Gah! I just wrote a long response and it didn't save. Anyway, in summary....I'm doing really well with the 3 meals a day thing (all week, with only one exception!) and have found that at the very least I'm hungry for dinner each night with my conscious efforts to avoid snacking. Going to stick with this habit for another week to master it before moving onto the next one.
I still have some frustrations about my crappy metabolism though, which seems to have gone into the toilet over the past 2 years. I looked over my MFP logs from 2014-2015 and back then I was eating more sugar and drinking more lattes and craft beer (my 3 vices that I struggle so hard to give up or cut down) and yet, the great mystery -- I was 3 to 5 pounds lighter than I am now. I just don't get it. I am still at a healthy weight for my height, so maybe it's time to just give up on the dream of being a lean, light, fast runner and just accept my body for what it is.
This may or may not apply, but I've noticed that when I enjoy my food more, I'm satisfied with less of it. So, I find myself leaner and happier when eating the "extras" that everybody says to cut out, and seriously struggling with weight and body image whenever I'm counting things and eating bland diet gruel. For me, it wasn't age or metabolism, it was a joy deficiency.
Self-acceptance is so important, wherever we may be in the journey. I also love Georgie's advice to think in terms of a goal life and not a goal weight.
I am re-reading this and finding there is so much wisdom on every page, not just in the basic concepts, but the how and why this approach is so effective.
The first time I read it, I tore through it in an hour as I just wanted the cliff's notes and headlines, just tell me what to do! This time I am taking my time and savoring every bite like that one expensive tuxedo truffle you get from the downtown upscale chocolatier.
I hope I am not breaking the rules here by the rest of this post being a direct message to the Author herself....
Georgie, if you are listening, THANK YOU. I am feeling so relaxed about this journey reading your book a second time, and I really feel this is a huge piece of the puzzle, (along with so many of your who have posted on this site, Skwigg, and intuitive eating) that is really helping me stay away from the crazy-making diet industry.
Also, I was hoping to find a contact me option on your website and I don't facebook, so hoping you don't mind if I ask here:
I LOVE audiobooks, those read by the author in particular (i.e. intuitive eating) are you or will you ever consider doing an author narrated audiobook of Lean Habits?
Also, I would love to know what the black and white logo means on your website, I can't for the life of me figure it out!
I'm sure Georgie can elaborate, but if I remember correctly, the main difference when pregnant is that you don't wait 30-60 minutes before eating. You just feel hunger, eat. And you may do better with 4 or more meals instead of keeping it to 3 bigger ones.
There are several posts on this in the LH facebook group, but skwigg is bang on, as usual. Eat when hungry, and as your pregnancy progresses, you may be more comfortable with smaller meals. I found focusing on protein at every meal and eating mostly whole foods to be especially important while pregnant. Congrats!