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Monday, 1 September 2008

BDS Day #5

Yesterday's Food: You have used 2163 out of your net daily budget of 1840 calories and have -323 calories remaining. 23% of the calories are from fat, 29% from protein, 48% from carbs
Yesterday's Credit:
★ Tried Soy Milk on my porridge and liked it
★ Ate my food slowly
★ Stopped eating lunch half way through because I was full and finished it later
★ Had a treat meal and didn't keep eating all the junk food in the house

Day #5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully
Once I accept the fact that I have to eat slowly and notice every bite, healthy eating will be easier.
If distracting yourself reflects an underlying belief that it is indulgent and greedy to allow yourself the time to eat without working or reading, then you are probably overeating on a consistent basis, overeating to make up for or rebel against the fact that you won't allow yourself the right to eat at all.

You are special. And the whole experience of a meal changes when you give yourself the message that you deserve this kind of attention. You sit down to eat as a person who is not doing anything wrong by eating. You are sitting down as a person who is allowed and expected to eat.
~ Geneen Roth - Breaking Free From Emotional Eating.

Yesterday was my first "treat" day and I am happy to report that I didn't succumb to the binge monster. I had a wonderful lentil curry and vegetable naan from the local Indian takeaway and it was divine.

Today was my first day back to the gym for a few days and first day back at work. I don't know if it was all the carbs literally coursing through my veins (you should see my veins) but I caned it in the gym. I did rows, underhand and wide grip pull downs, assisted tricep dips, tricep rope pull downs, back extensions and fitball crunches all with PERFECT form (thanks Liz and Shelley). I then did intervals on the treadmill and 10.0, which used to be really hard work, and this morning it was comparatively easy.

I didn't really feel like going back to work, but it was OK. I managed to sneak away and eat my lunch uninterrupted, but my snacks were eaten at my desk. It is difficult when you have back to back meetings and everyone needing your attention. I did eat mindfully though and didn't actually do any work on the computer while I was eating.

I feel really good without the animal products and I am achieving a 50% carb - 20-25% fat and 20-25% protein split which seems to be working OK. I feel like I am physically lighter and my stomach isn't as bloated. I haven't weighed myself because I am waiting for my book to tell me when (I think it is Day 13 because you are not meant to start dieting until you've done 2 weeks of prep but I as I am not going on a "diet" I am just eating healthy right now). I do think I get hungrier quicker, but it is just an empty feeling rather than not feeling satisfied and just 'wanting' something. I get to eat a greater volume of food and I love having oat bread, brown rice, and sweet potatoes ALL the time. YUM!


I read my Advantages Response Card at least twice.
I read other Response Cards as needed.
I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite
I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviours


  1. Gotta love those carbs!

    Beats having skinny, scrawny, carb depleted arms hey.

    Glad you smashed your workout.

  2. Anonymous11:49 am

    I totally get the "not weighing in" thing. I decided that I need to really get back to good eating again to get myself back into shape and I decided against weighing myself until the end of September. I have a goal in mind for then that I'd like to hit and I estimate where I am now and I think it's do-able. I think I need to do things differently this time. That's why I'm not having a "starting point" weigh-in. I am only focusing on my goal and how I will get there in the healthiest possible way. Where I am now really is information that I don't want to be depressed about. If I don't quite hit my goal at the end of September, well I know I'll be pretty darn close to it and I'll definately have a solid month of doing the right thing behind me.

    Congratulations on the feeling lighter! I think ultimately that's how I want to feel every day. Soon I will.


  3. I don't know about all that soy!! Choose fermented soy products instead.
    Why have you decided to ditch the animal protein?