Metabolic Research Center - What I'm learning while losing weight




porchmom84
10-06-2009, 01:22 PM
I'm on day 5 of the program....a newbie....but am learning a lot already. Would love to hear what you're learning.....Here's mine so far:

1. Mindfulness--needing to be very mindful planning what I eat and realizing how "unmindful" I was with my eating before.
2. Gratitude--Grateful I was able to afford this program, grateful I am able to afford the healthy food it requires. What I see as "deprivation" in a sense (and in my mind I see it as being deprived for awhile but down the road being able to enjoy the "treats" again in a more controlled way)....I'm mindful that for some people my "deprivation" is a FEAST!
3. That we are capable of changing if we put our minds to it.
4. I actually feel better without the sugar highs and lows.
5. Take time--you have to take time to eat (i.e. the BIG salad!)


lookinfine09
10-06-2009, 02:48 PM
I'm on day 5 of the program....a newbie....but am learning a lot already. Would love to hear what you're learning.....Here's mine so far:

1. Mindfulness--needing to be very mindful planning what I eat and realizing how "unmindful" I was with my eating before.
2. Gratitude--Grateful I was able to afford this program, grateful I am able to afford the healthy food it requires. What I see as "deprivation" in a sense (and in my mind I see it as being deprived for awhile but down the road being able to enjoy the "treats" again in a more controlled way)....I'm mindful that for some people my "deprivation" is a FEAST!
3. That we are capable of changing if we put our minds to it.
4. I actually feel better without the sugar highs and lows.
5. Take time--you have to take time to eat (i.e. the BIG salad!)

Great idea. I'd agree with everything you said. I'd like to add:

1. Use your other senses: I have learned to appreciate smell so much more. When I grocery shop, I enjoy smelling the fresh baked bread, cookies, deli food, etc. While at first I was upset that I couldn't have it, now I use it as a way to enjoy the food without actually putting it in my mouth.

2. I realized that I drank a lot of soda and wasted a lot of calories by doing that... but the only thing I am missing (and I've been on program for 167 days) is the carbonation, not the sugar.

Roadqueen
10-06-2009, 05:02 PM
I am a newbie also...Day18.

I've learned that I can stop saying I can't and say I can.

I can get through a day without coffee and cokes.

I still hate vegetables, but I can eat them.


leahruthie
10-06-2009, 05:10 PM
i've learned how disgusting i feel when i go back to eating crap, hehe :) and that it actually feels good to be putting good fuel in your body.

learning2Bhealthy
10-06-2009, 05:44 PM
I've learned to like or rather to love vegetables and truly enjoy eating the way we do. I feel better so much better. I dreamt last night that I was eating a BIG chocolate cake with inch thick iceing on it. Boy did I feel guilty. I never want to have those feelings again. Every time I ate something bad I would wonder why am I eating this way and think to myself.. I need to get a grip on this. Now I have and I don't want to go back..I don't miss it...AT ALL :no:

porchmom84
10-06-2009, 05:54 PM
Great idea. I'd agree with everything you said. I'd like to add:

1. Use your other senses: I have learned to appreciate smell so much more. When I grocery shop, I enjoy smelling the fresh baked bread, cookies, deli food, etc. While at first I was upset that I couldn't have it, now I use it as a way to enjoy the food without actually putting it in my mouth.

2. I realized that I drank a lot of soda and wasted a lot of calories by doing that... but the only thing I am missing (and I've been on program for 167 days) is the carbonation, not the sugar.

Concerning soda--have you tried Diet Rite...or is it Diet Diet Rite? Anyways, no sugar or sodium and not bad really. I understand about the "carbonation" thing....and it helps me anyway. Diet Hanson's Root Beer isn't bad either....notice I'm still at the "not bad"....will eventually come to like....just as I came to like diet soda at one time and skim milk at one time--and when on regular soda and regular milk I HATED the change at first.

porchmom84
10-18-2009, 06:55 PM
That this "weight clutter" is about a lot more than food.....I cleaned out the clutter in my kitchen today to get things better organized to get my salad stuff ready for the workweek.....I have great tools to make this happen....just pushed in back of cabinets....now it's out on the counter ready to go.

That I actually used to LOVE to cook before I had kids and it got so busy...and this "new kind of cooking" is actually kind of fun again....notice "kind of".....but I'm getting there.

Lori123321
10-20-2009, 07:07 AM
I am learning to become a stronger person. I am now looking at the relationships I have with food and other people and what is just not working for me. If food was truly a friend, I am trying to think of how I would want to feel when I was with that friend. Would you hang around a friend that makes you feel guilty, fat and will give you diseases? That is what the unhealthy relationship I have with food does to me. I had hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, my joints hurt, my self esteem went into the toilet and I masked true emotions that I need to experience with food. Talk about distruction.

Joy2MeNu
10-20-2009, 10:25 AM
Nice analogy Lori123321. I like that! --Joy2MeNu


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TeresaG
10-20-2009, 10:36 AM
I am learning to become a stronger person. I am now looking at the relationships I have with food and other people and what is just not working for me. If food was truly a friend, I am trying to think of how I would want to feel when I was with that friend. Would you hang around a friend that makes you feel guilty, fat and will give you diseases? That is what the unhealthy relationship I have with food does to me. I had hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, my joints hurt, my self esteem went into the toilet and I masked true emotions that I need to experience with food. Talk about distruction.

Gorgeous picture. You look lovely and so happy. Your analogy is a great one. You have been missed, glad to hear from you.

RonnieAdl
10-20-2009, 05:20 PM
I am learning to have control over chocolate and sweets. I work in a Radiation Therapy clinic and the patients all want to say thank you with goodies. They are there in the break room on a daily basis and I am quickly learning I don't need them. I am someone who can't just have one piece of candy or 1 cookie. So far I have done well and hope to continue on even into maintanance

Ronnie

daizy hotrocks
10-21-2009, 12:07 PM
I am remembering how great it feels to not be fat. I am not at my goal yet and still have things to work on before I am happy but I don't think I realized how big I was. I was 195 at my biggest and lost 30 on my own before MRC. I am also learning that the vending machine does not have the magnetism I thought it did. Now I look at it disgusted and walk right past to the water machine and fridge for my salad.

keirasmommy
10-21-2009, 01:45 PM
I am only on day three but I will add that I love actually feeling good! Not feeling run down, tired, exhausted....just feeling good with some energy! I love feeling this way!

Thank you all for sharing!

porchmom84
10-21-2009, 04:40 PM
I am only on day three but I will add that I love actually feeling good! Not feeling run down, tired, exhausted....just feeling good with some energy! I love feeling this way!

Thank you all for sharing!
It only gets better from day 3 too! You'll love expanding your menu choices!

ekidwell
10-23-2009, 08:44 AM
I am learning that I'm presented with choices every single minute of my day and it is up to me, as the manifest-er of my own destiny, to make sure those choices support my long-term goals. I've said it before, my mantra is "I've made up my mind, no need to think it over." If I spend time "thinking" about my choices I'm more apt to choose unwisely. I know what I've got to do and I just need to do it without bargaining with myself.

Pcherr001
10-24-2009, 03:33 PM
I am quickly learning that there are people in this world that don't want you to succeed, but they dont matter. You have to do what you need to do for yourself, there is no way to truly succeed in anything you do if you do not love yourself.

porchmom84
10-26-2009, 07:34 PM
PATIENCE....I feel like I am losing SO SLOWLY.....but persevering as I read that it works for the rest of you....that it will work for me....

porchmom84
11-22-2009, 07:46 PM
Faith is taking the next step forward, even though you can't see the staircase.

Hvnlymzic
11-22-2009, 11:03 PM
I have learned not to feel bad about saying no.

I have learned not to feel bad about bringing my own food when i know poor choices are going to be there.

I have learnd that people are sometimes supportive and other times not, but that as long as I remain committed, it doesn't matter what they think or do. No one feeds me except me. I can be in control of what goes in my mouth.

porchmom84
11-23-2009, 10:10 PM
That there is joy in cooking rolls and pies for your family and not eating the dough as you go...that gave me a stomach ache anyway but I always did....It really can be done!

iluvindiana
11-25-2009, 03:05 PM
I am learning more about metabolism and how to keep it charged.

I read a book by Ruby Payne about our students that come from "poor" backgrounds. One thing that stuck in my mind was that poor families don't eat a lot of veggies and fruits because they are so much more expensive than protein (ie a pound of apples is over 1.50 a pound and hamburger is 2.50 a pound, which will fill up a family more?)
I was raised probably in the lower part of the middle class, so we weren't poor but we didn't eat a lot of veggies or fruits.
I am learning to like fruits and veggies. That is a good thing.

sadie11
11-26-2009, 12:36 AM
I have learned to have an HSN with a lot of ice first when I am thinking about eating something OP. Works every time.... love that grape HSN!

Hit 52 lbs off- yay! I am now officially a very picky eater!

gottobefit
11-28-2009, 08:25 PM
I am new to the plan and very excited but also nervous. I am learning that planning is going to be key. I am also learning that Diet Cokes have a very strong hold on me :) I've been told that I can replace with Diet Rite- does anyone know if that will slow down results? You are all very inspiring- thank you :)

Hvnlymzic
11-28-2009, 08:40 PM
gottobe - diet rite has never slowed me down, but I also wouldn't allow myself to drink one until I had already had a certain ammount of water...so diet rite is a reward for me for drinking my water. But...if you're trying to cut back on the diet coke (my favorite as well), then drink it and cut back slowly. You'll have to get used to the taste, but there are several flavors if the cola doesn't work for you.

porchmom84
11-29-2009, 04:43 PM
I am new to the plan and very excited but also nervous. I am learning that planning is going to be key. I am also learning that Diet Cokes have a very strong hold on me :) I've been told that I can replace with Diet Rite- does anyone know if that will slow down results? You are all very inspiring- thank you :)

Diet Cokes had a very strong hold on me too! Giving that up was even scarier to me than making food changes. But I DID IT and YOU CAN TOO!!Diet Rite is just fine--still get your carbonation. I particularly like the cherry coke ones. Hang In there and know you CAN do this....if I did, you can too!

iluvindiana
11-30-2009, 04:25 PM
I agree, diet coke was one of the hardest things to give up. The sodium is what is bad in diet coke.
There is also a brand of pop called Canfield's. They have chocolate pop. Another nice treat.

porchmom84
11-30-2009, 05:53 PM
I am learning to redefine what "treats" are....and to truly enjoy and appreciate them!

porchmom84
12-18-2009, 08:35 PM
Impulse control....hang on for the ride even if it's a hard day WI wise....over time it will all work out.

NotaFatBride
12-20-2009, 03:38 PM
I'm learning that no matter how good a chocolate truffle looks "nothing tastes as good as thin feels". I had heard that quote before but it didn't sink in until this week.

FetchLizzie
12-20-2009, 10:13 PM
I'm learning to eat throughout the day - with hectic lifestyles - sometimes I only eat once a day! :hun:

MEEZOOGIRL
12-21-2009, 10:16 AM
I learned that I can say no. I can still live my life and go out, but eat on program. It's just as fun to go out with the girlfriends and have chicken and broccoli as it is to have a hamburger. It's about the company not about the food. I never realized how much our lives revolve around food. Someone has a birthday, you go to dinner, a friend gets married, have a party. I'm down 22lbs. Everytime I have an event, I remember it's about the person, not the food.

When I get a craving I say to myself. 22 lbs lost. Is that coffee/chocolate worth it? and most of the time it's not. I've had my slip ups as we all do but try to get right back on program..

porchmom84
12-21-2009, 06:35 PM
I learned that I can say no. I can still live my life and go out, but eat on program. It's just as fun to go out with the girlfriends and have chicken and broccoli as it is to have a hamburger. It's about the company not about the food. I never realized how much our lives revolve around food. Someone has a birthday, you go to dinner, a friend gets married, have a party. I'm down 22lbs. Everytime I have an event, I remember it's about the person, not the food.

When I get a craving I say to myself. 22 lbs lost. Is that coffee/chocolate worth it? and most of the time it's not. I've had my slip ups as we all do but try to get right back on program..
Cheers to you!:carrot:

porchmom84
01-09-2010, 12:47 PM
We can persevere!!!

mama22
01-13-2010, 09:48 AM
I learned that I can say no. I can still live my life and go out, but eat on program. It's just as fun to go out with the girlfriends and have chicken and broccoli as it is to have a hamburger. It's about the company not about the food. I never realized how much our lives revolve around food. Someone has a birthday, you go to dinner, a friend gets married, have a party. I'm down 22lbs. Everytime I have an event, I remember it's about the person, not the food.

When I get a craving I say to myself. 22 lbs lost. Is that coffee/chocolate worth it? and most of the time it's not. I've had my slip ups as we all do but try to get right back on program..

I think saying no has always been the hardest part for me too. Everyone is going to slip up now and again, the trick is to just get back on and don't beat yourself up over it. I always say to myself, "I want to fit in those jeans more than I want that cookie!"
Congrats on the 22 pounds! :yay:

ekidwell
01-14-2010, 11:07 AM
I'm learning patience and persistence. I have to have a lot to keep going day after day!

RonnieAdl
01-14-2010, 04:48 PM
That there is joy in cooking rolls and pies for your family and not eating the dough as you go...that gave me a stomach ache anyway but I always did....It really can be done!

Hahahaaa.. I would rather eat the pie dough than the pie! In fact I just tossed some pie dough from the fridge the other day. ( it was calling my name) LOL..

Ronnie:dizzy:

RonnieAdl
01-14-2010, 04:51 PM
I learned that I can say no. I can still live my life and go out, but eat on program. It's just as fun to go out with the girlfriends and have chicken and broccoli as it is to have a hamburger. It's about the company not about the food. I never realized how much our lives revolve around food. Someone has a birthday, you go to dinner, a friend gets married, have a party. I'm down 22lbs. Everytime I have an event, I remember it's about the person, not the food.

When I get a craving I say to myself. 22 lbs lost. Is that coffee/chocolate worth it? and most of the time it's not. I've had my slip ups as we all do but try to get right back on program..

That is so true! We associate every event in our lives with food in one way or another.. That is one thing I am working on.. Getting past the food part of the event and concentrate on other things..

Cheers!
Ronnie:carrot: