Dieting Woes

I’ve been on a diet for 19 days today, and I’ve lost 6 pounds. I should be happy about that, but I’m not. I want the weight to melt away, I want it to disappear over night. Alas, that’s not happening. It’s partly my fault. No, it’s all my fault. Even though I’m keeping to a calorie count of around 1200 to 1400 calories a day, not all of those calories are good ones. Yesterday for example, I had 300 calories for breakfast, all good, healthy calories, and a 300 calorie shake for lunch. But I had a taco and potato ole type deep fried thing for supper. The entire day was less than 1400 calories but I got a lot of fat and sugar in there. So I haven’t been sticking to my diet plan like I should. So only 6 pounds lost in 19 days and that’s on me. Sticking to my original plan of having eggs for breakfast, a shake for lunch and fish or chicken with veggies for dinner is what I’ve got to do. And fruit or popcorn for a snack.

I read an article this morning about refined sugar. The author gave up all refined sugar for two weeks and noticed some amazing changes. Here’s a link to the story. The World Health Organization says people should not eat more than 25 grams of refined sugar a day. Almost all processed foods contain refined sugar so if you eat processed foods, you’re likely getting way more refined sugar than you should. The article says that sugar actually changes the chemistry of your brain and the addiction to it is worse than cocaine. An unfortunate thing about the Herbalife shakes I have for lunch is that they contain refined sugar. So a shake with peanut powder in it is 11 grams of refined sugar. That’s not bad, but I’m getting more from snacks too. As long as I have fish or chicken with vegetables for dinner, and no snacks with sugar in them, I’ll be doing okay.

Sticking to it is hard though. I was consuming a lot of sugar before I went on a diet. A lot. I was drinking soda, eating ice cream, and other stuff high in sugar so I’m having cravings. According to the article, the author went through that too. After a couple weeks, he says the craving subsided. I’m hoping that happens to me. And it’s an incentive to give up the shakes I’m having in favor of a low calorie lunch. But what can you eat at 300-400 calories that will stick with you all afternoon? I’ll have to look into it.

So here I am in dieting hell, trying to lose weight. I’ve always been the kind of person who ate because I knew I needed to eat as opposed to making sure every meal was a gourmet delight. So having bland meals isn’t a problem. The problem is getting enough calories and protein to keep healthy while still losing a chunk of weight. It’s a fine balancing act. The article I read (link above) says that after you quit sugar you brain realizes that food tastes good without it. Fruit tastes sweeter, average food takes on enhanced flavor, the way it should taste. So even though I’m not cutting out refined sugar entirely, I’m looking forward to the effects of a lot less of it. Tally ho!


Blog update and a big Hello!

Disgruntled blog reader

Good morning! I’ve gained quite a few new followers in the last few months and while I don’t have as huge a following as some blogs, my readers are important to me. So this is a shout out to All of my readers. Welcome to all and I sincerely hope you find something here you like. As you may be aware, or not, I write poetry, opinion pieces, fiction, and non fiction about nearly anything. I welcome all comments and am not afraid to discuss any subject. So bring it on!.

I’m still on my diet, hoping to lose about 30 pounds. I started at 200 and I’ve lost 5 pounds in two weeks. It would be great to see the weight just melt away but that’s not how it works I guess. I haven’t started exercising so I can’t expect things to move quickly. Changing your diet can be one of the hardest things to do. I quit eating pasta, bread, ice cream, (except maybe a little) soda pop, processed foods like sandwich meats, pepperoni, cheese, (except maybe a little) fast food, and more. So my sugar, sodium, and fat intake has been reduced. I’m eating chicken breast and fish for the most part, and frozen and fresh vegetables. Healthy snacks like popcorn and fruit with a little trail mix thrown in. And I’m drinking tea with honey. I’ve cut my calorie intake by nearly half and I’m trying to eat high protein foods. That includes peanut butter which is loaded with sugar of course, but I discovered powdered peanut butter. Powdered peanut butter has most of the fat removed so the calories are much lower. I use it in a protein shake that I have for a meal replacement every day.

Tarot cards

I started blogging about my diet here on a separate page but it’s not too popular so I’ll probably just give you updates from time to time. In other news, instead of blogging about how fat I am, I may start a Tarot page here on the blog. I’ve been interested in Tarot for years and I have a few decks of the cards and a book or two on the subject. I don’t believe in magic or telling the future but Tarot reading is fascinating for a number of reasons. It goes back to at least the 1500’s and has been incorporated into many different cultures around the world. Kings and Queens, presidents and dictators and even a Pope or two may have had tarot readers and astrologers in their employ. So it’s a hobby I have, among others.

Ogham stone

Something else I’m looking into is Ogham writing. Ogham (pronounced O-em) is the earliest known Irish Celtic writing. Consisting of lines drawn or carved, and extending from or crossing a central vertical line, the writing was mostly used for personal names. Some examples of Ogham have been found on wood but because wood deteriorates over time, most of these have been lost. Most of the examples found today are on stone and are found all over Ireland, with some in Scotland and Wales. There are also examples that have been found that depict other than personal names such as news or information. It is thought that messages were written in Ogham on short pieces of wood and carried by hand between recipients. Ogham writing was used from about the 3rd to the 5th centuries. So I’m learning a little about that and may try doing some of my own.

So once again, hello to my new and old followers. I’m thrilled that you’ve joined me and I hope to keep you informed and entertained. Please feel free to leave comments, ideas, arguments or whatever you have. Thank you very much for reading because without you, there’s no point!

My Exciting Life!

I haven’t been quite as active here this week because I started a diet that has for the most part, consumed my time. I’m writing about it on “My Health Blog” which you can find on the black header bar just above. Dieting is exciting, and if you’re not keeping up, you’re missing out! (Stay tuned kids, for some really exciting news, coming soon!!!)

One Moment At A Time

Over the last two years I have neglected my health. The reasons don’t really matter, because there are as many reasons for not eating healthy as there are overweight people. But the truth is, I’m heavier than I should be, and certainly heavier than I want to be. I’ve decided it’s time to do something about it. What does that mean? It means changing the way I eat and what I eat. It also means getting more exercise. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Right. Fun. That’s what I’m telling myself. It’ll be fun.

We hear a lot about diets. Every once in awhile a new diet will emerge, lot’s of people try it and then it fades away. Some are successful, some are not. What makes a diet successful is a combination of two things. The diet actually has to be beneficial, and the dieter has to be determined to lose weight. The first part is easy. You find a diet that’s going to work. The second part is where it all falls down. The determination to lose weight is hard to maintain. Yes, we want to lose weight, but we get lazy or the desire to eat unhealthy becomes too great, or we make up excuses as to why we have to eat that big cheeseburger today. Any number of things get in the way of our success. The best way for you to lose weight may not be the best way for me. So I’ve devised a plan. Will it work? Who knows, but I’ll keep you informed as I go about it.

A few weeks ago I started “The Tea Blog” page here on The Window. I quickly discovered that no matter how much I like tea, there’s only so much you can write about it. So I’m going to change The Tea Blog into a Health blog. There I’ll chronicle my journey as I try to loose weight. I’m going to use a mindfulness approach to loosing weight. The long term goal is to lose weight, but I’m not going to worry about that. I’m going to look at this one moment at a time. The question is then, what is happening right now? How much protein am I taking in each time I eat? How many calories? How well am I doing right now? I hope you’ll find this interesting and helpful. Part of the problem of starting a diet is that we have these big dreams of eating and exercising well and losing a bunch of weight but the momentum of keeping that dream alive starts to slow down. Thinking about the whole thing gets to be too much. So, one moment at a time. I’m not dieting so much as I’m only going to have about 300 calories for this meal right now. That’s all I’m going to do. I’ll worry about the next meal when it’s time. We’ll see how that goes.