Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I woke up today with a renewed feeling of confidence. Although I did eat that cookie last night, I only ate one. It took a lot for me to say no to another one, but I did it. It makes me realize that I can control myself. I want this to be a lifestyle, not a diet. I need to be able to mange what I eat and not be a prisoner to it.

I saw my doctor last week, and she says that I'm doing fine. My blood pressure was really good, and everything else is on track. She is happy with my current progress, and wants me to continue as I have been. My eating style is low fat, low carb, lots and lots of veggies, limited sugar. I've been using the Hungry Girl "expanders", and it helps me so much. I like to eat a lot of food, and using her low calorie expanders helps me do that. I just load everything up with a huge amount of veggies, and it makes my portions seem huge. It's really helped me maintain control.

I still want to binge. I'm not sure why but the feeling never goes away. Even when I know I'm full, I still feel hungry. It's a mental hunger that stays with me. I hope that as I lose weight, and gain control, that feeling will begin to dissipate. I pray that it will get better.
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  • TREV1964
    If this is what you are following it seems as if you are on the perfect tracks to making this happen. If you can stick to this the weight loss will be a matter of fact not a matter of hope.

    Great stuff,


    2579 days ago
    Seems we are all in the same boat,
    Dr. Oz Show Fans Team
    2583 days ago
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    Thanks for posting this blog...I hadn't come across the expanders, but I hadn't really looked at her website except for a recipe here and there. Your honesty is refreshing, and I think the more we take care of ourselves the more that unexplained hunger will go away, by doing things we really love that don't include food. For me I need to expand the repertoire of things I like to do besides eat. Great job on resisting that temptation! Hugs...Robin
    2583 days ago
    Just stumbled upon your blog and I can relate to wanting to eat a lot of food. Well, actually, I think it's maybe more about wanting to eat, to enjoy the experience of eating, for as long a time at a sitting as we can. Anyway, one of my food expanders (although I had never heard of this before now), is minute rice added to low calorie soups.

    Campbell's soup has these low calorie soups in the categories of Select Harvest and Home Style and they are in bigger cans than the older regular Campbell soups, and you don't add water to these. (Maybe you have tried them). Anyway, for example: If I ate a can of Campbell Soup's Home Style Vegetable Medley, I would use the whole can as one serving - makes a decent sized bowl of soup. Well, with 2 serving per can with each serving being only 90 calories (and some of these soups are on 6o or even 50 calories per serving!), I use the whole can for only 180 calories. To this soup, I add 1/4 cup minute rice, which is 100 calories, and I always heat it in a pan on the stove rather than microwave. I think the rice thickens up better that way. And the end result is a BIG HOT BOWL OF WONDROUS SOUP. It kills the hunger - makes ya feel full and satisfied and with less than 300 calories spent. And, the great thing is, other expanders of your choice could easily be added, as well, with so few calories they could hardly even count. I have added canned tomatoes and other low cal veggies to mine and it has been wonderful!
    Oh, and I am not even a person who generally likes soup! But I sure do like these and sure do like those wonderful ways of expanding it.

    Well, good job on your journey thus far and that was a great check-up with your Doc. And eating just one cookie - WOW! That is something most of us would consider an accomplishment and you should be proud of the choice you made. You're right - it is a life style and you are doing a great job in creating the lifestyle you want to live.
    2583 days ago
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    Thanks for the post, Fairymelly.

    I am the exact same way, the "hunger" never really goes away. I am always craving something sweet, salty, high carb, bad for my health...

    I don't always win, and don't always tell myself no, but every time I do, I realize how much better I feel about myself. Self control is huge. I think it's a learned behaviour and gets easier with time. Keep saying YES to healthy foods and portions. Think of food as fuel instead of just a "treat. You want to get the most out of what you put inside your body, and empty calories will only put the breaks on a good thing.

    You can do it. :)
    2583 days ago
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