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Another Dietician Appointment

Today I had my second appointment with Chelsea, the dietician I told you about in my last blog.  In the 6 weeks since I last saw her I have lost 8 pounds . . . and the exciting part about that is I have not been obsessed with the scale during that time and actually have weighed myself pretty infrequently!  

I have been following the divided plate idea, incorporating more vegetables, and eating salmon a couple times per week.  I have skipped an evening (and/or afternoon) muffin now and then, and have not been stuffing myself.  Even still I have indulged in an ice cream bar here and there, and an occasional piece of chocolate.  I haven't told myself "you can't have that", not even once . . . though I sometimes choose not to, and I have discovered that hamburgers loaded with toppings don't need a bun!

I have not logged, blogged, or been very active on MFP.  I have tried to "just be".   I haven't had start days or cheat days and have found it so freeing NOT thinking of this as starting or quitting a diet, not even thinking of it as changing my lifestyle . . . but simply trying to learn how to eat until I'm satisfied and not stuffed, to enjoy a cookie without eating a dozen.  

Heaven knows I have travelled this road before and thought I had it all figured out . . . only to end up regaining lost weight and stumbling and falling.  So for now I am living one day at a time, trying to pay attention to my mistakes and change my thought patterns, to stop eating when I'm full, and give some thought to an indulgence instead of eating mindlessly.  For now it's working!  

I'll keep you posted!!   

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debvee60 wrote 4 months ago:
Sounds like you are on the right track - less stressed and less weight. I'm having salmon tomorrow!
WWnot wrote 4 months ago:
You sound so much more at peace, relaxed, comfortable. It's a nice sound...
FriendsForFamily wrote 4 months ago:
8 pounds in 6 weeks is fantastic. Keep on living your good life.
PAnn1 wrote 4 months ago:
You are learning everyday and doing great Karen! It's a lifelong journey and as I always have said "with all the mountains to climb and sweet valleys to sail down into". You're on the downward swing now my friend :-)I'm so glad you went to the dietician. Lord knows we all can use help from time to time. I'm looking forward to next winter and getting together again. Keep taking that one day at a time.
Wysewoman53 wrote 4 months ago:
I have 'dieted' all my life and still gained weight in spite of it. Things started changing for me when I realized 'diet' isn't a dirty word. It simply means what we eat every day. I'm like you. I choose to eat whatever I want to eat each and every day. Now, I'm finding I'm choosing to eat healthier and keeping my calorie goal at a certain level. I still have an occasional piece of chocolate or a piece of lemon cake but I no longer feel guilty eating it. I weigh once a week whether I feel I need to or not just to stay on top of things. According to my doctor, I have lost all the weight I need to lose to be healthy but I have my goal set for a lower weight all the time so I keep working at it. I am happy with where I am right now and far more active because I don't have the extra weight to carry. Congratulations on losing 8 lbs in 6 weeks. Keep on keepin' on!
The_Movie_Chair wrote 4 months ago:
Great weight loss! I am glad you found what works for you.
knittingdianne wrote 4 months ago:
I'm happy for you. I like the idea of "just being" and not being consumed with thoughts of food and dieting. Hang in there. We're cheering you on!
msgerrie wrote 4 months ago:
Hello, I just finish reading your blog for the first time, and I have to say it was very encouraging. I am on this “life change journey” myself, and it does get a little frustrating. But with the help of the LORD, I will reach my goal (to lose 25 lbs.) by the end of this year (2017). Stay focus and keep on taking ONE DAY at a TIME!
texteach66 wrote 4 months ago:
I truly believe we have to figure out what works for us, as individuals, for the long haul - it sounds like you are on the way to doing just that.
1skholloway wrote 4 months ago:
I'm very happy for you on finding a way to lose weight and not feel like you are depriving yourself. I hope this works for you in the long run. I wish I could learn to do what you are doing!
NancJensen wrote 4 months ago:
I just happened across this today. It is exactly what I needed to hear today! You have an awesome writing style, and what you wrote is one of the most inspiring and motivating things I've read on this topic. Thank you for sharing!
kateb212 wrote 4 months ago:
As a future dietitian (less than a year to go!) - I have to say that YOU ARE DOING GREAT! Your approach is positive and healthy, and you're rocking it. Keep up the good work :)
Caroleeeeeee wrote 4 months ago:
Hi I am Carole, and I have started again on MFP today. I joined a few years ago, and have gone up and down, and despite joining the NHS Exercise Class once a week, and having had a group tuition with a Dietician and a Therapist, (just a few of those), its still slow. I have to lose weight to have an op by keyhole surgery, already been told not lost enough yet, and its getting a bit more urgent, so have to get my head around it all, and was stressing about it....UNTIL I READ YOUR BLOG....Mindfulness is all the rage nowadays, and I have begun, without realising it really, actually thinking about whether I want it, need it, will have it, or will not have it...It works better than getting stressed about it, but I do have to still think about calories. This is the hardest part, as you shop for yourself, but if you shop for your Partner/Husband/family as well, its a nightmare, so I am sticking to mainly protein and a few carbs at breakfast, and salad with fish or chicken in summer for lunch, and a mix of fresh vegs, and some sort of meat or fish at the evening meal. (We did try to eat the evening meal at lunchtime, as suggested by the Dietician), but life got in the way, ha ha.! Once a week on Saturday evening I have a glass of ros'e wine, and in the week, I will have a lolly in the evening watching tv or relaxing after a much more active day than I used to have. Thank you for a very supportive and enlightening post. Looking forward to seeing how you get on.
judisea wrote 4 months ago:
I attended a great workshop at the American College of Sports Medicine in San Diego called "I'm hungry, what do I eat". He said many memorable things such as "The right diet for you is the one you can stick to". He also cautioned about eliminating any major food group. Your blog reinforced the major components of his talk and proves that, if left to our own devices, we will naturally eat healthy, and in proper proportions.
llspringate wrote 4 months ago:
I have been using MFP since March 1 and found that the best part about using is it just being aware of what I am actually eating and what each food choice means in terms of calories. Just that awareness has made me make better choices in my food and I've lost 18 pounds without ever feeling stressed about dieting. To me, it's just a lifestyle change that helps me stay focused. Good luck on your own journey. So many times I've heard people say how can you stick to that but just the awareness I've gotten has helped me out. It's amazing how much satisfaction you can get from 10 Ghiradelli 60% chocolate chips for a whole 50 calories instead of that big bowl of ice cream.
LeslieAnn72 wrote 4 months ago:
I have stumbled and fallen so many times while trying to lose weight. I just found out I am lactose and gluten intolerant so there I things I just cannot have anymore. Picking myself up once again. Good luck to you on your journey! Never give up!
lane6085 wrote 4 months ago:
day one... and I do not eat enough to lose weight.
nor is there a calorie count for yard work
pulled tumble weeds out of the yard.. bending over to pull and carry 2-4 lbs to the pick up truck.. how many calories did I burn?
always have been told NOFAT.. this is going to be okay!
an help on the exercise statics?? pls
glad you lost and hope it continues!!!
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