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Sunday, July 07, 2013

(I know I have blogged about this before, but the insanity continues!)

I am the kind of person who wants to reach out to people when they are feeling down or struggling with the difficult journey to good health. When I am reading through blog entries and I see someone who may need encouragement, I go to their blogs to offer a kind word. But I can't leave kind words when the blogger is talking about their latest failure with "fad" diets and their next try with the latest "get slim quick" plan! It makes me so sad and so mad at the same time!
I am sad for the people who are taken in by any "diet" that offers quick and easy weight loss. I am mad at the billion dollar weight loss industry!

Again today, I read of someone who was starting over on a new diet plan. Not a healthy eating plan, another " ban these foods from your diet and you will be thin" plan! I upsets me so much to read about people struggling so much with these "diets" and failing time and time again! Why don't people understand that the reason they are failing is not their fault. It is the fault of a "faulty" diet!
Maybe I am strange, or different, but I don't find eating healthy difficult! But it is something that you have to work on! Once you figure out the basic of eating healthy, the rest is a breeze! You don't have to deprive yourself of the things you like, you just have to pay attention! You can have a cookie, but you can't eat the whole bag! you can have ice cream, just not a half gallon! If you strive to eat healthy "MOST" of the time, you will lose weight!

I actually find it fun and challenging to plan my day of eating to get all of the nutrients that I need in my allotted calorie range! I like to run the report at the end of the day to see how I did! At first when I started, I was low on this or that nutrient, but now I am meeting my goals on most days! Again, it is what you do "MOST " of the time that matters!

I get so frustrated by the "can't eat this, can't eat that" diets! As far as I am concerned if you plan says you can't have strawberries (Just and example) its a bad plan!

I must say that there are some things that I don't eat (white sugar, white flour) but I do still eat sweets once in a while as a treat. I love fruits and veggies, whole grains and dairy products! And I eat the in the correct balance! I don't feel hungry or have wild cravings for things that are bad for me! I know how to make healthier versions of things that aren't so healthy! (Alfredo sauce,etc) I am happy with the way I am eating and I am losing weight! I don't want to lose fast! I don't want excess loose skin because I lost a lot of weight quickly! I am happy with slow and steady!

I wish there was a way to convince everyone that wants to lose weight, that they don't need to cut out all their favorite foods in order to lose!

Okay, enough ranting! Good Luck to everyone on this weight loss journey! Be healthy, be happy!

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    I don't know why exactly - but every time I learn a little more about you - it makes me love you that much more. I'm not just saying that!

    I so full-heartedly support your thinking. I feel the same way - but all we can do for them is hope that they find out soon enough. Be a good example - by living what we believe in and hopefully they will com around.

    If we try to push our thoughts on them (and perhaps at one point we were like this too) - they won't hear us - they will push us away. I don't know why that is - I have many people I know in my life who are overweight. Friends - people we see often at the store - library - doctor. We are friends in a way. Yet, the minute talk about weight comes up - everyone goes silent. I have learned not to talk about it. When they are ready - if they are ready - they can ask me how I succeeded. And yes, I am arrogant enough to know that I will succeed (god willing) as long as I keep (1) moving and (2) eating healthy. It is just a matter of time - but it will make a huge difference.

    So, when they ask - I will be ready with an answer. Until then, I just have to hope that they will find the right answers for themselves. Weight - weight-loss - exercise - fitness - they are touchy subjects for many. We become defensive - we become angry. So - keep doing what you are doing and make your success speak loudly to all who will listen. They will come around some day - they have to - if they want to truly succeed.

    You have a great heart.

    1805 days ago
    Great blog.

    I believe that the only foods that should be forbidden in a diet are those that cause an allergic reaction in YOU. Putting on pounds is NOT an allergic reaction. Hives, rashes, diarrhea, and breathing problems are allergic reactions. I do realize that some people are lactose intolerant or gluten intolerant, but they are the exception and not the rule. Why should the whole population follow these food restrictions?

    That said, I do watch my carbs because they tend to be things I have trouble controlling. However, I don't eliminate them, nor do I avoid sugar, potatoes, rice, or bread. I carefully measure these foods to make sure that I am getting a proper sized portion.

    Our major problem is that our portion sizes are out of control. A 6 oz Coke has become a 64 oz Coke. A 3 oz steak has become a 16 oz steak. Chicken breasts today are larger than a whole chicken was 40 years ago. Apricots today are 8 to 10 oz instead of the 1.5 to 2 oz ones I picked as a kid.

    I went to a party yesterday and knew that S'mores were going to be served for dessert. I planned my eating yesterday, so that I could enjoy one S'more. Granted there isn't anything nutritious about this treat, but it was just that a treat. I haven't had one for about 20 years, it was about time.

    1805 days ago
    My thoughts exactly, there is NO telling them thou they no best Hmmmm not
    You might as well save your breath.
    Great blog
    1806 days ago
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    Great Blog. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1806 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Great Blog. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1806 days ago
    Oh I couldn't agree with you more !!! Well said !!!! I too am eating healthier than I ever have in my life, and I have tried many of those fad diets and lost and gain, but none works more than changing your mind about how you think about food !!! If you don't change your way of thinking you will always fall back to the old ways of what you already know, whicj hasn't work in the past !!!

    It really isn't rocket science, it's just a matter of changing and wanting too everyday.
    Like you said it does not mean deprivation of any particular foods just moderation !!!!

    Thanks for such a great blog !!!
    1806 days ago
    Unfortunately the current wave of weight loss shows have shown people the crazy cycle of overexercising and risking injury to loos weight so quickly that you need skin surgery to add to your torment.

    I am with you, and the best thing we can do is to be successful on SP and show people that a healthy way of eating and reasonable exercise can do the trick. I am working on loosing 1 lb a week, which I did last summer. Unfortunately/ fortunately I was getting my master's degree in a full time program that had me reading insane amounts of works on my rear end and I put most of it on in a year, but I have the secret and I am working on it now...and will crawl down that scale again.

    Hope we can be the role models of a healthy life style.... and the positive benefits of it
    1806 days ago
    Great rant! So very true. When I started at sparkpeople in 2010 I knew coming into this that fad diets don't work. Women in my family have struggled with weight issues their whole lives and I grew up watching them do this or that diet.

    After I had my little girl I had gained a lot of weight and I felt horrible... so I signed up to sparkpeople and genuine working out and watching how much of what I ate - I lost weight. Little changes like eating wheat bread instead of white and allowing myself that ice cream but only a little bit instead of a huge bowl. Each small change worked out to be over 30 lbs of weight lost.

    I've since fallen off the wagon (surgery was the original reason but I've let life distract me from healthy choices) and I'm back again. Slow and steady wins the race to good health and the physical appearance that comes along with it and I couldn't agree more with your rant here. It's sad that so many people who are desperate for a "quick fix" are duped by big companies looking to make a buck --- but so long as good folks are out there spreading truth, we can hope that not everyone will become a victim.

    Stay strong and healthy & best wishes on your personal journey!

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