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November 13th, 2011 at 01:04 pm

I've been stalled on my weight loss for a couple of months. I've lost a few pounds but really was hoping to lose more by the end of the year. I'm not giving up and I'm not changing the eating plan, because it's improved other areas of my health so much - diabetes and high blood pressure. However, lately I am getting a little tired of my choices, so I'm making an effort to look for new recipes and try new things that are within the plan to make it more interesting, hence the mushroom pizza the other day Smile

Yesterday I used some of my swagbucks to get 2 books at Amazon and some Miracle Noodle Shirataki Fettucini. It's a pasta made from the knojac root, so very low carb. Hoping it tastes somewhat decent, that will open up several recipe options for me if it does. I looked for it in the health food store and couldn't find it. Maybe next time I'm in town and near the Whole Foods store I'll see if they carry it - that's if I decide I like it.

So I was reading an article about a new diet and of course there is the usual claim, you can eat anything you want and lose weight. So I think to myself, "yeah if the only things you want to eat are fruits and veggies and not a lot of other things." But then I thought, that really is the trick, to get to the mindset where you only want to eat food that's good for you and all the unhealthy stuff no longer screams your name. I'm getting much better at that, the unhealthy food only whispers now and usually it's fairly easy to ignore. I'm still not losing weight fast or easily, but it's easier to eat right.

That's the same trick for saving money. The easiest way to save money is to not want things. I've reached that stage in my life, where I have enough and don't want very many new things. Because I want few things, those things are easier to supply. I'm not depriving myself and it doesn't take willpower to deny myself, I just plain don't want them. I'm waiting for the day when that's true with food.

I finished reading the library book New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb. Mystery - excellent.

3 Responses to “the trick is ....”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I so appreciate this post. I'm working on losing weight and I can relate to your thoughts on certain foods being a whisper now.

    And you are also so right about how it relates to money as well. I was just thinking about why we are where we are financially compared to others we know. It is because we don't want nearly as much stuff as they have!! We don't pine for the same stuff, or if we do we are willing to wait until we have the funds.

  2. SavingBucks Says:

    Please let us all know what you think about the Miracle Noodles. Does it taste good (reviews on Amazon talk about the initial fish smell)? Is it easy to prepare? And the best ---- did the no-carb help in improving your health? My dad is a diabetic and I am thinking of getting him some.

  3. baselle Says:

    I feel for you. I've lost 45 pounds but it has taken me 6 years. Always I would drop about 10 pounds within two months then a long plateau for another 10 months. Its important to keep the spirits up - remember that if you don't gain, its a win; take stock in all of the non-weigh milestones (when the bath towel goes around your body, when you discovered what it was like to be hungry instead of suffering from carb withdrawl; when your numbers got to normal); joke about it - I always say that I'm losing weight the old fashioned way ... by lying about it. And that is really true - nobody knows the number unless you tell them. Only the inches are visible. And exercise is useful at this stage. You can't exercise to weight loss but it reinforces what you do lose.

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