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Back to Basics

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I think that at this time of year, most people feel the need to assess their progress, with a view to change things in the New Year, and I'm no exception. I seem to have drifted for a lot of this year, although my exercise and fitness have improved a lot. It must be coming up for a year since I stopped really following Paul McKennas golden rules, and went back to calories counting and tracking, and in that time I have put on nearly a stone!

The problem with calorie counting is that I'm not listening to what my body is telling me, with the result I'm eating too much. I have thought for some time that my calorie allowance is too generous, with the result that I'm eating things, and finishing everything on my plate, because I have spare calories, not because I'm hungry. It's OK to eat that sandwich, I have the spare calories, that biscuit, those nuts.

That in turn is stretching my stomach again, so that I have room now for the extra calories. I'm back again to eating because it's mealtimes too, not waiting till I'm hungry, and doing the opposite, ignoring hunger because I'm busy, then eating everything in sight. And I'm eating in front of the telly! Mindless eating, not enjoying what I'm eating. Sometimes, later, I can't even remember what I had!

So, it's back to basics again. Back to the four golden rules. Eat when hungry, and don't eat if I'm not. Eat what I fancy, not what is labelled good for you. Eat slowly and mindfully. Stop when full. I will start with the first, and gradually work in the others.

I don't know why I went back to calorie counting in the first place. Perhaps it's lack of confidence in my own decisions, thinking that others always know better than I do. Anyway, my new years resolution is to get back to the Paul McKenna regime that suited me so well and saw me lose 30lbs.

I will listen to my CD before I go to sleep tonight, and start watching the DVD's for inspiration each day.
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SHELLYBABE2 1/7/2013 7:07AM

    How's the Paul McKenna way working for you? I was tempted to give it a try again as I'm struggling with calorie counting consistently enough to make it work at the moment. The thing I like about it is that it's all common sense really and yet I let that same common sense fly out of the window time and again lol.

Good luck to you :)

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LADYBUG1943 1/6/2013 12:23AM

    I'm curious about what the DVDs for inspiration that you watch. Care to share?

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 12/24/2012 7:06AM

    Great plan! Good for you!

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MARUKI52 12/23/2012 2:56PM

    Eating when "you" feel hungry is okay if you are on your own but when you have two men in the house and they get hungry before you then one tends to eat at their time and not wait until you are hungry. I think it's pretty impossible to do otherwise as I don't want to be reheating food for me (bad for the vitamins apart from anything else) nor can the men always be in a position to wait until I am hungry.



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JANETTEB553 12/23/2012 1:53PM

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CHICCHANTAL 12/23/2012 11:35AM

    Hm. I do it badly both ways. I eat all my calories and count them and eat more if I'm still hungry . . .

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/23/2012 10:48AM

    I was thinking I need to get back to him too. Just started right now - there's quarter of my meat and potato pie left because I'm full so not going to eat it!
Good luck : )

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SAINTBETH 12/23/2012 10:47AM

    That don't eat when you're not hungry is a hard one for me, too!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/23/2012 8:11AM

    Excellent!!

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LEVELPATHS 12/23/2012 4:03AM

    Look out New Year New Us, here we come!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:04PM

    Very good! I'm proud of you.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:04PM

    Very good! I'm proud of you.

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CHIASMA 12/22/2012 6:24PM

    Wonderful news! I know the temptation of calorie counting... it's all around us. Nearly everyone tells us it's the best way to lose weight. But you and I know the truth. Let's remind each other as we go along.

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