I'm reading people's journals and hearing how people are struggling
. It is so hard to watch people struggle and to know that a couple of months ago, I was right there with you. It's hard sometimes to analyze one's own behavior to see what baby steps were taken to get to almost 3 1/2 months of compliance with the program. Compliance wasn't something that happened over night, it was a succession of steps I took that all added up until one day, I looked back and realized I was finally on plan and where I needed to be. Here are some of the baby steps I took..My hope is someone may gain some insight and help them in their journey, to take that one step that may lead to longterm success...
#1) I got on program. I had been playing with fire and having high fat vegan food off and on. So I decided to follow the regular Mcdougall program and allow myself to eat anything thing and everything on program
2) I went to hear 5 speakers (look back in my journal) talk about the importance of eating this way. It was so important for me to hear from Dr. Lisle that me craving calorie dense food is normal. It helps me every time I reach for high calorie dense food. Yes it is normal, but it doesn't mean I have to have it. Wouldn't I rather have a huge salad, steamed greens, and a plate of starch instead of that one Larabara. The answer is always yes. How much bang can I get for my buck? If you are not able to hear the speakers in person, I have come to the conclusion that a person must flood their mind with this knowledge even if you think you know it and have heard it all. Something about hearing on it on a daily basis, is very powerful. There is no way I could ignore the message any longer.
3) I allowed myself to let dried fruits and nuts provide me with sweets, whenever I had a sweet tooth or needed something a little extra. I also had tofu.
4) I slowly transitioned into eating MWL. I make sure I follow the principles that Dr. Mcdougall has laid out. I eat raw veggies first, then steamed greens and my starch last. I crave this every day. I look forward to it. I can't believe I know eat vegetables for breakfast. I never thought I would see the day and used to laugh at people on this board and shake my head when I read this but it has helped calm my cravings like no other.
5) I eat the same meals Monday-Friday, same spices same everything and my taste buds crave it--I love what I eat everyday and don't tire of it. I really believe the simpler I keep it the longer I stay successfully on plan. I think so many choices can set certain people up for failure and I could be in that category myself.
5) I realize that each meal is a chance to eat something different, so just because I had something that wasn't the best for lunch, doesn't mean I have to let dinner and snack go down hill from there.
6) I'm human, I've been on this journey since 2008. I learned that each time I go off plan and come back on, the better I get. The more I learn. The healthier I am--I mean I'm eating vegetables for breakfast!!!
7) I exercised first thing in the morning. Something about exercising makes me want to make sure I use my body correctly and fuel it properly during the day.
I avoided restaurants for the most part. If I did or do go out to restaurants I call ahead or I order something I know I can have. I have ordered fruit bowls and salads while others around me have high fat SAD food. It works for me. I no longer eat for others and I can take the comments about what I'm eating, I'm used to it. It's part of my life now.
I'm sure there are many other things that can be added here. I hope someone finds these helpful. I know we are all different and these may not help at all but just maybe so. I've lost a good bit of weight since these steps have added up. My clothes are super loose on my body. I'm smaller than I have ever been. I stay away from the scale for now because we haven't had a good history together but I know things have aligned.
Keep on keepin on