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03 May 2009

The Fawn's Weight Loss Tips: Part One

As you all know I am doing Weight Watchers & so far everything is off to a great start. I've lost seven pounds & I feel fantastic.

In light of my recent healthful escapades I thought I might share with you some of the tips & tricks that are working for me & have worked for me in the past.

Eat slowly. I am, by nature, an incredibly slow eater so this one comes quite easily to me. I find that you are much more likely to enjoy your food if you chew slowly and take little bites. Try this experiment: the next time you are craving chips or cookies, or something that you'd usually consume an entire bag of, try taking just a little out and putting it in a bowl. Eat the bowlful slowly & take thoughtful bites. Make sure to taste your food and enjoy its quality instead of its quantity.

Cut it up. I often break/cut my food into very small pieces. This helps to satisfy the urge to eat one thousand of something. For instance, if I'm letting myself have three cookies I will break them all in 1/2 and tada! I now have six cookies! Miraculous.

Think brown. Switch to whole wheat pasta, brown rice, oat bran, seven grain, flax seed -- you name it. I tend to find these starchy foods very comforting & it's nice to know I'm getting more nutrients this way than if I were eating their white counterparts.

Liquefy. Increase you fluid intake, especially water. Where we live the water tastes rather chlorinated so I tend to get my water in by drinking Crystal Light. However, even a soda can hydrate you a little, as long as you watch your caffeine intake. I think that water is one of my main reasons for weight loss success -- it's also great for me to be hydrated while breastfeeding. It's incredible how thirsty nursing can make you.

Step off. If you have a bathroom scale, hide it, forget about it or get rid of it. Stepping on the scale every day, hour, minute is not an accurate measure of your success. If you keep your scale, set aside one day each week to step on it to check your progress. This gives you a much more reasonable visual of your weight loss. Our bodies are incredible and depending on what you ate or even if you've gone pee lately, the scale may not be completely truthful. Go easy on yourself & weigh in each week.

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Stay tuned for part two.

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Blogger thewindhover said...

Very wise advice dear Fawn! I think your points for all people; to just (as one cafe put it - thanks Mme): "eat like you give a damn" - too often we get so caught up in things we just shovel in food and stop enjoying and savouring it!

May 4, 2009 at 4:24 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

that's an excellent motto! thank you!

May 4, 2009 at 12:28 PM  

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