Friday, July 1, 2011

My progress on the weight loss front

I thought that I didn't really have anything to say today, but then I realized that I haven't spoken about one of my big topics for some time.

How is my diet/lifestyle change going?

I struggled with calorie counting, for the simple fact that it's difficult to keep the discipline. In the end, I only knew by how much I've been over-eating.

The reason is simple. If I eat too much for lunch, I say that I'll eat less for dinner, except I never do... And then it hit me. Food actually has too strong a hold over me. So going on calorie counting is (on a much smaller degree) like telling a drug addict that it's OK to just use a little less. Not going to happen unless the hold is broken.

So I decided to switch to nutritional shakes for a while so that I can snap out of the "must have everything now" thinking. And so far it works. I'm not craving anything, because I can have anything for lunch. BUT I have to watch portions, so I'm finding that I'm more likely to pick foods that satisfy me.

Also, the fact that the shakes are actually tasty helps a lot too. I haven't felt down about switching them in for my meals. Not even in the beginning. Didn't even get as much as a headache.

And the best part? I've lost 4 pounds. So I'm more than a little thrilled.

Anyone dieting/watching weight? How's it going?


Theresa said...

Losing weight, gaining weight, losing weight... At least it's a downward trend.

Claudia Moser said...

Congratulations! Well done, wish I was so disciplined!

Susan Kane said...

So do I! Best of luck!

Suze said...

Congratulations on losing the four pounds, my dear! Celebrate by doing something that makes you happy. :)

Joanne said...

good for you! I have been struggling with the exact same thing! starting again today.
Blessings, Joanne

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations! I've been struggling with my weight since we moved here (Iowa) three years ago. This summer I spent a month at our cabin which is in the state we used to live in and I realized why my weight has been out of control. When we moved I felt like I gave up all of my control. I quit my job, left my friends and my writing friends, gave up a home I loved all for my husband's career. I gave up control of my life...So I was only in charge of what happened to my body...good or bad. So now that I have a grip on myself and have a supportive doctor, I'm on the way to gaining control of my body again. :) I'm down 10 pounds since I returned to Iowa...I got a hair cut that makes me look like me again. :)

I'm so glad you did this post, so I could say all of this out loud.

Best wishes with your diet changes. :) Stay strong!