OMG! After a lifetime of trying, I think I'm getting the hang of this!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Could it be that I am actually getting it right this time? I have just been on holiday to Devon, home of cream teas and clotted cream fudge etc., not been on Spark, not tracked my food, had extra treats because - well I was on holiday right? Recipe for disaster I thought and wasn't looking forward to stepping on the scales this morning to assess the damage done. Wonder of wonders only one pound had crept back on in 10 days away.

So I got to thinking - how did this happen, what was different?

The main difference is my attitude. I am not fitting in my life around losing weight. Losing weight has to fit into my life. I am not worrying about sociable eating and drinking, I just track everything. I am not eating diet food I don't enjoy just because it is low calorie. I don't have any forbidden foods. I don't feel the need to feel guilty about anything I eat or drink as long as it is tracked. When I am in the supermarket I read labels and pick the lowest calorie options of the things I want to eat. I use a shallow pasta bowl instead of a dinner plate to automatically cut portion sizes.

Because nothing is banned, nothing is a guilty pleasure and I don't get the intense cravings and feeling of deprivation and misery I associate with diets. Because I know I can have a chocolate or two or a couple of glasses of wine whenever I want them - I want them less often. Because I don't feel deprived or restricted, I now automatically try to make good choices most of the time.

Because I'm not on a diet - this is just what I like to eat and drink.

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    emoticon Great blog!
    2266 days ago
    Thanks Melayahm. It is still working for me although I do need to build in exercise more. Something for me to work on.

    The switch for me was not to ban anything. I just end up with cravings and as you say, just waiting for the day when "this" is all over and I can eat it again. Done that time and time again and as they say - to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity!

    Bread was an issue for me too, ( just one of many!) running away with too many of my precious calories. Rather than ban it I have stopped buying loaves and got ciabattas, bagels and paninis instead which I keep in the freezer and get out one pack at a time. No temptation for a slice of buttered toast when I'm peckish now and helps with portion control. Another bonus - both OH and I find one ciabatta far more satisfying that two slices of wholemeal for considerable less calories.

    Don't know if that is any help to you but thought it worth mentioning. Good luck.
    2349 days ago
    I guess I'm still waiting for this stage to arrive for me, at the moment, I still feel like I'm going to, if not stop this 'lark' one day, at least go back to eating things like bread and biscuits. But that won't happen until I've reached my SP goal, and built exercise more firmly into my routine and so on. So well done to you for getting to that balanced place!
    2351 days ago
    Thanks ladies! Just hope I can keep this up - then I've cracked it emoticon
    2397 days ago
    WOW! Great blog - great change of attitude. I'll be round for lessons!!

    Delighted you had a good time on holiday which must be enhanced by your weigh-in moment. emoticon emoticon

    Keep it up emoticon and emoticon
    2397 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2012 11:04:56 AM
    You got it! That is fantastic for you! Yay! Do your thing girl! emoticon
    2397 days ago
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