How to get back on track after a cruise

The last two Sundays were travel days, hence no posts. But I am happy to report that I am back on solid ground! The cruise was wonderful. I did have a couple of anxiety filled nights when the seas were rough and our cabin creaked a lot, it just didn’t feel good to me to be in the middle of an ocean while that was going on. I don’t get seasick but I still didn’t like that. Nonetheless…

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20 lbs down: Five things I’ve learned during my first two months of successful Intuitive Dieting

Sunday Scales: -2.2 lbs・Total Loss: 22.8 lbs. Having Sunday be my official weigh-in day can be tricky because I tend to eat more at the weekends and there are more challenges when we go out for instance. Last night we went to a friend’s house for a barbecue and unlike other diets before I was not fretting it or worried about ‘blowing it’. I had a rough idea of what I was going to eat and otherwise just planned to have a good time with good friends. And that’s exactly what happened…

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Is feeling our feelings the only path to weight loss?

Because emotional eaters use food to numb and ignore unpleasant emotions it is often suggested that we need to learn to ‘feel our feelings’ and work through and with them in order to change our responses and build our resilience.

The latest neuroscience certainly supports this approach and tells us that ‘repeated mental states, responses, and behaviors become neural traits’ and that it is possible to literally rewire our brain and create new pathways down a better road. Numbing our feelings with food is nothing but a bad neural trait that we have carved deeply into brain, often over decades. And even though it is suggested that we can create new grooves to replace these old ones I wonder:

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A pleasant surprise

Reached Milestone #3 → 20 lbs lost! I am really surprised to see a weight loss this week. Why? Because I had 12 packets of Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups last week! As in at last 4 individual cups every single day, on one day I had eight! That is quite a lot of chocolate for someone who is trying to lose weight. I also moved a bit less although I still walked on six days and bicycled twice. So what am I learning from this week?

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Sooo close to milestone #3

This last week was plagued by bad sleep and trying to push my calorie limits. It’s like a game I sometimes play: how many peanut butter cups can I sneak in and still lose weight? I don’t really sneak them in because I do track them but in my head it does feel like I am being naughty. Which of course is the good old diet mentality that tells us food is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ I am trying to get away from this mentality but that’s clearly not an overnight process. Anyway, I still lost weight even though I had 9 packets of Justin’s peanut butter cups!

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