It is the beginning of the end … of my extra weight.
This is still new to me. The first thing I am going to confess is that for most of my adult life is that food is scary. Food is a chore. Food is something to put off until you can no longer ignore your bodies hunger pangs.
I don’t know how many girls starve themselves, and then binge and then throw up, but I know I have. Everyone knows veggies are good for us…. but do we really know much more than that? What about avacados? nuts? legumes… etc etc.
There has been so much conflicting information out there about food that it is really easy to just keep doing whatever it is you are doing. Year over year, it’s only a few pounds… right?
Finally I am working on something that seems to work…. and let me emphasize the next bit…. it works FOR ME. (not that I think I will have a massive audience rushing to my little blog for advice but you never know)
Again … I am just putting this down here…. It is still in it
s birth as a long term way of life and eating. So time will tell, but like every dieter, I am hopeful. I am also trying not to annoy every single person around me by talking about it. Sometimes it is tough to keep motivated… or it used to be.
So here (finally) is what im doing. Get your cell phone…. get an app like evernote, keep, or whatever IOS has available as a journal that you can append pictures to, and photograph everything you eat. (You could even just text yourself pictures)
There is no way to cheat yourself if you have a photograph, and you will feel a sense of accomplishment when your calories are lower than expected. Plus you start learning what to feed yourself and what everything is worth.
Here is the best bit. Don’t count before your meal (unless you want to) Add it up later. I promise that your behavior will be self correcting.
Take a photo of everything, every coffee, every pill, every glass of water (Well ok, i dont do water, but i should because its good to know how much water i drink) When you are on track you feel great! When it is the middle of the day and you have only eaten up 450 of the 1400 calories you have allotted yourself it will make you smile, and you will start thinking about dinner.
Some of the other benefits i have found is I am starting to sleep earlier because I eat earlier, I am starting to have more hope, and more energy.
Whenever you make a recipe you really like, you will remember it too. It is right there in photograph. If you really liked it, toss the ingredients into the text for the photo description.
So that is the big secret. It doesn’t seem like a secret at all. But it is mine, and im sharing it.
So far I have dropped the first five pounds. I am extremely pleased.