Posts Tagged ‘successul dieting’

Just to let you know that I am still hanging in there.  I’ve been busy with house guests.  Seems like the snowy, cold northeastern winter is stimulating friends and family to venture south. To be honest with you, I could have been better about my eating during this time. BUT, I am doing ok and maintaing at 15 pounds gone.

Sometimes it is just one thing and then another that takes my attention away from my diet regime.  Yet, the good eating habits and nutritional information that I learned in the early weeks are giving me a good foundation for maintaining my weight loss. You probably won’t believe me, but I swear that it is true…..I have had so much cake and sweets the last few months that I really want to get back on track.  I feel so much healthier and energetic when I reduce sugar and carbs and focus on lean protein sources for nutrition.

I’m looking forward to gaining control of my schedule so I can move forward again.  It is only 5 more lbs to go.  How hard can it be?????


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After 19 weeks of the 20 lb struggle eating healthy is becoming a way of  life. So hooray for me! But I’m not all the way there quite yet.  I still have 4 lbs. to go.  I have been able to navigate through the dangerous waters of X-mas parties, family gatherings and going out with friends. I accomplished my goal for the week.  I held my own and didn’t let my eating get out of control.  I haven’t lost any weight this week, but then, I didn’t really expect to.  The good news is that I didn’t GAIN any.

With  X-mas safely behind me I now face the daunting challenge of New Year’s Eve! It’s going to be more difficult than you think.  Tomorrow I will be going to Orlando to meet my daughter, Amy, at Gaylord Palms Hotel. We will spend two nights in luxury in the hotel  and a full day at Disney’s Epcot where we look forward to dining at Chefs de France, a casual restaurant nestled under the Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion. Yum!  I hope all the walking around the theme park will help us to work off the calories that will be comsumed there.

Then we will travel about 40 minutes northeast to stay with my daughter, Laura, and her family until January 3rd. If you are a regular reader of this blog you probably already know about Laura. She is a professional party planner who is somehow able to make every meal and occassion sparkle with creativity and deliciousness. No matter how much I try, the magic that she cooks up is just about impossible to resist.

Whenever I visit them, my grandchildren insist that I go on Wii Fit which is a Nintendo game that uses a balance board to calculate your weight and body mass index. The first time I used it about a year ago, I was shocked and dismayed to see that the game placed me smack in the middle of the “overweight” category, just below “obese.” The last time I visited them I showed vast improvement. I was still in the  “overweight” category, but only three pounds from “normal weight.”

If you think that weighing in at Weight Watchers is stressful, you should see me when I have to weigh in with Wii Fit. I usually try to weigh in as soon as I get there, before the effects of all the good cooking by Laura and Rick can be felt. Five days of temptation will clearly test my will-power. So I have a back-up plan, just in case.  Just like millions of others who want to start the New Year on the right foot, I plan to reinvigorate my diet and exercise regimes.

For everything there is a season.  There is a time to enjoy good food and family.  There is a time to get serious and get in shape. I intend to do both, just not at the same time.

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weight-loss-graph-2Day 56 of the 20 lb struggle

After 8 weeks I’ve noticed that there is not a lot of drama left to the 20 lb struggle.  Things seem to have settled into a routine. As long as I am not distracted, or tempted to go off the straight and narrow, all goes smoothly. So, HOORAY! for my boring life.

Staying the course has helped me to lose another 1.5 pounds this week for a grand total of 13 lbs gone in 8 weeks! But things aren’t going to stay boring for much longer. I have plans to go out with friends tonight and tomorrow. I have a book club meeting (at a restaurant) on Tuesday night and a group of us are going to see “Fiddler on the Roof” and eat out next Friday night. Lots of opportunities to go astray.

My friend, Candy, left a comment on last week’s post, Weight loss graph tells all.  She wrote, “You have proved one major thing… no matter where you are in your life taking back control of your life is possible.”

I would like to add that taking control of your life is not only possible, it is recommended. I cannot even begin to tell you how much better I feel in terms of my physical appearance, health, emotional outlook, energy level, and willingness to say “yes” to all that life has to offer.

I am so glad that I decided to start this blog and “the 20 lb struggle.” It hasn’t been an easy journey, but the rewards have been substantial.

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Unlocking the secrets of thin. Today I am going to reveal how thin people get and stay that way.

What’s the difference between a thin person and a person who needs to lose some weight? Could it be that the thin person has a healthier relationship with food? We are obviously not talking, here, about those with anorexia or bulimia.  These are psychological eating disorders that require professional treatment. No. I am talking about those fortunate souls who are able to eat what they want, as much as they want and when they want….and still not become over-weight. How do they do it?

As a psychologist I have become pretty good at observing people and their behavior.  This is what I have noticed. Thin people are not afraid to leave food on their plate.  They are not embarrassed to order something at a restaurant, take a few bites and say, “I’ve had enough.” And after they have said “I’ve had enough” they do not feel compelled to keep picking at what they have pushed away until it is gone. Thin people seem to enjoy their food. They relish the tiny little bites that they consume. They eat slowly, often examining their food, or talking about it.

When I dine with a thin person I usually notice that my plate looks as if it has been licked clean by the dog, while my companion still has a plate piled high with food. Yet, it seems as if they have been eating right along, just like me.  How do they do this? My investigations into this puzzle amazed me! I purposely sought out opportunities to eat out with people that I considered to be slender.  And then I watched them eat. This is what I discovered. 

  • They actually stop eating when they are talking.  They put down their fork and look at others and not their plate. I, on the other hand, often have to stop talking in order to shove another forkful of food in my mouth, chew and swallow.


  • After they have said something in conversation, they look down at their food and seem to contemplate it.  It is almost as if they are asking themselves, “Hmm. What part of this shall I choose to eat?” I, on the other hand, seem to follow the battle plan approach. I choose the place to start the attack and then I just keep pushing forward until I have obliterated what lies before me. 

My relationship with food may not be very healthy. In the past whenever I chose to not eat something I would feel food-deprived, as if it was my God-given right to consume anything I want, in whatever quantities and without any consequences. It was a battle between consumption and restraint, between satisfaction and deprivation. Whichever side won, I lost. If I ate what I wanted to I would feel out of control and angry with myself. And if I didn’t I felt angry and cheated. Either way I get to feel bad about myself. And that’s not a good thing!

I never stopped to think about this before, but now I wonder if that “God-given right” isn’t really a euphemism for gluttony?

So I am going to channel my inner thin so I can behave more like the thinner, healthier person I know I can be.

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Turkey & honey ham sandwich for lunch

Turkey & honey ham sandwich for lunch

Going on a weight loss diet is challenging. I believe it is important to have a healthy diet brimming with vitamins, low in fat, low in sugars, low in “bad” carbs, high in fiber, low in sodium, and high in nutrients. But honestly it is difficult to keep track of it all. So often I think I am eating something good for me only to find out that maybe I was wrong and it is actually the worst thing I could be eating. Today I talk about how to keep it easy and simple as I work my way toward diet success.

Let’s talk about cold cuts. There are several brands of cold cuts that I buy regularly. The one I like the best is Healthy Ones.  They make 5 or 6 varieties of deli meats that come in a nice reusable tub (how green is that?) with a sealed plastic bag of lean, thinly sliced deli meats inside. All are low in fat and calories. It appears to have been endorsed by the American Heart Assn. as their logo appears right on the container.  Cold cuts are important to me because I like to take lunch with me to work. So they make a quick, easy and nutritious way to stay on top of my diet.

Today my lunch consisted of the following: a sandwich of 5 slices of Honey Ham (approx. 45 calories), 5 slices of Turkey Breast (approx. 45 calories), I used two slices of  Weight Watchers Multi-Grain bread (100 calories) spread with Grey Poupon Dijon mustard, a Romaine lettuce leaf (rib removed), and a slice of tomato. Since peaches are in season I took a half sliced in a plastic snack bag.

Cold cuts like these are wonderful for someone like me because it makes it possible for me to take a satisfying lunch to work with a minimum of fuss and bother.  I also find them to be a nutritious snack by rolling one or two slices in a Romaine lettuce leaf with a smidge of mustard. Yum. 

Mmmm.  I can hear you asking, “Whatever happened to those chocolate covered cranberries that you wrote about yesterday? Did you eat them all?  Throw them out?” No. I took those wonderful chocolate covered cranberries to work. But.  I only ate one.  I shared the rest with co-workers who were very happy that I was on this diet.

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