Eating the minimal amount for the maximum control
Monday, March 26, 2012
Day 1 .... why does that sound ominous and not optimistic? Hmmmm.....
Today is the first day of putting into effect my newest epiphany: In order to look like a skinny person, you have to eat like a skinny person. I have spent years looking for the loophole that allows me to to circumvent this rule, and I have finally come to the conclusion that no shortcut exists.
My most recent success has been with Atkins. I truly love this diet, I feel so good keeping the sugar out and allowing only the necessary insulin to be released in my body. I could eat all the allowed foods I wanted on this diet and still be within my proper BMI range. I could be healthy, satisfied and still fit into a size 10. I had to decide if I could be happy with that, it certainly could be an acceptable size for me to be. But I decided I don't want just passable, I do want to be thin! And it's not just being shallow, although I am a tad vain, I want to know what it feels like for my poor bones not to have to carry around this extra 25 pounds. I want to have the energy from not toting it with me, day in & day out. I want to not have such an unhealthy obsession with the food I eat. It's fuel for goodness sake!
So today I will be obsessively (I know, but this will become habit in time, not compulsion) watching portions. I still intend to follow Atkins allowed foods, but my body just does not need the portions I have been giving it. I haven't decided on a name for this eating style yet. Minimilist eating? Has a ring to it. I am blogging because I haven't found someone else who eat like this who I can look to for motivation!
My rules, which I reserve the right to change at anytime:
1. Eat half of what you think you need. Eat slowly, setting the fork down and drinking water between bites.
2. Drink water! This is difficult for me, it does not come natural to reach for water and I'm not sure if it ever will be, but if that's the case I am going to have to deal with it. The gallons of diet coke I drink on a monthly basis certainly are not helping me to fulfill my health goals.
3. Exercise several times during the week. I'm not setting any specific exercise goals at this time, except to just get out there and do some.
4. Suppliments! Take my vitamins, pro-biotics, fish oils and whatever current soft gel is the phase. I put this down, because I truly dislike taking pills and I find myself putting if off and often skipping.
So I guess that's it. Kind of a boring blog, if you took the time to read this, I apologize for the waste of your time, but I really just did this to motivate me to get through day 1. I think, more than anything, I am hoping to be able to stay in control of my eating and not let it control me.