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Archive for February 2007

Archive for February, 2007


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Weightloss without trying


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I love losing weight when I’m not even trying. This is a rare occurrence indeed. The fact that I haven’t been paying attention to my weight is remarkable in itself. Perhaps, this is the way to go – not think about my weight, dieting and the seemingly endless battle. But, not thinking about my weight or dieting is almost impossible. I’m obsessed. We’ve really cut back on our dining out lately – that could account for some of the weightloss. I’ve also been eating a very healthy breakfast… no more bagels with cream cheese for me. And lunch has become very simple, either a weightloss shake or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – Crazy Richard’s Natural PB, sugar-free jelly on whole wheat bread – one of my favorites. Now, that I’ve lost a few pounds – 4 – this should be inspiration to keep it going. What am I going to do to keep this momentum?

I’ve been considering Jenny Craig. I’ve done it in the past with a lot of success. It requires very little thinking; the food is yummy; but it does cost a bunch. Anything that I attempt on my own I feel is destined to fail. I spend so much time working, that I often forget to eat, let alone plan and prepare meals. And when I realize the time… it’s usually because I’m starving. Then I eat crap. It’s easy, always available and requires so little of me.


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Dieting One Day at a Time


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I guess it’s true what they say about one day at a time… but I think I need to break it down to even smaller bites – so to speak. I’m going to take it now – one meal at a time, perhaps even one hour at a time. So far so good with the first hour and the first meal of the day. And after many weeks of excuses as to why I was not about to go to the gym – I got up and out of bed by 6:45am and was off to the YMCA at 7:20. Congratulations to me.

Right Size SmoothieMy plan of attack now is to finish what I set out to do – which is one diet program per month. And, as God is my witness – I WILL finish this month of Right Size Smoothies! I had a bowl of Go Lean Crunch Kashi for breakfast. I really should take the mid-morning appetite suppressants; and I’ll be having my chocolate smoothie for lunch. For dinner, I actually have a crock pot of the Turkey Chili already cooking.

One last note, our church has “recovery” groups for almost any addiction, problem or whatever, every Tuesday night. I had planned to go for the past two Tuesdays – but, weather had been an issue each Tuesday. I’m determined to get there tonight! Can’t hurt to check it out.


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Why diet anyway…


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Do these diets work? Of course they work – but do I? Do they keep me from feeling hungry all the time; do they compel me to continue on my endless journey? And why must we diet anyway. Why is our culture so obsessed with weight loss, being thin and beautiful anyway. If there weren’t the fat and ugly people out there – the thin and beautiful wouldn’t be. And is what’s on the outside what makes a person beautiful anyway? Certainly it helps, but I’ve known some extremely ugly “beautiful” people.

All that aside… I will review a variety of diet programs here. I will being with the first program I tried in 2007 – Right Size Smoothies.


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Advice from theGrubHound


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I was out to dinner last night with the Emperor and the my recent addition to our staff – theGrubHound. We’ve been visiting and reviewing restaurants for some time now – but, this we’ve just added an experienced chef to our staff to get a more professional approach to the food reviews. We’ve, in the past usually done the restaurant reviews on the travels of Lizzie Bean Blog, but now we’ve started an actual food review blog called theGrubHound.com.

Anyway, we went out to dinner last night with the resident chef from theGrubHound – Jonhathan, and we were all set to review Pistachio in Allentown, Pa. I’m not going to do the full review here (although, it was execellent!), but I’m going to tell you that I learned something very interesting from John. Apparently, in the early years of his chefdom he was quite heavy – I think he said over 400 lbs – heavy. I, of course was complaining about my weight and made the announcement that I was going to go back on “Jenny”. I’ve learned over the years that for me to successfully lose weight, I need all of the thinking and planning to be done by someone other than me. With Jenny Craig – she does it all. I just have to open the assigned package and push a button on the microwave – easy enough for me.

Now, John has lost all his excess weight and he’s kept it off. He’s young and attractive and was definitely being checked out by our waitress and all the other staff at the restaurant. When I announced that I was going back to Jenny – he made the remark that it wouldn’t work. Certainly I would lose the weight – but, I’d never learn how to maintain the weight I’d lost on any of those programs -because they really don’t want me to. And, although I argued with John – I realized that he was right. I’ve spent most of my adult years losing weight, only to regain it and have to lose it all over again. I think this is what they call “yo-yo dieting”. I continued to argue about my lifestyle and how I couldn’t possibly cook, plan or anything that required effort on my part to be successful at losing or maintaining a healthy weight. After all, I’m a food addict, a compulsive overeater and part of my disease – is having to do everything my way (as if that’s worked so well in the past).

I’m not sure where I’m going with this, I’ve started to ramble, but I think I need to listen to John. He was telling me about fresh, uncooked food being better than pre-packaged, nutrition-free, cardboard food that has been pushed at me by the media, weight obsessed, billion dollar diet industry. I think I’m going to take John to the food store with me to plan a menu for the week. It’s a place to start and perhaps I can even learn from someone else’s success.

Just writing to shut him up…


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I stare at a computer all day and usually half the night. This is what I have to do. But, there comes a point that I can no longer look at a computer screen. I’m at that point now. But, the Emperor insists that I need to blog. I don’t have much to say, because I continue to fail miserably at my attempt to lose weight. I could say that I don’t know why I can’t lose weight, but the fact is – I’m a compulsive overeater. I know this, it’s part of who I am.

I was planning on going to a recovery small group at the church we just started to attend at the beginning of the year, but the weather has not cooperated. It’s snowing like a banshee outside and most all events have been canceled in the region. So, perhaps next week I’ll attend.

Anyway, I’m writing so the Emperor will leave me alone about writing, when I have nothing to say.

That’s all.


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What me diet?


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sweet & sour chicken
egg roll
fortune cookie
1/2 pint ben & jerry’s half baked
1/4 italian hoagie
2 pancakes
2 sausage patties
1/2 pint ben & jerry’s half baked
whole cheese steak with fried onions
1 hot dog
1 cup khashi

This is what I ate since Friday morning. Looks like I need to get serious about this again. We only made it to the gym one day last week; went out to eat or ordered out at some time every day last week.


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I’m DIVORCED!!


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Something I’ve been waiting 6 or 7 years to say! My lawyer just called me this morning to tell me that the judge signed the final papers on February 7th. It’s been a very, very, very long and rough road. I always thought my situation would have made a good Lifetime movie – but, even though my ex wasn’t violent, I saw me ending up dead in the end.

If I had more time and energy – something I’m seem to be lacking as of late, I’d tell the whole marriage-reconciliation-separation-divorce story. It involves drugs, prostitution, insurance fraud and even the Secret Service. Perhaps at a later date or post.