Monday, February 11, 2013
Today is the first weigh-in since I got back on track 4 weeks ago and I'm delighted to find that I've lost 7 pounds this month.
I prefer not to stand on the scales every week - tends to make me think about my weight constantly which doesn’t suit me at all. It hasn't really been difficult to drop these pounds and I must remember that when I start to falter - more positive perhaps would be IF I start to falter.
I've been following instructions by Paul McKenna from his book ‘Hypnotic Gastric Band’.
EAT WHEN HUNGRY - not just for oral gratification or because the clock says it's a particular mealtime. Learn to recognise real hunger signals.
EAT WHAT YOU WANT - nothing is forbidden which does have an effect on random cravings and if you learn to pay attention to what your body (and not your brain) really wants you may make healthier choices.
EAT CONSCIOUSLY - concentrate on your food - sit at a table, eat slowly and chew thoroughly. NO reading, TV or using a PC.
STOP EATING WHEN YOU'RE FULL - learn to recognise when your stomach is full and don't finish the plate just because we were all taught to do that. Sooner or later we will understand what size our portions really need to be and stop wasting food - either by throwing it into the bin or treating our stomachs like trash cans.
Habits are hard to break and there's a lot to keep remembering - I'm particularly bad at eating without the TV, radio or a book and chewing each mouthful about 20 times isn’t easy either but it seems that I've proved that if I pay more attention to eating my food I can indeed lose pounds.
I will probably listen to the the CD (to ‘install’ the gastric band) included with the book but am more interested in getting the above 'Golden Rules', which are basic common sense reminders, under my belt and changing my attitude to food – perhaps the CD will help with that. It seems to be working for others here on Spark and amongst my friends at home. Remains to be seen.