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Jayhawkjen - Wednesday Mar 01, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 193.2

I was working out this morning (yes!  working out!) and couldn't help but think about how much better I feel!  I have only lost 10 lbs or so, but the changes I'm making are beneficial and I can tell.  For the first time, I'm more concerned about my health than my appearance.  I guess that's why I'm able to tolerate the slow weight loss.  

Sometimes when I think I'm having a "bad day" (diet wise) or messing up, I just pause to consider all the good changes I've made.  I've stopped drinking (that's huge!) and cut way back on snacking, sugar, etc.  And I'm exercising.  Contrast that with my previous habit of 2 or 3 drinks every night, tons of happy hour snacks, candy, and eating so much junk before December 15.  

I don't mean to imply that I never drink alcohol, but I've gone from about 20+ drinks/week to maybe 1-2 drinks/week.  Interestingly, my plan discourages wine.  They say that wine-drinkers do not have the best success, but beer is fine.  I've always been a domestic beer person, but the focus of my new plan is flavor and savoring.  So I have a new interest in beers with more flavor.  Last weekend I had a Belgian-style ale from Costco (I can't remember the name of it.)  In the past I never, ever would have chosen that.  My main motivation for drinking used to be for the feeling, not the flavor.  In other words, I was trying to get that little lift, that buzz, that relaxation.  So maybe the reason I chose that Costco beer was because I was going to drink for flavor, not for buzz.  I knew it would require more thought to drink it and I wouldn't drink it fast.  I can't say that I loved it, but I did like the fact that I was forced to taste it.  I didn't love the way I felt the next day, even though I only had about a pint.  Instead of judging myself, I simply acknowledged it.  And I thought about whether it was worth it, or what I might do differently in the future when I drink.  

There are two things that are a little challenging about my plan.  I am supposed to eat my favorite foods.  The foods that make me drool.  So the other night I had my favorite BBQ sandwich and hot, beautiful fries.  I did exactly what I was supposed to do and I savored every bite.  When I was comfortably full, I wrapped up the leftovers.  But it is hard to eat a meal like that and not instantly judge it as "bad."  (The other down-side was that the leftovers were not nearly as good as they would have been the night before.)  The second challenge is that we are not supposed to eat many sweets.  Damn, I love sweets.  But I am doing my best and trying to savor sweets when I do indulge.  I'm trying to think of this as a life change, and realistically, sweets are a part of my life.  So...  as always, it's a mind game.  

Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/01/2017:
You say "i have only lost"....10lbs is a serious accomplishment! Do you know...it took me like 1-2 years to lose that much...around 2 years ago till last year and now I have maintained till now (maintained for one full year!). As this year has progressed from last late Winter / Early Spring, I have been having an easier and easier time maintaining my weight - sometimes a challenge, but it's become easier than it was at least last Spring when the last of my weight loss was still new and i was still learning how to maintain the lower weight, around 115 lbs.

10lbs for you - and me - has a def improvement in the face and whole body. It's not something to sneeze at! Be proud of yourself.

I like how you "pause to consider the positive changes you've made"....that is something i do sometimes, and it's a great skill and useful to help the both of us keep our changes permanent.

I also do not like to drink wine - it's high in sugar - and when i do drink it, i crave more food after also.

For relaxation, i drink flavored seltzers that i sweeten extra with stevia. I am telling you - there's like a thousand diff flavors of seltzers these days, especially this one brand - i forget the name - Polar i think? - seriously like 20 flavors just that brand alone. Really nice flavors and the stevia really helps to make them just like soda except no calories.

It's good if you can eat what you like in moderation...i do that but not as well as you are yet. I still like to stuff myself often with veggies and stuff so that i can still get that extra full feeling that i still like...and i try to eat the other stuff in moderation like you do...mostly with success i'd say!

WAy to go....good advice and tips i've noted in your entry!

jayhawkjen on 03/02/2017:
Thanks, HOP! Congrats on your maintenance, too. That's the hardest part.

Jayhawkjen - Thursday Feb 23, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 193.2

Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/23/2017:
Keep up the good work!!! WTG!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/24/2017:
You are doing great, like Donkey said, as I look at your chart...nicely done lady!

happy-1 on 02/28/2017:

Jayhawkjen - Monday Feb 20, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 194.2

 Finally feeling better and ready to renew my commitment to this plan.  I'm thinking about asking my son to help me with weights.  He's a football player and spends a lot of time in the weight room.  

Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/20/2017:
Yes, use dumbbells the right way to avoid injury! Your son will know how.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/21/2017:
Yes, let your son help you and it's always better to lift a little lighter than a little too heavy and injure yourself (unless you have been lifting years like i and sorta know your limits and super limits LOL!)...be careful and listen to your son. Weights are amazing.

Jayhawkjen - Saturday Feb 18, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 195.0

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

Jayhawkjen - Friday Feb 17, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 196.0

 I've been sick which has totally thrown me off my game.  But I'm on the mend and down a pound.  Yay!  

Happy Friday to all.  

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 26 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/17/2017:
So glad you are returning to your healthier self! I know from experience - being sick stinks big time.

What has helped me this year - getting much more sleep & haven't been sick this winter - but let me tell you - i needed TONS of sleep to power me through.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/18/2017:
Surprisingly, when sick, you burn calories (i think it's higher cal!) than when you are healthy bc your body is fighting the sickness!

jayhawkjen on 02/20/2017:
Well, that IS a bright side! Thanks

Jayhawkjen - Sunday Feb 12, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 197.2

Yesterday was a certain special occasion which normally means lots of food and lots of beer. I had club soda and lime and did not feel deprived at all! On my plan I can eat whatever I want so I had fish & chips but ate less than half. My husband bought me some candy and I didn't touch it, although it was more difficult to pass up the candy than the beer. (I can't have sweets for the first 3 weeks.)

Technically I can drink beer but I know that drinking is my eating trigger. And as time goes on it is easier and easier to pass it up. Major victories yesterday!

I am finally seeing progress that has eluded me for so long.

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 27.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/13/2017:
Well done on the soda water! I wish I didn't feel deprived when everyone else is drinking beer. For me alcohol is a trigger as well. The more you have the less resistance to indulging in snacks, etc.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2017:
A nice friend gave me valentine's chocolates and a teddy bear attached to the chocolates. The bear is cute, the chocolates i plan to throw out. I haven't even been interested in having them. (well, it's not like they're any good anyways, cheap brand haha).

way to go on eating what you want, but not needing to gorge or eat more than you desire or need to. that's great! what progress! you should be proud bc it's a struggle for me and many that's for sure. also, nice job not drinking. you are saving TONS of calories. your weight will fall easily without the drinks as they are pure sugar and also affect hunger levels and sugar levels. it's gonna help you feel better. when i drink wine and those alcoholic sugary beverages i also notice i get much hungrier and eat much more, losing my sense of judgement entirely regarding how much i am really needing and just eating too much of what i am wanting...

I do agree, drinking will def lower inhibitions and cloud your judgement for eating. for SURE.

soon you may not think of drinking as much, you will create new habits and not want to go near the old. this is what i've done.

Desserts hardly tempt me anymore. I do not like eating cake. It makes me feel terrible after with an energy spike and then crash. I find it hard to eat sugary foods in moderation especially desserts, so i opt not to touch them generally. sometimes there's an exception,but more & more I just am not interested as like you say - it's a trigger for me to consume even more & as time has gone by, it's been easier and easier to just pass up - that's like a decision that's already made ahead of time - no need for debate - just pass up every time - no brainer. yes, this method surely works - your method!

Donkey on 02/15/2017:
Drinking is a total trigger for me too, so I avoid it altogether. I've been sober since July 2016.

Jayhawkjen - Friday Feb 10, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 198.0

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 28 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 02/10/2017:
I'm struggling today but I think I know why. I have not been eating enough protein. On the other hand, I am experiencing true hunger, which is the goal of this program. (You can eat when you're truly hungry, in other words.) I'm afraid this will slow down my metabolism. The devil on my shoulder is asking me, "is this sustainable?" Because if it's not, and I lose weight, I will only gain it back and more. I know this after at least 35 years of dieting experience. Still... I've started down the road, I guess. And this is a new theory, anyway... eating whatever I want, only changing the "when" and "how" of eating. You are supposed to eat really slow and focus on your food. I am great at that if I am eating alone. But it's much harder to do with other people present. I hope it becomes habitual so I don't have to think about it too much.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/10/2017:
yes, after many days of lower protein, i get really hungry too...and start to crave real protein like chicken / turkey. and a bigger portion.

Donkey on 02/11/2017:
So glad to read that you signed up for the fitness device - WTG!!!

I definitely understand your concerns. I've been focusing more on protein this past week, too, hoping it would cause the numbers to move.

On NS, do you find yourself eating 3 meals? or 5 smaller meals? Or something like that? I'm just wondering: maybe your body is set up to have "breakfast" around 11am or noon, and then the remaining meals later throughout the day, i.e. "dinner" at 9pm?

jayhawkjen on 02/12/2017:
I am eating 2 meals a day. Lunch at 12 or 1 and dinner at about 6:30. I get hungry at approx 10:00 am but I eat a tiny snack to get through until lunch so I can eat with my colleagues. The hardest challenge is not eating after dinner.

Jayhawkjen - Thursday Feb 09, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 198.2

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 28.2 lbs to go!

Jayhawkjen - Wednesday Feb 08, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 199.4

 Day #3 on N.S.  I wasn't hungry this morning so I didn't eat anything until 1:15 or so, and even then wasn't really hungry.  Technically I shouldn't have eaten, but I'm not perfect, so I did.  I think I got a little panicked that I would not get hungry all day and wouldn't get to eat.  I had 1/4 apple, about 3 oz pork and 1/2 cup mashed potatoes.  It's a weird thing... trying not to restrict, but also trying to wait for true hunger.  I felt better and had more energy today than the other two days.

I used my new device and walked 30 minutes to work this morning, which means I also have to walk 30 minutes home.  It was kinda cool to see my heart rate in graph form.  I also did three "circuits" so far today.  A circuit is my made-up exercise routine while at the offfice.  I walk up to the 5th floor and then walk back down to the basement and then return to the first floor.  It only takes 5 minutes or less but it really gets the pulse up.  I should be doing it hourly... maybe I'll work up to it.

On N.S., you are supposed to eat the things that make you drool.  Well, mostly that involves sweets, which are not allowed the first three weeks.  I've been trying to think of food that I really, really love.  Oddly, nothing much comes to mind.  Maybe a nice hamburger and fries.  Mexican.  I'm not sure.  But I do foresee a problem getting enough fruits and veggies in.  Nonetheless, I'm giving it a try and will see what happens.



Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 29.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2017:
nice job incorporating exercise into your routine!!!

Jayhawkjen - Tuesday Feb 07, 2017
(Naturally Slim)
Weight: 199.6

I did it!  I picked up the fitness device and filled out the form.  Thanks for your encouragement.  The funny part --  I didn't even have to list my weight.  LOL.  All that agonizing for nothing!   Now all I have to do is use the thing!

I started the Naturally Slim program yesterday.  It's pretty interesting.  Basically you eat when you're really hungry, but you have whatever you want.  (instead of changing what you eat, you're changing when and how you eat.) There are some other aspects of it, but that's the main idea.  Normally I eat a pretty big breakfast, possibly up to 1,000 calories, but for this program I am not eating until I'm hungry.  I realize I'm not hungry at breakfast, which is really weird.  Maybe that will change.  They say your "true hunger pattern" will emerge after 3 - 4 days.  So I guess we shall see.  I will say that I did truly enjoy my food yesterday.   And I ate much less than usual.  



Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 29.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2017:
I am very proud of you. I am glad you didn't let your mind stop you from taking advantage of the work program! good stuff.

that would be too hard for me - the Naturally Slim as i'm prone to stuffing my face and overeating.

if you can actually do the program and work with it...you are one step ahead of so many of us! ;)

i just stick with overeating on veggies.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2017:
I agree with Donkey below also.

innerpeace on 02/07/2017:
Great job picking up the form! I hope you use the device as well!

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
Awesome! Good luck. Interested to see how you do.

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