Sunday, April 13, 2014
Okay. I'm back to 166 lbs. Progress is so sloooooow... but once again I'm finding that my body continues to change more than the scale shows.
I bought MEDIUM men's shorts for running. I generally avoid women's technical clothing because they're styled way too sexy-like for my tastes. If I'm running, I need clothing that does the job of moving sweat away from my body, covers the naughty bits, stays in place, and that can be removed without dislocating joints. I'm too busty and hippy for most womens' technical clothing, and I just feel more comfortable in mens' clothing.
But dude! Size MEDIUM. I've never fit into a size medium mens' short before. NEVER.
And here's something else. I have been ordering outfits from Fabletics, and except for the fact that the tops are too flimsy to offer any modesty coverage, I actually fit into the xl size bottoms, be they shorts or tights, and even the bra tops fit. How about that.
And ... I have this tee shirt that I bought from the Northstar ski resort fire station in 2005 when I worked in Truckee. I wanted grey not navy blue but all they had in grey was a medium. It never fit so I just used it as a pajama top in summertime and made sure I never went outside without a sweater or some other coverage. Well, now it fits just fine. I can take it out of the pajama drawer and put into the running drawer.
Take that, unmoving scale!
Monday, April 07, 2014
What has happened to people in America? What is with this obsession over food?
I don't mean just thinking about it, but also the guarantee that Americans will continue to obsess over food 24/7. Listen, people, all that weighing and measuring, all that calorie counting, all that fat grams and carbohydrate vs sugar grams silliness, all that starvation so that all we can think about while we're starving ourselves is food.
When you think of food, a great meal, what comes to mind? A fresh, whole-food meal that's naturally low in fat yet fills you up and makes you happy? Or (probably more likely, right?) is it the one-pound burger at Ruby Tuesday's with cheese, bacon, avocado, onion rings, and a side of french fries with a soda? Or perhaps a slice of Cheesecake Factory white chocolate raspberry cheesecaks?
Did all that make you start drooling just now?
What if all that food was actually poisoning you? Would you still eat it? If that food was what caused your overweight, your diabetes, your heart disease, your gallstones, kidney stones, your colorectal cancer, your breast cancer, your lupus, your rheumatoid arthritis, even your fibromyalgia... would you still eat it? Of COURSE you would. Yes, I said you would.
I eat a whole food, plant based, ultra low fat, high carb, low protein diet, and I'm happy with what I'm eating, because I don't have to obsess over it at all. I don't worry about how many calories I'm consuming. I don't worry about grams of fat. I don't worry about how much I'm eating. All I limit is how much fruit I eat each day, that's it.
I exercise, which is the other part of my diet.
It's the simplest formula ever for losing weight and regaining optimal health free of disease, cancer, and the daily challenges most people face with bad breath, body odor, greasy skin and hair, and so on.
It's not magic. It's not overnight. It's not easy. It takes planning, preparing, retraining how we think about food and about life. What it doesn't take is buying supplements, protein powder, pills, drinks, boxed food, memberships in clubs or groups, and it sure doesn't take buying any animal products. The country complains about the cost of medical care these days. Well, guess what, as long as Americans choose to be fat and sick and live on a diet of medications and surgery and disability, medical care is going to continue to skyrocket. I was almost part of that vicious circle, but I finally learned better.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
So far, so good. I'm doing really well on the McDougall diet. I have not gained more than one pound in any given week, which is then lost again the next week, but I am consistently losing weight. IF, and that's a huge IF I limited my portions more, I'd lose weight faster, but why torture myself needlessly?
As long as I'm losing weight, and staying healthy in my head at the same time I'm staying healthy in my body, I'm doing alright!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I ate a bag of licorice jelly beans in two days. My poo was bright green from them. I mean, black-light fluorescent green.
Thank goodness the bag is finished and thrown away, and that's all for jelly beans for a few years.
I was complaining to another sparker about these infernal ads. She explained that Sparkpeople.com has to have these ads in order to remain free to members. I agreed at the time, but here's the deal: drmcdougall.com is a website aimed at giving everyone the tools to find their optimal health through what they eat. He has a newsletter, posts tons of articles and testimonials, has a discussion board with two registered dieticians to answer questions and moderate the discussions and so on. He even has a free ten-day diet for anyone to try who wants to, complete with recipes and blank menu planning forms to print out.
And guess what... NO ADS. No flashing lights for video games or trash diet supplements or trash diet foods (Ensure? REALLY? That stuff is pure crap), or services completely unrelated to Sparkpeople, etc.
I am guessing here but I think Sparkpeople has way more members than does drmcdougall.com. Yet, why is there such a difference between the two? Why does Sparkpeople bombard everyone with garbage? It's as bad as watching television. What's up with that??
I changed my weight loss tracker. I decided to post my highest weight, not what I weighed when I joined sparkpeople.com. I also lowered my goal weight, since for my height, what I originally posted was still too much. I can see my journey more clearly, and the changes are much more dramatic, the story more complete in a small but important way.
The jelly beans I ate with such abandon took their toll on my legs when I went for my runs. I felt like I was running on lead legs, and they felt tired going out. I was unmotivated to try very hard, so I shambled through the miles. I logged what I needed to log, but not very happily. I am hoping today will be back to normal for me. I feel better overall right now, so that's a good sign. It's such a great feeling, to be able to discern the effects of bad food after I've been on a clean and pure diet for several weeks now. It's also great for having the willpower to say "NO" in the future.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Originally I wanted to post something more upbeat but upon logging in I was bombarded with non-sparker-related ads, such as for adult-content anime with a steroidal-breasted young thang bustin' out all over from her skimpy anime outfit, to H&RBlock, to furniture and appliances...
What is WITH Sparkpeople??!! Why all this garbage?
The longer I remain a member, the less I am getting anything out of being here. There's way too much emphasis on protein, and sooo not enough on complex carbs. Complex carbs, not fat or protein, fills a hungry appetite with fewer calories and more nutrients. The nutrition "experts" on this site are pretty much full of the bull that's been spoon-fed to them by big food industry lobbyists. Hungry? Eat a baked potato, don't waste your money on that garbage processed protein shake. A potato will fill you up better and more safely than the processed protein junk. Eat a bowl of rice. Eat a sweet potato. Heck, eat 4 slices of whole-grain low-fat bread! Even that is better for you than a protein shake. But the "experts" on this site won't promote that because there's no profit in it. They'd rather sell you a box of protein powder you don't need and that your body can't utilize anyway than tell you to go shopping at your local grocery store and stock up on produce-aisle starches.
I weighed in this morning, and am at 168 lbs. This whole week I have been pigging out on 3 bean mole, which I made from a recipe featured on Dr. McDougall's newsletter, over rice and greens. Lots of rice and greens, and lots of mole. Last night for my splurge meal I pigged out on a medium pizza with no sauce or meat or dairy, just fresh tomatoes, green bell pepper, and garlic on a no-oil crust. Yes, I ate the whole thing, even though I had snacked on a small baked sweet potato about 90 minutes earlier.
I am eating like there's no tomorrow. This is the easiest, happiest, healthiest, most doable diet in the world. And sadly, millions of people who can benefit from this diet will never even give it a try, because there's no fat, no meat, no dairy, and very little processed stuff on it. Every member of Sparkpeople can benefit from this diet, over whatever diet they're on right now.
Weight loss is effortless, and the health and life changes are almost miraculous. I stopped taking vitamin and calcium supplements weeks ago, and do not have any cravings that suggest a deficiency anywhere. I am training for a marathon in August and I have lots of energy and my runs are wonderful. Obviously I'm getting everything I need nutrition-wise, including protein and fat, from the whole food plant based diet I'm on, and I'm obviously getting full on what I eat as well.
I just wish, truly wish, that everyone could give this diet a try.
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