Try to get back on track for a year and give up

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I'm not telling you to give up...but for the last year I have really nailed my workouts and I am giving myself credit for waking up early and getting them out of the way. I love my workouts and I chop and change so that I don't get bored.

I'm not the type of girl who can have/do the same thing day in and day out. Part of my trouble with food is that I have tried so many diets including with a dietitian but then get upset about nothing in particular and undo all my good work. It has gotten really bad over the past 6 months and it's making me ill.

Here are the diets I tried in the last year

Back to Atkins - got bad acid reflux and didn't enjoy it
Paleo - missed my dairy yogurts and be real I can't eat that way. Most of the time I eat home made foods but too strict.
Primal - Love Mark Sisson and his forums and he is amazing and I like the 80% and 20% rule. It didn't work for me prob. because I was doing 80% off primal... and not 20%.
Dr. Ian Smith - Fat Smash, 50 something challenge, and his latest shredders diet. I love that he is willing to share all his knowledge freely. It was a very good plan but it involved counting calories and it's too much work for someone who eats mostly home made goods...
Damy - bikini plan. So when I was up only 10 pounds for the second time this year I decided to try this one. Very sensible plan but it restricted my veg and fruit and encouraged protein powder etc...well I'm dead against meal replacements. Also I just couldn't get my head round eating so many meals and snacks.
Eat to live - too restrictive and just made me crave all the foods I couldn't have. I am semi vegan (I guess being Paleoish for a while put me right off meat products.). I eat anything outside the house that is wholesome etc but don't want a host to go out of her/his way to cater for my idiosyncrasies. Same in a cafe etc. I haven't touched meat, chicken for the past two months more or less. I did have dairy. That's also my cheats cereal with milk etc.
Super Immunity - A much more relaxed Eat to live way of life. I love it but again find it hard to limit myself.
Zone diet - tried this after Atkins and couldn't get my head round having carbs. As soon as I had carbs I felt like I cheated and went back for seconds.
Sparkspeople menus - Not one of sparks strong point. The suggestions are limited and are for vegetarinas not vegans.
A dietitian from my health fund - went to her when I was still low-carbing and lets say we didn't hit it off and although I managed to lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks they all came back a moth after.
Non diet diet - No go...it's the worst thing I tried to do.
Weigh once a week or every other week. Well that packed on the pounds.

So what now?
Did I mention the health/fitness/self-help book I'm reading
Shrink yourself, the Beck diet, Be fit and eat well, Stumbling upon happiness, tapping for thinness.

Has all this been a waste of time?
NO, NO, NO. It's a problem that will be solved slowly and surely. It took me two years and a gym membership to realize that I really don't like my gym (loved the instructors they were so caring). I like to work at home to Insanity, Tae bo, Jillian's workouts, Playouts (dancing in between intervals or more intense cardio), No excuses workouts and having fun and smiling that I have started my day by making my body move. I think back to a year ago when I was 20 pounds less I could not have done an insanity program. I was working out but I was not strong enough to do this program.

What next?

I need to continue reading these books and go back to parts I've read. I learnt about EFT and I find it awesome. I would love to learn it and pass it on once I solve my eating issues.

Focus on the positive. and try and get rid of the all or nothing mentality.

I had a task today to think about the three things that are holding me back
1. binging
2. Not being able to determine if I should eat 3 meals or 6 mini meals or 3 meals + 2 snacks. What to eat in my meals. I eat mostly home made stuff or natural fruits and veg
3. How to stop my meal. Sometimes I am excellent during the day and I feel I am doing great and then after supper i just can't be bothered and eat everything in sight.

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  • OOLALA53
    You have certainly given yourself lots of data. I consider a lot of the food plans I tried extremely useful, though the calorie focus was not. I have found a relatively flexible combination that can usually be accommodated for most eating situations I find myself in, though I make most of my own meals-- not all from scratch. I love my meals! I fear few foods! The only problem was that it took decades. I think you are closer than I was at your age.

    And I greatly envy you regarding the consistent exercise. In terms of long-term health, it's much more important. Overweight exercisers have better health overall than thin sedentary people, not to mention overweight non-exercisers..

    I think this is going to be your year!

    2022 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/6/2012 9:12:20 PM
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