Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Could it be that I am actually getting it right this time? I have just been on holiday to Devon, home of cream teas and clotted cream fudge etc., not been on Spark, not tracked my food, had extra treats because - well I was on holiday right? Recipe for disaster I thought and wasn't looking forward to stepping on the scales this morning to assess the damage done. Wonder of wonders only one pound had crept back on in 10 days away.
So I got to thinking - how did this happen, what was different?
The main difference is my attitude. I am not fitting in my life around losing weight. Losing weight has to fit into my life. I am not worrying about sociable eating and drinking, I just track everything. I am not eating diet food I don't enjoy just because it is low calorie. I don't have any forbidden foods. I don't feel the need to feel guilty about anything I eat or drink as long as it is tracked. When I am in the supermarket I read labels and pick the lowest calorie options of the things I want to eat. I use a shallow pasta bowl instead of a dinner plate to automatically cut portion sizes.
Because nothing is banned, nothing is a guilty pleasure and I don't get the intense cravings and feeling of deprivation and misery I associate with diets. Because I know I can have a chocolate or two or a couple of glasses of wine whenever I want them - I want them less often. Because I don't feel deprived or restricted, I now automatically try to make good choices most of the time.
Because I'm not on a diet - this is just what I like to eat and drink.