Weight Loss Support - How are you FEELING when you diet?




Paulitens
01-23-2014, 04:30 PM
So... I started the IP diet on Monday and I'm feeling fantastic :carrot: (even though these are the toughest days of the diet with my body going into a ketosis state and whatnot).

I have read and participated in the Accountability thread, and I think it is a magnificent way to record the facts of our daily food consumption and exercise. But I am a woman (like most of you), and I'm overweight, and because of those two things I have an emotional attachment to food, and dieting is an emotional journey for me. I know that I cannot be the only one feeling this way, and I know people around me cannot be the only people who might get tired of hearing about my feelings and how accomplished I feel some days, and how depressed I feel some other.

I looked but I couldn't find a thread where we could share how we feel about our diet on a daily basis. Whether those feelings are physical or emotional, it is good to share or vent.

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Here is my answer to my own question-- Yesterday I weighed myself in (I know I shouldn't do it more than once a week but I can't help myself!) and I had lost 4lbs since Monday so I felt on top of the world. I felt beautiful and confident. Those 4 lbs seemingly gone made my day very bright and positive. :)

So now it's your turn; how are you feeling with your diet today?


apo9
01-23-2014, 04:51 PM
I feel very good with my diet.I have been able to use restraint and control and know that the scales will show it even if they do not always show it now.
I am able to plan my meals even for weekends and special occasions.
Generally I feel very good.

underanalysis
01-23-2014, 05:38 PM
I always try to arrange my plan in such a way that I don't ever feel left out or like I'm missing something. I don't let myself go hungry or say no to offers from friends, I just manage things and make good choices.

But I do feel like I actually spend more time thinking about food on my diet than when I'm not. Off-plan, I will actually get caught up in my life and work so much sometimes that I'll forget to eat for several hours. When I'm on plan, no sooner have I finished lunch than I start thinking about what's for snack and dinner. I'm not hungry yet, but I'm thinking about it, kind of wanting it. I feel like watching my intake kind of makes me obsess over my food, which I don't like.


RideRunRepeat
01-23-2014, 06:36 PM
The diet that I'm on now keeps me feeling very content and because there's really no debate to what I'm eating I'm really able to forget about *food* and just eat when and what I'm supposed to. It works and it's doable. The problem is days like today when I ran out of food and when for almost 7 hours without eating anything other than one of my protein shakes. BAD IDEA. It sucked and then afterward I'm so low and hungry its REALLY hard not to overeat. But I didn't (well I had an extra oz of almonds but I figure I can afford it and won't eat anything more off plan tonight). But that's rough.

But honestly, when I'm binging while I think food will make me feel better but now looking back it feels *so much worse* than when I'm 'dieting'

When I'm on plan and on schedule for the most part I'm definitely feeling good - and what makes it even better is because I know my previously abused body is getting all the nutrients, love, and support it needs to make it possible for me to let go of that extra fat. :)

My honest opinion? I don't think that loosing weight is easy (I love how I felt when I was at my healthy weight last year and maintaining - it was as close to perfect as I can get on this earth lol) but I do think that sometimes we aren't open minded enough to try different things (I'm extremely guilty of this prior to now), don't listen to our bodies enough, and make it wayy more painful than it could be. I'm a big believer in trusting that if I just provide my body the right kind and amount of nutrients, rest, and exercise, it will heal itself and bring itself to a balanced state. Sometimes, me being me, it just seems to be such a long time to get there!! ;)

Paulitens - :yay: for the 4 pounds lost!!!! :D:D:D How awesome is that!! :D

Vortex_VVV
01-23-2014, 07:28 PM
Wow… today? Today I'm feeling fine. Because today I haven't had to struggle with my will power, at least not yet.

As someone who has struggled with weight loss for a long time, I can say this: finding something that works long term is the key to feeling good about what we're doing. Any diet that you plan to go "off" may make you feel fine while you're on it and losing weight… but if you return to your old life style after reaching goal, regain is inevitable.

So I think maybe we should ask another question too: How do you feel imagining your current lifestyle as permanent? When you can feel good about that, I think you're on the right track.

Right now, I'm only about half way there.

nelie
01-23-2014, 07:33 PM
You know I used to stress about the numbers and what not but I've decided in the last few months that I am just going to follow my plan and not worry about the results. I know this may sound crazy but I exercise and eat well so I can take care of myself. I'm going to trust that since I'm eating in a calorie deficit, that I will lose weight. It may be fast, it may be slow but I'm not concerned.

So in terms of how I feel about my diet? I honestly don't feel anything about it other than I trust in it and whatever happens, happens.

WahineByTheSea
01-23-2014, 07:49 PM
I'm frustrated . . . I am stuck on the endless plateau. And I've been good, but it doesn't seem to make the difference :(

There better be a weight loss cliff coming up soon!

SweetCurves32
01-23-2014, 07:54 PM
I feel good! Very confident in my lifestyle choice. For me personally, I can't call what I do a diet. When I hear the word diet it just sounds too short term for me. I want to make healthy choices that will last my whole life.

LovesToTravel
01-23-2014, 08:16 PM
I'm feeling impatient. I've lost 14 pounds and I want to lose another pound by February for the silly reason that I want to be able to say that I lost 15 pounds (half of the weight I've gained) in 6 months. It's very silly, but there you have it. I'm also planning a hiking trip to Switzerland in June and I'd love to be more trim and fit than I was in previous years I've gone. So...yes, impatient.

On the other hand, I'm trying to make this a permanent lifestyle change, as Vortex_VVV so wisely counsels. I'm very comfortable with what I'm doing right now as far as eating habits and the weight keeps creeping off. I don't feel hungry or deprived. So I keep reminding myself that this is working for me, just be patient.

Atarimae
01-23-2014, 08:54 PM
As of right now, I'm feeling hopeful, but also worried. I'm a real numbers person and rely a little too much on what theh scale tells me. With that said, because I am close to "normal" for my height (~5 lbs away), it makes me worried that I will have to push that much harder to lose the weight, which makes me nervous. :P

LovesToTravel
01-23-2014, 09:09 PM
As of right now, I'm feeling hopeful, but also worried. I'm a real numbers person and rely a little too much on what theh scale tells me. With that said, because I am close to "normal" for my height (~5 lbs away), it makes me worried that I will have to push that much harder to lose the weight, which makes me nervous. :P

I totally get this, Atarimae. Being right on the line between "normal" and "overweight" as far as BMI is driving me nuts. I worry that the weight loss will suddenly stop any day now and I'll have to choose between doing something drastic to keep losing or accepting where I'm at. :( Hang in there!

CharityMarie
01-23-2014, 09:28 PM
I start and stop diets so often after I lose 20-25 pounds so I am feeling good about myself but I'm starting to get really nervous that my willpower will putter out. I don't want to ever see the numbers I've erased on the scale, so until I hit about 30 lost I'm going to have mini panick attacks all the time lol

laciemn
01-23-2014, 10:47 PM
I've been dieting since around the 8th. I can't see I feel fantastic or anything. I've felt quite well today, but before that, I've been feeling kind of tired in general.

shcirerf
01-24-2014, 01:48 AM
I no longer diet.

I made a lifestyle change.

Mostly, I eat yummy, whole foods, ditched most processed junk. I keep a mostly regular workout routine.

Some days, life hands me what life hands all of us. So, you just roll with things, make the best of it and move on.:D

Dottington
01-24-2014, 01:58 AM
I feel good for the most part because during my weight loss endeavor I have totally adapted to a different lifestyle and I know this is how I will eat for the rest of my life and am completely happy with that. I've been at it for so long now eating healthy is totally second nature. The only thing that has worried me lately is since I'm at a healthy BMI weight loss has become extremely difficult. It started at about 152 for me and its so hard to get any movement on the scale so I've had to really drop my calories. I hate how hard this has become.

Fat Knickers
01-24-2014, 02:37 AM
It makes me feel good that I'm being kind to myself, and doing something that's good for ME. I have a stressful job and various family things going on, but weightloss is my thing, where I focus on me and doing something to help myself. In physical terms I feel better, leas headaches and no cravings!

Inkrid
01-24-2014, 09:25 AM
I feel like a goddess-like being today! DH keeps saying I look really good! As long as I look good (a dancer's line, not lumps), the number on the scale is not that important!!

And now that I haven't had sugar in three weeks, and ditched the grains, I feel energetic!

Of course, I could really go for a chicken cutlet from the deli right about now, but that feeling is part of the process too!!

Paulitens
01-24-2014, 04:53 PM
I always try to arrange my plan in such a way that I don't ever feel left out or like I'm missing something. I don't let myself go hungry or say no to offers from friends, I just manage things and make good choices.

But I do feel like I actually spend more time thinking about food on my diet than when I'm not. Off-plan, I will actually get caught up in my life and work so much sometimes that I'll forget to eat for several hours. When I'm on plan, no sooner have I finished lunch than I start thinking about what's for snack and dinner. I'm not hungry yet, but I'm thinking about it, kind of wanting it. I feel like watching my intake kind of makes me obsess over my food, which I don't like.

That is so true! I can't help to think about food the whole time, and I try not to because it can get me in a place I don't want to be--obsessed, and depressed about what I cannot eat, which is silly because I'm feeling full and happy with my food intake.

On a separate note, today I'm not feeling great because I keep making the mistake of weighing myself in every day. I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF! And of course, the 4 lbs I thought I had lost on Wednesday were not such. Weight fluctuates a lot from day to day and even though I know it, I weight myself and let myself down. Boooh!

Yesterday I was feeling very frustrated for the same reason and because at this pace this is going to take friggin' forever. :( But I'll keep going like this is the only option for me and the only life I know. :carrot:

Paulitens
01-24-2014, 04:59 PM
I'm feeling impatient. I've lost 14 pounds and I want to lose another pound by February for the silly reason that I want to be able to say that I lost 15 pounds (half of the weight I've gained) in 6 months. It's very silly, but there you have it. I'm also planning a hiking trip to Switzerland in June and I'd love to be more trim and fit than I was in previous years I've gone. So...yes, impatient.

On the other hand, I'm trying to make this a permanent lifestyle change, as Vortex_VVV so wisely counsels. I'm very comfortable with what I'm doing right now as far as eating habits and the weight keeps creeping off. I don't feel hungry or deprived. So I keep reminding myself that this is working for me, just be patient.

That is exactly how I feel! I feel very comfortable doing what I am doing but I'm also feeling very impatient. I just started this week, and I think I always fall off the wagon due to impatience. I usually last 1 1/2-3 weeks on a diet but I'll power through this one because I know the IP diet works. I've seen it work wonders on others, and I am doing so great not eating as much as a crumb of food that doesn't belong to my meal plan. I feel very proud of myself because of that. I'll keep at it despite my impatience.

diamondgeog
01-24-2014, 08:25 PM
I know it's a cliche, but for me this is truly a lifestyle change to get healthier: I am eating better and exercising more. Weight loss is an awesome 'side effect'.

I do reevaluate and tweek but I always try and eat in ways that are sustainable. But I have felt awesome during this journey. Better than I dared imagine. Energy way up, movement so much easier and more pleasant, mental clarity much better.

And much less hungry. I targeted carbs, sugar, pasta, bread. I was eating so many carbs before I was a prisoner of my constant hunger. By 5 if I didn't have dinner I was grumpy and snacking. Now I can go with 3 meals, each much smaller than previous, and not feel any hunger.

There were some hard days to start. But now. Feel fantastic.

RideRunRepeat
01-24-2014, 08:59 PM
Well today was another rough day :( I didn't get enough to drink (literally drank no water all day - boo) and my blood sugar was all over the place today (I have hypoglycemia so it's all just the side effects of my body trying to stabilize my blood sugar after yesterday and this morning which was no better) I've just been so busy I haven't had time to eat. Thankfully tomorrow will be better so I should be right back on track :) But today I felt yucky :(

LovesToTravel
01-24-2014, 10:30 PM
That is exactly how I feel! I feel very comfortable doing what I am doing but I'm also feeling very impatient. I just started this week, and I think I always fall off the wagon due to impatience. I usually last 1 1/2-3 weeks on a diet but I'll power through this one because I know the IP diet works. I've seen it work wonders on others, and I am doing so great not eating as much as a crumb of food that doesn't belong to my meal plan. I feel very proud of myself because of that. I'll keep at it despite my impatience.

I'm rooting for you, Paulitens! :cheer3:

Paulitens
01-25-2014, 10:26 PM
I know it's a cliche, but for me this is truly a lifestyle change to get healthier: I am eating better and exercising more. Weight loss is an awesome 'side effect'.

I do reevaluate and tweek but I always try and eat in ways that are sustainable. But I have felt awesome during this journey. Better than I dared imagine. Energy way up, movement so much easier and more pleasant, mental clarity much better.

And much less hungry. I targeted carbs, sugar, pasta, bread. I was eating so many carbs before I was a prisoner of my constant hunger. By 5 if I didn't have dinner I was grumpy and snacking. Now I can go with 3 meals, each much smaller than previous, and not feel any hunger.

There were some hard days to start. But now. Feel fantastic.

That is awesome, diamondgeog! Physiologically I have been feeling the same way--full, with energy, and keeping the cravings at bay all throughout the week. It is a great feeling to be full when you know you're eating right and that you're not eating ALL the carbs you used to. That was my Achilles heel. I could not say no to anything starchy. It was just too yummy! But I am taking this as patiently as I can, reminding myself that it will take time to see the changes, and that I shouldn't give up because time will pass anyway.

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Well today was another rough day :( I didn't get enough to drink (literally drank no water all day - boo) and my blood sugar was all over the place today (I have hypoglycemia so it's all just the side effects of my body trying to stabilize my blood sugar after yesterday and this morning which was no better) I've just been so busy I haven't had time to eat. Thankfully tomorrow will be better so I should be right back on track :) But today I felt yucky :(

I'm sorry you feel yucky! :( I have been feeling yucky myself too. I keep weighing myself in. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I know I shouldn't. I rely too much on those numbers I see on the scale and my emotions hinge too much on them even though I know I shouldn't! And I was super busy so I was about to skip lunch until my DH commanded me to. LOL. He was right. My calorie intake is too low as it is (it is mostly protein, in the Ideal Protein diet). Once I ate I was full of energy again, but we went to the grocery store and for the first time in five days since I started IP, I felt cravings for regular foods. I missed them and I wanted a chocolate chip cookie, a hamburger... whatever, the more unhealthy, the better. Hahaha! I didn't cave, though, so I feel proud of myself for that. :carrot:

Anyway... here's to a better tomorrow with no yucky feelings!

I'm rooting for you, Paulitens! :cheer3:


Yay! Thank you, LovesToTravel!! :hug:



As I said earlier to RunRideRepeat, I was feeling yucky and with all sorts of cravings at the store for the first time since I started. I was feeling frustrated and anxious and impatient. :mad: But I didn't cave, so YAY FOR ME! I have the benefit that my husband is VERY supportive. He recently got the gastric sleeving so he cannot eat just anything, or in any amount he wants anyway, like he used to; he can, however, eat a bite of a cupcake if he wants, and in that sense we're not on the same. But he's still so supportive and I love that he helps me feel confident with the changes and the progress I'm making, as little as it might be. Yesterday I had a night out with my best friend, and where I would have gone out to dinner or for an ice cream with her, I had to think of something different. But we stopped by the store and got cookie dough to make cookies. I ate none of them. YAY FOR ME AGAIN!!

So once I passed my cravings and my feeling yucky today, I rocked this new lifestyle for the sixth consecutive day. And that feels AWESOME! :carrot::carrot:

coolacrity
01-26-2014, 02:55 PM
I feel great this time around! Last time I felt really good, but this time, my ankles haven't swollen for a week! My ankles usually swell up during the day no matter what I wear and it goes down after sleeping at night. It was maddening. I'm so happy this time.

Besides that, I'm making more of an attempt to change how I eat, and I like it. Eating slowly is awesome. I don't feel so sleepy or sick after eating.

Paulitens
01-26-2014, 07:20 PM
Today I am feeling great. I thought that it would be a good day to measure my waist, this morning before I ate anything, and I seem to have lost a whooping 3 inches. I am ecstatic! I don't know if water retention or bloating of any kind might have had something to do with it, but it feels awesome and it motivates me to keep going. :D

Paulitens
01-28-2014, 10:55 PM
Today I'm feeling really good. I checked my weight this morning (I know, I know!) and it was a few ounces down, which is always good.

And this is my 9th consecutive day following my diet to a T. Looking forward to awesome things ahead!! :carrot:

HuggerBunny
01-28-2014, 11:17 PM
I've been doing this for 3 months and am feeling pretty good! Physically, I feel the same, except that I've had substantially fewer issues with heartburn. That's nice! Mentally, good for the most part. Sometimes I do struggle with REALLY wanting something I shouldn't have, but have been reasonably good at not giving in because I know I can have whatever the heck it is for my free choice meal (get one once a week). Usually by then, the craving is gone and I end up picking something different. Some days though I just feel really hungry and want ONLY things I can't have. Luckily, that doesn't happen super often.

Paulitens
01-29-2014, 10:45 PM
I'm feeling meh today. I didn't have a proper lunch and I didn't drink all the water I was supposed to. I didn't eat anything crazy outside the diet (just a protein bar I'm trying hard to cut down on), but not eating lunch and craving that darn protein bar all day made me feel like crap, and like I will be lucky if I lose one pound this week. :(

Paulitens
01-30-2014, 09:08 PM
Well, today is Thursday and I feel AWESOME! After much pondering and asking the other ladies on IP here, I ditched that darn protein bar and replaced it for a 2-egg omelet. I have not had any cravings and I have felt wonderfully. I drank all my water, I had a proper lunch... all good today. I hope that quitting that bar helps me lose more weight this week than it initially looked like. :)