Thursday, June 29, 2006

I have moved my blog to another site:
My new weightloss blog

http://www.123.is/weightloss

Monday, June 19, 2006







Here is how my weightloss chart looks like, after 5 and half month on my foodplan. Again this is a weightloss reached WITHOUT a single minute of physical exercise. The only thing I have done is eating balanced, normal and healthy food. In fact the only thing I can think of that I havent eaten, is anything with sugar plus fast-food. I eat loads of fat fish (those omega thingies really aid weightloss), horsemeat, vegetables, fruits plus dairy products and fats, and I eat liver once a week.

To make the numbers more interesting this is how it looks in average.
Every month I have lost an average 14.6 lbs
Every week I have lost an average 3.4 lbs
Every day I have lost an average 0.5 lbs
Every hour I have been losing an average of 0.32 oz

The last two weeks have been awesome if I look at the weightloss results, since there have been 8.8 lbs lost in those two weeks. Plus my longterm weightgoal had been losing at least 66 lbs before my 31st birthday 18th june. I reached that goal plus I lost additional 15 lbs, making the weightloss in all 81.5 lbs.

I am not sure how long this really rapid weightloss will continue. I always thought that it would only happen the first weeks as it normally does, but I am nearly half a year into my weightloss journey and it keeps on going, and some more even, I am actually losing weight now at the same speed as in my first weeks, since it has speed up. Well I am not going to wonder too much about it. I am just very grateful and fortunate.

It is my opinion that weightloss and maintaining ideal weight can only be reached by a total lifestyle change. The reason for it is simple: If someone is overweight then the excess weight is almost always caused by eating the wrong things the wrong way. The solution for overweight has been to diet ever since obesity and overweight started to become common problems. That means that people eat in a certain way for a limited time to lose weight, and when ideal weight is reached they start to eat the same way as they did before the diet, if they havent given up on the diet before reaching the ideal weight. To go back to the old eating habits has one outcome, they made you turn fat before the diet, so you will of course get fat again!!! All those pounds that you have struggled getting off, will come back faster then it took you to lose them. It is similar as if someone is a drunk that is trying to stop drinking. If he would turn sober for a while, it wouldnt be logical to start drinking again as soon as he has made himself a sober good quality life. It is the same with the food, it wouldnt be logical to start eating the way that made you fat in the first place when you have reached the idealweight, because then you end up in exactly the same place you were in when you started dieting.

You have to make a decision on what you want in your life. On one hand you can choose to lose weight and gain all those positive and good things that you wish for, but then you have to change your eating habits FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!! On the other hand you can chose to give in to whatever food you are craving but then you will keep on being overweight with all the negative input it has on your life. You simply cant have it both ways, believe me, people have been trying all those years to eat whatever they like while losing weight, and I am pretty sure they have all found out that it doesnt work. I am even surer that you have also found out the hard way that it doesnt work either. Just face it, dieting dont work in the long run, so it is time to try something else that will work.


Dont spend the rest of your life constantly dieting with all the struggle it involves. That has just one result: making you utterly miserable because you wont get any results despite the hard work you put into it, and that will make you constantly feel like a loser and a failure. It really doesnt have to be boring and difficult to lose weight, you can make it so much easier for yourself with making a lifestyle change. I know I have written about this thing before, but I think this is a thing that can never be repeated enough.

I have been thinking of what is behind the whole overweight-dieting issue. It seems that the western world is obsessed with the concept of weight. If someone is overweight it is seen as a very negative thing, even if that person is very healthy and a productive citizen with many talents. It is seen to be more important and positive to be very thin then to be slightly overweight and healthy. The numbers the scale shows makes or breaks peoples happiness. The weight is seen as a measurement of peoples success or failure, and it this thought has very deep roots in the society and our mentality. Even I have this perception of weight, if it doesnt show good numbers i feel like a failure, if it shows less weight then I feel like I am on the top of the world. Even if its just a number, I use it as a measurement on my personal qualities, as I am worth more if I lose weight, and less worth if I gain weight.

To be overweight in todays society makes other people automatically make a perceptions on what kind of a person you are, you become a stereotype in the eyes of other people. According to that stereotype all overweight people are lazy, lack self-control, stupid etc. Thats why it is acceptable to degrade us, tease us, discriminate us, because people see only the stereotype in us. In their eyes we arent persons with feelings and emotions anymore, we are just “fatty”, acceptable target that can be ridiculed at any time without breaking the societys behavior rules, because everyone thinks the same about fat people (including us!).

Being fat isnt accepted in the society and we feel the constant pressure of losing weight, so we can look like “normal” people. Dont get me wrong, I know that obesity is very dangerous for the health and I dont encourage anyone to stay obese, I am just diving into this perception to see what its all about, and pointing out what pressure society puts on us for being fat. The bottom line is that nearly everyone that is fat wants to lose weight because they want to achieve the “normal, beautiful” body. Of course many obese people want to lose weight because of health issues, but even for them the weightloss is in some parts based on a appearance issue. We want to be “normal” because that is what society is demanding from us. I also think that the discussion about obesity health issues is very tainted with discrimination against fat people. Even if I cant pinpoint the proof for it, I can feel the dislike many people have against fat people, even if its a group of doctors discussing obesity health risks. It is the same feeling you get when people are discriminating other groups, f.ex. people of other race, people with other religious beliefs etc. If obesity or overweight would only be a health issue then why do overweight people that are very healthy feel the same discrimination.

The solution that society was putting out for overweight people (at least the last decades, it seems to be now changing gradually) to lose weight, to make the number on the scale less, was to go on a diet. Just think about all the diets that have been out there, and we are still fat!!! It is also interesting to see what most of those diets were about. There were some crazy things that were supposed to make us lose weight. All kinds of pills, band-aids, sprayes and abstinence diets. Most of them had the effect, that the body simply didnt lose weight with the method promoted because it couldnt biologically and nutritionally. They simply couldnt work because the method would never be able (unless breaking the law of nature) to make the body lose weight. But people continued to try one fab-diet after another with no results. And who did they blaim for their failure? They blamed themselves, not the diet method! So not only did all those diets not work, but they created whole generations of women (that were more overweight and miserable) that had in the end no belief in their own abilities and talents, because the failure of becoming normal according to the demands of society and not overweight failed again and again and they constantly blamed themselves and no other for it.


Just think about all those crazy ideas that were promoted and were supposed to work. It kind of reminds me of the era of travelling salesmen in the last century that were selling their “own special blend” of “medicine” that was supposed to cure everything. Of course they didnt work at all, but people kept buying those miracles in a bottle in the same way as we keep spending money on fab-diets, believing “that one will work for sure”, even though we have tried hundreds of other fab-diets before with no result. Isnt the human being a marvelous creature? I think there cant be any other race in the universe that is better in believing in things that dont work, like we are. We think that people in the middle-ages were a bunch of crazy people that believed in ghosts and witches. I assure you we are no better then them, it is just other things we believe in, but its the same madness. I guess its just a part of being human.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Food addiction and self-sabotage

I think it is extremely important, when losing weight, to change our attitude towards food and eating. It is not enough to begin on a diet and expect that you will make it through on willpower alone. If you think that a healthy food is something you HAVE to eat to lose weight then you wont last long. To consider a diet as “a sour medicine you have to take to lose weight” then you wont stick to the weightloss plan. To lose weight and maintain ideal weight is a lifelong task. It is not something you do only for few months, lose the extra pounds, and then go back to your old eating habits, because there is a reason you are overweight, plain and simple, and its your eating habits. As long as you keep going back into the same tracks you are doomed to failure, and you will never lose the extra weight permanently, no matter how many times you go on a diet. It is my opinion that if you are trying to solve the problem with the same solution every time and fail, then its certainly time to change tactic. It is a fact that you cant both have the cake and eat it, nearly literally. You will never ever be able to get succeess with weightloss untill you drop FOR GOOD the old eating habits that made you overweight.

For most overweight people food has become addiction in a similar way as alchohol for drunks. You dont have to dig deep to find similarities with those two addictions. F. Ex. Why do you keep on eating food that is making you gain weight? Most often it is because you think that eating that food makes you feel better, you simply get high on food. The same with drunks. Why do they keep on drinking booze when it is ruining their life? Simply because they think it makes them feel better. Even though you feel terrible when you overeat, you simply cant stop yourself. To feel that way is the essence of addiction. Thats what its all about. When you feel that way, you are addicted to food, simple as that. In that stage, no fab diet will do any good, because you will always relapse into the life of food addiction. If you are on a diet and you are constantly thinking of food that you cant have, and that you are looking forward to eat when you finish the diet, then you are not solving anything. It is the same as the drunk that becomes sober for few months, gets his life back on track, only to start to drink again and end up in exactly the same situation as before.

When I started on my weightloss I was completely lost on how I should handle it. I expected that I could do it all by willpower and by denying myself junk-food. Soon I realized that it wouldnt work at all that way, so I started to deal with it like it was an addiction, not an appetite or self-control problem. After few months in weightloss I made the decision that I wouldnt go into my old eating pattern ever again. I said to myself, that I couldnt “eat freely” ever again. I had tried it but I ended to be 403 lbs and miserable. I couldnt be trusted to eat without control so it was very important to be always in control. I realized it was just a question on finding a method that could help me get the control back and stick to the method (foodplan and weighing all the food).

Some of you might think that it is difficult to follow such a big decision, and that it would make my life so dull and boring not to be able to eat junk again. Believe me, this decision made things so much easier. When I stopped feeling like I was doing something I HAD to do to lose weight, and changed it into something I embraced and welcomed in my life, then the weightloss stopped being a day to day struggle of food denial. When I realized that there was no X time in my life where I would start to pig out again on everything I felt like putting in my mouth, then I stopped flirting with my mind on how much this tasted great and that I wanted to eat this and that. A drunk will never stop his drinking permanently untill he makes the decision of not letting booze be a part of his life anymore.

It is not enough just to make the decision on this, you have to follow it through by doing things that are essential. First you have to dig deep into yourself and find out why you are eating. What is the thing that triggers it? As with any addiction it is very important to resolve feelings that have been kept hidden with food. When you are eating to dull your true emotions, to dull the wound in your soul that you have gotten one way or the other, then they WILL surface when you start losing weight, it is just a thing that always happens. When they do, you have to resolve them. Dont try to dull them again by quitting the weightloss or starting another addiction. I know it is very scary when you start to feel those real feelings again, and it is very common that people start to eat again when it happens, but you have to face them!! Otherwise everything will be so much more a struggle, including the weightloss. Just think it this way: When you see a horror movie, the most scary ones are those were you dont see the monster clearly. It gets to be 100 times scarier then if you get to see it in every detail. The same with hidden emotions, feelings and problems. As soon as you look them in the eyes they stop being so scary and dangerous. As soon as you start to feel the familiarity in it then it is no longer frightening.

Another thing that is important, is to expose what is really going on when you crave certain food or feel the urge to binge. Dont accept cravings as a feeling or emotion that you have to obey, that you have no control over. To say “I cant help it” is giving up on the spot, because then you cast away all responsibility of your own actions and you accept to be out of control. If you think you are not responsible over your actions then who is? To withstand cravings for food you have to debate to yourself, you have to tell yourself good reasons why you shouldnt obey to the cravings. F.ex. if you have a crazy cravings for icecream (or any other food that makes you gain weight) then you should ask yourself: Is it really worth it to throw away everything I have worked for, to lose the belief in myself, to feel out of control, guilty, a loser, failure...... just to have the taste of icecream in my mouth for few minutes? Is the taste of icecream more important then my success in life? Is the taste of icecream more important then my health? Is the taste of icecream more important then feeling good in my own skin? Is the taste of icecream worth having people stare at my fat ass everytime I go out in public? Is the taste or icecream in my mouth for a few minutes worth having people point at me and making fun of me? Is the taste of icecream good enough to risk my own health and ultimately my own life? Wouldnt it be better to have a piece of fruit instead, they taste great and they DONT ruin my life ................. Just continue debating in your mind all the reasons why you shouldnt have that da... icecream untill you dont want it anymore. It sounds incredible but this thing works!! Just remember also to tell yourself that you are in control and not that craving, and never ever never tell yourself “I cant help myself”, because then you have just made an excuse for having that icecream, not a very good excuse but just enough to convince yourself that you should eat that icecream. Do this to every craving you get, one icecream at a time, one donut at a time, one candy at a time.

At the same time you should also do the same thing to food that you should eat to lose weight, just reverse it: Say to yourself, Isnt this tomato great tasting, and it is making me feel good about myself, it is giving me success, it is helping me gaining control over my life, it is giving me my health back, it is giving me my happiness back, it is making all my dreams true, Wow, I am just so grateful and so lucky to get to eat this tomato.

To do this is very effective if you do it always when you eat healthy food, one tomato at a time, one fruit at a time. It really conditions yourself into liking the healthy food, and it helps you connect happy feelings with it, and ultimately you will start to feel the same way about healthy food as you did with the junkfood. You will start to crave for healthy food instead of the junkfood, since you are always connecting negative feelings with the junkfood everytime you think about it. It takes few months to reverse the feelings about food, but when you get to the point where you crave healthy food, the weightloss journey gets 100 times easier, because then it isnt about denying oneself the food we crave, but to crave the food you should eat. Then you dont have to constantly deny yourself of anything anymore and you stop struggling with cravings and the food addiction.

I also want to say something about self-sabotage when you are trying to lose weight. I see so many are struggling in the beginning of the diet, when they have lost the initial 10-30 lbs. It seems that nearly everyone that starts to lose weight panics in the beginning, including me. I remember when I had lost the first 20-30 lbs I nearly freaked out for a few days. I got such a strange feeling when I realized I was losing weight, I got really scared and anxious, and I started to think constantly about reasons to quit the diet. Luckily I kept my head clear and started to dig deep into those feelings, because I saw they could ruin my weightloss. What I ultimately found out was that I was probably panicking because I was afraid of leaving a part of my life behind. I had been overweight for so long that I didnt really know any other reality. I was miserable in the life I led, but on the other hand it was the only thing I knew. I knew exactly what it meant, what could happen, where my place in the world was, it was simply very familiar and in a strange way I felt safe in this misery of a life. All my extra weight was my shield towards the world and I was starting to lose that shield so I felt very vulnerable and afraid. I knew that I was on my way to a much better life but it was so scary because I really didnt know what to expect, what would happen, where my place in life would be. I think this fear is very common and understandable because it is just a part of being human to be more at ease in a situation that is familiar, no matter how much you suffer or sacrifice in that situation. To move on is just scary, no matter where you come from or where you are going. The strange thing is that I didnt realize this untill I had thought a lot about it. I just felt scared and anxious without a clue why I felt like that.

To get through weightloss all the way to ideal weight is filled with all kinds of self-sabotage. The thing I mentioned above is just one thing of many. It sounds incredible that people that dont wish for anything else then to lose weight would sabotage their own weightloss, but it is happening all the time. Most of it happens on a subconcious level and has its roots in old and painful emotions that are dug deep with all the food we have eaten to dull that emotion. They are emotions like self-hatred, low self-esteem, to feel worthless, to feel like a victim of life and all the other feelings that are negative and destructive against oneself. They sabotage the weightloss by making us feel that we arent strong enough to go all the way, that we are a failure and not worth the success, that we deserve being in a miserable place in life. Those emotions are the ones that whisper in your ear “come on, eat that cake, you will fail anyway, just pick it up and put it in your mouth, to eat that cake is what you REALLY want, it is what you NEED, I promise it will make you feel better!”

This is why good self-esteem and to love and accept oneself is so important to have when you are gaining control over the eating. If you have a bunch of negative feelings about yourself and your appearance, it is much harder for you to take control of your life. If you dont trust yourself and if you dont like yourself you wont obey yourself and take control. If you dont like that person you are, you really dont want her to be in charge because you think the negative feelings about yourself are more valid and true then you, so you listen to them instead. It sounds complicated but I hope you get the point.

Here are the latest weightnews: I have gone from 335 lbs to 325 lbs in 3 weeks, so my weightloss in all is 77 lbs in 5 months and 10 days (161 days). To make those numbers interesting:
I have lost over 14 lbs every month, 3.45 lbs every week, a little under 0.5 lbs a day or 0.25 oz an hour. Imagine that!! I am losing every hour 0.25 oz of fat that is a similar amount I use to butter my bread every day, or around 1/3 of the of fat portion I eat every day. AMAZING!!!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


This is a photo taken in july 2005. I got to be even fatter!!



This is me in the beginning of the diet, 4th january 2006, 403 lbs




This is me 5 months later, 4th june 2006,
75 lbs gone forever!!!



And another pic of me 4th june 2006, 75 lbs gone in 5 months!!!







Sunday, June 04, 2006

Advice on maintaining weight loss

To lose weight is not only a physical thing. It is one thing to start to eat the right food and exercise, but to maintain the diet and succeed in your weightgoals is another thing. To get to ideal weight requires time and patience, simple as that. There is no way that you can get to ideal weight right away, it takes time to shed pound after pound and you should prepare yourself that to lose weight is not something that you do in few months and then get back to previous eating habits. To lose weight is just one thing, to keep it off is another thing. Face the fact! There is a reason that you are so overweight, and the reason is obvious! It is the eating habits that you currently have and you will not solve your weightproblem by dieting and then eat exactly like you did before. To solve weightproblems PERMANENTLY you have to change your eating habits and diet FOR GOOD! Just look at it this way: Take someone who is alchoholic and loses everything because of his/her addiction. One day that person would decide to stop drinking, and starts to get everything back that was lost and live a good life. Then on the day when he/she has gotten everything back he/she decides to start drinking again. It is exactly the same with our eating habits. If you are on a diet and lose all the excess weight, then it is not so smart to start to eat junkfood again. Of course by eating the way that made you fat, you will eventually gain everything you lost and probably in shorter time then it took you to take it off. Diets dont work if you dont make it a lifestyle change. The proof for it is all around us, even in you. Just think about all the diets you have been on, and they didnt even work, did they? If you want to be on one more diet, go ahead, but I think that it is time to change tactic, because the things you have done dont work. (If you have already made a lifestyle change, just fastforward over this section J ).

There are many things to do to achieve in weightloss, here are a few that have helped me a lot:
Dont look at your diet or lifestyle change as something you HAVE to do to lose weight. Make eating healthy food FUN!! If you think that the healthy food is boring and something you HAVE to eat to lose weight, then you will give up on your diet very soon. Healthy food actually tastes great, and in my opinion better then junkfood, and if you are making boring food with no taste, then you are doing things wrong. Experiment in the kitchen, collect recipes, use your imagination. Instead of eating junkfood, eat food made out of the best ingredients you can find. Buy fruit and vegetables that are in high quality, just think about all the money you spent on junkfood and candy. You are investing in your health, happiness and life, so you deserve the expensive stuff!! If I want something really yummie then I buy lobster. I know it is expensive but it is food that I deserve. It is so important that you use your love in food and eating, to create delicious food that is actually good for you. Like I saw somewhere: Instead of being a garbage truck, stuffing junk into you, then you will become a princess, just eating the best of the best in small amounts.
I know it is very important to exercise, but my advice is to first get the food in order. It can be very strenuos to change your eating habit and the type of food you eat. The first weeks are the toughest, and in my opinion to change diet AND exercise just gets to be too much for most people, so they give up on everything. In the beginning of weightloss it is most important to get control over the food, get used to the new diet both mentally and physically and make it a routine, and when you get to that point you should look into getting some exercise.
You have to change your additude towards food, because if you dont then dieting is much more difficult. I think the main reason why people cant control or withstand temptations is because they link food with emotions. By that I mean that people generally connect happiness to certain food, that they will feel good and get happy if they eat sweets or junkfood. As long as you make emotional connections to food then it is extremely difficult to avoid eating those, because we as human beings really respond to our emotions. As soon as you realize that food is food and taste is taste, no more, no less then you are able to disconnect emotions to food. As soon as you analyze cravings as something your mind is creating then it is so much more easier to withstand it. You can also use this connection to emotions for your benefit. That is creating emotions to your healthy food. Just think everytime you eat healthy food how good it tastes and how good it makes you feel. After a while then you start to connect healthy food to happiness, its just a question on training your mind. You can even train your mind into making junkfood “bad food”, just think about how bad it makes you feel after you eat it, and make that thought pop into your mind everytime you see junkfood.
Never feel sorry for yourself because you have to diet. If you feel so sorry for yourself not to be able to stuff everything that you get your hands on in your mouth, then it is not so difficult for the thought to pop into your mind that you should eat some junk because you are such a “victim of your diet”. It is so important to feel grateful and fortunate to be able to eat all this healthy food, that is making you succeed in life. I always think about how lucky I am to be able to eat all this good food, and how lucky I am to be able not allowing myself to eat junk that makes me feel bad. Dont sob because you cant eat candy. Just think about all the people that have so much disaster and pain in their life, and there you are feeling sorry for yourself not being able to eat chocolate!!!

Thats all what I could think of this time. I could keep on writing for many hours, but I have to stop sometime.



This is how my weight looks like after 5 months and 1 day of dieting. In less then 2 weeks I have lost additional 6.6 lbs. You can read more about what I eat every day, but I am certain that you will be amazed on the amount that I eat and the weight I have lost. I do not exercise at all in any form or way. I work in a petshop and that is basically the only physical thing I do. It is not a miracle that I am losing weight by eating a lot, not exercising and including fat in my diet. The thing is that it simply doesnt function to eat less, exercise and avoid fat when you want to lose weight. If it did, then why do SO many fail to lose weight, why are there so many people out there that are doing everything right according to their diet, but dont lose weight?

The answer is that it is absolutely essential to eat fat to lose fat. I had two grueling weeks in the beginning of my diet, where I didnt include the fat portion in my diet. I ate exactly like I always do now, except I didnt eat the fat. Those two weeks I didnt lose ANY weight, but as soon as I started to eat my fat portions I started to lose weight. Furthermore I have noticed that the weeks and days where I eat fish with a high fat content I lose the most weight. Sardines in oil really do make me melt, literally, and I always eat them 1-2 times a week, directly from the can with the oil and everything and I always lose 1-2 lbs the following days. I am even seriously thinking of eating sardines in oil every day for a week and see how much weight I would lose.

I have gotten all kinds of response when I talk about how I am losing weight. I have heard everything from "this only works for your body type", I was even scolded for telling on a message board that exercise isnt neccessary to lose weight. The thing is that I am not the only person in the world eating according to this diet plan. There are thousounds of people in north-europe eating according to this diet plan and they have the same experience. They are losing weight rapidly without ever feeling hungry. They notice that if they skip the fat they dont lose weight. They notice that if they eat fish with high fat content the lose more weight. They notice that if they dont eat the full portions of food (eat less) they dont lose weight. They notice that it isnt neccessary to exercise to lose weight. They, like myself, get enormous health benefits from the food we eat, and by that I mean that I have heard people get cured from everything from high blood pressure, to astma, to diabetes, allergies, chest burn plus our appearance changes dramatically.

You can just check the photos I posted on this blog. My skin looks 10 years younger, my hair is amazing, my eyes have gotten brighter color and people always say that I have this special glow now. Besides all this I am filled with energy all day. I have to sleep less, I wake up immedietely, I dont feel sleepy at all during the day, I dont have any problems going to sleep now (it always took me several hours to sleep before), and I sleep like a baby. And all this is not because of I take some pill, get drastic surgery or other dramatic things. No the answer is that I eat a lot of normal healthy food. It is so simple!!!!!!!!! The answer is not on the bottom of a pill glass, it is in the food I eat!!!!!!!! I avoid eating frozen dinners or prepared food. I simply buy meat, fish, vegetables, oils, milk products, fruits, and cook from scratch. The only food I dont eat anymore is anything with sugar and junkfood. I am eating normal food, a lot of vegetables and fruits, enough meat and fish and I think I have never in my life eaten so much of such wonderfully tasting food, and I am losing weight faster then I ever thought was possible plus gaining my health, looks and energy back.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Believing

During the time I have been loosing weight, I have wondered how do I do it? How am I able to stick with the portions of food I am supposed to eat? Why am I able to avoid eating sweets now? Why have I gained such control over my appetite and cravings for foods? How am I able to persist in every aspect of the diet? Why can I do all of this now, when I couldnt gain any control of my food intake before? I think the reasons are many, and some arent very obvious but have a major affect on my success. I think that the least of it are physical factors, and I am certain that most of it lies in my mind. What I have found out is that weightloss is not a physical thing, it has much more to do with the mentality and values that you have or that you will gain during the weight loss process.

The thing that was crucial for me in the beginning is that I acknowledged that it was my responsibilty to do something about things that were negative in my life. Before I started the weightloss I had fought many demons, specially the addiction I had to so many things. I was an alchoholic and pothead at a point in my life, but I won over that addiction. I smoked cigarettes since I was 13 years old, and I managed to quit those. I had mental problems that I won over so the weight is the only thing left I have to do something about. I had gotten so obese because I was addicted to food, and used food as a drug, so to reverse that fact I had to deal with it like it was addiction, and the experience of battles with my other addictions helped me a lot.

What I realized very early on was that I had to change my attitude to food. I had to train my mind to like the “healthy” food. I had to stop linking sweets and junk food to emotions. I think many of you recognize that, when you see a chocolate and you automatically think “Wow, if I eat that chocolate, it can make me feel so goooood”. When you think like that, you are linking happy emotions to a chocolate!!, so in fact you are training your mind to crave chocolate, because it links happiness to the experience of eating chocolate. The fact is: Food is food, taste is taste and food doesnt have small molecules of “happy-atoms” lodged in it, it is all in your mind!! And believe it or not, you ARE able to control your own mind and feelings! What I started to do was to be grateful for every piece of “healthy” food that I ate. I simply repeated to myself “mmm, I am so lucky to be able to eat this, it tastes great, it makes me feel so much better and it makes me loose weight”. You dont have to say that word for word, just think of the food with gratefulness and choose the words that work for you. After some time this mentality becomes automatic, and it really works! Now I love my healthy food, and believe or not, sweets, cakes and junkfood doesnt move me a bit. I can look over a whole table filled with sweets and cakes and the feeling it gives me is similar to look at a flower decoration, it simply doesnt move my emotions, because I have cut off the emotion connection. Before that kind of food would have screamed at me from the table “EAT ME, EAT ME.....” but no more, because it all lies in your mind. Now it is just food that I dont eat, I know how it tastes but I have no craving to eat it, because taste is taste, food is food, no more no less. I simply dont feel its worth it to eat this food just to taste something, I would rather taste the “good” food and keep on feeling so damn good, because the junk food and sweets dont make you feel good, they are just taste that you have linked with emotions, and thats why you think it makes you feel good.

Another thing I think is important is the respect you have for yourself and your body. If you dont like your body, no matter how it looks like, then you dont have respect for it. Many overweight people, specially women, think that by hating their body, by thinking it is gross and disgusting, can help you loosing weight, because it is a motivation not liking the body you have. That is a big misunderstanding, because when you hate your own body, then you dont respect it, and if you lack respect for your body then you dont want to do respectful things to it. At the time when I hated my body I used it just to please my mind. I used my body like some biological piece of meat, just good enough to put things in it to “feel better”. Whether it was drinking, dope, cigarettes, promiscuity or junk food I put in it I didnt care, because I couldnt care less what happened to it. When I finally got respect for my body I started to do respectful things for it. I stopped drinking, smoking and everything that was disrespectful to it and it was much more easier to do it because I wanted to show respect for my body that I now liked. To have a body that is not perfect in some ways doesnt automatically mean that you should hate it, in order to make it better. Again it is all in your mind. I could have the hottest body in the world but if I didnt like it it really doesnt matter how it looks. To have a great body doesnt mean that you automatically would like it, and to have a flawed body doesnt mean that you automatically should not like it. Looks are not a universally fixed idea of perfection. It varies between eras, cultures, groups and people, so in fact there is no ideal, just the perception of it. If you are fixed on having an “ideal” body, then it will have no end, because no body is perfect, so in fact it is not possible to achieve an “ideal” body.

Thing that is also important to continue weightloss is to believe in yourself, and that is a thing that so many women struggle with. To believe in yourself is very closely linked to having respect for yourself, and it is a fundamental thing in achieving things, everybody knows that. If you believe that you CAN loose weight then it is so much easier to withstand temptations and to stick to your food portions, because you have decided you can do this! If you are doubting yourself all the time, then you will also fall into the first cake that comes your way, because you are simply doing the thing you expected would happen, you expected to fail and of course you will fail because you already decided that you would fail. To doubt oneself is also closely linked to the “victim-mentality”. If you look at yourself as a victim of your own weight you subconciously want to keep on being a “victim”, therefore sabotage your own weightloss, simply to keep on being the “poor woman that cant help it”.

In the beginning of my weightloss I experienced just that. I started to panic when I started to loose weight because subconciously I wanted to be a victim of my own weight. The situation I was in wasnt good, but it was familiar and I knew what to expect. To change ones situation, specially by loosing weight, can really cause you to panic in the beginning of the diet, because you are going into an era that you are not familiar with, and frankly you get scared. I think that is the main reason why so many people start to diet, but give up in the beginning when they experience the shedding of the first pounds. By god they want to loose the weight and they certainly hate the situation they are in, but they panic when they realize that the life as they know it will change and they have to face new situations and emotions. It is just a part of human nature to be comfortable in a situation that is familiar, no matter how bad it is.

What is your opinion on this matter? Feel free to comment :)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

De danske vægtkonsulenter

I want to give you an idea what I am eating that has given me such great results in my weightloss. I will not reveal the whole diet plan since it is my understanding that its copyright, but if you are interested into getting into this diet then I know they have a website in english and I am pretty sure they have an online course in english. This is the link:
http://www.weightconsultants.com/
It is not my opinion that this is the only way to eat to loose weight, there are also very good diet plans out there, but there are also a bunch of really poor ones. What I think is so clever with this diet plan is that you can eat all kinds of food (except for sweets) and the nutritional value of the food you are consuming is so balanced that you not only loose weight but you also get very healthy and it is a fact that many people on this diet plan have had health problems that are now solved. I for. Ex. Had several food allergies that are gone. I always had rashes on my hands and they are gone, I had a chronic chest burn, thats gone, I had chronic pains and aches in my body, they are gone plus I was always tired, didnt sleep properly but thats all changed. I have also met people that have gotten better with their asthma, allergies, exems, blood pressure, diabetes and the list goes on. I would have never believed that nutrition was such a huge influence on your health and well being, but it is, fuel for the body matters.

Well back to the point. This is what I eat everyday:
2 oz of bread
3 teaspoons of marmelade that has no sugar added (the type is called st. dalfour and it is only made with fruits with no sugar added, it tastes amazingly well, just like a normal marmelade)
0.9 oz of camembert or 2.6 oz cheese with low fat content (11% or lower) or 1 egg or 0.7 oz cereals
4 fruits (and I can exchange one fruit a day if I want and have 3.88 oz potatoes or 2.6 oz rice/pasta/cous-cous or 1 oz bread)
8.4 - 10.2 oz of either meat or fish, and I can also have eggs, cheese and beans in a fixed weight.
21 - 35.2 oz of vegetables every day
17.6 oz of skimmed milk or a milk product with similar fat content or 8.8 oz of sourcream 10% or a milk product with similar fat content.
0.7 oz fat or oils or bread spread (if it is a "light" spread then the daily amount is 1.4 oz)
Plus all this I am also allowed to have extra everyday 3 teaspoons of ketchup/soya sauce/oyster sauce/flour/cacao/stock etc. I can use those extra freely, that is I have a weekly amount of 21 teaspoons and I can either use them during the week or save them all for a week and use them in one day (for. ex. if I want to bake a cake).

This nutrition is divided in the day and here is how I normally eat the meals:
Breakfast: I always have 1-2 slices of bread, light spread, marmelade and sometimes I eat 0.9 oz camembert cheese or 2.6 oz of cheese with low fat content or 1 egg. Then I always have myself one fruit.
Lunch: I always eat 4.2 oz of meat or fish, and I can also combine the proteins with egg or cheese. I always eat 10.5 oz or more of vegetables, most often tomatoes and cucumbers. I also eat one slice of bread. At todays lunch I made tuna salad, with fresh tuna, 1 egg, 0.5 oz of light mayonese and 1.8 oz of sour cream.
Afternoon: Most often I eat one fruit and sometimes I eat some extra vegetables if I feel like it.
Dinner: I always eat 6 oz of meat or fish and 10.5 oz or more of vegetables. I always make dinner at home, so I often use the milk products to make sauce. Either a cold sourcream sauce or a warm sauce with sourcream, stock and spices.
Evenings: I Most often have 2-3 fruits left and most often half or all of my milk products. With that I like to make really yummie things. Sometimes I bake cake (with cous-cous and fruit), sometimes I make puddings out of the sourcream and cut fruits into it. Sometimes I make chocolate sauce with the fat that I have left to eat (then I melt butter, put cacao in it and sweetener and a little bit of sourcream, its really yummie and tastes like real chocolate). This evening I had fresh strawberries with 8.8 oz of vanilla icecream. Of course not a normal vanilla icecream, its a brand that is sold by the diet plan company and contains no sugar. Seriously this icecream is so yummie that it reminds me of italian icecream. Sometimes I even make apple cake to eat with it. Or if I have little time I cut an apple in half, drizzle cinnamon over and put in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. That thing is yummie beyond belief!!!!!!! Tastes exactly like a normal apple cake.

I have found out that the most important thing to do if you want to loose weight fast is to be very careful that you consume all the fat. If I dont eat the 0.7 oz of fat each day I dont loose weight, simple as that, and everyone that has bailed on the fat has the same story. If I eat fat fish as often as I can (ideally everyday) then I loose weight REAL fast. The lean fish doesnt do this, just the fish with high fat content, like salmon and sardines. I even eat every week sardines in oil, and I dont even bother to drain the oil properly, and the next day I start to loose weight real fast.
I hope this gives you a good idea of the food I eat. I know its really amazing that I loose weight by eating this amount of food, but this diet plan focuses on getting the metabolic system in full burn by eating all the time, instead of cutting down the food because then the body burns a lot less calories. It is a fact that if you starve yourself then you dont loose weight and you put on weight really rapidly because it takes time for the body to start to burn calories according to the amount of food you are eating. Sugar is also a big NO-NO in this diet plan, because it seems that if you eat sugar then you burn less calories, not to mention on how sugar affects most overweight people, that is it makes people high so they want more and more sugar and food. I havent eaten sweets since 2. january and I dont miss it a bit, because sugar made me depressed and it made me battle with my appetite constantly. To starve yourself is the WRONG way to diet, because then your body gets the message its starving and starts to keep a tight hold on your body fat supplies and starts to burn less calories, so in fact you will loose fewer pounds if you dont eat, then if you would eat a large amount of properly balanced food. To starve oneself is also pretty painful and there are only two ways that are the results. Either you give up (and that would be the good outcome) or you will start to like to starve yourself and develop an eating disorder, anorexia that you simply can DIE from. (that would be the bad outcome). You would get thin, thats for sure, but the side affect of it is that you will also become DEAD, thin yeah, but dead allright.

It seems that I have lost additional 3 lbs since monday, so I am really on a roll these days J The thing that is also amazing about this weight loss is that I dont exercise at all. I dont even go out to walk. The only exercise I get is, is at work, and its a petstore!!! I am planning to maybe start exercising when I loose more weight, or if I stop loosing weight, but it doesnt seem to be necessary at this point, besides I would just ruin my body exercising being so heavy. I really thought that to loose weight it was very important to excercise, but it doesnt seem so in my case. I have been thinking of all the people that slave in the gym many days a week and dont loose weight, because they havent changed their diet. My advice based on my experience is: Focus on your eating habits and diet and get control over your food intake before you start going to the gym. Dont start both at the same time, it will only make you give up on everything, food and exercise. Get used to your new diet and use time that you would spend in the gym to cook, look for recipes, and to schedule your new eating habits. The food intake is so much more important and is the thing that will give you results. Then after some weeks or months when you have gotten 100% control over the food intake, you can start to get to a gym and exercise.