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Subject:Eat! Eat! You'll waste away to nothing.
Time:12:24 am
So back at the beginning of the year, I declared that 2009 shall be the year of dealing with weight-related health issues. Here are a couple of tales from that battle.

First off, I'm pretty firmly of the opinions that dieting (mostly) doesn't work. While weight is a complex and not-thoroughly-understood issue, my intuition says that making excessive temporary changes is going to lead to (at best) temporary weight loss, and that's exactly what happens to most people with yo-yo dieting. Rather, I think that permanent weight loss comes from persistent lifestyle changes. To that end, I've been on something of a non-diet.

Rather than forcing myself into a specific set of rules, I'm making a habit to just generally eat better. Portion sizes are fairly high on the list of what I see as stupidity in the American diet, so I'm trying to make reasonable choices there-- order the small, not the large, and if it's bigger than I think it should be I don't eat all of it. I don't eat if I'm not hungry. I don't reach for a snacky candy bar every time I walk past the front desk at work. I'm trying to focus more on lean meats and vegetables and less on starches, and I'm mostly staying away from extras like cheese and high-calorie sauces. Nothing is verboten and there are no limits, but I'm trying to build better habits.

I'm also trying to exercise, but that's been a mixed bag.

So the other day I noticed that my jeans were a little bit loose. I happened to be passing by the store that I buy jeans at, so I stopped in and bought new ones-- the same style that I've been wearing, just one size smaller. I figured that they'd probably fit OK in a few weeks, if I stayed on the same path. When I got home I tried them on just to satisfy my curiosity, and they fit! It wasn't even close. Sweet!

While I'm not counting and limiting calories, I'm sort of halfway keeping track of what I eat. It's kind of like the Heisenberg diet-- the act of observation changes what's being observed. For me, it just forces me to pay a little better attention than I would otherwise. A little while ago I was feeling a bit munchy, so I did a quick mental rundown of my eating for the day. I was shocked that the number was in the range of 600-700 calories. I wasn't trying to eat that little, but that's what my body wanted today.

Well, it also wanted peach crisp, so I made one. Nom nom nom.
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grey_evil_twin
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Time:2009-01-26 10:07 am (UTC)
Yay for new jeans!
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rahaeli
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Time:2009-01-26 10:16 am (UTC)
Hooray!

You probably have already thought/done this, but on the off chance you haven't: whenever embarking on weight loss/lifestyle modification, it's a very good idea to start off with a doctor's visit and a full hormone panel workup to check both your thyroid function and your insulin resistance. A lot of people have trouble losing weight no matter what modifications they make, because their body doesn't store/process food correctly. (I was shocked, for instance, that when my doctor put me on metformin to control the PCOS symptoms, I shed 20 lbs without making a single modification to my habits.)
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bellaballanda
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Time:2009-01-26 04:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I totally agree... making short term, huge changes doesn't help at all in the long term.
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prock
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Time:2009-01-26 04:36 pm (UTC)
I hope that 600-700 number was from earlier in the day, and not at the end of the day.
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tiurin
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Time:2009-01-26 05:26 pm (UTC)
If she's learned how to make calorie-less peach crisp, it could be worth billions.
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shabbirjsafdar
Subject:So right, so right.
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Time:2009-01-26 07:40 pm (UTC)
There's actually a bunch of mnemonics to help remember what an appropriate serving of different foods groups is.

http://www.getfitslowly.com/2008/02/15/how-much-is-a-serving-the-portion-teller-visuals/

My favorite, of course, is the protein mnemonic: "deck of cards".
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tigerknight
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Time:2009-01-26 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yay for the heisen-diet?
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chellewoods
Subject:Splenda
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Time:2009-01-26 11:38 pm (UTC)
They make a brown sugar blend that could have cut a few calories off the peach crisp (which sounds scrumptions btw). I might have also substituted whole wheat flour for white since I don't do anything white anymore.

There are some yummy protien bars out there that taste remarkably like a candy bar but with better nutrition. I hit those up post workout sometimes or when I'm craving something sweet.

I have some good recipes if you'd be interested.

Good luck. It is certainly a struggle!

Michelle
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Splenda
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Time:2009-01-27 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, but I avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague.

The thing is, this actually *isn't* a struggle. I'm making nearly zero effort besides a little bit of attention and consciousness about what I'm doing.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Splenda
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Time:2009-01-27 07:03 am (UTC)
Actually, let me expand on that.

I'm a bit of a food snob. I would much prefer to eat a small amount of something excellent than to have larger quantities of things that are not quite as good. If I'm going to eat butter, it'll be real butter and not margarine. Good chocolate wins over mediocre but low-calorie every time.

I've also taken the Michael Pollan advice to heart: eat things your grandmother would recognize as food. Then again, both of my grandmothers thought bacon was one of the four food groups.
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loser_variable
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Time:2009-01-28 12:24 am (UTC)
Awesome and well done. I find pants fit is the best measure of progress. More reliable than a scale.

I do like counting. It helps me assign values to different options and make better "purchases" (sometimes).
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