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riviera01 Sun 17-Sep-17 10:23:49

I really don't know where to post this but does anyone do this . I am so sick of diets , calorie counting , carb counting . I know what's healthy and what's not . I keep bingeing because I'm starting a new diet or joining a new club . I have been a slave to the scales all my life .

I gave it up and find now I don't pig out on a Sunday night because it's a Monday . If I don't like something I don't eat it . If I want something I have it and I find that I am happy with a slice or a bite or 2 and then I can leave it . I can't tell whether I have lost weight or not really . I think I might be the same . But my next step now is to intuitively exercise . I hate the gym but I like walking so I cancelled my membership and bought some new walking shoes and I am going to walk when I fancy it not because I have too .
There are days when yes I think I need to lose weight but then I think I have been doing that for last 25 years I need a break .

I know it's not for everyone but I need a change and I feel free for once and funnily I think because I know If i want something I can have it I realise I don't really want it after all .

Anyone else try this or have success ?

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AFewTings Sun 17-Sep-17 10:31:20

Great idea Riviera, despite the two threads I've started this morning!

However, I totally get what you mean about the whole "I'm starting a diet tomorrow" so you eat more today. The whole feast and famine thing. Its insane. I did this during my Summer holiday too - overeat. Why. I didn't need to! I didn't even particularly want to.

That said for a few months I haven't weighed myself. I ate more to begin with so that was part of the motivation for not weighing myself. But gradually I started to eat more healthily, more intuitively i.e. eat when I was hungry, not eat when I was not! And just some mild bits of exercise (have health issues so can't do too much there). I have found I am gradually eating less, and more intuitively, though there have been a few hiccups. I am hoping to continue in this vein until xmas and see how things pan out. At some point I am going to have to accept who I am, and my natural healthy weight.

AFewTings Sun 17-Sep-17 10:40:20

Just to add, now I am eating more intuitively, I realise I am probably eating too much bread. Something I would not have noticed whilst "sticking" to some kind of prescribed "diet"!

riviera01 Sun 17-Sep-17 10:59:07

Afewtings you have described it perfectly . And yes I hear you on the bread . But it does lessen as you go on . The one day I felt really good was being out with family for a meal and sister and sis in laws we're discussing what they would have and kept asking me what I would have. I said I don't know yet . I really want to have something I really would like. What about this salad or that salad they suggested. I ended up ordering a chicken wrap with coleslaw and French fries. I ate the wrap and loved it , fried chilli chicken with sweet sauce but I was too full for the fries . But I felt free and for the first time didn't care what others thought of what I ate ( yes I worry when out what people think , so silly I know ). Plus I was satisfied with my meal .

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AFewTings Sun 17-Sep-17 11:12:52

Sounds great Riviera!

Another thing I did this past week was buy myself a decent swimming costume and bikini. Not wait till I was at whatever imaginary size I am hoping for one day! It took ages to get the one I want but I am delighted with them (a one-piece and a bikini). I took a look at my old cossies I've had for years and was amazed I'd held on to them - they were unflattering, ill-fitting and the material was disintegrating - I'd hated my tankini for years but still kept it. Waiting for the day when I was (I don't even know what I was waiting for ...)

PacificDogwod Sun 17-Sep-17 11:18:19

I think that is a great idea.
And it is how my darn brother has been slim his entire life - never dieted, eats when hungry, stops when full, does not 'reward' himself with food.

It is why I am not labelling what I am doing (and have done for the last 2+ years) although it is, kind of, low carbing and intermittent (16:8) fasting. I don't count carbs and I don't count hours. I am eating less carbs, more fat, am always full, and skip breakfast - not because I am stopping myself from having breakfast but because I don't need it nor want it nor miss it now that I don't have it.

Upper exercise has been easy since I've told myself to simply not sit so much grin. Less sitting, more doing stuff, more stuff getting done - win, win, win.

Good luck thanks

riviera01 Sun 17-Sep-17 12:14:56

A fewgoodtings well done on the swimsuit .
Pacific my brother is the same . Never dieted in his life .

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