Hi there, everyone! Another day, another doughnut. Ha-Ha! Well, another two weeks have flown by, with no weight loss. I actually gained some, I think. I don't know what my last weight was because I was afraid to look. I did weigh myself this time. My current weight is 293 pounds. Although I was below 290 pounds a couple of articles ago, the current number wasn't as scary as I predicted, especially with all that snacking.
I think I know what my malfunction is: I think I sabotage myself with dieting. I would say, "I'm in a fowl mood, I think I'll have some chicken." Get it? Fowl? Chicken? Ha-ha, bad joke. Chicken is good for you except when you slather it with sauces. Really, though: I'll try it again; "I'm in a bad mood, a cupcake or a whole pizza will help me feel better."
So, I ask, "has anyone secretly undermined their dieting with words and/or actions?" Or, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing - shame on me! Why did I do that?"
I think that this concept is important for me to realize. Now I know that I can break free from this monotonous plateau regarding my weight loss journey. Now that I poured my guts out and got down to the inner depths of my being, I hope that as you (the reader) accept my insurance for this therapy. Ha-ha.
Speaking of concepts, I chatted with my aunt the other day on the phone. She is trying to lose weight, too. She has had great success with some sort of shot that boosts her metabolism. I unfortunately cannot remember what it was but I'm jealous. Not the getting the shot, but the dramatic weight loss. I'm obviously envious ... err ... I mean happy for her.
So, where does that leave me and my happiness? How can I lose weight my own way? Like I said before, you and your doctor will know what specific plan will work for you. There are so many plans and "diets" to choose from. I've tried several different ones. I bet you are familiar with some of them: low fat, low carbohydrate, high protein, etc. So, what if I incorporate a little of everything into what I eat?
I would like to incorporate 1,800 calories into my daily meal consumption or less. Some other things I want to note are: drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, eat five small meals a day, if able ... to move more, have a certain amount of milligrams and/or grams in relation to sodium, protein, fats, carbohydrates, and percentage of certain vitamins.
For instance: I have a water bottle with me anywhere I go while at home. I can do the same when I'm out and about. In fact, I've been drinking more water with my meals than soda. I also try to walk more while volunteering at the hospital. I try to deliver the get well cards myself so I do get some exercise in. I also try to walk (instead of taking an electric cart) in the large department stores.
So, here it goes - just what you've been waiting for: my ideal day of dietary consumption: Breakfast: the serving size of whole grain cereal (usually 3/4 to 1 cup) with skim milk, a light fat, fat free Greek yogurt, a half of a glass of 100 percent pure juice. Mid-morning snack: a piece of fruit. Lunch: whole-wheat flat bread crackers with peanut butter; baby carrots, yogurt or a piece of fruit. Mid-afternoon snack: a serving size of almonds or cashews (be sure to weigh these) and an ounce of 1 percent or 2 percent milk cheese. Dinner: a baby spinach salad with chopped egg, carrots, etc. ... with grilled chicken, and another piece of fruit. Finally, don't forget dessert! I found this awesome frozen yogurt strawberry banana flavored. It tastes creamy and rich like fresh churned ice cream. Yum.
So, as you can see I've incorporated different aspects of different plans into my "own." Everyone's is different and that's OK. All I know is that it sounds workable for me. Knowledge is power and power will jumpstart me back into the groove. Until next time ...
Casi Stewart can be reached at email@example.com. A Weighty Issue appears every other Monday on the Life page.