Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This is to remind me of things that set me back. Right now I have ice cream drumsticks in the fridge and ice cream too. No wonder I've stopped losing.
Today, I've been thinking about this and about my dieting and my failures and my successes and I'd like to add a few of my thoughts about this today. I have been having a struggle with adding 3 lbs, losing 3 lbs and eating too much and too many of the wrong things on my up day. These are the two devils I've been fighting:
ice cream drumsticks (thinking I can have one on my up day)
raisin bread with margarine.
These two have not always been trigger foods but right now for me they are my trigger foods.
I have been rationalizing that I am at goal and I should be able to have these so I have been buying a big box of Klondike drumsticks and keeping raisin bread in the house too.
I have had a very hard time keeping my up day calories under control for about two weeks and my friend Lila suggested not keeping them in the house, DUH! This would be the advice I'd give someone having a problem with trigger foods but since my mentality has been, I'm at goal, I deserve it, my mind has fogged over to where I could not think clearly. I have been having a problem with this and the thought has just occurred to me that I am not cured, I am in remission because I'm in the 5 lb range but in no way am I cured. I cannot eat whatever I want whenever I want it on my up day. I need to get those two things out of my house, there's no such thing as using them for a treat on an up day, I can't be trusted. Now my first thought is that I need to eat them all today and just get them out of the way, (fat person's mentality) but I will either throw them out (I'd have a hard time doing that) or keep on struggling until they're all gone, or just sucking it up and staying out of the freezer. I'll probably suck it up but I need to refocus and realize I'm not cured, I'm in remission...
I've been thinking about this for a long time...When we are fat, we are really sick. We don't feel sick but inside of us the fat keeps piling onto our internal organs and sticking to our bodies even though we can't see it. We get heart attacks carrying around all that weight and having all that fat surrounding our hearts, our knees give out from the constant poundings our heavy body gives them, we get asthma because fat is clinging onto our lungs, we can't fit the seat belts around our stomachs and when we sit in a normal chair it pinches us and we go to get up and the chair comes up with us. Our beautiful faces are distorted so no one can really see how pretty we are. It's hard for us to keep up with other people, we get passed by for promotions because we are grossly fat. Our blood pressure goes sky high and we get diabetes. There is more but I'll spare you anymore details because I know you're aware of all the disadvantages of being fat. I said all that to say this: If you knew that something was slowly killing you, would you continue to eat it? No matter how good it tastes? Food is killing us, little by little the fast foods get bigger and bigger, super sizing everything to sell their products. Food companies knowing people are scared of fat, reduce or eliminate it from their products but add more sugar to compensate for taking out the fat. They hide the amount of sugar by using names for it that we don't realize are really sugar. The sweeter the product the better it sells when actually they are killing off their customers. It really doesn't matter because even if they die there are the kids that have been raised this way. Food can be good for us, yes, but food can be bad for us too. The sweeter the food is and the more carbs it has, the more we want it. And if that's not bad enough, sometimes our only entertainment is eating out, having pizza parties, everything is based on our enjoyment of eating the sugar and carb filled goodies. Yes, some aren't sweet, but they are covered with sauces and gravies to make them taste yummier. Food can be healthy in it's original forms but food can kill you too. If you were sick, which you are if you're obese, wouldn't you take the medicine to make you well no matter how bad it tastes? Well, fatness is a sickness and the prescription is to eat to live not live to eat. Cut out the sugar and the processed foods and let your body heal. Yes, your family can eat differently than you and you shouldn't feel deprived. They're not sick, you are. I'm healthy now and I'm going to stay that way even if I have to monitor each bite I take. I love thin! I should have known this years ago so I could have avoided "my sickness". ￼
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I got up this morning, combed my hair and headed for the kitchen to take my vitamins and drink one of my twelve glasses of water. As I made my way past the bathroom I thought I heard something so I stepped inside and listened. Then, there it was again, kind of a small whisper saying “look at me” By this time I realized it was my scales, laying there on the bathroom floor looking sadly forsaken. It said to me that I really should get on and check my weight because it’s been awhile since we’ve had a relationship and you know you’ve missed me, and you want to see if you’ve gained. I quickly ran into the hallway pulling the door shut behind me. I thought I was in the clear so I went down the hallway on my way to the kitchen again. As I passed the pantry, I saw a small Frito beckoning to me from under the door. It wanted to know if I still loved it. It said if I loved it I would have some as a snack. I thought about telling him that I’d have some later but then I came back to the reality of what I’d be doing to my body yet again. I grabbed the Frito and tossed it in the trashcan sitting next to the refrigerator. As I came closer to the trashcan, the frig started calling my name. I quickly ran to the sink and got my 16 oz of water. I downed it along with my vitamins. I kept hearing those tiny whispers and I could almost see the light in the crack of the refrigerator door. Then I heard more voices coming from the frig. This time they were really loud. There were the leftovers, the marmalade, the biscuits from hubby’s breakfast, even the sausage was saying “Eat me, you won’t be sorry. By this time I was worried, I knew that I couldn’t hold out much longer without moral support. I grabbed a piece of fruit and headed for my computer. I had to get out of the kitchen quickly because that’s where the danger was. I knew I could find help online so I quickly logged on to my “Friends” team. I was right, all my cyber friends were there encouraging me. I got absorbed in reading posts and seeing other’s progress, giving and getting Spark goodies and I almost forgot my hunger. By then the fruit had taken the edge off my hunger so that I could go back into the kitchen and eat something healthy. Long ago I’d found out that I have that incurable disease, fat. I will never be cured but if I reach goal, I can be in remission. At that point I’ll just have to take my medicine (dieting) when I get a flare up (gaining.) This has to be a way of life for me because it keeps me healthy, and yes, I’ve even managed to start exercising again. I’m getting excited about staying on track, it’s just not easy to do the right thing. I’m thinking that the closer I keep to natural, the easier it will be to lose those cravings, since the manufacturers add things that are addictive.
Once again, I’d managed to win the fight for control. I know I can do this if I keep focused and go for the long-term healthy body instead of instant gratification. Now tell me, are those things you crave worth giving up your good health? Join me, we can fight this battle together.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
If you tend to have oily skin this may not be for you but I have very dry skin so I'm not sure about oily skin.
Instead of using the various cleansing creams and face washes in the market, which by the way, contain chemicals, I switched to using pure olive oil for face cleaning. If you want to know how to use olive oil for face cleansing, then here is the simple method for it.
Take a small amount of virgin olive oil in your palms and apply it on your face. You do not need to wash your face with any soap or cleanser prior to its application. Use circular motions so that the oil reaches all the parts of the face, especially the creases of the nose, which normally get overlooked.
Continue massaging for about two minutes. There are many benefits of olive oil for facial skin cleansing. Olive oil helps in dissolving the oil, dirt, makeup or any other impurities that get deposited in the skin pores. Post massaging, leave the oil on the face for about thirty seconds.
Now take a washcloth and dip it in hot water. Rinse it slightly and then put it on your face. This will help in steaming your face and thus, remove the impurities in the skin pores which have already been loosened by the olive oil. Keep the washcloth on the face for about ten minutes.
After the face steaming has been done, remove the wash cloth. Splash cold water on your face and clean it thoroughly so that oil is completely removed. Remember not to rub or pull your face skin while cleaning. Regularly washing your face with olive oil, will make your skin soft, supple and fresh.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?" And Man said, "Super-size them." And Man gained pounds.
And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.
And Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly colored candies to put on the yogurt. And woman gained pounds.
And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."
And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And woman gained more pounds.
And God said, "I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."
And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and EPSN2. And Man gained pounds.
And God said, "You're running up the score, Satan."
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan created HMOs.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
I like to read my old blogs and refresh my thoughts on dieting. This is an old one but it's relative because I'm taking coconut oil now.
OK, you guys know by now how weird I am so I might as well tell you that I have a book called "The Coconut oil Miracle". Coconut oil is supposed to help you to lose weight, prevents heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It strengthens the immune system and beautifies the skin and hair. As you know I'm ready to try anything new in search of the magic potion. Well, you think Olive oil is revolting, just try eating coconut oil. It looks a lot like lard only softer but the texture is more than I can handle. That's saying a lot because I'd try most anything to lose weight. Now I believe that it is all that, but can't get past the texture. I also tried the diet that you download online and it coughs up different diets based on your selections and it lasts for 11 days and you are supposed to lose 9 lbs. Well let me tell you that you will lose weight on it but not 9 lbs in 11 days and I found it too tedious and too long in length to stay on that restrictive a diet. If I remember right it's mostly low carb but I hated to print my diet out for 11 days and have to keep to it to the letter. I'd print it out and put it on the counter by the frig and cross the foods off one by one. I've tried Seth Roberts Shangra-la diet which is where I got the Olive oil theory but doing only that is not going to make me thin. It does however have other benefits. Enough benefits to down my two tablespoons every morning. Then there is the Sugar Buster diet which is good in theory and after JUDDD I probably could do it but at the time I couldn't stick with it. Yes, there is the lemon detox diet and the cabbage soup diet and once I even considered an all hard boiled egg diet but didn't carry through because I thought my health would suffer from not eating a variety of things. Every little thing that they say makes you lose faster I have tried. Guar Gum, pectin, kelp always looking for a quick fix. I even thought of the rice diet because if that's all you eat and it isn't salted you surely wouldn't overeat, but there's the one dimensional diet again. I wonder why there couldn't be a Mexican Food diet that would work, that would suit me just fine. Or a pizza diet, although I'd probably tire of that soon. Maybe a pizza and ice cream diet. I could do that. Well, I've finally stopped looking for the magic bullet because I've found the ultimate diet that I can live with and it's called JUDDD. Or even better, low carb JUDDD..Now, on to the exercise...
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