This is a goldmine of information, peeps, thanks!
I really love hearing others' stories, those make me feel less alone and help me see the different ways this can go or be experienced.
This morning my horoscope said, "You may be discouraged this morning because it feels as if you're running on a hamster wheel without getting
anywhere. Honestly, even your most dependable rituals don't seem to contribute to your progress today. Paradoxically, your smartest strategy is to
loosen your expectations without giving up on your goals
So, my fit of frustration is caused by the stars! (gotta place blame somewhere!
Weighed myself this morning, and apparently I got to my pre-established goal for this week. I had originally drawn out a plan for losing 1 kilo a
week, and it turns out that is exactly what I've done. I am just being impatient.
This is actually the first time I have ever dieted like this. Up to now I never looked at a scale - I believed it was bad to do so because it makes
you more focused on outside sources than what you are feeling inside, making you less tuned to things like whether you really are hungry or not. (I
believed a big problem today is people eating when they aren't truly hungry, but not listening to that).
But since my usual subtle methods seemed to be not working, and I am new territory with the hormonal changes, I began to question my previous ideas
and thought I should try the more common methods.
I am lucky in a way because my lifestyle and environment is pretty conducive to healthy eating habits- some people mention things like sugar or sugar
substitutes, which I am not really faced with. The french do not trust sugar substitutes, nonfat milk, fake low fat butter.... those never caught on
here. People eat real food. I do not have a sweet tooth, so I haven't found that to be a problem. Even fruit, I can't stand citrus fruit.. I only like
a few things- blueberries, strawberries (if not very sweet), apples, pears. So I don't consume much fructose.
On the other hand, wine is a challenge, and cheese.... my own fridge is filled with a collection of really different and wonderful cheeses, and that I
miss! Goat cheese! Mmm.....
I have been surprised to find that my cardio workouts (running or elliptical trainer) don't seem to make as big a difference as weight training, or
yoga! Someone explained that here, and it is nice to see I wasn't wrong on that perception. Yoga has been a huge discovery in that way.
I have to take my photo and do comparisons now. But Perhaps I will consider ways of lessening up all this control, because I think that is what is
causing the emotional backlash. I don't want to go to war with myself, which is what it feels like right now. I'm losing the pleasure in it all.
Thanks again, you guys are a real help!