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I can't believe how emotional I got over watermelon tonight. We had some friends over for dinner and as a surprise, one of them brought a watermelon.

This summer I have had watermelon about 3-4 times......but they have sucked each time! You know, grainy and not so sweet. It is one of my FAVORITES but I don't buy them because I can overeat them and there's NOTHING like a perfectly ripened and sweet watermelon. Well, that's exactly the kind that was brought to my house tonight.

I knew as soon as I stuck it with the knife by the sound that it made that it was at it's peak! PSSST! Then the smell hit me. I cut 1/2 of it up and DH came up to me and asked if it was a good one. I told him I didn't know because right now I can't eat it and I was honestly choked up. I told him "this is the best melon I've seen this summer and this is the hardest Medifast challenge so far" .

Anyway...crazy how attached we can get to food! I know I'm not going to eat it and I feel good about sticking to my plan, but it was like seeing an old lover! Some has been sent home with guests and the other chunk will go to work with me Monday and cool off the plant workers who work in the heat. If I can't eat it, I will at least turn a good deed with it!.

It feels empowering to have made a choice tonight instead of just succumbing to strong temptation like I would have 3 weeks ago..

These boards to me are like the guard rails on my Medifast path! Thanks for listening!.

Sandy.

Comments (45)

That's a killer! But nice job! Just think about how great you are going to look next summer! I tell myself oh go ahead and eat the watermelon now, if you want to look like a watermelon next summer! Envisioning myself as a giant watermelon trying to find shorts and a swimsuit for next summer does help me! Good luck and keep thinking about how great you'll look next summer!.

Comment #1

Congratulations on staying strong :-) Some days are just like that something will strike you and it's so hard to say no..

Comment #2

You are awesome! No excuses for you missy! Watermelon will always always always be around, you can have plenty after goal.

Comment #3

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is truly wonderful that you "came, saw, smelled, touched, cut" BUT DIDNT TASTE!!! Now, you KNOW you can overcome anything!!! .

I felt that way when my "love" of shopping "came back to me"! When I could fit in clothes at my old haunts...ahhhhh.

But, the good news? You will be able to have your "love" again someday soon. Your love is good and healthy!! My "old love" was ice cream...BAD!!.

Comment #4

Awww!!! Fruit is one of those things I miss too, so I feel ya girl! You were choked up - awwww!!!! But, you didn't have any! That is amazing! You could have so easily had some and who would know, but you didn't! That is will of STEEL, there!.

Comment #5

Fruit was a killer for me too. I think you handled that so well. Congratulations on your NSV, it's truly inspirational. I love the fact you're going to share it with people at work who will get the most appreciation out of it. Sometimes it's good to enjoy vicariously through others..

Comment #6

Congratulations on withstanding the temptation! For me, it's red grapes. Just cleaned up a batch for the grandkids and I was not as strong as you were. I popped one in my mouth without thinking. It was good, but the guilt was not. You should be proud of your ability to do this right no matter what. WTG!.

Comment #7

Thank you everyone! It's very nice to be able to come here and talk about things that people without food issues wouldn't understand. I think most people would just think...."what's the problem..eat the watermelon, it's healthy"..

Oh believe me, there are way more foods than just watermelon that I'm sure are going to bumfuzzle me along the way, but I have managed to not put myself in those situations thus far. I won't be going out to eat and watching my DH eat fries for quite a while!.

I think that one of the things that is helping me prepare for long term maintenance is having small amounts of food and making them last. Take the bars for instance....Normally, I'd consider them a 2-3 bite tidbit - probably gone in less than a minute! But when I cut them up into 12 tiny pieces and eat each bite and don't pop in another one until that bite is finished, it becomes a small, flavorful meal that holds me over.

As I stick to the plan and realize that I really want to change my behavior and that this is a surefire way to reach my goal and maintain my results, I get more excited about it!.

Comment #8

I'm with you on the bars. I break them up into tiny pieces, stick in a snack sized baggie and freeze them. They take a good half hour to 45 minutes to eat. Makes it worth while. You're doing great, keep it up!.

Comment #9

That's a killer! But nice job! Just think about how great you are going to look next summer! I tell myself oh go ahead and eat the watermelon now, if you want to look like a watermelon next summer! Envisioning myself as a giant watermelon trying to find shorts and a swimsuit for next summer does help me! Good luck and keep thinking about how great you'll look next summer!..

Comment #10

Congratulations on staying strong :-) Some days are just like that something will strike you and it's so hard to say no...

Comment #11

You are awesome! No excuses for you missy! Watermelon will always always always be around, you can have plenty after goal..

Comment #12

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is truly wonderful that you "came, saw, smelled, touched, cut" BUT DIDNT TASTE!!! Now, you KNOW you can overcome anything!!!.

I felt that way when my "love" of shopping "came back to me"! When I could fit in clothes at my old haunts...ahhhhh..

But, the good news? You will be able to have your "love" again someday soon. Your love is good and healthy!! My "old love" was ice cream...BAD!!..

Comment #13

Awww!!! Fruit is one of those things I miss too, so I feel ya girl! You were choked up - awwww!!!! But, you didn't have any! That is amazing! You could have so easily had some and who would know, but you didn't! That is will of STEEL, there!..

Comment #14

Fruit was a killer for me too. I think you handled that so well. Congratulations on your NSV, it's truly inspirational. I love the fact you're going to share it with people at work who will get the most appreciation out of it. Sometimes it's good to enjoy vicariously through others...

Comment #15

Congratulations on withstanding the temptation! For me, it's red grapes. Just cleaned up a batch for the grandkids and I was not as strong as you were. I popped one in my mouth without thinking. It was good, but the guilt was not. You should be proud of your ability to do this right no matter what. WTG!..

Comment #16

Thank you everyone! It's very nice to be able to come here and talk about things that people without food issues wouldn't understand. I think most people would just think...."what's the problem..eat the watermelon, it's healthy"..

Oh believe me, there are way more foods than just watermelon that I'm sure are going to bumfuzzle me along the way, but I have managed to not put myself in those situations thus far. I won't be going out to eat and watching my DH eat fries for quite a while!.

I think that one of the things that is helping me prepare for long term maintenance is having small amounts of food and making them last. Take the bars for instance....Normally, I'd consider them a 2-3 bite tidbit - probably gone in less than a minute! But when I cut them up into 12 tiny pieces and eat each bite and don't pop in another one until that bite is finished, it becomes a small, flavorful meal that holds me over..

As I stick to the plan and realize that I really want to change my behavior and that this is a surefire way to reach my goal and maintain my results, I get more excited about it!..

Comment #17

I'm with you on the bars. I break them up into tiny pieces, stick in a snack sized baggie and freeze them. They take a good half hour to 45 minutes to eat. Makes it worth while. You're doing great, keep it up!..

Comment #18

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is truly wonderful that you "came, saw, smelled, touched, cut" BUT DIDNT TASTE!!! Now, you KNOW you can overcome anything!!!.

I felt that way when my "love" of shopping "came back to me"! When I could fit in clothes at my old haunts...ahhhhh.

But, the good news? You will be able to have your "love" again someday soon. Your love is good and healthy!! My "old love" was ice cream...BAD!!..

Comment #19

Thank you everyone! It's very nice to be able to come here and talk about things that people without food issues wouldn't understand. I think most people would just think...."what's the problem..eat the watermelon, it's healthy"..

Oh believe me, there are way more foods than just watermelon that I'm sure are going to bumfuzzle me along the way, but I have managed to not put myself in those situations thus far. I won't be going out to eat and watching my DH eat fries for quite a while!.

I think that one of the things that is helping me prepare for long term maintenance is having small amounts of food and making them last. Take the bars for instance....Normally, I'd consider them a 2-3 bite tidbit - probably gone in less than a minute! But when I cut them up into 12 tiny pieces and eat each bite and don't pop in another one until that bite is finished, it becomes a small, flavorful meal that holds me over.

As I stick to the plan and realize that I really want to change my behavior and that this is a surefire way to reach my goal and maintain my results, I get more excited about it!..

Comment #20


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