Tuesday, March 18, 2008

He's Gonna Make Me Thin

Who's watched the TLC show "I Can Make You Thin" He has 4 golden rules (which is mostly what Sunday's show was on)
1. Eat when you're hungry.
2. Eat what you want.
3. Eat consciously.
4. Stop when you are full.

So, I agree with a lot of what he's said. I don't agree with not eating vegetables because you don't like them (pick ones you do like, I'm fine with that -- but I think you do need an adequate amount of fiber, vitamins, etc).
I'm starting to try this today. This morning I ate about 3/4 of my granola bar and I wasn't hungry any more, although I'm not exactly sure where the "full" line is for myself... kwim?
Same problem with lunch --I ate about 1/2 of the salad and then I thought I wasn't particularly hungry anymore, so I put it away, I can always get it out again later, I kept reminding myself.
I have a few points I've learned already:
  • I don't know when I'm full. I'm not sure how I'm gonna know. I know when I'm STUFFED, but I'm not sure I know when I'm full
  • I worry about my kids not knowing when they're full, and how do I share that with them (so they don't lose that "trigger" like I apparently have)
  • I like that I should eat WHAT I want, when I want. My mom bought the kids sugar cookies while she was here, and I've been lusting after them for the longest time -- not eating them because I was sure it wouldn't be good for me. But now it's on my list of things I'm gonna eat next. Most likely I'll need a snack in a bit since I've now had about 10 bites of salad (leftover cheesecake factory BBQ chicken ranch salad) and 3/4 of a Fiber 1 bar so far (I'm guessing that is about 300 calories so far). Anyway, I'm just gonna consciously think about when I'm actually hungry (he recommends drinking a glass of water before you have a snack because oftentimes hunger is actually dehydration).

Have you guys watched the show? Do you have thoughts on what I've learned so far. I'm hoping to write about this on each day of my journey.


  1. I'm not sure how I feel about the eat what I want. I think I need to get the hungry/full thing down first. And stopping.

  2. I've been wanting to watch it. I'm glad you shared the major points.

    I agree with him. But I also have some of the same problems as you do. I'm not sure when I'm full either.

    And something that I realized over the weekend as I was out with my friend who has a love affair with food is that I don't care enough about food. Eating is not an experience for me- it is only to sustain life. I don't generally care what I eat- as long as I do. I don't take time to plan meals and I don't enjoy them while I'm eating. I'm usually thinking, "How fast can I get through this so I can do what I want to?" So I think that is going to be a big key for me as I head into my 08 Weight Loss Push!

    Good luck to you!


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