Welcome Jamie Brazil, author of Prince Charming, Inc. to Jenna's Romantic Notions... What are your thoughts on my New Year's resolution to eat healthier?
I’m a huge Steve Earle fan (I was going to marry him once upon a time, before I discovered he’s been married a bazillion times). I love all his songs and, at different times in my life, lyrics he’s written seem to define me. Like the song he wrote about my last decade of dieting, I Ain’t Ever Satisfied.
His lyrics, I’ve got an empty feeling deep inside, resonate to my core.
Specifically, my belly.
My stomach howls with the frustration of dieting. Actually, it just kind of gurgles. You know the sound. Hey, feed me!
My husband is a magnificent cook. So magnificent I put on fifty pounds after meeting him at a writing conference and moving in with him months later. I have no right to complain. I knew he loved to cook.
Worse, I’ve taken shameless advantage of his culinary talents and laid in bed at night dreaming up new food combinations. Coconut mocha rum cake, macadamia-loaded Diamond Head bread… Korean barbeque widgeon (that last dish required deep frying and barbequing, and was as difficult as it was calorie laden).
2013 marks ten years of taking off weight from the first two, and I am (finally) only ten pounds away from my goal. I still hatch ideas for new recipes, but not with the wild abandon of previous years.
So here are my tips, gathered from the last decade of being on diet:
- Weigh in daily. Periods where I’ve gained weight have always happened when I didn’t step on the scale for several days.
- Choose an exercise you like and do it regularly. I walk. Walking with friends, canine or human, is even better.
- Consume fiber every single day no matter what. The scale nudges upward when I don’t. The fiber-laden, puke-o-licious algae drink I use is an excellent meal replacement. Warning: Not for wimps. Salad is so much more sane. Eat it.
- When a binge happens, as binges occasionally do, accept responsibility for it, feed the crumbs to the dog (thus erasing all evidence of the binge), and start over the next morning by weighing in.
That’s been my plan and I’m sticking to it. Steve is right, I’ll never be satisfied, but at least I’ll be smaller.
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