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5% Challenge Struggles – I just want to be normal!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As part of the 5% challenge, I decided to go back to the basics of what worked for me at the beginning when I was losing weight, easily and consistently. For those who are familiar, it’s basically the South Beach Diet. Lots of fresh veggies, lean protein and some low GI carbs. Beyond the fact that I’ve given my way of eating a fancy name, nothing has changed. Breakfast, lunch and my 2 snacks were the same as usual. I have dinner planned and it’s healthy (if not terribly exciting).

Then I had that awful, verboten thought. The scourge of all dieters. The thought that says, I can’t wait to go back to normal. (I know. I can hear you all gasping).

First of all, I don’t even know what that means anymore. What I’ve been eating the last few days hasn’t changed much. So this IS normal.

Now how much of it I’m eating has changed. I’m eating at the low end of my range (about 1300 calories), which I haven’t done consistently in a while. But then I haven’t lost weight in a while either.

So what gives? Why is this so much harder all the sudden? By giving my meal plan a name (that has the word diet in it), have I sabotaged myself? Maybe my body is just readjusting to eating the way I’m supposed to (and just haven’t been) when I’m losing weight? Or maybe I'm just crazy!

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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    I feel you! :)

    Sometimes it just so easy to be, oh i can do without the extra helping i'm full, why can't i be like this all the time... other times it's like i could eat my hand i'm so hungry. It does seem to be how you focus on things, outside aspects and how those make you feel!

    Good job on keeping on track, you can do this!
    1585 days ago
    I don't follow any diet plan. I just eat what we have always eaten, but watch my portion sizes.

    For me the word normal means to "eat healthy without having to think about it all of the time", to "have the occasional treat without feeling guilty or worrying that I won't lose that 1# this week", to "just go about my daily business without constantly having weight loss on my mind". The wish to be "normal" flits through my brain every once in awhile too. Then I let it go and tell my self to keep working at it and it will happen.

    Our 5% Challenge for this week is to drink those 8 glasses of water. Geez, that is a lot of water! I feel like I'm drowning and I swear I spend have of my day in the bathroom. Drinking my normal 6 glasses of water and not having to worry that I am not meeting up to the Challenge is what "normal" will be to me.

    Lets emoticon
    1586 days ago
    Yes, I've experienced it. Despite what research and the "experts" say, even after we have made and been consistent with new habits for more than 21 days, it seems that sometimes we feel the want or need to go back to what we were doing before.

    I'm not sure if it is because that is still the more comfortable way or if emotions are kicking in and pushing us. The only thing to do is push past it and keep with your healthy changes.

    You caught the "normal" eating thought, grabbed it and analyzed it. So you are changing your way of thinking. Good for you.

    I find even thinking "diet" can make me want to rebel so why not rename your plan and drop that word right out of it. Give it an upbeat positive title stressing what you can have instead of diet which makes us think of things that are limited.

    You can do this and I'm cheering you on.
    1586 days ago
    Our body and taste buds do need to adjust to foods that are healthier, less sugar, less sodium. I am of an age that eating healthy...not dieting is what I am working towards. I like trying new tasty recipes. You will find your way. Hugs, Laurel
    1587 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/16/2013 9:08:45 PM
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    Sounds like you're doing well, but I had to comment on one aspect of your post.

    re: 'my meals are not terribly exciting'

    Do you like fish?

    Is there anything better than a fresh piece of fish simply baked (hi-temp, lo-time--max 15 minutes, depending on thickness) with a low-cal (homemade) marinade to avoid dry-out?

    Salmon? Cod? Hake? Haddock? Ocean perch? Tuna? Swordfish? Shark (arthropod, not vertebrate, sorry)? Tilapia? Bluefish? Catfish? Sea bass? Etcetera?

    And, oh yes, even the boneless, skinless chicken breast, turkey kielbasa. etc. all taste better -- suitably prepared.

    I've lost 133 lbs, and I can honestly say that I enjoy food more now than ever before.

    I get more joy out of a good nectarine , peach or apple than I used to get out of most cakes, cookies, and pies.

    Did it take a while? Yes. But, not as long as you would think.

    Sounds like you're on your way. Just wait, you'll enjoy it more. If not, get a better cookbook. emoticon | :-|

    Lee emoticon
    1587 days ago
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