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The second update

Sunday, February 10, 2013

This update should have been posted on Friday, but I was too busy, sorry.

Quick recap:-

Hypnotic Gastric Band book received, and read, on Monday 21st January. Spent the next 10 days learning the Havening technique and practicing the four golden rules.

CD listened to on Thursday 31st January

Listened again on Tuesday 5th February.

Weighed in Friday 1st February 179lbs

Second weigh in Friday 8th February 176lbs a loss of 3lbs

This surprised me! There had been the large slice of cake, eaten with Chicchantal when we were walking, and a smaller one the day previously when we were in Epping forest, an Indian takeaway, with mushroom fried rice and butter chicken, plus a keema naan, though admittedly eaten over two days, plus, it was taking a while for me to acknowledge the full signal. I could point to a couple of meals where I knew I was full, but was enjoying the taste so much that I went troughing on!

And any exercise that week was minimal.

BUT..... Despite all the trauma and anxiety about my cat, there had been no comfort eating!!!

Not because I was being Ďgoodí but because I genuinely didnít feel the need, in fact the thought disgusted me. No comfort drinking either!! Usually any excuse would be grabbed for a beer. Not a single one, other than the one I had in the restaurant while waiting.

My food tastes are changing too. My favourite muesli, full of nuts and fruit, I no longer enjoy it. The raisins and sultanas are too sweet! I will have to change to a variety with just nuts. I found myself wanting to put extra vegetables into my casseroles too, and eating them first, and for the first time ever, Iím often eating five a day without having to force them in. (Not every day, that is too regimented and not the Paul McKenna way, emoticon )

So I think I can safely say that itís working for me so far.

Do not kid yourself, it is not either a magic wand or a quick fix, it takes a surprising amount of hard work!

It is not easy to break away from the Ďdietí mentality, to me weight loss = starvation. To be eating Ďnormalí portions is terrifying.

It is not easy to eat foods because you like them! Normally I would be trying to exercise off that takeaway. The sirloin steak I had on Friday, with mushrooms and tomatoes, well, Iíd be searching out the least calorific way of cooking them. To have mushrooms fried in garlic butter, even a little bit, is again terrifying. Not estimating the calories in it even more so!

Eating very slowly, chewing every mouthful 20 times, and eating without distraction is not easy either. There is the time constraint, forcing oneself to eat slowly when you have a bus to catch, leaving it in the end because youíve run out of time. Knowing itís growing colder and less appetizing with every bite, wanting to stuff it in because youíre hungry, itís not easy to sit there slowly chewing. It has to be eaten without the TV on too. No distractions, concentrate on the food. I always watched the news. When I slipped off the path last time, it was the first thing to go, but that leads to mindless eating, youíre not aware of how much youíve eaten.

Last but not least, stopping when youíre full! I try to put less on my plate, and in a couple of weeks I will be able to gauge my new portion size better, but everyone hates wasting food. Especially when youíre enjoying it, but the Ďjust that last mouthfulí mentality has been the downfall of many a dieter. Including me! In the beginning, small portions feel like deprivation, you're eyes tell you it's not enough, so itís better to have too much than too little. I KNOW this is temporary, another fortnight and Iíll know that I wonít eat it and cook less, but for the moment, I have to tell myself firmly that my stomach is NOT the alternative to the bin!

This has turned from a quick into a long blog! I probably wonít weigh in now for a fortnight, but Iíll do another update when I have something to report.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/11/2013 3:14PM

    Keep it up!! :D

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SHELLYBABE2 2/11/2013 3:03PM

    emoticon Look forward to your next update :)) So far so good!

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INGMARIE 2/11/2013 8:12AM

    way to go.
It seems to be working. emoticon

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AKELAZ 2/11/2013 6:40AM

    Thanks for posting this - I am way behind with the process of preparation but very much enjoying getting to the end - when I will listen to the CD and, at the very least, use it as a reinforcement of what I am taking on board right now. Your updates are keeping me on that path - so thank you.
I have always believed in the power of the mind - with willingness on the mind-owner's part of course. At the moment I am reminded what even a small part of that willingness can produce.
Thanks for sharing emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/10/2013 9:19PM

    It truly is amazing what our minds can do. It sounds as if you are definitely opn t something that works for you. It will be interesting to see how far you can go. emoticon emoticon

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EOWYNRUSS 2/10/2013 8:17PM

    That's fantastic progress! I am also already doing McKenna's program, and it is amazing how slowing down my eating and listening to my body helps. I am definitely going to have to pick up a copy of this latest book, it sounds like there are more techniques in it that will be truly helpful. Thanks so much for all the updates.

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DOVESEYES 2/10/2013 5:34PM

    You can definitely taste the food and enjoy the flavours by eating slowly and putting your knife and fork sown in between.

Great blog. emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 2/10/2013 1:08PM

    What happens if you rarely feel full until an hour after you've finished eating and can't tell whether you're hungry or wanting to comfort eat?


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JUNEAU2010 2/10/2013 1:04PM

    I have been following the same thought process, though I am a very, very fast eater. I struggle with that.

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SISSIE21 2/10/2013 10:28AM

    Thanks for keeping us updated, what an interesting journey you are on! I have used the diet plate for a few months to get my portions under control and that really helped. In the end, whatever works to get us eating more mindfully, enjoying our food and the journey and continuing the path to health and wellness...
Sounds like you are well on the way!
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MILLISMA 2/10/2013 10:00AM

    This for keeping us informed on how things are going.

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MARIANNE9855 2/10/2013 9:55AM

    My stomach is not the alternative to the bin- that should become a mantra for all of us- glad you are doing well with the program.

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PINKANGEL73 2/10/2013 9:31AM

    Really sounds like it is working for you - excellent news.

I have found cutting portion sizes by filling a smaller plate really helps me not to feel deprived. Even though I know it is a smaller plate my eyes still see a full plate and it seems to work.

Another thing that is helping me is to cut down is concentrating on budgeting rather than dieting. Trying to get more portions out of recipes and reducing cost by adding in extra veg, reducing the meat element, maybe replacing some meat with chickpeas in a curry for example. I make sure there is enough for the next day too or freeze half so there are no second helpings or waste. This also means I am thinking more about the money numbers than calories but has the same effect - smaller, healthier portions. I know numbers are one of your things so I thought it might help you too.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/10/2013 8:56AM

    Thank you for being so open about your experiences. I've read the Amazon reviews and they all seem so positive. I am a dustbin and have portion distortion eyesight too. I'm getting more and more tempted as my plateau continues but I am also thinking of giving the 5:2 a whirl.
Please do continue with your updates, 3lb in a week is very impressive

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REDHEADMOM2U 2/10/2013 8:19AM

    Good start!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/10/2013 6:18AM

    Way to go!

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