Saturday, November 17, 2012
Since joining Spark in May, I've tried 2 different "eating plans". The first 2 weeks I followed a set list of foods that I could and could not eat, pretty much unlimited amounts. I stuck to it, tracked it, couldn't wait for it to be over but did lose 10 lbs. At the end of it, I experimented with adding a few more carbs and finding foods that I liked. During this time, I discovered low carb tortillas, ground flax seed, spinach salads, almond flour, protein powder, things I've incorporated into my eating even today. But I knew that the brain had to be involved to really change my eating habits. I had to find a way to make my own decisions and be accountable. Enter my 2nd and final eating plan: Learn your body's appetite, listen to it and put it into action. When I eat ONLY when hungry and truly stop when full, I can eat any food I want, (need to avoid the extremes of too hungry and too full). Too hard you say? The only hard part is changing your old habit of eating whenever and eating too much, taking the brain off of autopilot. This is about the only true way I'm gonna change anything - taking responsibility for my decisions and what and how much I eat rather than following a set plan of food. Your body really does know, and trusting it will come with time. This is teaching myself how to eat for a lifetime not for a few weeks, months or years. It also takes into account the slip ups and life's curve balls that interrupt well laid plans; when that happens, I just continue my plan, always enjoying the food I eat. I've lost 24 lbs doing this combined with diligent fitness and hydration. I don't track my food, but I track my workouts and steps daily. The only drawback is that it's a very slow weight loss. But for me, that's ok, it's a lifetime plan.
So for Thanksgiving, I'll be nicely, but not extremely, hungry when mealtime comes. I know I will only be able to eat a small amount so I'll choose only what I really want. I'll chew slowly and savor. I'll save my pie for later when I get hungry again.
Happy Thanksgiving Spark Friends, thank you so much for your support and encouragement, really couldn't do it without you!