The knee is much better and I only have a hint of a black eye - so all is well.
Yesterday the goyls were supposed to take this 4 1/2 mile guided hike and everybody bailed out. I was even going to go with my injured knee! I think my sisters are fizzling out on the weight loss efforts. Which makes my mojo in short demand too. Luckily my niece, the bride to be - is all over this and it looks like the two of us may be the last ones standing.
To rub salt in the wound - my pedometer bit the dust...and it's brand new! Got it when I joined AARP *gasp!* I actually am old enough to join AARP! When did this happen? So today I'm off to the store to buy another. I can't testify enough about the merit of clipping this little monitoring wonder to my waistband every morning. When ever I'm tempted to take the easy route (you know...make about 4 loops in the parking lot to find the absolute closest spot to park) I remember that I need those extra steps to reach 10,000. And don't I feel so proud as I saunter in past all the chubettes still making loops! not that I'm not a chubette - but at least I'm walking!
So yesterday I was feeling like things were moving too slow and decided I would kick start this thing and go for some quick weight loss. I decided to do a no-carb day and then ease into a 2 week lo-carb regime. It lasted till about 4 PM. (My haunting hour every single darn day!) What is it about me and late afternoons?
Anyway - I'm sitting there last night watching the final segment of "I Can Make You Thin" and I realized that I had been incorporating the small plate thing - and eating slowly and consciously for a whole month! And it was becoming...drumroll here....a habit!
So why the heck was I throwing that all away and tempted to go backwards and try this unrealistic, restrictive diet technique (aka LO-CARB) and toss my efforts to the wind? I'm going to stick with Paul McKenna's method for the long haul because it's honestly the first thing I've ever done that I feel I can live with (in the real world!)
Eat only when you're hungry.
Eat whatever you want.
Eat CONSCIOUSLY (enjoy the food - no distractions...tv...newspaper... -fork down between each bite)
Stop when you think you're full.
When you eat slow - and you savor each bite - you truly are satisfied much quicker than normal. And I know that the main reason I go for seconds or fill my plate to overflowing - is because I'm not satisfied when I'm done. It has nothing to do with fullness. I ate the food so fast that it didn't register with my taste buds.
I know that eventually when my mind (yes...it's all in the mind) is used to eating smaller amounts - that I'll be able to progress to a normal sized plate and not look like an odd ball. But for now - my little plate is here to stay.
And you now what? My pants are fitting better too!