Well, a week into the Naturally Slim Program, I am delighted to report a loss.
Last week: 191
This Week: 186.7
Those of us who have modified our eating behaviors in the past know that the first week is always the best, so while I’m very excited, I’m trying to temper my expectations for this week’s weigh in on Thursday. I’ll be happy with a pound. Even half a pound. A loss, after all, is still a loss.
I also started working out again. Actually, I’ve been at it for three weeks, and I’m still going strong. So I’ll definitely call that a non-scale victory. I am once again attempting to follow the workout regimen outlined in “The New Rules of Lifting for Women.” It is much easier now that the book’s web site provides sheets you can print off and take to the gym. (You have to own a copy of the book to access them.) I always liked the program, particularly since it gave me a reason to wander over into the barbell part of the gym and also gave me a little direction so I wouldn’t feel completely lost. It’s almost impossible to spend 20-25 minutes lifting weights and not feel a little proud of yourself. I highly recommend it.
But back to the mindful eating. What I’m learning about myself is that I rely heavily on non-hunger related triggers to determine when I should eat. Oh, it’s Noon? Well, obviously I should have some lunch. What’s that? I just rolled out of bed? Breakfast! I must eat something! Regardless of whether or not my body is telling me it needs to be nourished, I give it food because it seems like the right time of day to do so, which, when you think about it, doesn’t even make sense. If I’m not hungry, why am I eating? These are the kinds of things I’m learning to ask of myself.