Yes, a new diet plan, another life style change, jump-starting the old exercise routine. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Been there….Done that! Have a closetful that spans 5 sizes to prove it.
Pardon my cynicism. I am especially cynical when it comes to ME and DIET. I’ve tried most of the good ones and I’ve tried all the little mind games. Its a life change, not a diet. OK, whatever, I’d rather eat donuts, white rice with lots of salt & butter, ice cream, and potato chips followed by a big Diet Coke. So what am I going to do about it? Well, for now….I am not eating those things. I think that can be officially classified as dieting. Doing without. Fortunately, finding other foods to eat isn’t really a problem, lol.
A little personal background:
- pert-near 50 year old white female
- short with variable degrees of roundishness most my life
- nonathletic/bonafide clutz
- mild hypertension since last pregnancy
- undiagnosed insulin-resistant – labs are still OK, but its there
- recent gallbladder removal
- generalized puffiness, also of variable degrees
- general “don’t feel well” feeling for several years now
- waaay too much circulating estrogen
I’m basically confused by the nutrition industry and don’t think many of them know what they’re talking about.
Eat carbs by the bucketful! Don’t eat carbs!
Avoid fat at all costs! Fats don’t make you fat!
Too much fiber is bad! Eat your daily oatmeal!
Sugar Busters! Trans-Fats Kill!
Supplements are vital! Supplements are toxic!
The fitness industry leaves me almost as confused.
Here’s what I think — no footnotes or sources, just what I’ve assimilated over the years.
- I believe the science behind low-carb eating, but I need a sustainable way of eating and more balance.
- Fruits are wonderful and vital and should be a daily treat.
- God gave us meat to eat, but I don’t need steak every night.
- He also gave us whole grains, but they shouldn’t be processed much.
- Eggs are a perfect protein and should be eaten regularly.
- Fats should be as natural as you can get them. What exactly is a canola?
- Government has no business in the ag-industry and the FDA should be canned.
So, here I am. With the boys in school, I have available time for the first time since about 1994. I promptly signed up for membership at our local YMCA and I’m down 12 pounds in 6 weeks. That is a BIG HOORAY! I started really watching my food intake (aka DIET) about 3 weeks ago. I’ll write more, off and on, about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.