So far this week, I'm still not seeing any movement on the scale. I want to keep the trend heading downward, but still am not interested in diving into a diet-and-restriction mindset to get there. But I do think I can make a couple of dietary changes without feeling restricted... and that's by reducing carbs.
My most enjoyed foods (not most craved, but most delicious when I am eating them) are fresh fruits, meats, and vegetables. I've really gotten a taste for healthy, real foods; I also really love avocados, eggs, nuts, and seeds. But if I have a craving, it's usually for grain-based carbs. I might get it in my head that I *want* some candy or a cookie or some crackers... and that's fine, I can have one small serving and move on. But the more often I crave and eat those things, the more often I choose them over healthier, whole food alternatives. And I have seen that obviously when I choose more carbs, I maintain my weight (228) instead of losing. So starting now, the carbs are getting trimmed. No, I am not going to count carbs or anything else. But when I am hungry and think I'd like some crackers, I am going to stop and think about what I would have instead if I were still eating gluten free. I used to eat my tuna salad on cucumber slices or celery sticks, and that tastes good to me! If I really do want some crackers I can have 2 or 3 with my veggies and tuna, instead of 6 or 8 without the veggies. Or if I think I'd like a cookie, I can stop and realize that I would actually enjoy a Clementine more. Funny, but the *idea* of a cookie is sometimes more appealing than a piece of fruit, but the fruit almost always tastes better than the cookie does. It's not to say I *cannot* have certain foods, but that I think twice about whether that food is what I really want. It's a small adjustment that I think will make the difference between maintaining and losing.
It's starting to look a lot like spring (sunnier, but still a bit cold) and I've noticed that the neighbor's huge sycamore tree shed its leaves long after I had already raked my yard... and then gusting winds blew those big leaves all over my yard, into corners around the porch, around the fence and under the deck. That will give me some good exercise this week as I get out there and rake and bag the leaves, trim the trees and bushes, and get the yard ready for spring. I'm excited and can't wait to get out more as the weather improves!
I feel good and believe I am finally on the right track. My eating has changed so much over the past few years and finally feels pretty close to "normal," with absolutely no binge eating, almost nonexistent compulsive/obsessive food thoughts, and a calmness about food that I haven't felt since before I got up to 200 pounds back in the 90's. I hope to never go back to that chaotic, out-of-control, desperate state I lived in for over a decade. Freedom feels good!
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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