Wow, sounds like one of those really annoying ads, doesn’t it? This post is NOT intended as a weight loss promotion. Yikes, what a horrid thought. Nope, just sharing what my experience has been (and I get asked what I’m doing now and again so I’m sharing it here for anyone else who is curious). Oh, and I just think it’s awesome that I’ve lost weight while still enjoying everything that taste has to offer.
While my actual number loss has slowed (I’ve increased my activity levels so I’m putting back on a bunch of that muscle that I lost, yeeeha!), the changes in my body have not. I look different, I feel different….and I’m loving it.
But the really fun part is this lifestyle change I made (which at its heart is to be reasonably active and keep track of what I eat with an eye to try and keep the calories at a semi-reduced level to encourage weight loss) makes it possible for me to eat, GUILT FREE, any and all of:
- chocolate bars
- potatoe chips
- fish and chips
- black forest cake and all kinds of other desserts
- wine, MEAD and all kinds of other drinks
- regular starbucks trips
- and snacking of all kinds of natures
I’ve been to potlucks, restaurants, bbq’s and NOT sat on the sideline eating something “healthy” while everyone else indulged. Hell, no. I indulged.
That’s been the key, well, one of three keys. The first key is that I have stuck religiously to my one and only rule: I will record everything I eat (I’m using the iPhone app for the My Fitness Pal program). That’s it. That’s my one and only MUST DO.
The rest is what I want to do. I want to lose weight so I choose to keep my calories down. I want to keep my calories under the 1500 mark so that I’m likely to lose weight. And to do this we come back to key number two: moderation.
In order to not feel deprived, if something comes up in the moment, and I really want it, I have a small piece of it. And record it. And then adjust the rest of my day accordingly.
If I want to have a glass or two of wine in the evening. I plan my eating for the day appropriately (mind you, I do eat healthy and strongly believe in eating REAL food, not just processed things, I just balance things so that I can sneak in that wine).
I have had anything and everything I’ve wanted. Some things I got in the moment but in a reduced amount. And some things I had in full, but just not in the moment I initially wanted it.
Because there is a third key. And that is, once a month I get to eat whatever I want (though I still tend to track it, but that’s cuz I have compulsive tendencies) and it’s on a fixed day so no emotional picking of the day! I think that’s very important, actually. If you give yourself one day a month that you can pick at random and you decide on say Friday that that is going to be your eat anything day, you’ve most likely chosen it based upon emotions rather than reason. By having it be a fixed day, I can look forward and plan it, but can’t fall into the bad habit of every time I’m emotional and want to eat everything in sight, that it is okay to do so.
So by using these three keys, eating whatever I want but in a planned time, I have lost over 14 pounds and feel far better about my body. And I’m not stressing about where I want to get to. I’ve got my pattern of behaviour going, it’s working for me and I’m just going to keep trundling along with it and see where I end up.
And now, I think it’s time for that glass of mead I’ve been planning for all day…