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Surviving a Rough Patch

Greetings 4 Hour Peeps,

I had a rough couple days this week. I ended up in a couple situations, mostly at work (I'm a barista at Starbucks. Yeah, I get to stare at pastries 8hrs-a-day, 5 days-a-week, gnarly.) where I found myself VERY hungry and with no slow carb food in sight (I dare you to find ONE thing to eat at Starbucks that is slow carb friendly.) This was partially my fault, as I didn't pack any to take with me. I live 2 blocks from my store and usually walk home on my break and make eggs and lentils for lunch. But this week I ended up starving long before lunch and decided to eat a bagel and use damage control. This happened twice (Sunday & Monday). The result was more psychological than physical. I ended up in that mind set of "once you blow it you want to just throw in the towel". Last night I seriously considered having lemon pound cake and hot chocolate once I finished my shift. Two very specific things changed my mind though. First, I thought about having to tell all of you guys that I caved, but Second and perhaps most importantly, I saw myself in the bathroom mirror and noticed how much my body had changed and realized that no matter how burnt out I felt, or frustrated, or how delicious lemon pound cake and hot chocolate would be for the 10 minutes I would spend eating it, it was not worth reversing my progress. So, I finished work, went home, made turkey meatloaf and feel very proud of myself and grateful for the support and strength I receive from this group.

-Sarah

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Sarah, I'm so glad I read this today! I was feeling a bit discouraged, but when I see the success you've had, AND see that you have challenging days just like me...that keeps me going! Thanks for sharing!

  • Arelleth commented Oct 13th 2011:

    I'm glad something positive could come out of it! :) Best of luck to you. This is absolutely a journey and a learning experience!!

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Sarah!

Sorry to hear you've had such a struggle! But, I am really proud of you for getting back on the wagon! I think it would have to take a super human to do SCD 100% compliant 100% of the time (though its a great thing to stride for).. We all have our struggles and i applaud you for putting yours out there!

But, i am very very happy you're back in it! :-) since you've been such an inspiration to me! We are so lucky to all have eachother!

you go girl!

  • Arelleth commented Oct 11th 2011:

    I feel very blessed to have support from you and Tea and the rest of the awesome folk here!! <3

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What an awesome learning experience! Thanks for sharing. I read your reply on julie's week off post.

It was really cool to read your insight into your experience.

HUGS

Joy

  • Arelleth commented Oct 13th 2011:

    thanks for the support Joy! :D

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Well done you for not caving the whole way. I've run into the situation a couple times of being invited to a dinner party at a private home (so NO choices in the meal). The first time I could minimise the amount of the non-SCD foods. The second time there was NOT ONE item offered that was SCD-friendly, and even the wines were all white. Both times I had a snack of protein beforehand so that I wouldn't be as hungry, drank loads of water throughout, and compromised on the diet so as not to go hungry or offend, nor to go the other extreme and go whole hog. The first time I was actually down in weight the following day, and the second I was up only a little which disappeared in a day. I think doing what we can to minimise the damage and staying on course is a way to handle some of those tricky situations. (I also mark those as a 'cheat meal' just for my own records.)

  • bodenton commented Oct 13th 2011:

    I have an 'intolerance' to dairy produce. I find people leave you alone really quickly if you say something like "I'd love to, thank you, but I'm afraid I can't - I have an intolerance for ......." fill in the blank. People who push food on you are often making themselves feel better about eating rubbish .....don't weaken....you don't need to make someone else feel good at the expense of your goals. If you're consistent you'll find they'll stop trying to tempt you.

  • jitkajulie commented Oct 13th 2011:

    bodenton: you are probably so right here with other people pushing you to eat junk just to make thmselves feel better!!

  • Arelleth commented Oct 11th 2011:

    Yeah, its hard in social situations. A couple weeks ago some co-workers ordered cheese fries to snack on and everyone was having some and everyone was urging me to try some. "You gotta try these fries they're amazing" I ended up having one fry with 30oz of water lol. I don't know if that was the "right" way to handle the situation, but it made everyone happy and I doubt my body even noticed the fry swimming in all that water, haha.

  • Bugzy commented Oct 12th 2011:

    Just had a visual image of that fry doing the backstroke!! Keeping a sense of humour about it all really helps, too!

  • loretta commented Oct 12th 2011:

    I don't understand why when you say no people keep pushing food on you! That irritates the heck out of me. grrrr.

    Sooooo? Was the fry amazing or were you disappointed?

  • Arelleth commented Oct 13th 2011:

    @LondonLady: hahahaha, thanks for that! It made me smile!@kath: I know exactly what you mean. I'm sure its all deeply psychological....and the fry was a HUGE disappointment btw.

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Great job sticking with it ! :)

Personally i have allowed myself one extra non SCD breakfast a week. Fridays at work were we all eat together, and for some reason it kinda seems to jump start a fat burn the final day before my cheat day.

I wouldn't worry if you fall in with e.g. one meal if you have no alternative. do the damage control and then make sure it doesn't start a streak of nonSCD meals :)

Again great job dealing, and thanks for sharing :)

  • Arelleth commented Oct 13th 2011:

    Thanks for the input. I am worried about a streak or domino effect if I make a habit of a slip here or there. I'm considering skipping my Friday cheat day this week to compensate for my dietary indiscretions, but I wonder if that would add to the problem by causing feelings of deprivation. Maybe continuing with my cheat day as usual would be a good "reset" and then back to 100% compliance on Saturday. Thoughts?

  • TeaLove commented Oct 13th 2011:

    If I may butt in? Do your cheat day anyway! Perhaps a slightly less crazy version of it? Ok? Ok. *hug*

  • Arelleth commented Oct 14th 2011:

    Thanks for the suggestion Tea!

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Thanks so muh for posting this! I´ve had troubles myslef and I know pretty well how you felt after cheating..I admire how strong you were to resist that lemon cake and you´re right : those 10 minutes wouldn´t be worth it!!!! Carry on and stay strong, you´re an inspiration for many of us here !!! :D

  • jitkajulie commented Oct 16th 2011:

    hey Arelleth! ...I acually just came back from a weekend with my friends in the highlands!Lots of hiking and good cooking..and most importantly lots of SCD!!! I managed not to cheat and I sticked with the diet about 99%!! On my free day on Saturday I enjoyed a piece of cake,a small scoop of rice and a piece of cheese+ some wine, nothing more :D..I am sooooo proud of myself..I spent most free time just reading 4HB which made me really strong! Although I must say that my friends are all pretty alternative in their eating habbits so it was no big surprise for them that I didn´t want a piece of a birthday cake on Sunday and they didn´t even try to persuade me to have at least a bite which made it all very easy :D .. what about you??How´re you coping with the plan??

  • Arelleth commented Oct 14th 2011:

    Hey Hey, Thanks for the comment...how are you doing?

  • Arelleth commented Oct 17th 2011:

    That is so cool, I'm proud of you too! :D Its neat that you have such supportive friends!

    I'm doing very well. I had my hiccups last week and put on a little belly paunch as a result. :( But I'm using that as a motivator to stick with it. Thanks for asking! :)

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I know exactly how you feel about being surrounded by that stuff. The first time I tried SCD I was about 6 months into my year of Baking & Pastry Arts at college. I had willpower, for about the first 3/4 of each class day. Then it was all over. Congrats on getting through it and finding your resolve again. Very cool that it was your own results, a glance in the mirror, that did it for you.

  • Phil Michalak commented Oct 18th 2011:

    I am in total agreement on your whole post.

  • Arelleth commented Oct 17th 2011:

    Yikes, Baking & Pastry Arts? I don't know if it gets any more tempting than that!?

    -also-

    Mirror and photos are the best motivators ever!! :)

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Good on you buddy! Good on you for picking yourself up and taking something from that. To err is human. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing :)

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yaaaaaa!!!!! good for you I know that must have been hard but your right about feeling good about your decision not to eat :) that pound cake and hot coco. you would have felt horrible :( thumbs up to you and high five :)

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Thanks for that Arelleth! I ate a veggie samosa today and have been beating myself up about it ever since. I've drank some extra h2O and am moving on!

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Hey, Sarah!

Sorry you had a rough patch and being unprepared for it. I commend you on your willpower at your workplace. Now you know how important having meals prepared ahead of time can be. Perhaps next time if that happens again, have some veggies ready in your employee fridge and some raw almonds(pre-apportioned) in your locker or whereever you store your valuables. This way, if it should happen again, you can go get those and eat them and drink lots of water until you find a place you can eat.

But, perusing the Starbucks food menu...I HAVE found some "SCD Friendly" foods you can eat, but you'd have to omit the carbs. :) Mostly in the Bistro meals, while small, would be something rather than that bagel or the lemon pound cake and hot chocolate.

Lessee...

Chicken and Hummus Meal sans the pita breads

Chicken Lettuce Wraps sans the wraps and the peanut sauce(perhaps get a vinigrette or a oil&vinegar dressing if you have one) Eat it as a salad. :)

Tuna Salad Bistro Box sans the crackers and cheese

Suffice to say, you may have to get like two of each of these to get a "full meal", but it's something that is SCD-approved that you can still eat and keep you satisfied until you get something better and more filling.

It IS possible to eat out on the SCD plan, it's just a matter of knowing WHICH foods to avoid and making the effort to "make otherwise carby meals into SCD meals". :)

To succeed in SCD AND just in keeping the weight off, you have to make better and healthier choices. Obviously, when you are finally at your goal, you can lax a bit with the dairy or white carbs...but until then, you CAN find stuff. Heck, you could probably get some of those sandwiches sans the bread and eat that. Just watch the dressings and cheeses. :)

So, there ya go! :) You can do this, Sarah! Stay strong!!

  • Maria Rider commented Oct 13th 2011:

    Yay! This finally posted! :) Deleted the comments on JoyMc's reply. :)

  • Maria Rider commented Oct 14th 2011:

    There ya go, Sarah! Just don't go overboard on the almonds though. :) Nuts are sneakily evil for your diet. :) And YES, I've learned that COMPLACENCY IS THE ENEMY TOO! Along with RATIONALIZATION AND EXCUSES. I got complacent enough and if you let it go too long you start to go "eh, screw it....get back to my diet later" then before you know it, bam you are back where you started.

    Happened WAAAAY too many times for me in the past, which is why I was at 247lbs and 5'2" cause I'd build up momentum...then get complacent with my success and then backslide and boom back where I was and then some. Nope, not this time! This time I WILL succeed! SCD is working for me, my exercise routine is solid and good enough for me right now. Good Luck! Stay strong!

  • Maria Rider commented Oct 14th 2011:

    Thanks! :) It's 24 years of determination and the frustration and anguish of 24 years of going up and down and up and down that has me determined to STOP THE MADNESS! Stop this rollercoaster! I wanna get off! :)

  • fitorbust commented Mar 1st 2012:

    such a great support system here!! Ironically, i JUST left starbucks here at the airport ... grabbed a black iced coffee (put cinnamon in the coffee as opposed to in the grounds .... freaking DELICIOUS) and a bag of almonds. Akane is definitely right about the almonds though.. MODERATION MODERATION MODERATION. Thank goodness these almonds come in very small single serving bags because it is SO easy to go overboard. I worked in a coffee shop years ago, Arelleth (before 4hb even existed) and i had no self control whatsoever ... kudos to you for reassessing your choices and acknowledging how far you've come. This is a great test of strength, will power, and thinking outside the box! Can't wait to see more of your progress. Best of luck to both of you.

  • Arelleth commented Oct 13th 2011:

    Hey Akane, thanks for the suggestions! You're a superstar! ;) You are absolutely right about needing to preplan meals. I am the worst at that (no excuse, just plain laziness. I think I'm getting complacent and need to snap myself out of it!!). I am thinking that hard-boiling some eggs and packing a handful of almonds may be the simplest, most efficient way to go.

  • Arelleth commented Oct 14th 2011:

    You WILL SUCCEED! Your determination is amazing! ;)

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Great job on resisting temptation. I really rely on cheat day when I'm feeling hungry or tempted. I add whatever is tempting me to my cheat day menu. I've found that when cheat day rolls around I don't want all the items on my list anymore or I just get so full it's not enjoyable to eat them. Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. I used to say nothing tastes as good as thin feels but the reality is that thin or not you feel crappy when you eat crap. Thanks for sharing your journey. It's inspiring.

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Good job! I was close to considering quitting on Monday, but I got it together the past 24 hours. Keep it up!

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Good job on the restraint!

I recently found myself in a similar situation. I was at a memorial service for a family member. It was not cheat day and the day started out well. I thought we were going out for dinner, but we stayed at the house until late that evening and there was nothing to eat but snacks... pretzels, cookies, pastries, cake, Chex mix. The wraps had meat in them and I'm a veggie so that was also a no-go. I nibbled on some dry-roasted peanuts, but that wasn't enough. I was so hungry by the time we left that I grabbed a cookie and chowed down on the way out the door. I had a couple of hard-boiled eggs back at the hotel which I promptly ate when we got there.

I'm sure one cookie didn't do too much damage, but I was wondering... in a case like this is it better to just go hungry or eat non-SCD foods?

  • Beorn86 commented Oct 11th 2011:

    It's definitely better to go hungry in my opinion. We in the West rarely have to experience real hunger - i'm pretty sure I don't know what it feels like. If you can, resort to teas coffees etc until you find an acceptable meal. Well done on not cracking arelleth, I definitely would have had the lemon cake if I had cheated earlier in the day!

  • Arelleth commented Oct 11th 2011:

    That was the question that I kept asking myself earlier in the week. Normally I would just turn that kind of situation into an impromptu fast, but its a slippery slope which could easily lead to a binge/restrict pattern and while I've used fasting in the past, I'm still not entirely comfortable with it. I would be interested to see what the rest of the forum has to say on the topic.

  • Arelleth commented Oct 11th 2011:

    Thanks Beorn! One thing that is great about my job is that I have access to as much black coffee and unsweetened iced tea as I can drink. ;)

  • loretta commented Oct 12th 2011:

    Hmmm.... I didn't think of it as a fast, but it very well could be. I was thinking of it more as skipping an important meal. And, Beorn86, you are correct. Most Westerners don't have any idea what real hunger is.

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Well done! Thank you for sharing D-=

I have known a couple of people who have worked at Starbucks and it seems like it is a pretty tempting place for some, especially because don't they give out free samples of new product to staff? Yuck. Starbucks food (any coffee shop or cafe really) always tastes like the fridge to me...you know what I mean?

OH WAIT! They *do* have that 'Protein Plate' at Canadian Sbux but the only thing that is SCD approved is the 2 hardboiled eggs which would do in a pinch, the peanut butter that comes with the plate MIGHT be ok if it wasn't loaded with sugar.

  • bodenton commented Oct 13th 2011:

    I work at London Airport - one of the busiest Starbucks in the UK - There is nothing that I can eat in there. My visits to Starbucks are saved for Cheat day. Well done for getting over that though hurdle.....best wishes to you.

  • BabyDolphin commented Oct 14th 2011:

    Out of the hummus plate, you could also eat the hummus and veggies (sans carrots). Sometimes I will eat two plates when in a pinch.

  • Arelleth commented Oct 11th 2011:

    It is a very tempting place for this gal! :) Good point on the hard-boiled eggs! I will look into that. I eat the chicken out of the Chicken Hummus plate sometimes if we have any leftover at the end of the evening.

  • TeaLove commented Oct 11th 2011:

    YA! Whatever the case, I know you can DO IT!!!! :)

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You did well, keep up the good work!

I myself fell off the wagon yesterday, the day after my binge day, and i looked at a can of beans and mixed veggies, and went to Applebee's for a burger the is next to the hotel i am staying in.

now for the truly important question

Turkey Meat loaf more information please, that sounds amazing.

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