This blog is meant to be about holistic health and fitness, not about my sordid love life (or lack thereof) so I thought I should give you an update on where I’m at.
I am more or less eating intuitively but within a rough pre-determined schedule. I eat three meals a day and sometimes have dessert or an afternoon snack.
Typically breakfast is cereal and milk (if I can’t be bothered making anything), oats and powder or protein pancakes and ice cream.
Lunch is usually a sandwich or salad and dinner is meat and veg.
I no longer feel hungry all the time, nor count down the hours until my next meal. Because I am trying to drop a little weight I make some substitutions (egg whites instead of whole eggs, low fat yogurt/ice cream, sugar free chocolate) but I don’t log my food or count calories.
I have also developed a deep and lasting love of red wine and have one glass with dinner. I find it actually stops the after dinner munchies. The more I drink (when I go out) the less I want to eat so I guess the calories balance out. Probably not the best weight loss strategy in the world but it is what it is.
I am swimming at least every second day, walking a lot (the pool is a 15 min walk each way) and weight training 2-3 times a week. I will be back to 2 yoga classes a week from 1 Feb when classes resume.
Unfortunately I am injured at the moment and have limited mobility in the gym. I seem to have pulled or torn something near the top of my right ribs. It might be my intercostals (or I could have cracked a rib when I walked into a concrete bollard) but anything involving my stomach muscles (which is a lot I can tell you) gives me severe pain. The swimming is OK if I take it easy but chest presses and ab work is out of the question.
I am slowly shrinking and adore watching my jeans get looser. The best part is that it has been effortless and easy. I am loving the way I look right now and shrinking more is just a bonus. For the first time in my life I like the way I look and I am not desperate to change it.
I haven’t binged or overeaten for months and cravings are non-existent. I get a bit hungrier when I’m pre-menstrual but I just eat more because I know I’ll under eat for the first few days of my period when my appetite disappears.
Sometimes I eat junk, sometimes I eat loads of vegetables but mostly I eat somewhere in the middle. I don’t plan my macros and eat protein when I feel like it and more carbs than ever before. I do pay attention to how much fat I am eating because no/low fat eating makes me hungry and cranky.
Mind Numbingly Boring
I have little to blog about food and exercise because I don’t even really think about it these days ~ it is just as natural as breathing and sleeping. My relationship with food and exercise is a far cry from the dark days of restriction and bingeing doumented in my old blog.
I have been compiling some of my posts from Thin Enough to go to the Gym? into an e-book for myself and for those of you who can’t be arsed reading through the 1000 posts in that blog and it has been amusing, depressing and insightful. I was going to call it the “best of” but it is more accurately the “worst of”. It is wonderfully empowering to know that even though I spent years being beyond fucked, positive permanent change is possible. You can read the first 13 pages here, which starts with my dieting story.
Off the Air
I am off to Brisbane for the next five days and I am feeling a little blogged out so there are some pre-written posts and I have scheduled my “things I wish I knew before I started to diet” posts. I am looking forward to some relaxation and escape from being surrounded by boxes. Next week we’re moving so I’m going to be a busy girl. See you later!