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We all struggle with weight.  And I am no different from anyone else in that regard.  (No, I’m not as big as the picture above, but some days I  FEEL that  way!)    I recently posted that I weighed more than I ever have  and I made up my mind to do something about it.  I didn’t want a diet.  I’ve had success with the HCG diet before, dropping 40 pound or so in a very short time.  But the effect was not lasting for me.  It didn’t take a year to gain it all back plus some.  I want something that will last forever.  I don’t intend to put in the work to lose weight – and it IS work! – just to have to do it all over again next year.

So, I’ve spent a lot of time recently researching all the options that are out there.  Anything that relied on counting calories or points was off the table.  I was looking for something that would become a natural eating lifestyle that was easy to stay on for the rest of my life.  That said, I know that weight loss or maintenance all really boils down to calories in vs. calories out.  Narrowing it down to two choices, I focused on looking at The Paleo Diet and the Real Food diet.

The Paleo Diet, as you may know, is concentrated on eating only the foods that our cavemen ancestors would have had accessible to them.  This means grass-fed meat, plants, vegetables, fish,  fruit, roots and nuts.  It specifically excludes grains, beans, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt and sugar and processed oils.  Not a bad option.  I already know that carbs in the form of breads, cookies, donuts, etc tend to put weight on my frame easily.  But I’m not too sure about the dairy restriction.  I really like cheese and yogurt, even though I pass on the milk.

The Real Food Diet allows lots of fruits and vegetables, locally grown meats, dairy products, 100% whole wheat and whole grains, wild-caught seafood, dried fruits , seeds, nuts, popcorn and natural sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup.   Specifically excluded in this diet are fast food, refined grains and sweeteners and nothing deep-fried.  This option is a bit less restrictive than the Paleo Diet, but more feasible for long-term, in my opinion.

Both diets prefer organic good whenever possible and drinks, for me, can be water, iced tea and natural fruit juices.

After spending a lot of time really considering the options and perusing several blogs with recipes, I  decided to go, for the most part, with the Real Food diet.  I’ve been eating that way, sort of, for a couple of years.  I will limit the amount of “good” grains that I eat, such as quinoa, barley and brown rice,  and eliminate bread altogether unless I can find an alternative that is acceptable.

The biggest adjustment has been ditching the processed foods, mostly in the form of snacks.  I did a huge purge of my kitchen and pantry and purchased more fruit, some Larabars, which are surprisingly good, and changed my meal planning to include many more vegetables.  I’ve been eating this way for about a week now and surprising things are happening already.  I have more energy, I’m not hungry between meals and I think I’ve already lost weight.  It hasn’t been hard to eat out, as I can always find something that fits my requirements. I weighed at the beginning of the month and don’t plan on weighing again until next month, if I can wait that long.  I’m using a  weight loss tool that I made after seeing a similar one on Pinterest.  I put a number of marbles equal to the weight I’d like to lose in one vase and, when I do weigh, I’ll move a number of marble equal to the pounds lost over into the other vase.  They sit on my kitchen window sill and will provide a visual reminder of my progress.  By weighing only monthly (or semi-monthly, I’m itching to do it already :)), I’m hoping it will remind me that this is more about overall health and not to obsess over a pound here, a pound there.

weightlosstoolfinalHomemade visual weight loss tool

The other big surprise is that my husband is willing to go along with these changes!  I had assumed that he would not be interested and proceeded in that fashion when he caught me up and wanted to know what was going on in the kitchen.  I explained and he said he’d give it a try.  Since he is a real meat and potatoes kind of guy, if he really misses the starches and carbs, I can easily accommodate his tastes by cooking something extra with the meal.  When he’s out, he’s on his own in terms of whether he “keeps the faith” or not.  Hopefully, when he sees me make progress, it will motivate him for HIMSELF.

I will post my progress (or lack thereof, but I’m trying to be optimistic) along the way.  I’m also logging my foods on a phone app, just for the purpose of education and to see percentages of carbs, protein and fat, not necessarily calories or pounds lost.  It’s interesting to discover how different foods stack up.

What about you?  Did you make a big New Year’s resolution to lose weight?  What plan are you following?  I’d love to share the journey with you!



gainweightcartoonWe all have them.  Excuses.  “There are just so many goodies around Christmas – I can’t miss out.”  “I don’t look so bad – as long as I’m prepared to look in the mirror.”  “That reflection from the store window has GOT to distorted.”  “The lighting in this dressing room is just really bad.”  “Just one time won’t hurt anything.”

Recognize any of them?  We all have the remarkable ability to justify any behavior we want to partake in.  But the fact of the matter is, weight and healthy eating is a CHOICE!  Whether we like it or not, we CHOOSE to allow ourselves to gradually put the weight on and we CHOOSE to ignore it until either we have a health crisis or we start being honest with ourselves.

My serious attempts to lose weight began when I was around 40.  At that time, my motivation was a very slender, fit friend with whom we went on vacation to (skip over this part if you’re shy) nude resorts.  A month or so before each trip, I’d starve myself until I felt comfortable enough to take off my clothes in front of others.  Pretty good motivation, but not very lasting, or healthy.


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That phase was followed by years of trying any diet-of-the-minute:  Low Carb Diet, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo Diet, Grapefruit Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, 7 Years to Look Younger, Detox Diet, 6 Week Body Makeover, Body by Jake, Eat to Live, No Fat, Full Fat, HCG Diet, Scarsdale Diet, Slim4Life, South Beach, 3 Hour Diet, Zone Diet….and the list goes on and on.  I’m sure many of you have gone through the same thing.  You lose a bit or a lot of weight, you decide to come off the diet and before long, the weight is back, sticking to you like a tic you can’t get rid of.

Enough!  Now is the time to act.  If anything is to slow me down in this next phase of my life, it WILL NOT BE something that I have a choice about.  I have started doing yoga and that is going well.  I feel so good after each class.  Next up is diet.  I don’t know what it will look like yet, but it will definitely be a lifestyle change that I will try to embrace for the rest of my life.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have you checked your weight lately?


It’s official.  I got on the scales the other day and I’m now heavier than I’ve ever been in my life.  How did this happen?  Rather, since I know HOW it happened, why did I LET it happen?


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As a child, my grandfather nicknamed me Twiggy.  Remember her from the 60s?  While I certainly wasn’t a super model, I did resemble her is body composition and probably, looking back, metabolism, two words that never entered my mind when I was 18!

In my twenties and thirties, I ate and drank what I wanted, whenever I wanted, occasionally gaining weight, but when my pants got too tight, I just gave up some of the more decadent things and the weight dropped right off. Easy, peasy, no problems.

I noticed around the age of 40, however, that weight didn’t just drop off anymore.  And there is where the weight struggle started, and has remained, for me.  At first, I didn’t know HOW to diet.  Had never had to, so what was the big deal?  Thus began the experimentation stage that I’ve been in ever since.

We are constantly barraged with the information that carrying too much weight is not healthy.   You can’t look in a magazine or watch TV without seeing ad after ad for weight loss products.  As you age, extra weight causes so many physical problems they are too numerous to list here.  For myself, my knees hurt, my back hurts, my stamina sucks and don’t even mention how hard it is to find any clothes that make me look good.  My cholesterol is high (but not too high, thankfully) and I’m blessed with normal blood pressure.  I realize my symptoms are far less than many people around me and around the country.

Nevertheless, the extra weight I carry has started to prevent me from doing some things that I enjoy.  I can’t explore a museum for as long as I’d like  or enjoy a walk on a beautiful day.  DIYing takes more days that it used to, because I can only do so much in a day.  And if I ignore my body and push on through, I definitely pay for it the next day and sometimes the days after that.  I want to be able to feel SEXY again.

As much as I have dragged my feet for the last twenty years, I’ve finally accepted the idea that I MUST lose weight.  Not so much for the way I look (although that is a big factor!), but for my health and for my desire to live the best way I can in this “third act” of my life.  And so, the process and, initially, the research begins.

Do any of you recognize yourself?

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