So I was perusing instagram as I like to read other people’s stories about how they live healthy lives or tackle weight loss and there was one profile that caught my eye for all the wrong reasons.
The articles published recently about the questionable effective relationship between exercise and weight loss mirror my experiences.
It’s funny because I have worked things out for myself for a long time now regarding weight loss based on how it feels for my body, and it has led me to the place I am now – happy, healthy the weight I want to be without much effort at all.
It helped me wade through the information overwhelm which is mostly conflicting and arrive at my truth. First it was about sugar which is now mainstream, then it was grains thanks to the Paleo crew who made that more well known and here is just another thing that my body taught me first.
The new paradigm is…
It’s Happy New Year time again! Are you excited?
Time to wipe the slate clean and all that.
Even after 40 odd years of happy new years, I still get excited. The same excited though as when I start a new notebook fresh and clean or start a new project. It’s somehow full of potential, possibilities and wonderful things, like feeling amazing.
So it’s final… I am so ready now…
About three months have past since the actual time frame of my goodbye caffeine story. Read it here.
After my initial few weeks of swearing off it for a while and reaping the benefits of feeling calm, hydrated and clear in the head, I left it with a possible option to continue having my beloved black and chai tea albeit with some restrictions because caffeine is one of my psycho addictive foods and I know this.
As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, it so is and the result of the last three months has proven it to me yet again. Not that I needed proof but it’s more like that it’s hard to shake or stop something that you love and so you try and try every different possible way to enable it to stay. Or I’m a slow learner!
I was reading an article recently (link down below if you are interested), which spoke about eating disorders and the psychological aspect of binging in terms of the emotional reasons people pick up that block of chocolate and eat the whole thing.
In all the examples they gave of the type of food people were pigging out on, it was junk food. McDonalds, KFC, commercial chocolate, cakes, biscuits, and ice cream were some examples. Never once do you hear the story… and she was so upset she ate five bowls of salad and a whole watermelon.
One of my favourite nutritionists Cindy O’Meara featured Dr Pamela Peeke on her blog who was responsible for writing the book The Hunger Fix, which is all about overeating and food addiction.
See! I knew food addiction was a real thing that was affecting me!
I knew even before someone else had to tell me, because I figured it out for myself. This is why how you feel has so much more credence than scientific stuff, which can take years to catch up with what people are experiencing. If I waited for a study to tell me how to fix myself, I would still be overweight and miserable now. That means I could have potentially wasted 10 years of my life waiting for someone else to figure it out for me. No thanks!
I was checking through some instagram posts on what people are up to with their own approaches to losing weight and a person posted a question…
“do you weigh yourself every day?”
The owner of that account went on to say how they do weigh in every day; another one said ‘yes it keeps me on track.’ And my head was screaming – “no way! Keeps you on track for what? Total obsession about how much you weigh and how much you haven’t lost today?”
If a healthy weight loss is to lose 500g (1lb) per week (that is if this is permanent weight loss that you won’t put on again in a flash) then for 6 days out of the 7 what are you looking at? ‘No haven’t lost it yet. No haven’t lost it yet….’
A follower on instagram, let’s call her IG Mary, has an account where she is losing weight and keeping herself motivated. It’s a place where people can express how they are feeling about their journey, measure the goal posts when they lose weight and feel good when everyone posts encouraging messages. (As well as ducking and weaving between Herbalife, crazy wraps and other people trying to get you to buy stuff.)
This time however, Mary was feeling bad. She had a friend over the night before and they’d eaten Chinese food and drunk a bottle of wine and now she said she was feeling bad and unmotivated. I love this kind of stuff, as hopefully I can get people to think from another angle. Continue reading