Diet history/hysteria

Post diets you have tried in the past-writing the epic accomplishments on the diet or some of the horrible failures. Include diets that you KNOW you should never have been on or despite pretty good results they later wrecked your metabolism. There are a lot of people out there starting to diet seriously for the first time and while the old adage of "too good to be true" will always apply, sometimes dieters could use the cautionary tales of others to keep them aware of the pitfalls of fad diets or what happens when we forget to change our lifestyle and not just what we temporarily do or do not eat.

THE CHOCOLATE JONES

You sing this to the tune of that old song "I've got a Basketball Jones".  Well, I've got a chocolate jones and in case there are people who do not know what a "jones" is, it means I am craving chocolate really, really badly.  I'm not on a diet which allows me to sub out cocoa beans or a diet chocolate shake for my chocolate craving.  I can't even go out and each a bunch of salad or meat or something to try to stuff the feeling away. It all started with this mornings new exercise regimen which subs out my...

RIGHT BACK AT IT

  I was supposed to have Tues  off too but I returned to the diet early because I felt I did not have the control over my eating carbs that I wanted to.  I am not supposed to do that--but really, when you wake up and your options are either go back on the diet or dive into cupcakes and other stuff you don't really want but yearn to have because you think you have to wait over 2 more weeks to get--it is easy to see to be back on the diet is the only choice. I felt like I...

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP

Help me!!  Somebody Please!  OMG!!! So I get up and recopy my food journal page for  my diet.  I have to take 3 days off and yesterday was Day 1 and it was pretty intense.  I ate pasta (with meat sauce as chili) and brownies and hot buttered popcorn and ended the day with half a large hamburger topped with fried macaroni and cheese pattie (called at macaroni and cheeseburger from cheese cake factory) I did not pig out--but on days off it does not take long for the weight to come back and the pounds to really add up. To  recap I was...

good news bad news

GOOD NEWS!  I am at 184.5 on the scale!!!!!!  YES!!!!!!  This, despite not being able to really walk since Wed.  I did 17 miles on a day when I should not have but upon reflection I think the damage to my knee was done either when I tripped or on the many occasions I've had to dodge little toddlers when speed walking at a crowded mall (the time  and place set up by my walk leader) bad news:  I am not going to be walking for a while, They believe have a slight tear (moderate) in my ACL  I am going...

BABY STEPS taking it easy on those workouts or the importance of REST

Some of us (like me) jump in gung ho then either fall back in exhaustion or do too much too soon.    I do too much too soon--whether it is a diet or exercise, this can actually hurt you in the long run. EXERCISE Regardless of the exercise there is a period of REST that the body must have in order to optimally use the down time to rebuild, rejuvenate and repair.  Yesterday I hurt myself by overdoing my walking.  I was walking a moderate speed (around 4 mph but did it for too long, as a result, my tendons are howling in...

JANUARY LESSONS LEARNED at 187 point 7 pounds

THE PAST IS NOT THE PAST. Okay. So the month of January is behind me and some stuff I did right and other stuff I botched.  I think I am on track now but I do not want a repeat of some of the things in January. This post is a recap of what went right and wrong in January and what HAS to change to make February more fruitful.  I figure it is best to reassess monthly if not weekly so that adjustments can be made as I go along. KNOW YOUR TRIGGER FOODS Yeah.  I cheated.  Couple times.  Not great big cheats...

189 BABY

Ok. so I should not have weighed myself. Normally Monday is my weighin day for my diet plan (weigh in on Friday for our challenge) but for some reason, I found myself walking down the hall that leads to my scale and got on it--just curious after 5 days on a sort of reverse or contradicting diet.  And guess what?  I am down to 189 over the 190 HUMP!!! if you read my other posts, then you know I was stuck on 192 after being "stuck on 195". 195 was  very frustrating as I was doing all I could and the...

DIET AMBIVALENCE and MUSICAL CHAIR FAT

Has this ever happened to you?  You are plugging along on your diet or trying to plug along..and you lose some weight but instead of being happy about it--for some strange reason, you are frustrated, or even resentful or downright angry or perplexed? I am talking about my weigh in for the challenge today (see the message boards under challenges for big loser)  I was at 191.5 and today I am at 190.5. But the thing is...I have never done so much to net so little in such an amount of time. What do I mean by that?  Well back in November...

13 miles today

I walked 13 miles today--all in the morning.  I first started out with people from the walking club and walked a 5 mile then asked for an additional trail to walk about 3 more miles. They gave me the info but somehow I got lost and walked clear across this park  we are talking miles--then I had to turn around and walk back the other way to find my car. Perhaps any other time, I might feel good about this walk--but I was hot and tired and hungry and it just was not on  my schedule to be gone from...

When a plateau is not a plateau cheating gray areas

...did the weighin today that I would have done for my diet plan on Monday--still at 192 and holding.  Been at the weight since Friday.  Should have been lower on the scale given all the walking I have been doing  --all things being equal. BUT All things are NOT equal and though I am holding at 192 (actually 191.5 but the ticker does not record half amounts) it is actually more of a miracle and not a plateau. I know it is NOT a plateau if: 1.  I have been grabbing at least  a good handful of chocolate covered sunflower seeds EACH day after...

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