These couple books made it sound SO easy to just “Eat when you’re hungry… Stop when you’re full!” Which makes complete sense.
These books also all preach…
- NEVER diet again!
- NEVER get on a scale!
- NEVER count calories!
My life has changed since reading those books and I will use a lot of the tools for the rest of my life. My biggest take-always that I still use every day…
- Checking in with myself to see WHY I am eating. Am I actually hungry or am I anxious, bored, sad, angry……. I have learned that boredom/droned-on-the-couch-in-front-of-tv eating is my biggest problem area. And while I still eat when I am not hungry… I at least take a minute to recognize what I am doing and why… and then make a CONSCIOUS CHOICE to do it anyway. I am no longer a mindless eating factory.
- The scale. I have been on the scale ONCE since last fall. And to be honest… it wasn’t pretty. But I didn’t need the scale to tell me that. I KNEW I was eating too much and being lazy… and I knew why. I wholeheartedly agree with not letting a tiny little electronic box tell you how you are going to feel about yourself today.
- Really taking the time after eating to think about how foods make me feel. I have actually stopped eating several foods that made me feel sluggish, bloated, shitty-about-myself-the-day-after.
- EXERCISE! A big part of ‘the books’ was a push to help people to realize that exercise is incredibly important but NOT FOR WEIGHT LOSS. (there are whole chapters with science and studies and shit explaining this… read it yourself if you want to.) Exercise is for you MIND and SPIRIT. And I KNOW this is true. When I am exercising, I just feel better about EVERYTHING. My body feels strong. I am not stressed. And even though I AM fat, I don’t FEEL fat when I exercise regularly.
- They ALL watch what they eat.
- They ALL go “off the rails” a bit and gain weight… then they watch what they eat (i.e. DIET) to take it back off again.
- They ALL eat for the same reasons I eat… but because they ‘watch what they eat’ …they don’t go crazy.