Pretty new to calorie count, but liked them on facebook and have really enjoyed reading about people's successes and how they did it, what worked for them...
Ok well I'm from the UK and I weigh in heavy at 236 1bs. My long term goal would be for around 125 1bs.
In recent years I have struggled with motivation to change my lifestyle, eat better and move more. A couple months back a friend and I booked a holiday abroad in september and I thought it would spur me on to lose some weight...which it didn't really, I stayed in my rut, feeling more and more miserable.
Last week I got some sort of tummy upset, I ended up feeling nauseous all the time and the only thing I could tolerate was crackers and water, this went on for about four days. My mum made all of us some sunday lunch (usually my fave, roast pork, potatoes, apple sauce) by this point I thought I was hungry so ventured to eat. I went for it, regretting it a couple hours later when my head was down the toilet.
From there on I would only eat small amounts of plain foods, crackers mainly. by monday my appetite had returned a little so was able to eat some very plain wheat based cereal, I kept this down ok and then later I ate salmon fillet and some brown rice. and this also agreed with me.
Now today it feels as though my appetite is well and truly back, as I am having occasional cravings for all the junk I used to eat. My stomach has shrunk due to my not eating, and I don't want to end up back on that path, I'm eating in moderation and all the right things, and enjoying it as well.
I've cut out white bread, white pasta, white rice and white sugar. I'm really steering clear of processed foods. But I'm really afraid that I'll have one little wobble and I'll be back to where I started! I feel almost like an addict, not being able to just stop at 'one'. I know in the future there are going to be social occasions and dinner parties, I want to enjoy the food, but not be indulging myself like I used to. I'm half Italian and food is quite a big deal! Or like say I treat myself to some chips, or ice cream, will my body and brain immediately revert back to my eating habits of old??
I'm stressing I know, but I want to carry on and leave the past where it should be. How do you guys manage this? Do you allow occasional treats, or forget it altogether ? I don't want to go through life with some kind of weird phobia of food, I want to have a healthy relationship with it.
thank you so much for your reply. So you left it a few months before allowing yourself treats? I do actually believe that would work for me in order for me to fully immerse myself in my healthy eating, I think if I said this saturday would be my treat day, I would probably fall off the wagon and I think it would be beneficial for me to just give myself a bit of time first before allowing myself treat days. I really appreciate your comments, thanks and lots of luck on your journey too :)
I refuse to count on the weekends, but count religiously on weekdays. Some weekends I undo all my hard work of the previous week, which motivates me to do better the following weekend.
It also motivates me to not undereat too much on weekdays, even though I can comfortably do it with my work routine. The weeks I undereat I have a hard time controlling myself on weekends.
Once I hit my goal weight, I'll hopefully work in more non-counting days. But I've come crawling back to this site so many times already... :-\
thanks for sharing. I totally hear you, I thought I would go for one evening of indulgence - I used to do the weekend thing of being more carefree but I generally found it harder to get back into the good stuff I was eating before. I used also forget working out. It's tough trying to get the balance right. One of my clients gave me a chocolate bar, which I actually ate, however I accepted eating it, I enjoyed it and I refused to have the guilt fest afterward as I know this is one of my triggers for binging. Perhaps little and often is key rather than saving it all up - it has definitely got me thinking.