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!

Friday, January 12, 2018

If you're not losing pounds you're losing inches

Feel considerably better today. The visit with Dad wasn't too bad. He looked okay. I'm looking forward to the three day weekend. The one thing I really like about calorie counting is that I can eat anything and feel good about it.  Friday night is usually pizza night for us. Tonight we're going to share a wiseguy calzone from the PIE pizzeria. This is one of our favorite things. I couldn't find the exact nutrition facts for that, but based on other calzones I'm guessing half of one (we always share anyway, they're huge) will be about 800 calories. Add a cabbage salad with 10 olives and dinner comes to about 900 calories. That's ok. I had cream of wheat with blueberries and a glass of milk for breakfast, for lunch a can of progresso tomato soup, and a few inches of a French baguette with light brie cheese. I don't have enough calories left to have dessert too, but that's ok. I want to wean off of having dessert(s) every day. Plus, tomorrow I'm having my cheat meal for the week. We're going to the movies to see The Post. I like eating at the theater. I'll probably have a sandwich with jr's (kind of a flat tater tot), popcorn and if that isn't splurging enough, a shake.

Exercise-wise, my back is better but still sore. I walked a slow mile and a half.  The race I'm doing is The Tortoise Creep--155 miles through Thailand. Creep is right! Between Christmas, foot problems and back problems, I'm only a third of the way through and I feel as though I've been doing this race forever. I want to get it done because I've got such great races coming up! Next payday, I'm going to buy the Extra-terrestrial race and "run" through area 51.

On yes.fit someone posted this very useful message from her doctor. "If you're losing inches you aren't losing pounds. If you're losing pounds you aren't losing inches".  No idea if that's true or not, but I'm taking it as gospel. I think it will help next time the stupid scale is stuck.

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