Right from the start, let me tell you that I’ve been gently releasing the excess weight I’d gained during the COVID lockdown, by eating all different kinds of foods and challenging my former thoughts about what foods I should eat. It has really surprised me! And those “surprises” challenged me to analyze what was going on and how I could sustain on going weight loss (as I’d been overweight, technically obese), BEFORE the lockdowns.
I’d lost 20 pounds during 2019 with the help of a modified Keto diet as suggested by my chiropractor, restricting certain foods, and eating out less, or with much scrutiny of ingredients when we did go out and I got hungry (sometimes I just went out to socialize with my husband and not even eat a meal). I had taken a lot of supplements too, to help balance my hormones.
When I say I am not unfamiliar with diets, it’s true. I’ve done so many different diets over the course of twenty years, it’s not funny. It’s really sad. I didn’t even learn throughout all of those diets, how to tell when I was hungry, until I was ravenous (belly gurgling with hunger pangs)!
So, what I’m about to share may shock you. It has, and continues to shock me!
Here’s a list of some of the foods I’ve eaten and seen the number on the scale DROP the next morning, foods I wouldn’t have eaten a year ago:
- Barbecue sauce (I found one brand that works for me. Yes, ONE.)
- Cheese (I found a couple types that work for me.)
- Half and half
- Canned soup (I drink an extra cup of water after to help flush out excess salt.)
- Rice (rinsed very well before cooking)
- Soy sauce
- Potatoes (even potato chips! gasp! I know.)
- Dark Chocolate (small portion, on a fancy plate)
- Margaritas (homemade, no sugary mixer)
- Red wine (limited to 8 ounces a night, though depending on my meal, I’ve had more)
- Universal Yums (a monthly subscription of snacks from around the world-tiny servings)
I owe my recent success to the Omada program (that was offered to me by my health insurance program: Florida Blue), because they sent me a free scale, which communicates back to their app and diet coach, via blue tooth technology (so, I am held accountable). I weigh in every morning, nude, and before drinking any water and after going to the restroom. I’ve also integrated this into my morning meditation ritual which includes a brief gratitude ritual and Qigong activity to release any gas in my body, and stress.
Tying these activities together has been a huge advance in my ability to stick with the weigh ins and track my journey. In three months, I’ve released 17 pounds. I’ve communicated with my coach on the days I gained a pound or so, and worked through the mental hoops and associated feelings. I’ve also incorporated small celebratory actions that do not involve food, as a new way to thank my body for following through on my desire to lose weight.
The Omada program also came with an app, which has helped me focus on the size and health of my meals, rather than the calories of the food (as I’d tracked before in the LoseIt! app). Now, I watch for the trends of how many veggies I’m eating in a week, and what I’ve eaten the day before I see the number go up or down on the scale. It’s a pretty cool bio feedback loop and is definitely working for me.
NOTE: If you’re not in the Omada program, you can still do the weight loss portion of my Integrated Spiral program, because I have found even better blue tooth scales that measure 17 health markers! I’m gonna get one if and when my Omada scale fails. 😉
Aside from the liquid supplement that both my husband and I consume daily, when we moved off grid, I pretty much quit taking any other supplements, except Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Magnesium. But when I first stepped on the Omada scale and saw how much I had gained from February to September, I started looking into anything and everything I could take to support my weight loss journey. For the first time in a long time, I felt desperate.
I tried a few supplements, which I won’t mention here because they didn’t work for me. And every time I took them, I’d gain ounces the next day. I think my body is so sensitive, that I gain a bit of weight anytime I introduce something new to it. That’s a theory I am tracking via my food and weight log (which, circles back to why tracking is sooo important)!
There are a few supplements and weight loss aids that have helped me, and I’ll be writing reviews here regarding those products in the coming days.
I’m not including any supplements in my Integration Diet per se, because I don’t want you to feel that you have to take certain supplements in order to participate in this program. Take It Upon Yourself, as I always say, to do what works best for you. Plus, I’m attempting to keep all product reviews on my other blog. 🧐
Portions and measuring
I’ve found that my 1/2 C measuring cup has become my best friend in the kitchen. I scoop out chili and soup with it, and measure rice and pasta with it too. If I am in doubt, I measure. And I don’t just “trust” my eyes and brain with that “eyeball” method of measuring food, because that has been known to fail me.
The limit I set for myself on these kinds of foods is 1 C at a time. If for some reason I absolutely find that I need or want more, I go back for 1/2 C more. But, in three months, that’s only happened twice.
One trend I’ve noticed is that when I stop eating anything by 6pm, the number on the scale goes down the next morning.
I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting, but for it to work for me, I’ve observed that I need to go to bed on an empty stomach. I’ve tried all the other ways to do intermittent fasting, and no other combination works for me except going to be feeling hunger pangs. And for me to do this long term, well, it takes a real commitment and mindset. I’m not always successful, but I am committed.
Another trend I’ve noticed is that if I abstain from night time snacking, I can eat the same snack midday the next day (after lunch), and it doesn’t make the numbers on the scale go up, like it would have done, had I ate it at 9pm. Weird, but that’s what I’ve observed as true for my body.
Creating the habit
All of this has been about helping me establish good habits that I can maintain for life. I know walking daily, or not, is a choice.
And honestly, the number on the scale has gone down on the morning after I didn’t walk and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I need to rest and allow my body time to repair and reduce the inflammation that came from my walking the day before. I don’t know. I’m continuing to monitor that.
Sustaining habits or subconscious practice
So far, I’ve had the best outcome from tying two or more tasks or practices together. This is why I formed my Integrated Spiral transformational, small group, self-coaching program.
I know in order for me to make the commitment to a healthy, whole, and vibrant body means I must be held accountable. By serving others, I will serve myself. And in Bob Dylan’s famous words, “You gotta serve somebody.”
I know spiritual types that aren’t in touch with their bodies. And I know body conscious types who want to learn more about Spirituality. I think (and feel), I can serve both.
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