Monthly Archives: May 2007

May 31, 2007 – Just 4 Today

Just 4 Today logoJust 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice (done once), drink 2 liters of water (about 1/3), walk 5 miles (3415 — Yesterday: 5.5), NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.

Today: it’s The Dentist. Can you tell that I’m nervous?

What are you going to do today?

My Daily Affirmation

Just today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. And I’ll weigh myself and use Nutribase and the tools of The Hacker’s Diet to help me reach (and keep) my goals.

May 30, 2007 — Just 4 Today

Just 4 Today logoJust 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice (done it once), drink 2 liters of water (about 1/2), walk 5 miles (3415 — Yesterday 6.8 miles ), NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.

It was POURING rain when I woke up. But, it’s been like this for most of the week. If I keep my eyes open, I should be able to do my 3 walks. And WOW all this walking (regular, steady walking — nothing fancy) is doing it’s job. As of this morning, I’ve lost 9 pounds in less than 3 weeks!

Katiebird’s secret to Fast Weight Loss

Actually, obviously cutting way back on food — and consistently measuring my portions is important too. But if I was going to label 2 3 things as “my secret” to fast weight loss (which isn’t what everyone wants) it would be:

  1. Drink 2 liters of water steadily through the day (don’t guzzle it in bursts; drink a cup or so every hour to keep up with the goal.) I think drinking water regularly through the day flushes some extra calories out of our system before they get converted to fat. Or maybe it just keeps us peeing so regularly we’re keeping the rubber bag empty. Either way, it gives a nice boost to the weight-loss-ego.
  2. Walk an average of 6 miles a day. Do your 3 for 15 (this is for life, not weight loss) and then walk for 1 hour more (this is your weight loss booster shot.)
  3. Walk for even a few minutes (if you can) after every meal. I’ve been reading (here and there, I’ll have to find the links later) that they think we burn the calories we just ate first. So if we walk right after eating we don’t give the calories a chance to land anywhere (and that regular water drinking would help flush them out at the same time)

This could be hooey: I don’t have any scientific evidence to back this up. But, I know that when I don’t follow these 3 rules, I don’t lose weight as fast — if at all.

What are you going to do today? What are your weight-loss secrets?

My Daily Affirmation

Just today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. And I’ll weigh myself and use Nutribase and the tools of The Hacker’s Diet to help me reach (and keep) my goals.

Rethinking “Rethinking Thin”

When I heard about this book I just cringed. I believed and believe that this book will do a lot of damage to the efforts of a great many people who really can and should lose weight using a sensible balance of cutting down on calories consumed and ramping up activity.

Recently I read an excellent review/refutation of several of the major premises of the book. Published in the NY Times on May 3, Emily Bazelon voices my concerns to such an extent I feel I cannot say it or analyze it much better than she did.

The bottom line is, we all have a RANGE of weight which is appropriate for us, individually. Most of us will never achieve the stick figure of a top model, nor should we– or they, for that matter. We do have to make peace with who we are, genetically, but that does not give us “permission” to weigh 250 when a hundred pounds less is what God intended. (So to speak.)

Yes, weighing properly within one’s legitimate personal range may be a struggle sometimes. Or all the time. We might be food addicts, just like some people are alcoholics or others are junkies of one kind or another. There is such a thing, for real, as a sex addict, for instance.

But just because one has a real problem doesn’t mean that one should just throw in the towel and say “That’s the way it is, so I’m not going to do anything about it !”

Tell that to the parent of a kid killed by the drugged or drunken driver who has refused participate in treatment (Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton ?). Or the spouse of a sex addict (Tony Soprano ?). Or the kid whose parent ignores health warnings and eats themself into the hospital, or worse.

Yeah, everybody has a problem. But many of us can do something about it.