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Once More Unto the Breach, My Friends

Friday, February 01, 2013

I have lost about 5 pounds in the past 6 months. I had lost about 35 in the previous year. Obviously, I need to rethink what I am doing. In the year where I lost about 35 pounds---which is enough to satisfy me--I followed no diet. I just ate less of everything and I tried to be rational about trigger foods. It worked fairly well. Those trigger foods seemed less appealing and then seemed destructive and finally seemed vaguely repulsive. I got into good habits of exercise.

I think I must return to basics and forget about the razzle-dazzle self-righteousness of going vegetarian or going low-carb. I will lose weight if I focus more on staying on the low end of my calorie allotment spectrum and if I continue to try to do more at the gym. I need to forget about most of those diet books and not try to refine my program.

I've got a belly to diminish. I'm not going to call it wheat belly or beef belly or potato belly or Buddha Belly or Lapsang Souchong Belly or Bacchanal Belly or Bannock belly.

Let's just call it Belly and try to focus on making it less jiggly, less Dickensian, less Santa Clausian and move on with my diet. I need to just do it and not read about it. I need to return to common sense and not look for a Diet Doctor to whisper Svengali-like promises. Spark Away! I'm heading for a major goal and I don't want anything to impede my progress.

Thank you all for your comments!
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    I get a lot of inspiration from your thoughts here – thanks!
    3049 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    I love this blog! I just said something similar about reading articles and books last night at class. None of it helps though, it is down to us. Thanks for sharing!! :)
    3054 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Somehow I just stumbled across this blog entry and I have to say, I love it! I clicked on "like" as I think you have pointed out some things that all of us Sparkers can benefit from. Thank you!

    3055 days ago
    My husband is doing exactly what you did when youlost 35 lbs. He lost 10 lbs 2 years ago and is maintaining by eating less, but sensibly.

    I need to track everything in order to be successful. I lost 11 lbs in 11 weeks. I skipped tracking to listen to my body and gained. So back to tracking for me.
    3056 days ago
    Sounds like you had a good year with the 35 pound loss and discovered what worked for you. There is a diet for everyone and portion control and calorie control might be the best thing for you.
    3056 days ago
    Fun read!
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    3057 days ago
    Hee hee! You crack me up and you're so right! emoticon emoticon
    3057 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13425678
    If we do what seems most normal and natural and intrinsic to ourselves, tweaking it towards better health as we go, it seems we will more likely be happy to continue living that way than if we adopt someone else's ideas and try to live by those. If that's true then what you're doing should work well and bring you good results, I think.

    I like reading what you write. You give me a chuckle every time - Thanks!
    3057 days ago
    Everyone has a plan that works for them-- you will find yours. Go with what you are comfortable with-- if that includes snake oil, then so be it. If it includes red meat, go for it. None of us are paper cut outs manufactured one-size-fits all people. Be patient with yourself and try what feels comfortable and works for you. 35 pounds in 6 months is a great accomplishment, but so is 5 pounds in 6 months. Do you know how many people gain back what they lose? The majority. I know that 5 pounds isn't to your expectation, but I still think it's notable....
    3058 days ago
  • SHOES17
    Been there...Been doing that! WE CAN do it again!
    3058 days ago
    Agreed. I've been eating moderately and trying to not be stupid. But I have been stalled these last several months and just need to my not-inconsiderable rear in gear and to just get this done.
    3058 days ago
    always feel ridiculous when I realise that I, a rational and I like to think fairly intelligent person, have let myself be conned by believing that anything/anyone else has a miracle secret to getting me healthy. And as a vegetarian for 25 years I certainly know how easy it is to be a fat unhealthy non-meat eater. But wow - at least you lost during your period of dabbling with diet-peddlers. Know the belly issue....even though I am now in what they call a healthy weight range and i take over my 17 year old daughter's discarded jeans to use when gardening, my waist is still just on the verge of heart attack size (some weeks measuring shows just over if I don't suck my tummy in). That is my aim for 2013 - to get back to not only yoga and walking but some real cardio (dancing is the only thing I know I might keep up) so I can get it at least 2cms below heart attack warning size ..
    3058 days ago
  • POPSY190
    You're quite right, it has to be what works for YOU. I have found that being vaguely vegetarian works for me but Vaguely is the operative word. I like to eat a lot which I can do if I stick to low density foods (not cheese and crackers!) a la Eat to Live most of the time. But I don't stress about the odd deviation into non-vegetarian food. I'm lucky in that I don't crave meat at all but I will eat it when out or when there's not much else available. It's taken me a lot of years to realise that a plan in a book or magazine isn't going to help me. emoticon
    And, as you throw yourself into the breach, remember that Henry's army won the siege!!
    3058 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12710766
    emoticon I also have been way more successful on a "diet" of just trying to watch what I'm eating in general and exercising than I have been on specific diets! Rooting for you!!!
    3058 days ago
    Love this attitude! I think more of us need to go this way-less focus on whatever the new eating/exercise fad is, and more focus on the fundamentals. Eat real food, mostly plants, and as little processed as possible (to loosely paraphrase Michael Pollan). I think you will do quite winningly with this attitude.
    3058 days ago
    Full steam ahead toward your goal. (Hmmm. The thought of a Bacchanal Belly sounds like a lot of fun, though!) emoticon
    3058 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3409143
    Yes this isn't a one size fits all programme not by a long shot. I just wish I could figure out what worked for me. (I think I know its just hat my mind and body keep sabotaging it).
    3058 days ago
    Yes, you need to find out what works for you. My diet overall is pretty healthy. I find that i need to be sure to get the fitness time in. I also have accepted the fact that the extra weight is going to go off very slowly yet when it does it has been staying off. So I find contentment in that. Good luck as you go forward. emoticon emoticon
    3058 days ago
    It's all about what WORKS for you. What makes you feel healthy and have more energy and not feel deprived and moody. Any way you can deflate the power of trigger foods over you is a success in my book!!
    3058 days ago
    You are awesome. I have often been tempted to try this diet or this way of eating, but many times I had to remind myself to get back to basics and do what has worked for me in the past. You got this, you are a rockstar and I know you will accomplish everything you dream of! emoticon emoticon
    3058 days ago
  • OJ_2_OK
    that is great insight and i can't wait to read about your further success :)
    3058 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13231517
    Good for you. No one can listen to your body as well as you. The Michael Pollan Omnivore's Dilemma (at least I think that is were it is from) quote on your Sparkpage offers advice that is sound for me. Good luck meeting your major goal. Spark on!
    3058 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    New diets are always the Next Shiny Thing, as far as I'm concerned, but they tarnish quickly. I lost 40+ pounds last year by doing exactly as you suggest - eating less, moving more, and ignoring all the fancy business. (I did sign up for the 5% Winter Challenge, though - being accountable to others keeps me on my game when otherwise I'd likely be on my sofa.)
    3058 days ago
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