I am so intermittent with my blogging - sorry! I have had a few revelations over the last couple of weeks. Since I started in early May I have lost 12.5 lbs. I feel really good about it especially since I went under 160 today for the first time in over 5 years. PSYCHED!! I realized that it takes me over a week before I fully get used to digesting a new oil (I always stick with canola, but needed to switch brands and my body seemed to think it was a 'new' oil). It takes that time before I feel any significant suppression. I have also learned that in order to really lose weight at a nice clip (1 lb a week) I have to feel hungry some of the time. If I am not feeling a bit hungry than I am not losing weight. This is why dieting is so darn hard, even with the Shangri La toolbox and better control over binge eating. I think the key is PATIENCE. A lot of poeple on this forum are rushing (ME TOO) and I believe we need to slow down and think long term (like lifetime). With patience comes the learning about what foods are triggers for a binge, and how to avoid them. I have learned what hunger really feels like, and how not to be afraid of it or give in to it. I am learning how to fill my tank with just enough food (and with the right food) and stop after that. It takes time, and sometimes a collosal effort to resist giving in to the hunger, I won't kid anyone about that. But Shangri La makes it a lot easier!!! and uncomplicated.
Another thing I want to address is exercise. I am training for the Detroit marathon in October and have been running 30+ miles a week including one day of long run (over 6 miles and up to 15 so far), I also bike hard for an hour on my day off from running, and I also do general strength stuff at home -push ups leg ups circuit type work. I have had perfectly good energy levels, have felt great, have never bonked, all despite eating low calories and feeling occasionally hungry. In fact, I have been training my body to run on an empy stomach, and after a longer warmup than usual, I find I feel faster and stronger! Basically I am embracing the eat to live philosophy, and after a lifetime of overeating IT FEELS GREAT. So liberating.
One more thing: I have experienced several plateaus. One was 8 days long and nearly broke me, but with patience and faith I made it through. (not to mention the helpful tips from others too!!) The key for me is to stay positive. Negative thinking = chocolate chip cookies (well, usually just the dough
). Funny, sounds kind of gross now.