Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Such A Strange Combination Of Pity And Indigestion

You don't need a license to drive a sandwich.
~ Spongebob Squarepants

And the new diet started about two hours ago, and so far I don't feel the urge to grab a jagged knife and rob a KFC. That's a good thing, for me! I bought a 10lb bag of apples and 4lb bag of peanuts (they were half price!) at the store yesterday, and today have been dining on them quite extensively. Apples are good!!! Did you know that?!?

Sadly, neither one gets more than a 3/5 for weight loss, so I need to find something that's inexpensive, good for weight loss, and that I'll actually eat. Any suggestions> Also, www.nutritiondata.com is such an awesome website.

1 comment:

Annjellicle said...

I have lost almost 50 lbs (47.8 and counting) in the last 5-6 months. I, being a bit of a nerd (xkcd rules!!!), found that the only way I could manage to do this was to go "strictly by the numbers"... meaning I disregarded all advice I was given and went only by the amount of calories I was consuming. This was eye-opening, as I did not realize that I was taking in almost 650 calories each day in sodas alone. Plus meals and snacks... I was taking in way too many (like, 2700 a day). So, I switched to diet drinks (there are many new tasty brands out there...), and cut down to 1300-1500 calories a day (STRICTLY... watch closely and you may find, as I did, that even when you have a vague idea how many calories are in a "serving", *your* idea of a serving may be much larger than "theirs".) Once you've eaten this way for a few weeks, you'll get used to it and then you don't have to be so vigilant about it. And yes, nutritiondata.com is your friend in this endeavor.

This method appealed to my nerdy, math/formula loving side, as I got to figure out "how much of this" plus "how much of that" I can eat and still be below 1400 for the day. This was fun for me... Apparently, I am odd, though, because others have said this would be torture to them... C'est la vie, I guess.

Three other tips that I may advise (take it or leave it...)
1: Some people say to throw out the scales and not weigh yourself, in case it discourages you... This worked exactly the opposite for me. I weighed myself everyday. The little tenths of a pound I lost were so encouraging, and the few days where it went up a little (oops), kept me sticking true to my "numbers" for days afterward.
2: Chew gum. This helps with the cravings. (The cravings go away after a week or two of getting used to the new eating habits.)
3: Find things that are tasty, but low in calories... that was the key for me. One of my faves was/is fairy floss. (AKA candy floss, cotton candy). It's counter-intuitive that this would be good "diet food", but a huge, circus-sized puff of this stuff only has about 150 calories. That's a great size for a snack. Apples are great, any fruits, really. I snacked on cheese crackers a lot, too. (Cheez-Its or whatever.) You can eat a good bit of those before you reach the "too many to be a snack" limit.

OK, now that I have rambled off a book... Good luck with your weight loss!