60lbs to lose and I'm not going to diet. Attempting mindful eating.

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BeyondRadicalisationPortal Wed 25-Jul-18 15:26:05

Accountability thread for myself 😬

Having tried every diet possible, this is a new approach to a proper "life change". I'm feeling positive atm, let's see how that goes. No proper rules apart from paying attention to and thinking about what I eat, and why I am eating.

Any success stories are appreciated! grin

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BeyondRadicalisationPortal Thu 26-Jul-18 13:14:41

"Proper food" eaten so far, and feeling positive...

Morning - green tea, NAS muesli, berries and skimmed milk
Lunch - scrambled egg with smoked kippers, red onion and sweet corn. A plum.

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BeyondRadicalisationPortal Fri 27-Jul-18 11:58:18

Root veg casserole for dinner last night, then a bottle of low alcohol wine at a friends.
This morning - same breakfast as yesterday but with whole milk

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Smarshian Fri 27-Jul-18 12:03:11

Sounds delicious! Good luck. I've found that consistently stopping eating when I'm comfortably full has always helped me to drop weight.

BeyondRadicalisationPortal Sat 28-Jul-18 09:40:28

It is delicious, and paying attention when I eat really makes more of a difference to the taste than I was expecting it to!

Root veg casserole for lunch yesterday, graze snack in the afternoon then chicken and salad wrap in the evening.

Just having my green tea for this morning now

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Cherubfish Sat 28-Jul-18 09:43:00

I'll join you OP. Not dieting but proper food, mindful eating. Starting now!

LaurieFairyCake Sat 28-Jul-18 09:55:51

I’m doing this and have been doing it 4 months and I’ve just lost my first stone. I log all my food on my Fitbit to make sure I’m getting enough complex nutrients. I’ve also taken up yoga - just once a week and am trying to get 8,000 steps in every day (a failure in the recent heat)

I’ve had to tweak and come to terms with a couple of things personally. I need and can’t avoid salty bad food when I have pmt so I allow myself to eat it - usually cheese and biscuits and 4 bags of French fry crisps.

I also notice there’s a couple of days towards the end of my period where I feel not hungry at all and it’s a real effort to eat anything - I eat a lot of bland food then like porridge, baked potato, green steamed veg. It’s quite a contrast to eat mindfully and not be self critical about what you want or feel you need. So before my period there’s usually 2/3 days of salty 1900 calorie eating and after its 1300 calories of bland food. So obviously over the 2 weeks it evens out.

I also note that I only eat 2 meals a day - usually 10 and 5. The rest of the time I’m not interested. I always have a light snack in the evening - at the moment it’s an ice cream/lolly or two.

I always eat ‘properly’ first - sandwich with protein and loads of tomatoes. I crave salady things endlessly.

Since I started mindful eating and asking my body what it wants (always tomatoes - no idea why) it’s been so much easier than any diet I’ve tried. And I feel strong because of the increase in exercise.


locochat Sat 28-Jul-18 09:58:00

I'd like to do this as well so posting to remind myself of this thread.

BeyondRadicalisationPortal Sat 28-Jul-18 10:50:21

Laurie, @BloodMagic shared a fascinating post a few weeks back about eating around our cycles, I can't remember where it was to find it, but hopefully she won't mind me tagging her so she can share it here..?

Nice to have some company here, good luck to you all!

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BeyondRadicalisationPortal Sat 28-Jul-18 16:09:54

Same breakfast as yesterday, then just had white fish in garlic, veg and about a spoonful of couscous. I have actually left food on the plate! shock

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userofthiswebsite Sat 28-Jul-18 16:16:44

I have, at times, gone through periods, when I've been doing well with weight loss and when I wanted biscuits/choc/ice-cream etc (where most of my calories come from) I have asked myself the question:

"Are you actually hungry User or do you just want to eat it as you know it tastes good?"


"5 minutes later after you've eaten it, are you going to be happy about it or annoyed with yourself?"

Sometimes I reflect on the fact that yes it might taste good whilst eating it, but after that the good taste is gone and the calories are sitting on my tummy.

Ultimately I have found that in my personal case, it's about the desire to lose weight being stronger than the desire to consume all the things that taste good. It's like a pair of scales and that side just needs to tip higher than the other.

userofthiswebsite Sat 28-Jul-18 16:17:47

PS after going through a period of doing well weight loss wise, something rubbish happened, and knocked me of course, I've since put 0.5 of the 1.5 stone I lost back on which is annoying.

Thinking of getting a stress ball of Amazon or something to squeeze when I want to eat the bad stuff.

BeyondRadicalisationPortal Sat 28-Jul-18 23:02:55

I need some sort of medal tonight; not only did I go to a wedding party and have no alcohol (just one Diet Coke and one slimline bitter lemon), I also had nothing from the buffet and nothing from the sweet trolley (this last bit is some sort of bloody miracle! grin ). Very proud of myself.

And now I'm in bed and I've even taken my makeup off - which I probably wouldn't have if I'd been drinking!

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BeyondRadicalisationPortal Sun 29-Jul-18 23:00:02

Breakfast - the usual
Lunch - small serving of shepherds pie with half a plate of veg, didn't finish
Snack - 2 squares 85% dark chocolate

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BeyondRadicalisationPortal Wed 01-Aug-18 08:12:09

Weighed today, I am down 4lbs!

56 to go grin

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