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Lose Weight – Diet Program Review: « Losing weight, one diet at a time; one month at a time… « Page 28

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Advice from theGrubHound

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

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…

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?

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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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.

Dieting Blues…

It’s been awhile since I felt like I was serious about this weight loss. It started to be a problem when the Twizzlers came home. I still haven’t opened them, though I know where they are. I know the benefits of a healthy diet always out-weigh the joy of eating. But, it is difficult. I think not enjoying cooking and even if I did enjoy it – I rarely have time to do it. And, I love, love, love going out to eat. If I could eat every meal out – I would. And I am aware that I can order healthy things, and I actually often do. But, there’s still something decadent about going out.

We also haven’t been going to the the Y on a regular basis. I don’t care for the atmosphere at the Boyertown YMCA. I was used to the Spring Valley Y, and I did have issues with that Y as well, I liked it better. I do complain a lot. Sometimes I wonder how the Emperor can stand it. He knows how negative I can be.

My fall from grace and weekend shame…

It’s been a rough, although delicious weekend. I did not make one healthy choice this weekend – no, not one. It started with breakfast at CDs on Saturday morning. I ordered what is now know as “Beth’s Omelet”, which consists of 2 eggs (the regular omelets have 3), cheddar cheese and sausage – all well-done. This comes with home fries and an english muffin. Fortunately, I was unable to finish it, in fact I don’t think I even ate half of it, but that was not my intention.

After breakfast, I took my daughter shopping for some much-needed winter school clothes. She received a McDonalds gift card for Christmas and took me out to lunch. We dined on Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets. She tasted a Big Mac for the first time (used to get an “ewwwwwwwwww”), and now it’s a “wow – that’s great”. Unfortunately for her – she really liked it. And as a thank you gesture for taking me out to lunch – I took her to Cold Stones for ice cream. I had a small (that was the only good decision I made there) chocolate with brownies, fudge and cookie dough. She had a small chocolate with rainbow sprinkles, snickers and fudge. All very good, but oh so bad.

We went to a family “thing” for dinner. I never felt so trapped. We munched on chocolate chip cookies, cheese, coke, 2/3rds of a piece of pizza and crab dip with cream cheese. Fortunately, I was able to get us out of there quickly and avoid eating even more crap. On the way home, since I was feeling deprived of any real dinner we treated ourselves to a Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich – a new frozen novelty that the Emperor so kindly introduced me to.

Sunday was a bit better. We started off with church and the after church breakfast took us back to CDs place where I had a sausage and cheese on an english muffin with home fries and a coke. We had a late lunch at one of our favorite places in Boyertown – Durangos Saloon. I had half of a buffalo chicken wrap and the best fries ever and the other half of the Emperors Cuban sandwich. The hot sauce on the buffalo chicken was too much for me so we traded other halves. Then we went to the Super Bowl party at my mother’s house.

Fortunately I don’t come from a drinking family – just eating. Somehow the world views that as better. I’m not sure, but I suppose you can become obese from either. We just don’t have the liver problems – only cardiovascular. I only had a small piece of chocolate cake and a few chocolate candy pretzels there – could have been much worse.

I think that was all I consumed from my fall from grace. Anyway, the results are apparent as I stepped on the scale this morning and gained 5 of the 6 lbs that I lost last week – back.

I’m back on track as of this morning. I had a small bowl of Bran Chex this morning for breakfast and I will be having a chocolate Smoothie for lunch.

Crackhead Dog Disrupts Diet

My son begged and we took in a dog that belonged to a woman who’s on crack, but is now in rehab and the dog had no place to go – until my son came along and offered to take in the pooch. Well, my son is 18, has a very full life – two jobs, lots of friends and lot to do. Of course, he insisted that he would care and be responsible for the dog. I knew this wouldn’t happen – but, I agreed anyway.

Well after two full days of cleaning up dog pee throughout the house, and a night without sleep – I’ve had it. My son’s life has not been altered in the least. He’s gone out every night since he brought the dog home. We’ve walked, fed and cleaned up after the dog. This morning, after not getting any sleep last night because of the dog, and finding pee all over the birthday gifts the Emperor got for his daughter – I woke up my son and said that the dog had to get a new home by 11am – or I was driving the dog to the ASPCA.

I am sorry about the crackhead dog – he’s a very nice dog. But the crackhead has to realize that if she’s going to do crack – there may be some consequences – such as losing your dog.