Okay! This is the deal... I am going on the wonderful journey of a lifestyle change. By this, I mean, I am going to change the way I fuel my body. Years ago I went through a Church based weight reduction program and lost around 50 some pounds. Other things were happening at the time as well, but I still lost the poundage. Yippy me!!! I kept it off for a few years, but then I started community college, and than got married and whoopsie! Hello!!! almost all of the weight has decided to come home to roost...so to speak. I can't count calories, and I really don't feel like exercising at this weight, and I really don't like being hungry or deprived. So I'm going back to the basics of the program I went through. I found a version (free) in a magazine, it's called "intuitive-eating". Basically, you eat like a child...look at the food and eat the parts you like the best...eat when your hungry...stop when you feel full. Below is the basic steps to follow when you eat.
1. Are you really hungry?
(you picture your tummy like a fuel tank...don't eat on full...eat on one quarter. Not empty or you will be more likely to overeat.)
2. Do you spend at least 20 min. on every meal?
(supposed to take at least that long to feel full, and eat slow.)
3. Do you use all of your senses when you eat?
( enjoy what you are eating...if it tastes yukky don't eat it)
4. Do you multitask at meals?
( don't, it's too easy to eat mindlessly...just stuffing without thinking about it)
5. Do you listen to your body's natural "stop-eating" signals?
(just as important as the "am I hungry?" signal)
6. Do you use portion control on "bad" foods?
( this one is my interpretation...why eat a whole bag of m&m's...try just 5 or 8. A bowl of chips instead of out of the bag...etc)
So, there you are! I am now accountable to the whole wide world, or at least the 6 or so people that read this once in a while... my Mom and Sister at least. Is anyone else willing to take this pain free journey with me? I also plan on using Bible study/reading/memorization to fill the emotional void that the food will leave. I have done this before, like I said, but allowed myself to fall into the lies that I can eat as much as I want to whenever I want to. I can't do that. I am going to be accountable to you as well as to God for what I put into my body. I could use a buddy for this if anyone is interested. :)