It took me a long, long time after they were first recommended to me, but I've finally engaged and am listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts. Not just listening to, absently, but actively listening to them and working through the sometimes challenging exercises Renee Stephens asks of her listeners. They aren't about dieting. They are about how we think about food; about listening to our bodies, recognizing hunger and fullness; about identifying triggers to overeating and why we might have them; about envisioning a calm and relaxed life with a positive relationship with food instead of one full of shame and guilt. I have to say, I was a bit sceptical at first, which is why it took me so long to engage, but I am now a true believer in the messages she is sending. Here's why:
I have always been really active, I play a lot of sports, run, skate, and so on. I realized a few years ago that overeating was my problem, so I tracked like an obsessed demon, full of willpower and determination for 8 solid months and lost 30 pounds. Hooray, I'm in maintenance! However, after a couple of years of maintenance, I decided to turn my life totally upside down, and managed to gain back 10 of the lost pounds. What the ____??? What happened? I wasn't diligently tracking any more, and was still the same overeater that I had always been, with some extra comfort foods thrown in for good measure. I would buy lunch at the local stir-fry noodle house, and eat the whole thing, thinking it was a "portion", for example. And then eat a big old dinner too. And have ice cream, or whatever snacks (several handfuls of nuts) through the evening. Of course the weight would come back.
So, after listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts for a few weeks, writing a couple of points each night in my Success Journal (focused on the positive!), I stunned myself today. My box of stir-fry noodles (double veggies, no meat today) wasn't even half done when I put it down to have a drink of water... and I didn't pick it back up again. I was satisfied. I so seldom had I ever before recognized satiety, I was almost shocked that I stopped eating before the box was empty. I'm a lifelong plate cleaner, so this is simply huge for me! I still have a long way to go (like actually planning my meals, what to cook for dinner each night after work would be a great start), but I am thrilled to be on my way.
And I think I've lost about 5 of those unwelcome 10 pounds... just can't weight myself accurately right now.
If you want to check it out, start where I did, with the Inside Out Weight Loss (IOWL) SparkTeam. I'll try to put a link here:
There is info there about Renee Stephens book, Full-Filled, which I started reading this weekend as well. If you care to join me, join the above group and let's discuss!