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I have another journal, but this one is strictly for notes about my new diet.


Saturday, January 12, 2002

Should have gone for a walk today, but instead I went in to work and cleaned the office (I guess that's good exercise too). Dinner smells delicious. I took someone's suggestion and stuffed a chicken cavity with orange and lemon slices and then roasted the chicken, basting it with a combination of orange juice and chicken broth. It's almost ready and I'm STARVING. But I haven't "picked." Good me.

For lunch, I had my favorite burrito. A chop up 1/4 each of red and yellow peppers, and a lot of onions. "Fry" the whole thing in a non-stick pan sprayed with PAM and when it's all soft, heat a flour tortilla, put a deli thin slice of swiss cheese on it, top with the hot veggies and there you have a very filling lunch, with lots of veggies and it's only 4 points. Drink a huge glass of water or milk with it, and you're set for the afternoon.

Well, that seemed to work. I was able to log back in again and have the blog still be here, and I was able to change the template back to the original, so let's forge ahead.

Dieting is about food, so let's talk about food. I can already tell I'm feeling better for starting this diet. For one thing I haven't touched butter in 3 days. Bready things with lots of butter has always been my downfall. I've been known to go through half a pound of butter in a day. By myself. Bread. Pancakes. Anything I can put butter on. But I haven't had so much as a tsp in 3 days and I don't miss it.

I don't eat sweet stuff so much, meaning I don't crave it. If it's around I will certainly overindulgs. This body was not built for "moderation."

But the WW point system makes it easy. It's psychologically great knowing that NOTHING is forbidden, as long as you stay within your points range. I remember when I did this before that I would go to great lengths to save enough points to have a bite of chocolate or something. But the psychology works when you realize that you could have one bite of candy or a bowl of something else, and you soon start making better choices.

This morning, for example, the place where I was staying had no food (other than roasted peanuts, and I knew I couldn't eat just one and that I had to get out of there quickly). I was in a hurry to make the long drive home and so fast food was the logical answer. McDonald's is across the street and my very favorite breakfast is a McD's sausage biscuit. But I knew that wasn't a very good idea. However, I took out my fast food guide, found out that an egg McMuffin could easily be fit into the points for the day, so I had that with OJ. I didn't feel deprived, I had a good breakfast, and I'm within my points for the rest of the day.

Now if only I can stick with this for awhile.

I think I hate blogger. This is about the 10th time I've added this and if it doesn't add this time, I give up. I created a blog earlier and it posted just fine, but when I went back to edit, it didn't recognize that I'd created a blog and I had to start over again. When I was offered the option of templates, the one I had originally chosen was no longer there. I don't understand this thing! But I'm not going to waste time on it now. I had a long thing written about food, but it will wait until I know for sure that this is going to STAY.

OK. Here goes. As it says on the left there, I have another journal and I don't want to clog that journal with random thoughts throughout the day about this diet I'm on. So I've started a blog. I don't know that I"m even going to link it off the other journal. I think that for now, I'll just keep it for me. And whoever stumbles across it.

I've done diets forever and each time I say "this time I'm serious." I'm saying it again now. I have a lot of weight to lose--over 100 lbs. Some day I might be brave enough to post photos and my real weight here. For now, let me just say that I have taken the first step and have joined Weight Watchers. This is day #3 and so far so good.

I did go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner last night and probably was a bit over on points, but I'm so under on points for the other two days, I think it's still ok.

The thing is, I'm not in this to lose WEIGHT. I'm in it to feel better, be able to move without feeling sore all the time. If I lose 15 lbs or 50 lbs or 100 lbs it matters not. I just want to be more healthy.

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