Thursday, June 5, 2008

A little off the back, please

So I've been dieting lately. If you know me at all, you might say "So what? You're always dieting." And it seems that way. My earliest recollection of trying to lose weight was when my mother enrolled me in TOPS with her - Take Off Pounds Sensibly. I must have been 11 or 12 at the time. All I remember, though was having to keep a food diary. I am the world's worst journaler, as evidenced by how infrequently I post to this blog!

Over the years, I have tried most mainstream diets. Weight Watchers - three or four times (or more). Nutrisystems. Atkins. And even when not on a formal weight loss program, I have "watched" what I ate, living on my own made-up program.

And the results? Sometimes I lost weight - a few times losing 25-45 pounds. But always, after a certain point, I gradually drift away from the eating program and back into old habits. I get bored, or tired of being vigilant, or something. And then I regain the weight, plus a few for extra measure.

So I've been dieting lately. I found a program that fits me, instead of one I have to adapt to. I eat six times a day, and almost no wheat. I get my carbohydrates from fruits and vegetable, of which I eat 7-9 servings a day. And I've lost 33 pounds to date in 4+ months.

The wheat thing. Very interesting. For the past 5 or 6 years I have noticed that immediately after my evening meal my sinuses fill up and I start sniffing and hacking. My son's former girlfriend, who was obsessed with wheat allergies and convinced she had one (her physician said otherwise) was sure I also had an allergy to wheat. I brushed it off.

When I started the current diet and stopped eating bread, (1) I didn't miss it - what a shock! (2) my nasal passages stayed clear, (3) my heartburn/acid reflux disappeared. Hmmm. When I occasionally break bread, (2) and (3) return. Things that make you go hmmm.

The good news - I've lost two+ sizes, I enjoy Greek yogurt with blueberries for breakfast, my husband thinks I'm sexy and I have enough energy to deal with my new job and any stress that heads my way.

Here's my big secret for weight loss: I start over every day. Whether or not I've been successful - whether I gave in and ate the birthday cake or queso and chips or whatever, I start over the next day. And somehow that has worked for the past 20 weeks.

I think I'll keep trying for a while. Maybe this is the time I break the curse and find a way to maintain. Watch this space for updates. If and when I hit a loss of 50 pounds, I will post a new photo. Cheers!

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