I've lost 8 pounds and feel good about that and kind of 'settled'; getting in my groove. I decided to make my 'Goal' weight in 10 pound increments. I feel it keeps my attention sharp and of course, feels achievable. Marking these increments also keeps at bay the inner 'nay-sayer' who is happy to sabatoge my attention on how and what I eat.
I do well with the Keto/Atkins type approach. This time I did a two-week entry with no carbs. I also ended up with a fast day because of a colonoscopy! LOL! Funny to find an 'advantage' in that. All went well with the test and I discovered Chicken Bone Broth in the process, which is higher in protein than regular broth.
I've gotten my house 'carb' safe and got all my supplies in order. I keep a food diary mostly as an attention-focus. But these are the early days and I have had success at this point before.
My challenge is sustaining my attention to my choice and getting through my emotional attachments to carbs as the great soother of stress. And so far I haven't hit a stress point challenge. But I am committing myself to trying to get my knowledge and awareness in the forefront when that challenge hits and find better strategies and choices that won't sabatoge me.
My big carb crash,whicht brought me back to Spark, was eating noodles and pizza one day - but what really scared me, is that I had 1 carb versions of both those things on hand!! Yet, in that emotional blindness I totally chose the high carb option and went out of my way to get it.
This shows me how the emotions around certain foods are linked, literally, to the specific food of a time and place - pizza and noodles from my childhood, my past. Not the 'better for me now' alternative that was readily available. This has been a useful insight for me and I hope to arm myself with it, the next time that sad, depressed child wants to cheer herself up with certain foods.
I like to use the idea of the '2nd Attention' - making yourself look again, look differently at what you do, what you did , what you are doing to do. And it takes a 'pause' to look again and that is a useful tool too.
Second Attention Collage 2018