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10/8/14 12:56 P

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That sounds reasonable! If your clothes become super-tight that would be an indicator that you need to re-assess but in the meantime, eat mindfully and don't worry about the scale sounds like the right thing for you.

I'm suddenly excited about the scale, I just got the FitBit scale and I love seeing the blinky things it does. And it shows body fat percentage, though I don't understand how it can tell, but it's cool. I've lost 4 pounds in the past few weeks so I guess that's why I like the scale, it won't last once my weight loss slows down or, gasp, increases!

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10/8/14 12:22 P

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So, some more thoughts on my scale experiment. I have been not weighing myself for a week now and feeling good. I've been paying more attention to hunger cues and definitely think my eating has been improving--I haven't overeaten to the point of feeling too full/bloated, and I haven't been letting myself get too hungry either. Overall a good balance.

Yesterday I came home, feeling very energetic, ready to do a quick workout and then eat a big bowl of soup and an apple for dinner. For some stupid reason I decided to step on the scale, got upset about "how much" I weighed, and wound up sitting around feeling dejected instead of working out, and then ate ramen from our camping supplies box for dinner (wtf????). In retrospect, who the heck trusts a weight that they get at the end of the day after eating a pretty big lunch and blah blah. Plus, after accounting for the fact that my lunch WAS big (went out with co-workers, happens only every few months) and fairly laden with salt, my evening weight was probably just FINE! I feel like if I just hadn't weighed myself, I probably would have proceeded according to my original plan.

So, lesson solidified. My plan is to get back on the no-scales bandwagon for the next month. I have a health screening for my insurance in mid-November and you get weighed as part of that. I'm planning to write down a "guess" of what my weight is before I go to the screening, and if I'm within a couple pounds of the actual, I'm going to try to make ditching the scales a long-term thing. If I weigh a lot more than expected, I might have to reconsider, but overall I definitely don't think it's healthy for me to go back to weighing in daily!

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10/1/14 1:54 P

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No problem, I have been getting through it quite slowly myself.

My thoughts so far: Parts of the book are definitely a little hokey/dated. They frequently go on about how you really need carbohydrates. I guess since I do think my weight gain tends to come from sugar and simple carbs, I was eye-rolling that a bit. But, I actually looked up some carbohydrate recommendations from places that I would consider to be low-carb proponents by mainstream definitions (Atkins, Mark's Daily Apple, etc.) and yikes! My personal definition of "low carb" is fairly high carb according to them, as I am perfectly fine with eating a few pieces of fruit each day, basing a couple of my meals around legumes, etc. So I guess I am not the target audience for the "carbs are not bad for you" message. Aside from that, I am really liking the book and am excited about the idea of breaking the diet mentality.

They spend some time in the first chapters discussing different "eating personalities", and man...I definitely see myself in some of those. I tend to eat while doing something else (which I already knew was a problem!). I am also definitely prone to what they call "Last Supper" syndrome, where you pig out before starting a diet, or the related problem of making one slip up and then being all "awww, screw it" and following with a bunch of crap food. Though I do like to think I've made progress on breaking the "eat everything before dieting" mentality...it's still definitely there in my head. I think I am also prone to some "forget you" eating, which they discuss in a later chapter.

One of the concrete steps they recommend is to stop weighing yourself, and I am giving that one a try (started this morning). In the past, I've had several extended periods where I've had no scale available, and not weighing myself has never resulted in weight gain (sometimes I've even lost weight), so I'm planning to remind myself of that if I get anxious about not weighing in. I definitely use the scale as the arbiter of what I can/can't eat, and I'd like to stop doing that and start paying more attention to whether or not I really want or need to eat.

Okay, more thoughts when I've read a bit more!

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10/1/14 9:10 A

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Hi! I forgot to get the book....but still want to take a look at it!



Edited by: MAGNOLIA416 at: 10/1/2014 (09:10)
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9/26/14 3:56 P

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Yes, it's by Evelyn Tribole. And no, I have no desire for rules or structure. Just post as you go--it's not like there are spoilers that need to be kept secret, right?

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9/26/14 12:06 P

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Hi! I'm a slow reader and I don't even have the book yet, but I'll try!

It's by Evelyn Tribole? I can get that quickly as an ebook.

I guess random thoughts would work because we'll be at different chapters, but if you have a structure you want to follow, let me know!

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9/25/14 9:06 P

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If you want to read it too I would definitely be up for some kind of book club Do we need rules or should it just be post your thoughts as you go? I am hoping to read a bit further this weekend!

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9/24/14 9:41 A

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Hi! No I haven't read this but it sounds great! A book club would be fun, I'm a slow reader but I'd like to give it a try!

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9/23/14 11:35 A

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Has anyone read this? What are your thought if you have? I recently heard about it and decided to check it out from the library. One chapter in so far.

The book (thus far) seems to be about focusing on why/how you are eating and on learning to "honor your hunger" and eat more mindfully.

I am really intrigued by this because honestly, I sometimes think I definitely get too hung up on the healthiness or caloric content of food. I have gotten a lot better about it in recent years, mostly through finishing grad school (eliminating a MAJOR source of stress eating), gradually resetting my palate so that healthier foods just sound more appealing (e.g., a big bowl of pasta with butter and cheese used to be something I really enjoyed, but I can honestly say that it does not sound appealing to me at all now), and focusing more on foods I *should* eat rather than what I *should not* eat. But, I am still definitely aware of calories and I really can't remember when I last had a day that I wasn't at least running a mental tally of how many calories I was consuming. I think I also get too hung up on my weight (if I weigh "too much" I feel bad, if my weight is "good" then that feels like permission to eat more, even if I'm not actually hungry). Anyway, I am curious to see if any of the techniques in the book can help me to become less hung up on weight and calories, without resulting in weight gain.

If anyone else has read the book, I would be interested to hear your take on it. Or maybe we can have a book club and read it together (I am not getting through my copy that fast--I'm a little embarrassed to break it out on the train...)

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