My diet continues. So far, so good. I’m down 11 pounds. Yesterday I was down 12.
You shouldn’t look every day – right? How can you not?
When I last dieted, Dr. Steve looked at my blood numbers and said, “No more Atkins.”
Actually, he hinted at it. I picked up the hint. He said he was glad I did.
This diet is very different for me, in that I’m not being 100% strict. I have had cake. I have had pasta. Just less than I would have had before.
Mostly, I’ve made healthier choices… and avoided pretzels. I love pretzels. That’s the most difficult part.
If you invent the dietetic pretzel, you will be as rich as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined. I will kiss you on the lips.
Nowadays, instead of getting the “Chicken Caesar Wrap” at dinner, I’ll get the “Veggie Wrap.” No potatoes or fries, it’s grilled vegetables there too. Mayo is replaced by mustard. I’ve developed a taste for salmon. I’m losing weight a few hundred calories at a time.
My biggest change happens when I get home from work. There’s a whole lot less grazing, and (as I mentioned) no pretzels. I do eat a lot of fruit.
These are simple things. They are working.
I have dieting and weight theories. They aren’t based on ‘real’ science, but they make sense to me.
For instance, I don’t think I could go below 160 pounds and still be healthy. I have found 200 pounds is much too much weight. So, there’s a 40 pound range to ‘play’ in.
With that in mind, I’ve lost about a quarter of this ‘optional’ weight. I’d like to lose another 12-13 pounds, bring me into the mid-170s. As a grown-up, that seems to me to be my ideal weight.
Of course, the best part for me is seeing the results. It’s easy to see how much better my clothes fit. I’ll never become a swimsuit model.
When I was in my twenties, home cooking was Hydrox Cookies and Coca Cola. I had daily lunch at Burger King – Whopper, minus onions and mayonnaise, and a chocolate shake. I never put on an ounce.
Age is cruel. You metabolism changes and hair grows in all sorts of strange places.
Health aside, I’ve got too much invested in clothes to be heavy.