I weighed in again on the 1st of the month but I just didn’t know what to say about it. I’m just now circling back again, with great guilt & remorse, my apologies. And I’m reusing the image from the last 2 months because I was just 0.2 lbs off (more!) the same readings from then.
Basically, an abysmal result. My head is not in the dietary game at the moment. But my mouth, unfortunately, is!
Exactly the same as last month but, given how things have been going during the COVID lockdown, that’s a good thing! First month during the pandemic that I haven’t gained 10 lbs!
But what does that mean?
No clue. But who cares? I’ll take it!
I did, however, order a wok online. No clue what’s going on with that either. I’m just trusting my subconscious is doing the right thing. Or it’s just my shopaholic gene cutting in! Regardless, I’m hoping it’ll inspire me to do something better in July. Though I’ve had “induction ready” products not work on my stove before too! Fingers crossed this will work & I’ll be wokking & rolling this new month.
And that’s enough of that nonsense for today, because today is Canada Day!
I’m not setting any diet speed records here but down is down. And for a chocoholic, doing that in the shortest month of the year, one that includes Valentine’s day, is not too shabby. Though I’m glad it was a leap year!
I am still bemused by my lack of desire for a more carnivorous diet at the moment & I ate a lot of starch-heavy, vaguely-vegetarian meals during February. I did not avoid fat, not even animal fat, but I found myself adding far less meat than I consider “normal”. A beef stew, for example, was more a veggie stew, with a little beef added for flavour. To be honest, that would probably equate to a normal serving of meat for a skinny person, but still. I also used a lot of rice & potato to thicken my culinary concoctions. Sometimes, I used rice and potatoes in the same dish.
For dieters who like to measure & monitor such things, my blood sugar was showing green all the way. Though I wasn’t checking very frequently. My levels were higher than when I’m eating low carb or keto, & I do prefer those lower numbers, but still pretty good. And it might have been better if there hadn’t been so much chocolate floating around during the month. I also ate a lot of fruit, even bananas, & most often in my homemade ice-cream. I ate out & brought take-out home, without any thought of pandering to a particular dietary strategy. To be honest, if I were at my goal weight, I wouldn’t mind living this way.
I had intended to stick in a few fast days too. I really don’t feel like I’ve done it right if I don’t fast for one full waking cycle & that didn’t happen in February. The best I managed was an occasional one meal a day fast. The one meal starting with dinner & ending when I went to bed!
It all sounds like a series of dismal failures, doesn’t it? On the other hand, I’m down. And I’m pretty happy with that. I think I should feel like I ought to be grabbing this thing by the scruff of the neck & getting on with it. But then I imagine that I’m being overtaken by some eastern mystic force that is allowing me to move Mount Fuji, one pebble at a time!
It can all be a little confusing, this dieting thing, can’t it? 🤪😜
I am wandering aimlessly into March, without a firm plan in mind. Seems like there are a few choices of dietary regimens that allow for weight loss. The mix & match strategy doesn’t work quite so well when I change from one day to the next. Or from one meal to the next! But there are choices. It’s usually not too difficult to stick with one of those choices for a couple or three days. Maybe mix & match will be my method for the month of March. Mmmm!?!
There is a new Indian restaurant that I’m planning to test drive today. With abandon! Tomorrow, I’ll see if I can come up with a strategy for the next month.
Blipped up 1.6 lbs over the holidays. Not bad really, though the holidays aren’t quite done yet!
The year in review doesn’t look very good, however, & I’m up 6 lbs since this day last year. That major derailment in the summer, one that I let escape for far too long, wiped out all my progress & then some.
I pushed the upper limits of tolerance with all those foods, & those food-like products, that I know I just can’t tolerate. Once the addictive impulses kicked in, I didn’t pay enough attention to reining them back in. Were I at a healthier weight, I wouldn’t be too bothered by a small gain like this. But at my current weight, this is not how I ought to behave.
Okay, a little self-chastisement is due but the new year is a great time to hit reset. I’d like to have a more favourable report to make this time next year.
Time to treat the challenge like a work project again. I know what I should be doing, here’s hoping I can do a little better in 2020.
Now this isn’t so much the result of me dedicating myself to a highly focused dietary plan, it just kinda, sorta, maybe happened because I occasionally paid attention to what was passing my lips! I still ate cookies, cakes & candy during the past month, just not with the same degree of carelessness that I had been doing. Believe me, this past month was a big improvement on the three months prior!
What happened this past month is that I started trying to figure things out, again. How did I abandon something that was working reasonably well, while allowing me to eat really well at the same time? I’ve come up with a couple of suspects that might be contributing to the derailment. One is the lack of a gallbladder. I seem to be avoiding the fatty cuts of meat that were once a staple of my weigh loss efforts. I’m just not as in love with bacon & pork belly as I once was. I even trimmed the band of fat from a rib steak one night … what is wrong with me!?! Funny enough, while I’m avoiding all the fatty meat, the lack of a gallbladder is not stopping me heaping heavy cream over some decadent brownie dessert!
OMG … Am I turning vegetarian or something!?!
The other suspect is my routine, or rather the lack of one. I am a creature of habit & I like a good solid routine to help me get things done. I’ve made a few changes to what was a well-developed routine & I’ve had some other changes imposed on my schedule. I haven’t quite adapted to the new arrangement yet & I need to take a look at how to get that new routine bedded in properly. On top of that, I quit smoking about three or four dozen times over recent months. I’m not kidding, I’d quit for a day or two here & there, and then go back to smoking again. Another major routine disruptor. It’s important to disrupt bad patterns in order to lose weight, but I need to replace them with good, repetitive, habituated patterns to make the alternatives stick. Despite how I like to think of myself as this free-spirited & adventurous being, I still need to get stuff done, and routine, habits, & consistency are important for getting things done. Including weight loss!
I’m sorry, I went on a bit there. But that’s all really more a pep talk for myself, as I head into December … drooling about Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, that turkey & ham dinner, bubble & squeak afterwards, turkey sandwiches, chocolates, whipped cream with an infusion of Irish cream liqueur, & on it goes!
I know the January 1st weigh-in is going to be fun! Wish me luck!
And just in case my new routine doesn’t embrace another post between now & January, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, may whatever light that lights your way, shine more brightly for you as we close out the old year & look forward to a new one. Peace, love, happiness & all that nice mushy stuff to you & all those you hold dear!