Welcome back to another update from my weight loss journey series, Thinking Thin.  Things are very much back to normal this week after fish and chips at the seaside, and eating pizza with film crews.  None of this has thrown me of course, and all my eating has been under control this week thanks to getting back to the old routine.  Yeah!  It feels like I’m getting there at last.

How To Think About Food

There has been one thing I’ve really noticed this week, that I think is making a huge difference.  It feels like a bit of a breakthrough to be honest. It’s a simple concept, but I’m actually thinking about the food I eat.  It’s not something I’ve really done before.  Most of my eating has been emotional or to relieve boredom, and when this happens there is very little thinking involved at all.

We’ve all been there haven’t we?  You find yourself in the cupboard, and before you know it your putting food in your mouth without even thinking about it.  This has very much been the story of my weight gain.  If I feel sad or low, I have reached for chocolate or cake to make myself feel better.  Throw in a sugar addiction too, and before you know it you have a full on binge on your hands.

This week I’ve felt like I really am thinking normally about food.  It’s not obsessive or over the top.  I’m just conscious of what I am eating, and making sensible choices at each mealtime depending on what else I’ve eaten in the day.  For example, avoiding carbs at dinner time if I had some at lunch.  My portion sizes have also been much more sensible.

If I made potatoes for tea before, I wouldn’t know when to stop peeling and then there would be loads for everyone.  Far more would then end up on the plate than were needed, and so more over eating.  I’ve had a much better idea of the food to make and put out for everyone, and I’ve really noticed the difference.

The amount of food I am eating is satisfying, and not making me feel stuffed.  I feel much more in tune with my body and what it actually needs for it’s food intake and that’s got to be a win all round hasn’t it.  This feels like long term weight control to me in the making.

I’m putting this down to the effect of removing stimulants and sugars from my diet, so my body has had chance to get back to basics when it comes to what it needs.  I’m also getting much more in tune with the signals it’s sending me too.

I’m eating regularly, but I’m definitely eat a lot less than I did at the beginning of this journey.  It’s not been through major changes or strange diets either.  Just a sensible approach to cooking more and eating less processed food.  I’ve given my body the chance to tell me what it needs, and my head is listening.  I’m guessing this is how thin people manage their food intake and weight.  It’s not rocket science, but it’s pretty easy for these things to get out of sink when you eat the wrong things and for the wrong reasons.

Weight loss does need you to think about the food you eat.  Not in a stressed or obsessive way, it should just be a consciousness that you have about what your body needs to make informed choices about what you are going to eat.  That is the key to good weight management.  From thinking about the shopping list, to creating good habits to making sure you really do only have treats occasionally it’s important to get all this right so that the way you think about food changes over time.

I’ve still got a long way to go, but I feel I’m on the right path.  The way I think about food, and what I put into my body has really changed but I do still need to think about moving it more.  Exercise needs to move up in my priorities, and I need to add it to my daily to do list.  I’ve walked today, which is a start, but more needs to change.  I need to start being equally as conscious of what my body does as well as what I put in it.

If you have any tips on how I can get motivated with exercise, I’d love to hear them.  I need all the help I can get with this one!

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