Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fat Chance: The No-Going-Back Weight Loss Workbook

by Jennifer Giralo

For those who find a balanced diet difficult or for those who are insecure about their eating habits, please join me on a journey that I will be taking to change my mindset on eating for the next 12 weeks.

I will be blogging once a week on lessons and progress through Fat Chance: The No-Going-Back Weight Loss Workbook by Dr. Susan Maiava. Follow me as we discover healthy cognitive and physical habits that have for so long affected our eating styles.

Fat Chance is a lifestyle change; it is not a diet. This is a new way of thinking about food and its consumption. The program is designed as a workbook in order to help with reflection and practice.

Week 1

Week 1 is about learning new mindsets and habits to form a slim lifestyle. New mindsets include eating smaller portions and eating when you need food (instead of emotional eating or just simply wanting food). One of the main steps involves calculating your caloric intake needed to maintain a slim weight. If one eats the calories a slim person needs, he/she will begin meet their weight goals.

One significant change I have noticed is that I have not eaten at a restaurant or fast-food chain since starting this plan. It saves me large amounts of calories and money.

I will be logging my calories for the next 12 weeks and sharing some balanced recipes that satisfy hunger and keep you full longer. I have been using My Fitness Pal, a free app on my iPhone, as a calorie counter, as it can even scan foods I buy from my grocery store. Counting calories brings a much needed awareness to eating.

I have been counting calories this week, and I have already felt a difference in my energy and confidence. Because it is difficult to count calories when you eat at restaurants, this plan has motivated me to eat at home more where I can control portions and ingredients.

My slim weight involves losing 10 lbs. and building more beneficial nutrition habits. I’d like to work on my emotional eating, or eating when I feel stressed, anxious, worried, excited, or bored. So, that leaves only eating when I am hungry, right?

What is your slim weight goal? Is there anything you can improve upon in your eating mindset?

****Fat Chance Weight loss book is available for sale on Amazon.****


  1. I live in a pretty remote place where there isn't a lot to do in the winter. Since I work at home, I often find that I just need to get out of the house sometimes. Unfortunately, this usually means going out for lunch (and there aren't too many healthy options around here). My diet is fine when I cook at home, but the minute I eat out ... I'm trying to change my mindset so that I'll take a walk instead of eating out when I need to get out of the house. And, hey, we should be buddies on My Fitness Pal. Look me up!

  2. Good for you! This sounds like a great book! I am with you, I need to learn to stop my emotional and boredom eating! That is my biggest set back! It's hard because I love food, but food doesn't love me because my butt keeps growing. I can't wait to hear about your progress! You inspired me!!

  3. MY slim weight goal is 150lbs. At one point I was 220lbs. I had gall bladder issues which caused the doctors to take it out. Now I am wheat sensitive and lactose intolerant which limits my food intake. I am losing weight daily which I am loving! I have created a log of my food and exercise. I have found that this has motivated me the most!

  4. I am always a few lbs heavier in the winter...I think it's my hibernation fat. But spring is almost here so it's time to come off. Looks like a great book.

  5. I love all of your feedback and comments! This journey has been educational for me and has motivated me to choose healthy options. I've been stress eating with sweets for several months now, and this book has helped me to take some control back into my life. DiabeticFoodie, I will add you on MyFitness Pal!

    Thank you for all of your comments! Stay tuned for next week's post this weekend!