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Monthly weigh-in

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. emoticon
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.

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    So interesting. I just got a CD at my Hypnotherapy session last week on Virtual Lapband! Haven't played it yet...maybe today:)
    1826 days ago
    emoticon 7 pounds in one month-something must be working! And just what you mentioned makes sense, even without doing the CD. I think I will start doing that more!! I have heard of others doing this program. Good luck!
    Thanks for such a Super nice comment on my One pound can make a difference blog! Made my day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Congrats on the weight loss. That book seems to be working for you. Keep it up!
    1837 days ago
    This definitely sounds interesting. I will look into it. emoticon
    1838 days ago
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    emoticon I also am "particularly bad at eating without the TV, radio or a book and chewing each mouthful about 20 times".

    I had not heard of Paul McKenna's book "Hypnotic Gastric Band". Please let me know your opinion of it.
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    1838 days ago
    PS I have terrible trouble eating without tv/book/phone/laptop on the go too. I drive my other half mad because I am often half-watching tv while on my laptop, checking my phone and chatting to him all at the same time.

    Although if it is something I really want to watch on tv I hate to be disturbed - that'll be when OH decides he wants to keep chatting! Bless - he's got his hands full with me emoticon
    1838 days ago
    Woowoo! Brilliant hun - so pleased for you. Sounds like this is working for you as well.

    Encouraged by Stonecot's recent successes I have been trying the havening technique. It has definitely lifted my spirits (Jan and Feb are always a struggle) and had more drive to get things done. Didn't do it for a couple of days and I started to dip again so it does seem to work.

    Found my Paul McKenna I can make you thin book and cd's the other day - think I might give them another whirl - see if it kicks me off this plateau!

    Let me know how you get on - rooting for you xx
    1838 days ago
    Funny isn't it that those same golden rules are now turning up on sparkpeoples articles! Today it's the eating consciously, and slowly without distraction! And now they're the norm for weight loss are they???

    Glad that you're having the same success that I am with them. At the moment I'm still weighing weekly, but only because I'm blogging about the book and have too much time on my hands!

    I found that for me, the CD intensified the signals. I've always been very bad at eating when I'm hungry. I put it off and ignore the signal. Now I can't. Well I can, but it becomes increasing obvious that I need to eat. Its harder to ignore the full signal too, I go from a little bit full to stuffed very fast. emoticon
    1838 days ago
    Morning Sonia
    emoticon you're doing so well. You've obviously found something that suits you now and you're working WITH rather than against it- as you were trying previously.
    It always pays to listen to yourself- you know you better than anyone.

    Keep up the good work emoticon
    1838 days ago
    Congrats to you on your weight loss! The rules you listed seem to be the norm for weight loss. Portion control is important also.
    1838 days ago
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