Whole Foods Lifestyle - I am suddenly losing weight without seeming to try.
10-22-2009, 10:30 AM
I think itís a combination of things. For one, Iíve been hiking more robustly, as the weather has cooled, a huge incentive to go for longer hikes, more often (daily) as itís my absolute favorite month for outdoors. Secondly, I have not been eating big dinners as much, having various reasons why Iím Ďjust having soup or veggiesí. I think thatís the big one actually. Anyway, Iíll continue, maybe let go of my love of complicated dinners, as I love to cook so much, but lately I haven't reallly been in the mood. Maybe jsut cook a nice complex dinner once a week or so Ö and lighten up the dinners altogether. I believe I have discovered my weightloss method, and there is really no deprivation other than big expectations on myself to cook so much.
10-22-2009, 10:46 AM
Hi Hermit Girl! :wave:
Hiking this late in the year? You lucky duck!
I'm very similar in that I don't necessarily count calories, but I'm mindful of my eating "practices". Since I moved my biggest meal of the day to lunch, I've found maintenance to be a much less bumpy ride.
Enjoy those fall hikes!
10-22-2009, 10:56 AM
Sounds good to me :) Keep up the good work!
10-29-2009, 09:04 PM
Sounds like you found what works for you, that's great. It works for me also, Natural whole foods worked for me. My highest calorie meal is breakfast(450 to 500 cal.)feels like I'm pigging out! Lunch is about 250cal. and dinner is a 150 to 200 cal. salad no later than 5:00pm. I stay away from many carbs after 3pm. If you eat more in the morning, then get your excersise, like hiking, I think you rev your metabalism and you have the whole day to burn it up. I have always wanted to try hiking cause I love being outdoors but never got to, so I take 3 to 4 mile power walks w/ my husband every day if it doesn't rain.
10-29-2009, 09:09 PM
New to the site. Starting Ideal Protein tomorrow. Need some support ladies.
10-29-2009, 09:25 PM
what is ideal protein? never heard of it. Just remember, nothing can taste as good as thin feels! I keep that in my head at all times!
10-29-2009, 09:33 PM
peggy, there is an Ideal Protein group here, here is a thread they have been posting in:
11-03-2009, 06:58 PM
hemit girl, keep up the good work!
I definitely want to check out this Ideal Protein diet, always looking for ways to get more protein in my diet.
11-24-2009, 01:11 PM
Everytime I lose another pound, I like to make my presence felt on WholeFoods forum here at 3FC... its just the acknowledgement I need. I just lost another pound !
I have only lost 10 pounds, over 5 months, going very slow. Though my thread's title makes it seem like I'm not doing anything, it's far from true. I'm more tuned into however, the cause and effect of denying myself that little dish of icecream, or just having a salad for dinner while I make my skinny DH a burger and fries (like last night), or adding that extra half hour or more to my regular hike in the day (which I've been doing a lot lately, hiking longer, and more days). It all adds up in the losing the weight.
I am finding the success is in the babysteps, fine tuning them, and a constant awareness of how I'm feeling emotionally, etc, preparing ahead , etc. The cutting back on calories isn't as much of what is working to lose the weight, I think, as the Total Awareness ; harder exercise or more often, coupled with better choices to eat (fuel vs pleasure)... and most importantly ~ being accountable to myself.
I've suddenly enjoyed making myself mini goals, something I haven't concerned myself with for years. I now have a goal for each equinox and solstice, my personal road marks which I like to keep.
11-24-2009, 01:24 PM
I'm happy it's going well :)
11-26-2009, 10:15 PM
I am finding the success is in .... being accountable to myself. An important insight.. :bravo:
11-28-2009, 09:34 AM
Congrats, Hermit Girl! I'm happy for you! And I gotta say, your profile pic with your pooch and the mountains in the back is really nice and peaceful. It reminds me that the simple things in life are the most important. :) Now I feel like playing hooky from work and hanging out with the family. :D
12-02-2009, 06:50 PM
thats very good !! good for you !! eating healthy is good for weightloss as well as for your health in the long run !
12-09-2009, 10:15 AM
WOW, I can't imagine cooking meals for a skinny hubby! Cooking two meals.... yuk! Bless your heart, you are doing great.
12-09-2009, 11:32 AM
For me, I have a skinny husband as well and what I do is just bulk up his meals. I also remember that I shouldn't try to match him in what he eats. Some days, he even eats 2 dinners, one around 6pm and one around 10pm.
Anyway, an example of what I do is give him larger portions and for a while, I wasn't eating a lot of rice/grains so for example if I made an Indian style dish, I'd serve his over rice while I'd serve mine over green beans. Now I'm eating more grains, I reduce the other portion of the meal for myself.
12-16-2009, 09:19 PM
Over green beans..... hmmm that sounds good. Thanks for the idea.
12-21-2009, 08:24 PM
I like the idea of using the equinox and solstice for mini-goals, and may do the same. Today is the winter solstice, so it is a perfect time to start!