Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds with Jedi mind tricks

Greetings from the weight loss front! Today I'm thinking back to how I lost 100 pounds seven years ago. I've said before that I used what I call "mind over platter" workarounds. They're kinda like Jedi mind tricks. Here's how they work. 

I started gaining weight in 2004 after losing my second stillborn baby. By 2011, I was morbidly obese (I'm getting more comfortable using that term, now that obesity is in my rearview mirror). My eating habits weren't crazy off the charts and I've never been a binger. But I did need to revamp if I was going to achieve weight loss.

So I took some cues form Obi-Wan and used the Force. I employed Jedi mind tricks to realign my thinking. I had to psych myself up to stop overeating and work at weight loss. I talked myself out of instead of into all those sugary and salty snacks. I convinced myself I could live without that second portion of lasagna. I gently but firmly reminded myself that I didn't need such big portions. 

The hardest part for this Padawan was Jedi-ing myself to feel full when I was still hungry. That sent me to the Dagobah system for sure! But using some Yoda-esque footwork, I mastered them. It was a big part of how I lost 100 pounds. I'll share some more Jedi mind tricks for kicking obesity butt tomorrow! 

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