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Life in General « Page 4

Life in General


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Binging Before the Diet


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I’ve been eating everything in sight for the past two weeks. I think this is due to a few things. First, I know the start of the diet is impending and I’m going through a bunch of emotional baggage right now. I haven’t shared the baggage with anyone outside of my therapist (even the Emperor) and that’s probably not a good thing. I did do some “art therapy” paintings my therapist suggested. But my therapist got ill and I haven’t been able to get back in to therapy – which is not good at all.

The pressure of knowing that I’ll be starting this very structured and restrictive program in one week has triggered all my feelings of being trapped and I’m really nervous about this too.

The binging continues.


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Ultra Lite – Maybe a Litte bit of Hope


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Lady in a BoxI feel like I’m at the point of desperation. I try and try and I’m spinning my wheels. I start over and over again and I cannot seem to stick to any weight loss plan. My life is in more turmoil now than usual. My father is sick again. My youngest son is in a “program”. We are trying to sell our house. We are buying a new house (with an inground pool!!!! – my childhood dream come true). I’m sure there is more going on, but my brain has shut down. But, again – are these all just convenient excuses?

I went to see my OBGYN for the annual visit (I think it had actually be 2 years). He’s all about diet and nutrition (I think that’s what kept me away for that extra year). He’s started sponsoring a weight and health management program where it must be medically supervised. I talked to him and his staff about the program and it’s intensive. There are so few doctors in my area (none, in fact) that offer the program.

I did a little research (due diligence!) before I decided to get on board. It’s called Ultra Lite and it’s from Australia. It’s sounds very rigid and structured (something that has always been lacking in my life). The foods that you can eat are all “normal” – nothing packaged – but, it’s a very short list. There’s also a nutritional supplement that has to be taken 4 times a day and I believe this helps with hunger and cravings. It’s set up to be – not a diet, but a lifestyle changing plan.

I remember, sometime back when I was far more actively blogging – one of my very favorite bloggers, Lady Rose, started a medically supervised weight loss plan. She spoke very highly of the program she was on. She’s been an inspiration to me and I’m certain – many others would agree.

The emperor and I are going to West Palm Beach the first week in April. The Ultra Lite program is a 5 week plan to start. It helps get rid of the toxins in the body and continues after the 5th week, but the first 5 weeks are key to success. I decided to plan my start date for April 7th – the Monday after we return from Florida. I was going to start today, but the trip would be right in the middle of the program and I want to have a 5 week stretch where we have no plans at all.

April 7th I will begin the Ultra Lite program. If I can’t stick to something for 5 weeks – I seriously have problems. I’m committed to do this program AND I also committed to blogging every day that I’m doing the program.


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Losing Weight Together…


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Losing Weight TogetherThere’s something to be said for the support of friends when trying to lose weight. My good friend and professional colleague joined the Emperor and I for a fabulous Italian dinner last night at Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in South Philly. We were talking about our struggles to lose weight and she told me that she had recently partnered with her good friend to work together in a common goal. The goal they set was to eat healthy, exercise, report to each other daily and open phone lines when either of them gets into a “crisis” situation. They also each set the goal of 20 pounds by May – very attainable!

I was excited and asked if I could join their small group! I was welcomed in.

I invited both of them to be authors on Fat Lady Singz and I’m hoping they will take me up on that offer and write posts on their struggles and successes.

What I struggle with most in trying to lose weight and make good, healthful choices when eating – is maintaining the motivation. I believe entering into this pursuit with friends and like-minded people will help tremendously overcoming that obstacle.

So now, WE will endeavor to persevere!


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My Apologies


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I never meant to leave the title of my previous post “Screw Jenny”. It was a joke and a placeholder title. I have a great deal of respect for Jenny Craig and the program that I have achieved a great deal of success  with in the past.


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Shameless plug for my art…


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I’ve become so frustrated with my obsession with food and weight, that even Crabby McSlacker at Cranky Fitness agreed that I should move on to more productive obsessions – so, I decided that I should paint (again). I did actually start a new painting, that’s coming along quite nicely overall, but is currently going through an “ugly” stage – as most of my paintings do. But, being a capitalist by nature; inspired by Paula – Queen of the Surf Pirates and Sammy Stuff; and encouraged by Emperor Anton – Pixelhead – I felt emboldened to open a Fat Lady Art Shop at Cafe Press. Very cool site, by the way.

I created T-shirts, cards and an assortment of unnecessary items that tend to clutter a house – all displaying a variety of my paintings that I have in digital format. If your house is going to be cluttered up – as mine usually is – why not at least have some art on the clutter.

Now, when Christmas rolls around – I can get teacher gifts with Fat Lady Art!


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Motivated to Lose Weight (again)


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John from Total Transformation Test, who encourages me to eat more fruits and veggies, left me a wonderful comment yesterday about making a diet plan that will reduce the chance of making bad choices. I thought if this is possible – then I’ve got to give it a go. I read his post – Complete Blockhead’s Guide to Eating, or, The Simplest Diet EVER! – and it’s so simple and is right in line with how I’d prefer to eat. Too many choices and too little planning always gets me in trouble with food. So, yea! to John and here’s what I’ve got lined up for this week’s choices:

Breakfast choices – Bran Chex, Khashi, or low-fat yogurt
Lunch choices – any JC lunches that remain (I’m finally getting near the end of the Jenny food!), tuna salad with low-fat mayo on 2 rice cakes, or natural peanut butter and sugar free jelly on 100% whole wheat bread
Dinner choices – meatball rice cake pizzas (my own creation) & salad w/low fat dressing, grilled chicken breast with veggies & potatoes
Snack choices – unlimited fruits & veggies, mozzarella cheese, JC snacks (all are between 100 – 130 calories)

That should get me through this week.


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Trying on Clothes is a Humbling Experience


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I’m down about 8 pounds – still, since I started the most recent weight loss endeavor. I went shopping at the outlets in Freeport, Maine (home of my favorite LL Bean) and had to try on clothes because I knew that I was not going to be back to return items that did not properly fit. What a humbling experience. I’m up 2-3 sizes since I lost all the weight 4 years ago. This is not a good feeling – BUT it did strengthen my commitment to take off the 20 – 30 pounds that I gained over the years.