizing and limiting "comfort eating" means I'll down one or two cookies, or a half-dozen chips, and not half-the-box/bag at one sitting. Unfortunately, I don't get along well with aspartame and I detest the flavor of sucralose, so reducing sugar intake will only happen the hard way.

At this point, I still only get out to the gym briefly and once a week. Working a desk job from home doesn't really offer much opportunity for physical activity, so hitting my target will require creating regular outdoor time.

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Static since last update. Considering how badly I ate for several days last week, I'm just grateful that I didn't pack it back on.

Resolved to limit cheese purchasing over the next few months (sorry, Jill!) I still have a number of soft cheeses acquired in December that I simply can't keep ignoring, so I'll have to stuff some friends instead.

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Currently at 5 down, 15 to go, and thinking about where to redirect my urges to nibble. First step will be to promote that bag of ready-to-eat little carrots from the fridge's lowly vegetable drawer to a prime location in the milk/beverage hatch.
Apples. See the apple, be the apple.
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First step will be to promote that bag of ready-to-eat little carrots from the fridge's lowly vegetable drawer to a prime location in the milk/beverage hatch.
I have found it really helpful to repackage these into little baggies. When I leave the house for work, I grab a baggie. If they aren't already bagged up, I feel like I am too busy to do it, and I end up having some crappy snack instead. When I am really good, I bag up a bunch of these and celery and take both, but that takes more effort because I can't stand that pre-cut celery. I also grab an apple.

I have taken to eating one of these items before going out to eat so that I'm not starving when I get there.

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I have taken to eating one of these items before going out to eat so that I'm not starving when I get there.
I think that's a really great piece of advice. Before eating out it's often tempting not to eat too much so that you haven't 'used up' all of your calories/points for the day/week. The result is that you arrive at dinner absolutely starving and eat way too much (bread, apps, anything that gets within grabbing distance of your table!). It's better to snack ahead of time on something like carrots or an apple so the edge is off your hunger with something more healthy.
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