Friday, April 30, 2010

Non-Scale Victories

Today was a great day for "non-scale victories", as Paula puts it...Sometimes when the scale is not co-operating it is nice to know that there are other victories to keep you motivated.

I had two people make comments to me today about how I was looking. One girl came up to me and said I looked "Super Skinny". So nice to hear...and another girl I hadn't seen for a month or so told me when I hugged her that I looked "Amazing"! So nice to have others notice my transformation.

I have not only transformed on the outside but on the inside too. I have so much more confidence and I am much calmer. I have kicked my food "habit" and am much less anxious around food.

I notice now that I am much slower in the process of preparing and eating my food. I will slowly make my salad and heat my lunches, get all I need to sit comfortably and enjoy my variety of food I have prepared for myself. I eat slowly and savour the experience. Before I ate mindlessly and quickly. I was anxious about getting the food ready and eating it up as fast as possible. Often I would swallow the food before it was fully chewed and barely taste what I was eating.

Today I had a wonderful LARGE, DIVERSE, and very tasty salad for lunch because that is what I wanted. I didn't eat it because that is what I should eat to lose weight or because it is good for me (although it is). I ate it because that is what I wanted to eat. It was 3/4 lettuce (three different kinds) and raw spinach. There was also, cucumber, cabbage, red cabbage, shredded carrots, egg, avocado, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, bean sprouts, corn, penne pasta, tuna, croutons, sesame seeds and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was really, really good. I also had a yummy cheese scone with red and green peppers in it and a few onion rings from A&W. Such an enjoyable lunch.

I listened as my co-workers talked about the previous day's event where a nutritionist came into the office for a "Lunch & Learn". From what I could tell, he talked a lot about what NOT to eat. Don't eat carbs or sugar, don't drink milk (apparently it washes away calcium, huh?). Don't eat milk chocolate or red meat or drink alcohol. Eat plenty of small meals throughout the day.

We all know that there is no research that says 6 small meals a day is any different than three big ones or one big one...and I will never be successful if I have to eliminate all the foods I love to eat. He also said to eat an egg every morning...weren't we told not to eat eggs a while back because they were bad? And now we should eat one every day? All I know is you need to do what works for you and what makes you feel good. If you feel good doing all that stuff and avoiding all that yummy food then great. But I feel good practicing intermittent fasting and I don't have to give up anything, so I will stick with that and ignore all the changing trends in nutrition.

During all this talk, I just smiled, ate my onion rings and thought about my non-scale victories of the day...


  1. Just started following you from Paula's blog. She has been a HUGE inspiration for me to start IF, which I did just this week. I did great Mon-Wed, but yesterday met someone for bkft and today went out of state, so didn't want to do it. I'm going to pick right up where I left off, though. :)

    Do you IF on the weekends, too?

    Have a great one!

  2. But I feel good practicing intermittent fasting and I don't have to give up anything, so I will stick with that and ignore all the changing trends in nutrition.

    amen girl.

    Oh I loved this post. I have to tell you I just adore you profile picture.

  3. "Before I ate mindlessly and quickly" too! " I feel good practicing intermittent fasting and I don't have to give up anything, so I will stick with that and ignore all the changing trends in nutrition"...amen, me too again, lol. I love eating this way. I experienced a non-scale victory of my own yesterday and glad to hear about your non-scale victories. You rock chica! Thank you for your kind words and comments. You mean more to me than you could possibly know. Love ya!

  4. Thanks for all your kind words! I really look forward to everyone's comments.

    Lisa, yes, I do IF on weekends too, but I mix it up a bit. I break my fast at around 5 or 6pm on Saturday rather than my usual 12 noon. Then on Sundays, I usually fast all day and don't break fast until Monday at 12 noon. So that is about a 36-38 hour fast once per week. I find it helps to balance the scale, so to speak, for the week.

    You should take a look at my post entitled "My Schedule". It is a great breakdown of the way I have adapted Fast 5 to fit my lifestyle.

    You mean the world to me too Paula! You were the main voice for me when I was researching IF and I have come this far because of your support and inspiration! Thank YOU!


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