Saturday, July 14, 2012
My strategy this time has worked. I'm eating less but eating what I really want, so I'm both more satisfied physically and happier, not consumed with cravings. I really think giving up fake sugars and fake fats has been WONDERFUL. The weight's coming off and I just feel so much better overall.
I've had to buy smaller pants and even need to go out and buy some new, smaller underwear!
I've also finallyfinallyfinally realized that once the weight is off I CANNOT go back to old eating habits of sugary treats, chips, mondo muffins, and so on. And I will not let someone else tell me when to eat -- not all the diet gurus who say to eat breakfast every single day (I am rarely hungry in the morning), not my family members who use food as recreation, and not the clock. I'm going to treat my body with the respect it deserves.
Monday, June 11, 2012
I've been eating well -- healthy stuff, enough but not too much -- the past week but the scale is stuck. In other words, I've hit the dreaded plateau. But you know what? I feel really good! My jeans are looser, my belly is less poochy, and I'm sleeping better. Oh, and I'm having fewer hot flashes, too, which is probably a big reason that my sleep has improved.
Why do I get so concerned about what the scale says? There's a saying, "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?," which basically means age is just a number. Act however you want (as long as you're considerate of others) -- there's no "acting like a kid" or "acting like an old lady."
Similarly, the weight on the scale is just a number. If I know I'm eating healthily and am getting enough exercise and I feel great, why should I stress out over half a pound or five pounds or whatever? Having said that, I must admit that I still have a goal weight in mind, but I'm gonna quit weighing myself every day and obsessing over the scale.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
I'm going to make a concerted effort to eliminate many artificial ingredients from my diet. I think the chemical soup of mystery junk I often consume is wreaking havoc with my hormones. And menopause is difficult enough without making it worse!!
One change that's starting today: I'm switching from the flavored dairy creamers I love so much in my coffee to Coffee-Mate's new line of all-natural creamers. Maybe I should have a rule that if I can't pronounce an ingredient and don't know what it is, I shouldn't eat it.
I've seriously been wondering if all the low- and no-sugar food I eat, not to mention the low- and no-fat stuff, is really helping me. Many foods like that just aren't satisfying, and I'm eating God knows what. I feel like I'm in a chemical experiment, not enjoying my food.
I would like to eat REAL food again, just less of it. And cut out the sugar alcohols (sorbitol, mannitol, and other -ol's) and fake fat. Why is it that we eat so much low-fat and low-sugar stuff but we're fatter than ever?
At any rate, it's all worth some thought. The creamer is one step in the right direction.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Did a really dumb thing today, and I thought I knew better, but obviously not!
I didn't eat enough this morning and by early afternoon I was having some terrible carb cravings. Suddenly I remembered I had a small unopened package of European cookies left over from Christmas and I really wanted them. No, I thought, don't do it; you'll eat the whole thing. So I ate a big handful of whole wheat crackers thinking that would satisfy me. Wrong. After I ate the crackers I ate the whole package of cookies anyway.
I should know by now that if I really, really want a certain food I should eat a little of it, not try to fool myself by eating something else. Because how can you have "enough" if it isn't what you wanted in the first place?
But I'm OK -- I made a mistake today but will learn from it. Two steps forward and one back...
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