Unreasonable Food Expectations

People want me to take an apple and transform it into a thick, juicy, fatty steak, while keeping it raw, that when ingested will melt their excess fat baggage down the toilet in thirty days or less.

Why don’t you just stop eating and drinking high caloric foods and beverages?

Because when I lose weight everybody thinks I have cancer.

I’ve never heard of anybody getting cancer from eating a low caloric diet or from losing weight, but some research junkie will find some study some place to back up the remote possibility, who will then insert that remote into your brain by scamming it, just so you’ll keep eating so they can keep making billions off the fat you gain by consuming their products.

That’s a trick lots of people use on those trying to gain control over their weight to make them fail.

It’s also a trick you play on yourself, so you can be like everybody else – a fat failure.






 

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This Is Crude…but…

Okay, so Steve calls me and says he has an idea. He prefaces it by saying it’s crude, well not so crude, but still crude – a way to lose weight. Or something that could jolt a person into getting serious about losing weight. Of course it wouldn’t be for everybody, but it could help some people.

Yeah it’s kinda crude. But then if it works for some people, then what’s the crude-fuss about?

First thing in the morning, or whenever you first use the bathroom, using your smart phone take a picture of your first dump of the day and then every other dump you take throughout the day. Keep track. Print them out and hang them on your wall or scrapbook them.

Steve says he’s getting worried, ’cause he didn’t know he was eating as much as his dumps tell him he’s eating. Oh my God he says, did I eat all that? So I say, at least you’re getting rid of it. Then it made me remember something my mother said her boss told her when he was trying to lose weight. “If you want to shit like an elephant you have to eat like an elephant.” Evidently some people like to shit a lot, it makes them feel something, maybe powerful, maybe successful. I don’t know, maybe as a child being potty-trained they were praised for a big dump.

Maybe Steve’s right in that people should pay more attention to their dumps. Most people say they don’t eat all that much, but the dump doesn’t lie. So yeah, take a picture, many pictures, till you believe the dump. You ate a lot. A whole lot. Too much.

Remember, the dump doesn’t lie.






 

“Two Days At A Time”

Instead of living one day at a time, how about two? What’s wrong with two at a time?

Live today cognizant of how you want to feel tomorrow. That gives you more control over what you do today.

No ‘Last Supper’ scenarios. Doing for one last time whatever you want to do before the big push tomorrow never results in a better tomorrow.

You instinctively know that to be true –  that tomorrow you will feel worse, increasing the probability of another ‘Last Supper’, and another and another.

Alcoholics Anonymous may fare better by changing their ‘One Day At A Time’ motto to “Two Days At A Time”. That makes one think ahead a little more to secure tomorrow as a good day. It’s an insurance policy. Money in the bank. I put my order in early by one day. Today, in advance, I’m securing my future for tomorrow.

I like it.

I like being in control of the guarantee implied.






 

Lose It, Or Reduce It?

Nobody likes to lose, so ‘losing weight’ might not be the best phrase to apply to your goal of weight reduction.

I’m not losing any weight.

I’m not losing…is a positive phrase that every human loves to hear or to say to themselves.

Yeah I’m NOT losing. I’m not a loser. I like that. Makes me feel good. The weight part is irrelevant except that being attached to ‘not losing’ is probably one factor in not losing any weight.

That show on television about weight reduction called “The Biggest Loser” is probably not a good idea – the title. Calling somebody a loser while in the process of weight reduction, with the dubious purpose of beating overweight people down, shames them. Maybe they’d reduce their weight quicker if the show stopped calling them losers. Maybe that’s the point of keeping the show running. I don’t know and I don’t care, but the people producing these shows should.

It’s all happening upstairs – in your brain and how your brain processes intel about you.

I’m reducing my weight. It sounds like I’m reducing my anxiety. Could be worthy of a look. What am I doing to reduce my anxiety or depression? I’m reducing my weight. Don’t even tell people. They’ll sabotage you with all kinds of signals.

Just reduce it and be fine.






 

Feel Your Weight

I want to feel my weight. Being numb to it isn’t helping to reduce it. When factoring in the time and effort it takes to wake up to it and stay awake, it isn’t worth whatever short-term benefit the ‘numb to it’ provided.

So each day for a while, in my mind, I will weigh less than the day before. In my mind, not on the scale. Use the mirrors, suck in the gut and lock in the concept of not feeling any worse tomorrow than you feel today, because your weight will not increase in your mind. You will make sure that it doesn’t by what and how much and how often you eat.

Do it for about a week – instead of watching your weight on the scale, feel your weight. All of it. Feel that which you are, knowing that each day will not be any worse – weight-wise – than the day before.

How does it feel, using all your senses – the ones science has yet to identify? It’s not helping you that the people and institutions controlling the science are so resistant and slow. You know you have more senses than the government says you have. Screw ’em. They may control the science, but they don’t control your senses – though they try mighty hard. You control how you feel and what you feel.

Feel your weight in absence of shame. There is no shame in waking up.






 

TOO LITTLE – TOO MUCH

Eating nothing makes me weak.

Eating too much makes me weaker.

That’s my experience with too little and too much.

Others go into a panic on your behalf when you don’t eat enough, but they don’t do that when you eat too much.






 

The Urgency Of Now

What am I going to do, sleep the rest of my life away?

No. I’m going to get up and greet the day as if I have my whole life in front of me – even though I don’t. If I can pull that off, I’ll be in a good place.

Age naturally restricts a person’s goals and dreams, so it’s the frame of mind which I seek to re-capture – not the reality. Out of necessity and pragmatism the goals restrict themselves with age, which if recognized and confronted can transform into a powerful motivating force to accomplish more quickly that which was once a far away dream.

Hesitation, when we age, becomes the killer of those dreams if not recognized so that we can take actions to counteract it. We no longer can put off to a later time what youth and perceived longevity once allowed us to do.






 

Eat-To-Store

It’s not the feeling of hunger we need to shut off. We who are fat rarely ‘feel’ hungry. We think it.

And right now the brain is more powerful than the gut in those who are overweight.

We feel full nearly all the time. It’s when the level of full drops a slight amount that we rise to eat again – no matter if we ate just fifteen minutes ago.

We are stuck in the eat-to-store mode.






 

Are You Hungry?

Am I hungry?

I am not.

Am I hungry?

No.

You sure?

I am not hungry, so shut up.

You say no, but your actions say yes. You eat anyway.

Boundaries need to be repaired. You’ve got a huge leak, when you say no, but act yes.

Retrain your brain to accept no as the final answer.

I am not hungry, because I just ate.

Are you going to eat again?

NO.

NO.

Then when?

When the food in my stomach is digested fully.

When will that be?

Not your business.

No really, when?

Let’s see… maybe as long as it takes a snake to digest a rat.

O_O kay.






 

Listen While You Work

OPEN EAR

TIP > I like to watch videos, as I’m sure most of us do, otherwise there wouldn’t be a zillion of them produced on You Tube and other venues.

However, watching is time-consuming, so I go for the short clips. But with the talking videos it isn’t necessary to watch – generally speaking – so I open a window to the selected video, turn it on, then open another window and do some other work as I listen. Sure, I won’t hear it all, but when something catches my ear, all I do is click to the video window and pause, then go back and re-listen to what peaked my interest.

New Term: LISTENING VIDEOS is what I call them.






 

Unfixate Yourself

Tell the voices in your head, no, I’m not going to do that.

Tell them no.

You’re in charge. Not them. They’re only there to assist not to commandeer your thoughts and take you over.

You’re you, not them. Those are only suggestions that you fixate on. Unfixate yourself.

You can do it. I know you can.






 

Performing CPR On Yourself

Please pause for 2 minutes and read this:

1. Let’s say it’s 7.25pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

2. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.

3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

4. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.

5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

6. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!

10. A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this mail kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.

11. Rather than sending jokes, please… contribute by forwarding this mail which can save a person’s life.

12. If this message comes around you… more than once… please don’t get irritated… You should instead be happy that you have many friends who care about you and keep reminding you how to deal with a Heart attack.

*****

P.S. I was sent this on Facebook by a friend. I figured I’d reach more people if I posted it on my website as a permanent TIP.






 

Old Habits Never Die?

Old habits die hard?

Not so fast.

Old habits can die and they can die easy.

I go to bed earlier than I used to. I feel more refreshed in the morning, and feel better about the day I’m in.






 

A Motivating Tool|Or Exercise

Yes, making lists is a form of exercise – mental/brain and physical.

For me, rarely if ever do I follow the list. It’s the making of one that motivates me to get going again. It doesn’t matter at what. One thing leads to another thing is the continuing motivating force that leads to success in getting things done – maybe not in the order I listed them and maybe much of it wasn’t even on the list, but it all eventually gets done – and then some.

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Bottled Salad Dressing – cut cost and fat

REDUCED FAT SALAD

This is how I extend the more expensive bottled salad dressings, while reducing the fat on my green salads.

Follow Your Heart makes good vegan Caesar and vegan Bleu Cheese salad dressings. Steve and I both like them.

What I do is drizzle half of one or the other onto my green salad, then add a fat-free creamy dressing – Kraft Fat Free Thousand Island works well here. I reduce cost and fat.

Steve will drizzle Catalina or Russian as the main dressing, then drizzle a little creamy Caesar or Bleu on top of his green salads.

KRAFT FAT FREE THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING






 

Not Every Day

Not every day.

It gets too old, too familiar, too fast.

Break it up.

Doing something every single day, at the same time in the same way creates a need for it. Rather than helping as designed or expected, it harms.

Or it creates a resentment.

Boredom sets up a mindset that affects how the brain receives and responds to signals.

Shake it up.

Smile.

Force it. Yes, where you are. So what if somebody sees?

Then cover your face, look away, now smile.

Okay, you’re good.


P.S. If you skip a day or two or forget about what you thought would cure you until you realize you’re not taking what you swore allegiance to, so what? If it’s worth your effort or continuance, you’ll get back to it when you feel like it. Ease up. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Easy.






 

Do Better

We can all do better – at something – than we’re doing now.

Choose what you can do better now, then do it.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight






 

USE OF GUMS

Gums (eg. xanthan gum, guar gum etc.) are being used in many food preparations as thickeners and fat replacers, most often unbeknownst to us.

It seems that manufacturers started using them absent our permission and now they’re everywhere. For whatever reason many people don’t like gums being inserted into their foods. They don’t like how they make them feel and/or they’re not convinced that they’re healthy for them.

So, they don’t want to use gums when cooking, nor do they want to purchase premade foods that contain gums. In that case, use the bare minimum of oil needed to lubricate your food, instead of going totally fat-free. We need a lot less oil/fat than we usually think we do to achieve the fat-feel in the mouth and to get the food down the throat to the stomach.

A tablespoon or two of oil goes a long way when sautéing or adding to a recipe. We just normally way overdo it. Cut back across the board and you won’t have to resort to the use of gums.






 

WHY WAIT?

If I were thirty pounds lighter I would do this, do that, go here go there, accomplish something – everything I ever wanted to do, conquer all that needed to be conquered, make all my dreams come true, climb that mountain, reach the sky, be the star I know I am.

Do it while you’re fat. Why wait?

Your fat isn’t holding you back, your dream of being not fat is holding you back.






 

LAY THE FOUNDATION FIRST

Right now I’m not so much concerned about weight, as I am focused on establishing new habits that will eventually lead to the weight loss I desire.

Laying the ground work – the foundation – I am.


P.S. I’m not sure if this is a rule or a tip. Guess I’ll go for both.

No.

No guessing, that’s a new rule.

I’m laying a foundation. That’s a tip for you and a rule for me.






MAKE A BIG WISH OUT OF LOTS OF LITTLE ONES

Stop wishing for the big stuff.

In order to get the big stuff, lots of little stuff has to happen in the meanwhile, along the way, to pave the way for the big wish to come true.

So start working on wishing for the littler stuff, then you make every little wish you make happen.

Next thing you know, you’ve got that big wish.






 

determination

Let ‘er rip.

Slow and steady.

Find your rhythm and focus.






 

CUTTING BACK ON SALAD DRESSING

When I eat out and order a salad, the salad dressing is usually placed on the side of the plate or bowl.

In the past I would pour the whole container of dressing over the salad, then ask for another one.

Now what I do is keep it to the side and dip the veggies from the salad, just the tip, into the dressing and eat the salad that way.

It cuts down on calories and fat. I eat slower and enjoy each veggie in the salad more.






 

TAKE THE FIRST READING

Take the first reading on the scale and accept it – even if you think it’s wrong.

When you buy produce at the market does the deli person weigh it over and over again hoping to get a lower reading for you? No.

If they lift the produce once, twice, then replace it on the scale, they’re looking for a larger reading, so they can charge you more. If they do it – because of their experience doing it and their experience getting away with or not getting away with doing it – they’ll usually do it only once to achieve a greater weight.






 

COFFEE

Decaffeinated coffee makes me hungry, even when it’s half decaf and half caffeinated.

Caffeinated or regular coffee doesn’t.

There’s a tipping point that I’ve discovered in myself regarding coffee and hunger. Now that I know what it is, I can manage it to my benefit.