There I sat staring at my wife’s huge chocolate shake. Would I give in and order one for myself?
No! I resisted, thanks to a different type of weight loss program I wrote about a few weeks ago, Naturally Slim. With Naturally Slim there are no forbidden foods. Instead of counting calories the program emphasizes when and how I eat, rather than what I eat. Sugar is discouraged, but if I must have sugar eat it with a meal, NS advises.
Instead of ordering a shake myself, I had two or three spoon fulls of my wife’s shake, and that was enough to feed my chocolate craving. I had a double cheeseburger (that’s OK under the NS program too), some fries and a small bowl of chili. The key was eating slowly, savoring my food. It took me 25 minutes to eat this meal that I would have scarfed down in under 7 minutes under my old habits.
I now have lost 14 pounds on the Naturally Slim program and I am only 8 pounds away from getting back to my desired weight. I’m optimistic I will reach that goal, even though I am sailing on a 5 night cruise in two weeks. The abundance of food available on the ship will no doubt be my next big challenge. Can I resist overindulging in the 5 course meals each evening, the free ice cream, and the late night buffet?
Whether I gain weight on the cruise or not, I’ll post an update here next month.