I find that inspiring, but I have known for awhile that I need to go on a diet.
How do I know?
Here are some signs that it's time to lose some pounds:
- When you reach up into the cabinet over the stove, you burn your stomach on the pot simmering on the hot burner (This can happen. I have the scar to prove it).
- Your bathroom scale has cobwebs on it.
- You not only can't zip up your jeans, when you look down, you can't see your shoes.
- People ask you when the baby is due, despite the fact it would take an act of god for that to happen
- You get winded going out to the mailbox for the mail
- You are pen pals with Lane Bryant
- If someone parks too close to you, you can't get out of the car. Heck, the other car doesn't even need to be that close.
- Your earrings are the only things that fit
- When you order two scoops of ice cream the pimply faced teenager asks, "Are you sure you want two?"
- The dogs refuse to go for walks, because they don't want to be seen in public with you.
So what will I do to lose the weight?
Diet tips from the professionals seem to include:
There is actually a difference of opinion on this. Some diet books say breakfast is a must and others say don't worry about it. This is a hard one for me. Number one, I am not hungry in the morning (I am not a morning person - just the smell of breakfast being made makes me bilious), and number 2, I have always felt once I start eating the floodgates will open and I won't stop. I know that's not really true, but old habits die hard.
Drink lots of water
Some diet experts say that when we feel hunger, we are actually thirsty. But I'm telling you, when I am hungry for a bowl of ice cream or a hamburger, water just doesn't cut it.
Cut down on nighttime snacks
Well, here is my Achilles heel. I can go all day without eating but at night? There is nothing like a nice bowl of popcorn or a glass or wine (or two) while watching "The Bachelor."
Avoid eating out
Again, a toughy. For someone like me who is working her way through Seattle's fine dining restaurants from A-Z, it's difficult to eat leftovers at home before heading to the theatre or music venue.
Be physically active
I try to walk 10,000 steps per day, but I also like to watch TV. Maybe I should watch TV while running in place.
Keep a food diary
I would do this if I could remember to do it.
Follow a prescribed diet
I have probably read every diet book ever written.
The Adkins diet, originally popularized in the early 1970's, and touting cutting out almost all carbs, seems to be popular again. I think I first tried this when was 12!
Other popular diet books include:
The Dukan Diet
I have several friends who have lost weight on this one. Princess Kate used it before she married Prince William. (Like she needed to lose any weight. Sheesh). It's a low carb, low fat diet that is very restrictive early on, then morphs into one where you have "celebration" days.
Since I like celebrating so much, I would probably overdo the celebration days.
This one is in vogue now touting the idea that if you eat like the caveman (or woman), you will be a slim and sexy caveman (or woman). You can't have anything that wasn't available in prehistoric times.
Do you think they had Haagen Dazs?
Flat Belly Diet
Those days are behind me, if you know what I mean.
Crazy Sexy Diet
Now you're talkin'!
Skinny Bitch in the Kitchen
This is what I strive for - to be a skinny bitch. Some might contend that I have the bitch part worked out already. But if not, eating vegan would definitely do it.
French Women Don't Get Fat
Bully for them! Talk about skinny bitches!
Gluten Free Girl Every Day
Originally designed for people who can't tolerate wheat, gluten-free eating has become a fad. I don't like fads.
Neris and India's Idiot Proof Diet
This one looks promising considering it's audience.
All in all, I think the real key is finding a diet that becomes a way of life.
If you give up everything you really enjoy, you set yourself up for failure.
Hubby is adhering to a modified Atkins diet and cutting out the booze on week days, which seems to work for him (though I will say, it's been my experience that men can lose weight more easily than women).
I will try to eat something in the morning to get my metabolism going (or just stay in bed until it's lunch time), cut down on empty calories such as wine (I can't tell you how difficult it was for me to break that to the wine-guzzling poodle), get some exercise every day and watch my portions.
And try not to beat myself up too much.
After all, I should be grateful for this old body that has gotten me this far, even if it's less than svelte.
Want to give me some diet advice?
Share your tips, successes
and favorite diet books.
and favorite diet books.
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