Monday, February 04, 2008
OK, I've made my peace with exercise. I'm feeling good and proud because I've made it to 50 minutes on my recumbent bike. Don't laugh, it's a start, especially for an exercise hater. I did a water only fast yesterday and lost 3.6 lbs, of course, those were lbs above my goal weight, but just the same they are lbs that I needed to lose. When I was much younger I did a 7 day fast and I ended up really weak but that was in the day when I wasn't as informed as now. First off I do low carb so there was no hunger for me, second, now I know how important it is to drink lots of water while fasting. Those were the days when I would rather not drink anything than water. I found it remarkably easy to just drink water. I am not advocating that anyone else do this especially if you have health issues, I am just telling you my experience with it. I found it easier to do than a down day. There were several times that my mind told me to eat, but at no time was there hunger. In amazement I realized that this was a response to food which had nothing to do with hunger. I have decided to do this regularly on Sundays because I believe it's healthy to give your body a rest, esp. if you are drinking 8-12 glasses of water. I'm lovin' this lifestyle. I feel so healthy and on top of things in my life. All things are possible...
The pix is the fat me driving my son's boat..
Friday, February 01, 2008
A friend came over and wanted to go out to eat. I can not explain how warm and weird this felt. As we went out the door this feeling came over me about how thin I am and I felt like a thin person feels. This is hard to describe but I no longer felt threatened about eating out and what it would do to my diet. I loved it when my friend told me how much younger I looked and for me not to lose anymore weight. This is a new life that I haven't experienced in a long time and I'm lovin' it. Oh, yes, I was up 2 lbs this morning but I don't feel defeated, I feel like it's just a fluctuation of my weight just like a thin person's weight fluctuates. It's just not a threat anymore. At dinner I substituted veggies for the beans and I don't believe my total for the day was much over my maintenance calories. I'm a new person with a new life!
The guy in the boat is my son Rick..
Thursday, January 31, 2008
OK, so I don't really like to exercise. So this whole last year I've done very little of it. I walked the dogs for a couple of weeks but that was about it. About 10 years ago when my sister found out she had terminal cancer I decided that I needed to get healthy so I started exercising on my treadmill. I worked very hard at it until I got myself doing 4.5 mph for 45 minutes, did I lose weight? No, did it make me healthy? I know I'm supposed to say yes, but I really don't know because I had a heart attack. 15 months later I had another heart attack while on the treadmill. That was a bad one. I remember hearing them say to get those paddles out. At that time I thought maybe I should pray. Afterwards my doctor told me that I almost died. Well, it all turned out okay so after that I quit exercising. So I guess I'm a little biased about exercise. Some people get addicted to it but not me, I was always watching the clock to see how soon I could quit. I never did get those
endorphins. Then when I started losing weight I tried walking the dogs but soon quit doing that too. So I lost my 57 lbs without exercising and reached goal but my legs and arms seemed to be really weak. At first I thought it was old age and maybe it was but after I reached goal I didn't feel like I was obligated to exercise anymore because I wasn't fat anymore. Somehow reaching my goal seemed to release my rebellion about exercising. Thinking to strengthen my legs I started using the recumbent bike. Well, I was going to do 10-15 minutes to start out. Wow! I barely made 5 minutes before petering out. That was a week or two ago. Well, now I'm up to 45 minutes a day, divided into small parts. Maybe I'm getting muscles? I stayed the same after a down day which should have made me lose. Oh, well, I still watch the clock...Hehehe...
The pix is my grandson on his board having fun..
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
OK, I was digging around in my bookcases to find a couple of books that I tucked away and I forgot where I put them when I found this book from the 80's called the Rotation Diet by Martin Katahn, Ph.D. Since starting this diet I had gathered up all my diet books,(I thought) and put them where I could find them. This book though was a very plain hard cover and it doesn't look like a diet book so I overlooked it. Well, I was curious because of the name of the diet so I looked inside. This is the gist of it:
600 calories a day for 3 days followed by 4 days of 900 calories.
Eat approximately 1200 calories for 7 days
600 calories for 3 days followed by 4 days of 900 calories.
Eating 1200 a day for a week is supposed to prevent you from regaining the weight lost.
Expected weight loss (probably for those who aren't on another diet when they start) on the 1st week is 5 lbs.
The 2nd week you lose 2.5 lbs.
The 3rd week another 5 lbs.
Quote from book:
The heavier you are to begin with, the more you can expect to lose, up to an average of a pound a day for the 21 days.
He also says to eliminate diet drinks (he says they make you crave sugar) and reduce salt (using spices instead).
He says you can add veggies like cucumbers, asparagus for snacks or one small low calorie fruit but he says that it will cut you weight loss in half.
This is sort of like when I do 3 down days in a row and lose a lot..
Well, I like what I'm doing but maybe if I start to hover or plateau, this just might shake my body up...
Monday, January 28, 2008
This body never ceases to amaze me! I'm at another new low...144 lbs. OK, I know it's not such a big deal but it is to me and I'm blogging. You know, putting down my thoughts along my way...What an experience this has been! I didn't expect to lose as I ate more carbs yesterday but I've been dealing with this body for awhile and what I've found out is that if you do the same things over and over your body catches on, and because God made us to survive, our body says, Stop!!, no more weight loss, you might die. But if you give it a little change now and then, Wow! it says, Things aren't as bad as I thought, OK, I'll let go of a lb or two. That's the theory behind JUDDD. To keep your body in the weight loss mode. Eating less, then eating more, it doesn't feel like it's starving. But even on that sometimes you plateau and just when I think I have it figured out, I plateau. I like to call it hovering, somehow that doesn't sound so discouraging. I guess we're having a mental war between me and my body. It switches things up on me too. Anyway, I am so happy with my way of eating and my lifestyle change. I never thought I'd hear my hubby say not to lose anymore weight! But I want to lose that little tummy. It will be hard because no matter how skinny I get, I've always got that little spare tire. Maybe it's part of my body shape?? I never thought I'd be able to just maintain. It's a delicate balance and although we hate to do it, you really
have to monitor what you eat after you reach goal. Lots of people don't like the scales but it's one of my greatest tools in my war against fat. I weigh every day and don't worry about a lb or two, except when I see that I have to tighten up my grip on what I'm eating. I've learned that if you add good oils, (olive oil) to your diet you will be more satisfied and somehow there's some scientific stuff in there too. For me it seems to facilitate my weight loss somehow and I know there are tons of other benefits too. Taken in a certain way, it suppresses appetites in some. For me, it helps raise my good cholesterol (I had two heart attacks 10 or so years ago). Whatever, I feel it's doin' my body good.
I haven't been this thin since 26 years ago when I got down to 119 lbs by going to Tops. But, then, I gained it all back as soon as I quit dieting...lack of information about how to maintain...
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