Losing weight in spite of myself.

I began this blog in February 2011 as a way to help me not quit trying to lose weight, and to learn a few things. It's been an interesting and powerful experience. It certainly confirms what I've long suspected--that although I am a genuinely happy cheery person in the main, I am NOT a happy cheery dieter. I DETEST losing weight. I resent being overweight in the first place and I am a virtuoso in the art of self-sabotage. And YET--I'm doing it! I'm fighting and kicking and EATING all the way down, but the weight is finally going down. The plan I was following in February was a half-baked one largely based on wishful thinking. I gained a little weight and decided to get real. I knew I couldn't just join weightwatchers or count calories or do any one plan and expect to be successful. I decided if I was going to bother to make the effort to lose weight I was going to throw everything I could think of at the problem. And so I do. My real "Day One" for this blog is April 1, 2011. I joined weight watchers, I joined caloriecount.com (awesome website), I read the blog losingweighteveryday.blogspot.com religiously, I keep this blog faithfully, I joined the health programs sponsored by my insurance, I use the principles from overeater's anonymous, I use my church's 12 step program as well, I subscribe--and use--Healthy Cooking Magazine.

The result of all this? Painfully slow progress (About 20 lbs in 10 months). But it IS progress and like the little engine that could I keep on trying in my rebellious way. I have no intention of quitting. This is by far the longest sustained weight loss effort I've ever made in my life. Successful I think, because for the first in my life I've done this MY way--which I've discovered, involves a lot of pizza and restaraunt food. I'm convinced this is the only way to lose weight. For me it must be MY way. For you it MUST be YOUR way. Not weight watcher's way, not your doctor's way, but YOUR way. Any plan or idea I use is only a tool.

The latest plan to lose weight my way began on Oct 29, 2013. It really is my own crazy plan. As you'll see if you read that post. I've implemented the best ideas of all sorts of eating plans and thrown out the scale. A couple of months in and I'm definitely healthier. I'm actually enjoying myself. I won't weigh until April 1, 2014, so I'll see then if this works the way I hope it will.

There is no magic weight loss bullet. But there IS a great deal of magic in the discovery of what I can happily live with (very different from what weight watchers tells me I can happily live with) and still have the body and health I want.

Good luck to all of us on this journey. It's quite a trip!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

341 Big clothes and chicken

The other day I noticed something--many of my clothes, t-shirts especially, look HUGE!  I'm sure they weren't that big 30 pounds ago. Plain large shirts are now looking normal. It's been fun to wear all the tops that Dave gave me two years ago. I'm wearing a pretty pink one right now.

And now, a word about chicken. What gives cookbook and TV cooks?? I can't count the number of receipes I've tried that say to "Cook chicken at 350 for 20 min." What kind of an oven are these people using?? Hello--if you cook chicken for 20 minutes, you have RAW CHICKEN. Even Hungry Girl went for this. I tried making her sesame sticky chicken fingers yesterday (delicious!), she wanted me to cook the chicken fingers at 375 for 10 minutes! My cat would have loved it--of course it was raw. After baking the chicken at 425 for about 1/2 an hour they were ok. Whatever. The important thing was that the food was good. I was in a cooking mood last night. I also made a weight watchers bread pudding--not bad at all, I'll decrease the water a little next time though. I'm so thankful for people who create light receipes--I would never have dreamed of making bread pudding for 4 with only 2 skimpy slices of raisin toast, but it worked.

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