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Starting Today: 165

Over the past couple of years, my weight has been creeping up, to the point where I can’t fit into many of my clothes anymore. I lost some of it several months ago, but gained it all back again, and then some. I’ve decided that just thinking “maybe I should eat less” is not actually a very effective diet plan, so I’m going to get more organized about it. Not sure yet if I’ll join Weight Watchers; I think I’m going to start by reading FlyLady’s Body Clutter book (since FL is working really well for me with keeping the house clean).

My goal is to lose 35 pounds. Really, I’d be happy if I lost 30, but I figure this is not the time to wimp out with my goal setting. Right now, I’m at 165 (well, 164.8, really, but 165 is a nice round number, so I’ll use that). I want to get down to 130. I’ll keep track of my progress here (and cross-post these to my LJ), so I can have some accountability.

My first next actions: Read the Body Clutter book when it arrives. Take the stairs in my apartment building at least twice a day. Stop eating after 8 p.m. (although I’ll allow myself to have some popcorn or something light like that once in a while). This should get me started while I figure out the rest of the specifics of how I’m going to tackle this problem. :)

Comments

happy_potterer
Sep. 28th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
No, the only WW stuff I eat is the occasional sweet thing. They sell these 1-point dark chocolate raspberry bars that are really good, though once I read the ingredients I was less wild about them . . . ! But I have no interest in the smoothies or TV dinners and have never felt pressure to buy any. They just give out coupons and the occasional sample and mention them as good low-points options sometimes.

Some things about WW that have been good for me: Weekly weighing in (as opposed to more or less often than that). . . meetings, which are sometimes dull but often have good tips from other people . . . recording everything I eat . . . most of all, learning to pay attention to how hungry I feel. A few times recently, with feeling rushed about work and baby care, I have ignored my own signals and reverted to my habit of skipping meals until I am RAVENOUS, which I had pretty much stopped doing thanks to WW. That emphasis on eating until you are satisfied, and only until then, is what has kept me from feeling hungry (or stuffed) on this program.

My first week, Peppy Judy had good tips on how to manage this. Most are based on the fact that it takes your brain a while to get the signal that you have eaten enough. If you eat too fast you stuff yourself full literally before you feel it. So I started doing a few things she recommended: eat slowly; stop after five or ten minutes and wait; stand up and move around a while at that point; check in with yourself 20 minutes after you began eating to see if you're still hungry. I am AMAZED how well this works. (I failed to do this at lunch today, because I had let myself get crazy-hungry and so I scarfed down the whole tray of sushi I bought. It was too much and now I feel overfull. If I'd paused for ten minutes in the middle, I'd have realized I'd had enough, and saved the rest for dinner. Result: I feel stuffed, I feel very sleepy, and I don't have many points left for dinnertime.)

How's that for more than you wanted to know? :-)
here_be_dragons
Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
That's definitely not more than I wanted to know. That's exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to hear. I've been working on some of these things this week. I'm bad about skipping meals, too - it's something I've done all my life. Which almost sounds like a good diet strategy :D, until I realize that I'm not eating less - I'm just eating later in the day, because I totally pig out in the evening, right before bed. Which is pretty much the worst time to eat. O_o So, I'm working on that.

The thing you said about paying attention to your body's signals really hit home, too. I've been working on that this week, and it's interesting to watch myself. I'm getting better about noticing, "hey, I think I'm full now. I can stop eating" but noticing isn't quite enough to get me to actually stop. So now, I still eat a bit more, even though I know I don't need it. :D But it's helping.

I think keeping a food log would be a great idea. Also, I think I will join WW, at least the online section. Don't know if I'll end up going to meetings or not, but I might. If nothing else, just to get out of the house for a while. :D

Thanks so much! This was really helpful for me.
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