It’s no secret that I struggle with my weight. I’ve written about it before. I did quite well last year, losing around a stone in the summer but as Autumn crept in, the willpower waned and I put it all back on again
The problem I have is that even though I hate the way I look, I just have no willpower. If someone offers me a biscuit, or a piece of cake, I can’t say no. I eat for the sake of eating sometimes, not because I’m hungry or even particularly want it. Until I can get out of that mindset, and until I can change the way I think about food, I’m never going to lose weight and be able to keep it off.
I don’t want to diet. I don’t think dieting changes the way you think about food. I think if anything, diets sometimes help to reinforce an unhealthy relationship with food. It promotes certain foods as ‘bad’ foods, when they’re not. If eaten in moderation, nothing is bad. The problem is, I can’t do it in moderation. I want to be able to have bar of chocolate or a biscuit once in a while, but just stick to the one, and enjoy it. At the moment, I don’t really enjoy food. I just eat it because it is there.
Everyone seems to start a diet in January. I’m not. I’m going to try and change the way I think about food, which in turn will help me lose weight. I can’t do it on my own, which is why I am trying out the Slimpod Gold from Thinking Slimmer.
What is the Slimpod Gold?
The Slimpod is not a diet, and it’s not a quick fix. It’s a 12 week program that helps to train your mind and the way you think about food. Every day, I will be listening to a nine minute podcast on my phone, delivered by the most relaxing and calming voice that I have ever heard. I don’t have to consciously listen to it – I generally listen to it as I’m drifting off to sleep. It uses what I guess is a form of hypnotherapy to encourage your brain to make healthier choices. I am usually a little bit sceptical of anything like this, but it is the only weight-loss partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life programme, which to me is a pretty good endorsement.
There aren’t many ‘rules’ when it comes to using the Slimpod. The most important thing is listening to it every day – the repetitiveness is what makes it work. I also have to set myself some goals, which I have done, and make notes of three successes every day. I’ve been doing this in a notebook, and looking at those successes reminds me that I can make good choices when it comes to food. I’m also part of a closed Slimpod group on Facebook, where you can chat with other ‘Slimpodders’ and get support.
I’ve been using it for a few days now, and whilst it hasn’t had any miracle effects, I have found myself making subtle changes when it comes to food. I’ve stopped eating when I feel full, even though there was food on my plate, and I feel myself thinking about the food that I am eating. I started eating a cereal bar the other day, and realised that after the second bite I wasn’t enjoying it. Instead of finishing it, I threw it in the bin.
I’m really looking forward to taking part in this, and not just changing WHAT I eat, but to change WHY I eat, and hopefully develop a much healthier mindset when it comes to food. I’ll be doing regular updates on the blog, not just about how much weight I have lost but how it it helping me think differently about food.
If you want to give Slimpod a go, click here (affiliate link).
*I have been given complimentary access to the Slimpod Gold. All thoughts and opinions are my own.