Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lots of S

I'm only in about two weeks on the No S diet.  So far so good, but in those two weeks I've had two weekends and one holiday.  So I've been on the diet about 11 days, and I've had 5 S days!  Now that's a diet that I can stick with!
All in all, I feel good about it though.  I don't think I've lost any weight yet, but I feel a shift in my eating habits already. It's already getting easier not to snack between meals.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why not?

I'm not exactly unhealthy.  I pass 5 out 6 categories on the Y fitness test with flying colors.  It's that darn 6th category that has been haunting me for years.  Body Fat Percentage.
If you just looked at my body fat percentage, you would never know that I exercise 5-6 times a week. You'd never now that I know a lot about nutrition.  You'd never know that I am a fitness instructor.
Yet this is how it goes.  I've tried so many diets, Paleo, Atkins, vegetarian, gluten free, 400 calorie meals, eating "clean", detox diets, primal eating, counting calories, weight watchers, etc...
Here is what they all have in common--I cannot stick to any of them.  I'm thoroughly convinced that any of these diets would work if you followed them--forever.  I just can't do that.

I got fed up the other day and I googled, "how to stick to a diet without really trying".  Desperate, right?  One of the first sites that popped up took me to info on the No S diet.  It's simple--No Sweets, no Seconds, no Snacks, except Sometimes on days that begin with S. (Saturday, Sunday, Special occasions like Holidays) No other rules.  No off-limit foods. No counting calories.

Hmmm.  I can totally see myself doing this.  Maybe forever.  Wow!  I've never thought that about anything.  Well, at least any diet.  In fact, this doesn't really seem like a diet, but more of a philosophy, or eating style.  Just enough rules to keep me on track, but enough freedom to not feel like my life is being controlled by my diet.

So, here I am.  I've never blogged before.  Never even really thought about it.  But I think this "diet" seems like it addresses the psychological issues of over-eating, at least indirectly.  So I think, it's time I dive into this head first.  It's time to explore what's going on with me, and to address it.  It's time for me to create a new, healthy, sustainable relationship with food.

I hate to write these numbers down, but I think this will be part of my journey.  So...the week I started this "diet", I weighed 177 pounds and I was 33% body fat.

I know numbers are not everything, but I would be lying to myself if I said they don't matter to me.  I'm forced to take a fitness test at least once a year, and those numbers laugh at me, and say "and you thought you were healthy?".  Well, numbers, I am healthy, and a healthy person looks at changing their unhealthy habits, and that's what my goal is now.  This is the part where I stick out my tongue and put my thumbs in my ears and wiggle my fingers. Take that!