Aside from blogging, I also keep a written diary (sort of) of my experiences in weight loss and dieting. I keep this by my bed and I write something down nearly every night. These entries are usually last minute thoughts or notes for a future blog entry.
This little notebook dates back a few years as I have jotted down ideas, thoughts and what-not of all kinds of things I have done to try and get control of my weight. When I have previously posted about the many ways I have tried to lose weight, I didn’t include these methods.
So, let’s share some ways we have tried to lose weight shall we?
The first entry is dated September 3rd 2010. I began the HED diet. The high everything diet. In theory you raise your body temperature to jump start fat burning and increase metabolism. And to make sure this worked, I started using visualization with Jon Gabriel. How this works: upon waking you take your temperature and chart it everyday, and you eat a lot of everything. This calms the body’s reaction to dieting and you start to burn body fat. I charted my temperature for 30 days, took bodily measurements weekly. I gained in the bust, lost in the waist, lost in the hips and gained in the thighs (about one inch up and one inch down in corresponding places).
Fast forward a year (to the day), I started following the Vega plan. This is a vegan raw food replacement, shakes and meal replacement bars. I even met the creator of the Vega raw food line, Brendan Brazier. How this works: you have two shakes a day, and a light meal once a day. I lasted until November 28/11. Didn’t lose anything, except my self respect…
Then in January of this year I bought a vibrating platform. I did 10 minutes a day (all the literature warns about going over the 10 minutes a day) for three months. Nothing happened. (I cannot do typical exercise as I dislocated my hip two summers ago and I have some issues with applying pressure to that hip). So “dieting” for me is pretty much how I will lose weight until the excess weight is off and I can start being more active and not further injure my hip.
Fast forward to Mar 3rd 2012 and this entry;
“Doing *10 minutes M-F, have not noticed any further changes. No weight loss, no flexibility other than earlier reported. No improved movement. No improved energy. Quite disappointed to say the least. Have researched doing an egg diet (I hate the word diet – but there is no other term for it), eating eggs for all three meals (instead of meat), have begun to incorporate more eggs as I eat up existing foods. The egg council of Canada has a site with dozens of recipes for egg dishes. So far so good. This is like the Atkins diet, but with eggs. I will eat seafood but not much other animal meat, cheese and some veggies (spinach, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, olives (including tapenade), broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower and brussel sprouts), and honey for tea and coffee, butter, coconut oil and cream…”
From March 3rd to March 10th I continued to eat more eggs and decrease foods I had that were flour based, starchy and refined. As I ate up the less desirable foods, I added in more of the healthier foods I wanted to eat, eggs, cheese, veggies and such.
I then created the blog eggkinsdiet on wordpress and launched my ideas to the world on March 10th.
And quite naturally, on March 18th, I packed up what remained of the starchy and refined foods and went full on with eggkins.
So, what have I learned? That when I plan to go on a “diet”, despite my best effort and intentions the diet fails. For example, before doing a diet where I know I will have to deny myself certain foods, I go out the day before and gorge on that food because I will never ever have it again. All I can think about is that food and I crave it and I want it and I eventually cave.
But this time, I hadn’t set an actual date. The day that I switched to eating better happened spontaneously and without any effort. There was no last minute pig out. There was simply a feeling that told me today is the day and I changed. This reminds me of the many times (probably 20-30 times) that I tried to quit smoking, until the last day I smoked, September 27th 1991. I had set a future date on the calendar and every day I looked at the calendar, I saw that date circled and I looked forward to it. On that date, I had my last cigarette, had my laser therapy and never looked back.
So what is different this time around, what feels different this time as opposed to every other time I have “dieted” is that it isn’t a diet. Yes, there are some foods that I am not currently eating, not because I am denying myself, but because I do not want them right now. Will I ever have them again? I don’t know, the same way that I don’t know 100% if I will ever smoke again. I do know that right now, I don’t want to smoke or eat food that will only derail me. And as with every day that I didn’t smoke has added up to nearly 21 years smoke free, everyday that I don’t derail myself will eventually add up to more reasons to continue than against any reason to revert back.
And the biggest side effect that I have noticed so far? How stable my mood has been, virtually no cravings and positive mental energy.
My goal is to become chronically healthy.
so eat ! and stop dieting!
* refers to the use of the vibrating platform