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Diet Update

Aug 23rd, 2011 Posted in Dieting | no comment »

So it’s been forever since I gave a diet update.  Yes, just like all other updates because I suck, I know.  Yikes, I just went back and looked and it really has been forever since I gave a diet update..whoopsy 🙁   I thought I had posted a few more times in there.  Well we have lots to catch up on then.

When we last left this saga, I was no longer as suicidal as during the first phase and resigned to never really losing any weight to speak of, while John merrily shed weight like he does clothes every night, getting ready for bed.

Things went on like that for a while, but somewhere in there they….got better!  I actually started losing weight.   Not like John was losing weight, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen, so I was ok with that.

John met his goal weight and then went about 5 pounds more about 6 or maybe 8 weeks ago now, so he’s been in maintenance mode.   He gets a lot of comments about his weight loss and he does look a lot thinner.  In fact, if he loses any more weight, he is going to start looking a bit gaunt, IMO.   He lost about 30 pounds total.

We are still using Livestrong to track calories and you can see I added a little tracker doohickey over there on the right that shows my weight loss so far.    Right now (well at the time I wrote this) it’s at 26 pounds.  I was at 30 pounds lost as my lowest, but gained 5 back somehow and I’m really not sure how because I haven’t changed anything I was doing, but that is pretty much how it goes with me.  So I am working that back off again.

Oh this is a fun little story that happened right when I finally started losing weight pretty well.  I had lost about 8 pounds total (which took a fair amount of time for me I might add) and then in 2 days I gained 8.5 pounds.   I was doing nothing different.  I was not cheating or anything.  Of course, I was less than pleased about this turn of events.   I talked to my drs. about it and they had no clue.  I couldn’t do anything but just wait until I lost that weight again, which didn’t take months like it did the first time, thankfully, but since then I have just learned that sometimes I randomly gain a few pounds for no apparent reason and I don’t stress about it.   It comes back off and then I start losing again from there.   Annoying?  Sure, but there is nothing I can do about it, so it doesn’t do me any good to get worked up over it (I was plenty worked up over the 8.5 pounds, though..just for the record).

So back to the present.  We have modified what we are doing a little bit since John met his goal weight and realistically I am going to be losing weight for years to get to my goal weight.   We added potatoes in for one thing.   They are not allowed on the South Beach Diet, but I was not willing to live the rest of my life without baked potatoes.  It was just not happening.  I’d rather die fat and happy than thin and miserable.  Seriously, what is the point of losing weight if you are just completely miserable all the time.  So I read about potatoes on the internet (so it has to be true!) and decided that the pros outweighed the cons.   One of my docs agrees with me.  One wishes I would eat sweet potatoes instead.     I agree with the one that agrees with me..natch!

We also have cheat days once in a while now, which make life much better.  My pain dr. says we should have a cheat day once a week, but we don’t do that.  Usually once a month or so.  Sometimes more.  It just depends.   We are making vastly better food choices overall so I’m not sweating it.

What we are doing is obviously working.  John’s blood work, the main reason we went on the diet in the first place is vastly improved.  His triglycerides were so high that the machine could not even read them and last time they were checked, I think they were 108, which is down like 300+ points.

My blood work is good, too.  My triglycerides have always been good.  I was at 108 when we started.  I’m still at 108.   My bad cholesterol has come down a little bit and my good has gone up a little bit.   My dr. is happy with it, so yay me.

The Diet

Jan 19th, 2011 Posted in Dieting | no comment »

So Garfield was right.  Diet is DIE with a t!   I haven’t been posting much because I have been really, seriously, horribly, awfully miserable with this diet.   It’s kind of hard to explain, though I have spent a lot of time trying to explain to my friends and my pain dr.   It’s hard for people not having the experience (or not being *me* I guess) to grasp my particular problem with it.

The diet itself is that not bad as diets go.   It’s not about portion control so it’s not like we are starving because we are eating a teaspoon of food.  It’s not about counting calories or weighing food, so it’s not like we are eating .05 ounce of celery and a 1 ounce skinless chicken breast.  It’s not about bland “diet” food, so we aren’t eating boiled chicken breast and lettuce salad with no dressing.

Phase 1 was kind of rough, I will not lie.  Not being able to eat fruit was really hard.  I love fruit and not being able to have ANY fruit for 2 weeks was brutally hard, but not having pasta, rice, and bread for 2 weeks was a bit frustrating, but not that bad.    Now we can add “good” versions of those things slowly back in to our diet, so it’s all fine.  To clarify “good” means 100% whole grain breads, 100% whole wheat pasta etc.  In other words, no white flour/refined flour/sugar type stuff.       I can have my granny smith apples and most other fruit again so that’s all good.

The problem I was (am to a certain extent) having is that fact that I was losing NO weight.   John was losing weight just fine, though he hit a bit of a plateau when I first made him the Peanut Butter cookies (shown in the previous post) 😉   He’s losing weight again now, though.   I, on the other hand, was NOT cheating AT ALL and was losing nothing.

This was exceptionally depressing for me and really, really frustrating.    I didn’t expect the pounds to just fly off me since I have a lot of factors in play, but I didn’t expect to be 2 weeks in and have lost NOTHING.   I guess I should have been happy that I wasn’t gaining weight, since when they first suggested I switch to a low-fat diet, I immediately GAINED 20 pounds (which triggered a thyroid test, when I complained about that and they are now trying to regulate my meds for my “sluggish” thryoid).

We went and got a new digital scale that is larger so it’s easier for me to stand on (and read), but it wasn’t being any kinder to me than the old one. lol   Today, a friend told me about Live Strong and how he and some friends are using the Myplate option there to keep a food diary.   He is considering gastric bypass and I have been trying to talk him out of it in favor of losing weight himself naturally, so I told him I was willing to do whatever with him and encouraged him to try this South Beach thing with John and I.  He is in California, however, so we can’t really do it “together” in terms of getting together.

So I signed up for the Live Strong dealy so I could keep a food diary with him and we could encourage or nag or tease or whatever we end up doing to each other with it and it’s actually really cool and I think I will like it a lot.   It appeals to the..shall we say…tedious (some would say retentive)…side of me.   There is a lot of good info on the site and it keeps track of a lot of great stuff for you without having to pay for the “gold” membership.    I may consider paying for the added perks, though if it keeps me happier because I’m tired of being sad all the time.  We will see how that goes.

Anyway, I decided I should weigh myself to put in the right weight for the chart thingy which I was SUPER dubious about because we had our first cheat day (which will be the topic for another post) and it was like 3:30 am, so not exactly ideal weighing conditions, but I figured I probably couldn’t be much more miserable than I had already been (unless I had gained weight, but I didn’t really think that was going to have happened) and it was a FESTIVUS MIRACLE!    According to the new scale, I have lost 5 pounds!!!!

So at that rate, I will be dead before I reach my goal weight, but whatever.  It’s progress at least so I will take it and hopefully things will start looking up and maybe if I am not so freaking miserable all the time, I can actually get a little more exercise in (we got the wii fit plus and some other games…yet another post) and it will go a bit faster.

Cookies on the South Beach Diet

Jan 7th, 2011 Posted in Dieting | one comment »

John has been very sad that he can’t have his usual peanut butter cookies since we started the South Beach Diet.  Today I decided to surprise him with an attempt at some Phase 1 friendly peanut butter cookies.

He says they are not too bad.  I tried one.  They are a little sweet for me, so I think I need to cut the Splenda down a bit more for *my* taste, but he likes them.  If you try them, you might keep this in mind if you don’t like things really sweet.  It is really more of an aftertaste from the Splenda, I think.  It tasted fine eating it, but afterward, I was like wow, that is really sweet!

They held together better than I expected and I have to say I’m a bit proud of myself.    John informs me that he STILL has to use self-control when eating them which he doesn’t like, but at least he has a cookie substitute.  Which is better than what I have for my favorites, which is a big ole bupkus!   lol

Here is what I did:

Ingredients:

1 cup Peanut Butter

1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

1 egg

dash vanilla extract (I didn’t measure.  I just tipped the bottle over and back quick like)

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees;

2.  Mix together ingredients in bowl;

3.  Roll into balls and place on baking sheet.  Flatten with fork to make cross-hatch pattern;

4.  Bake for 10 minutes

That’s it!

The South Beach Diet

Jan 2nd, 2011 Posted in Dieting | no comment »

John and I are starting the South Beach Diet today.  It was recommended to us by our internist.  I have debated whether I even wanted to blog about this at all, but then decided why not.  Maybe it will be motivating or something.

So we have somewhat different reasons for needing the diet.   John only needs to lose about 20 pounds.  I, ideally, need to lose around 127* (ugh).  That is probably not happening for me, because I am realistic.   I will be happy with any weight loss.

To be very frank, I’m not horribly upset about my weight.   I have been overweight for much of my life and it’s never really held me back from doing what I wanted to do.   I’ve held the jobs I wanted to hold, I’ve had kids, I’ve been married.   It probably hasn’t helped my back situation, but it’s not the cause of it.  I have some congenital conditions that would be there whether I was overweight or model thin.    I would probably be in the same place I am today regardless of my weight, in terms of the disability.

While I did go through a period of having high blood pressure it was caused by PAIN, not by my weight.  Since my pain has been under control, I have been off high blood pressure medication and my blood pressure has been excellent, even with eating salt.

My triglycerides are good.  John’s are not (his reason for going on the diet more than needing to lose weight).  His triglycerides are now so high that the machine can’t even read them, but he weighs less than I do.   My triglycerides are 1/3 of what the machine reports his as before it freaks out and gives up 😉

Would I be healthier with less weight, well of course.  I do not deny that.  However, I can’t do a lot of stuff that I used to do and miss doing and torturing myself about food is not something I am willing to do on top of it.   I have enough issues that make me depressed without adding food to the mix.

So the Dr. mentioned the South Beach Diet a few months ago and our Dr. is great.  He doesn’t ever force anything.  He tries to work with what I’m willing to do without pushing me, which just shuts me down.   We bought the book and a little food guide and we were going to start it, but had a lot of food in the freezer and then it was our birthdays and the holidays, so we decided to wait until the first of the year.   So here we are!

If you aren’t familiar with the South Beach Diet, it’s a 3 phase diet.   Phase 1 is pretty strict in what you can/can’t eat.  Phase 2, you start adding foods back in and Phase 3 is the ‘maintenance” phase.    If you don’t need to lose a lot of weight (like John), you can just start on Phase 2.  John, is starting with me on Phase 1, which means he will lose his entire 20 pounds by the time I start phase 2 I’m pretty sure, particularly given how men lose weight so much easier than women.    I just go around repeating my triglyceride number to him and I feel better though 😉

We are going to “weigh in” once a week, on Saturday and we are keeping a spreadsheet to track the (hopeful) weight loss.    I ordered Wii Fit Plus and The Biggest Loser for the Wii, which John will be able to do and I will hopefully be able to do some of the stuff in them and we will see how it goes from there.

*If you read this entry when I first posted it, it said 177 pounds.  I am very bad at math.  It took me a few hours of tossing around in my head 177 pounds REALLY??? to realize that I made a math error.