Sunday, October 25, 2009

Smug Me

Feeling pretty smug these days. Because I've lost 13 lbs. in 9 weeks!!!!!! That's an average of 1.5 lbs. a week. I'm liking it! A good rate, me thinks.

And as I type this, I'm eating a delicious flank steak panini. Don't you just want to slap me? Am I not a smug brat? But wait, it's a common sense panini. Two smallish, very grainy pieces of bread, slices of last night's leftover flank steak, a little red onion, avocado slices, some grated mozzarella cheese, a little olive oil brushed on the ol' George Foreman Grill* and yum. Grilled to toasty, meltey perfection. Ain't nuttin' wrong with that lunch, people. You got your grains, you got your lean meat protein, you got your monounsaturated fat avocado which is so, so good for you. Previously? I'd be sitting here typing with a big ol' grilled cheese in my hand (grilled in butter, natcherly), accompanied by a heap o' potato chips, and a hefty cookie or two for a lunch dessert. (And who eats lunch dessert?) See? Progress! A common sense lunch.

This time around, Mike and I decided to ignore the traditional popular diets and just use the ol' noggin. No calorie counting, no weekly meetings, no food scales, no units, no pre-packaged foods that arrive in your mailbox. Just a good measure of common sense, which I think is the only thing you really need. Something you always have right there in your hip pocket. You can pull it out anytime you want and you can depend on it for the rest of your life. Your common sense will never let you down.

This is not to say that weight loss programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or whatever you fancy, aren't good programs. If you've lost weight following any of these plans (and have kept it off) ... yay! I'm just saying that we, as a society, over think weight loss. I mean, come on ... we all know what we need to eat and not eat in order to drop some el-bees. Do we want to spend the rest of our lives being preoccupied with counting, measuring and weighing food every day? No thanks. In my opinion, that concept leans toward over thinking, preoccupation with every bite that goes in, and focus on "just can't be fat, just can't be fat" sorts of fretting.

Instead, think: "I am so, so healthy," present tense, over and over, with feeling, and omit negatives. None of this "can't be fat, I don't want to be this weight anymore" stuff. You CAN trick your brain into thinking that you are currently healthy, and ideal weight falls under this healthy heading. So skip the "I'm so slim" mantra and go straight for the "I'm so healthy" one. Tricking your brain into thinking that you are wonderfully healthy now, makes your your brain achieve exactly that. It works. Stay away from words like "fat" and "overweight" because then that will become your mind's focus. Your focus is now health. Smart eating and exercise naturally follow when your mind focuses on health.
One more time with feeling, folks: "I am so, so, SO healthy! I am healthier than I have ever been in my life!!!" Your brain will believe it.

Of course, these aren't my theories ... these are documented, proven strategies. But I am a pretty smug, smarty pants, aren't I? (Hey, but those smarty pants are a couple of sizes smaller now!)

* The George Foreman Grill deserves a special post all it's own! It's a fantastic little gadget. Go buy one! They're cheap.


Crazy Charm said...

Good for you! Common sense and smart living are the way to go!

Salina Lyn said...

I love the smuggness. You deserve it. And so right you are about all this "fat talk". It get's old hearing so much of it. I love how you think. :)

Max's mom said...

Way to go, Michelle! Took me longer to lose that much weight!

Michelle Wells Grant said...

Max's Mom: that's probably BETTER that you lost the weight slower. It will stay off! Congrats! Let's see a picture of skinny you!

Fragrant Liar said...

You are doing so well! I can't wait to see you. Will I even recognize you?

Cousin said...

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Jocelyn said...

You are awesome! Awesome.

I do think there's power in stating you're going to lose weight and then doing regular check-ins with it. That process is both motivating and honesty-inducing. Just making myself write down, in a food journal, every bite that enters my mouth causes me to consider my choices carefully.

You go, chica!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

You are a smug, little Bee, aren't you?

Okay, time to start printing your shopping list.


I'm not as nice as the Fragrant Liar.

Salina Lyn said...

I just got the One Lovely Blog Award and would love to share the love with you because I dig your buttery style. :) Stop by my blog to collect.

Jody said...

Proud of ya, gal! Wish I had done any of it. Instead, I'm adding brain cells and/or synapses in the art area. Or are those art cells blobbing around my middle?

I mean, Health Cells!



Suzanne said...

This is just what I needed to read as I work on my own 'weigh down' journey! I've tried every diet out there and have yo-yo back and forth over the same ten pounds over the past year, when I really need to lose 30 lbs. Glad I found you via midlife jobhunter. And congrats on your 'healthy' weight loss!