As promised, a dieting post.
I have two weights I go back and forth between---not so much yo-yo-ing as TIDING. At the lower one I feel pretty much fine being a plus-sized person; at the upper one I feel like I'm wearing clothes made of fat. Also at the upper one I'm uncomfortable and my knees start aching and I overheat more easily. Obviously the upper one is not where I would like to be, and yet that's where I am now.
So I've spent the last few weeks gearing up for a diet, and this past Monday I leaped into the abyss. (I didn't choose Monday on purpose. I'm not usually a "starting Monday" dieter. It just happened that that was the day I woke up and felt ready to tackle it. I don't know why I'm explaining this.)
I do my best to make dieting fun (I wrote about it today over here if you want more on that topic). I buy little dieting treats---spending more on a fruit I like that's not on sale, or buying fancy coffee/tea, or buying a smaller amount of a more expensive sweet. I choose a gimmick or two: protein first, or vegetables first, or intermittent fasting, or plenty of coffee, or no calories in drinks, or whatever---it's best if it's something I haven't tried before. I buy non-food treats of approximately the same cost as the food treats I was buying when I wasn't dieting. I blog about it.
But there is only so much I can do. It is more fun to NOT be on a diet than to be on a diet, and that is just how it is. So things feel a bit BLEAK right now.
This time around I'm mix-and-matching the ideas that were successful from previous diets:
1. Eat breakfast within an hour of getting up, and make it proteiny. (The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program)
2. Eat protein with dinner, and then have a potato before bed. (The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program)
3. Drink coffee for energy, antioxidants, appetite suppression. (various sources)
4. But drink the coffee black, because bitter flavors can reduce cravings for sweets. (Eating Well for Optimum Health)
5. Eat when HUNGRY, not when it's "time to eat." (Tess)
6. When hungry, start with Good Stuff (vegetables, grainy stuff, a hard-boiled egg) and see if that handles it. (various sources)
7. Try try TRY to remember that "slip" plus "more slip" is > "slip" (i.e., don't turn a slip into an ALL-OUT CHOW-DOWN as if it's either ALL DIET or ALL NON-DIET).
8. Fibrous grains! Vegetables! (various sources)
9. Eat Magical Awesome Foods With Magical Awesome Properties (spinach, blueberries, yogurt, flax seed meal, vegetable juice) to achieve maximum Magical Awesomeness! (Eat This, Not That!)
10. See if I'm thirsty, not hungry. (Tess)
11. Exercise every day ("every day" ends up being more like "5 days-ish/week" in practical application, because of evening plans---but I still think of it as "every day" instead of thinking "It's Monday today so I exercise" or whatevs), so that it becomes part of the routine and doesn't start to seem like "day off" when I don't "have to" exercise. (experience is a hard teacher)
12. See if a smaller/lesser/healthier treat will satisfy. (various sources)
So. Anyway. Diet. Sigh.
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