Friday, January 11, 2013
I've been having a healthy week so far. I've done a lot of walking and my daily 10 minutes of strength training like promised. Actually, I've been doing more like 20 minutes every day except for Wednesday when I had the worst headache all day and I just did the 10 minutes. On Wednesday I skipped yoga as well, but other than that I've been doing 40-60 minutes every day.
As far as food goes, I've been eating really healthy this week. For the past few weeks, I've been trying this thing called "The No S Diet" (you can read more about it here: http://www.nosdiet.com/ ) and I have to say that I'm in love with it. It's not a diet. Really, it's not. (The name in itself is a pun, No Es Diet). It's a lifestyle, a way of eating that targets the habit of overeating itself instead of focusing on certain foods you can or cannot eat like a lot of diets out there do. Basically, it's a lot like the SparkDiet but there's no calorie counting involved. For someone who has been dealing with binge eating disorders and compulsive overeating, this approach REALLY works! I was going to wait to write about my experiences about it until the end of the month just so I could tell you how I feel about it and if it's been working for me, but I can't wait. I'll give a better update on it at the end of the month though, but for now, I just have to say I think I have found something I'm really comfortable with.
There are three rules and one exception: No Snacks, No Sweets, and No Seconds - except (sometimes) on days that start with S (Saturday, Sunday, Special days such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, or your birthday). At first, I was a little worried because there is no calorie counting involved and there is no way of knowing exactly how much your eating, but it turns out I'm actually eating A LOT LESS now than before! I'm more in tune with myself and my hunger. I did not expect this! I tracked a couple of days this week just to see how much I'm eating and it turns out my intake is consistently 1200-1300 calories a day, whereas it used to be about 1500-1600 calories a day. How weird is that? I think that before I just kept on eating until my calories were used up for the day even if I wasn't that hungry. Now I just stop eating when I'm full.
Another thing I was a little worried about was whether or not I'd go crazy and overindulge on the "S Days" (the weekends) but it turns out, that's not a problem! I find that with freedom there comes a strong sense of responsibility, at least for me. I'm the one in control. I'm the one responsible for how my weekend turns out. I'm responsible for my health and my weight loss. I can choose what to eat and what not to eat, and that choice will have consequences. I still follow my eating plan on the weekends and add treats in moderation (like an ice cream on Saturday night or a slice of cake on Sunday afternoon). It feels so amazing to be in control of my eating this way without having to worry about it too much! I'm not much of a snack eater anyway and I very rarely go for seconds, so the "no sweets" is the only challenge for me. And so far, it hasn't been a challenge at all since I know I can have my sweets on the weekend, with moderation.
Now, I'm aware it's not for everybody. For someone who had gotten very used to counting my calories it felt a little scary at first, but now I'm loving it. This feels like a real lifestyle, not a diet. I'm planning my meals in advance, I stick to my eating plan, I enjoy three wonderful, delicious and healthy meals a day and on the weekends (and on Special days) I can indulge in my favorite treats without guilt or overeating. The No S Diet was designed to help people get rid of overeating, and like I said, it's been a problem for me for a very long time. This approach to food really works for me. I'm not saying it works for everyone, but to me it's just so straightforward, so simple and so common sense that I love it.
Granted, the weight might come off a little more slowly with this eating plan but frankly, I don't mind. I just want to make healthy eating a lifelong habit that I won't break. I want to learn to listen to my body, to only eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full, love and respect the food I am eating and learn that I'm the one in control of what I eat and don't eat. The weight will come off along the way, I'm sure :)
Have a great weekend, friends! I have my S Day treats all planned out :) I can't wait!