Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 70—Diet Reminders January 24, 2010

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Day 67—Puttin’ On The Gloves January 21, 2010

Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig battle it out in court

Weight Watchers is fighting mad at diet rival Jenny Craig. They claim that JC’s TV commercial showing actress Valerie Bertinelli stripping off her lab coat to reveal a svelte body—and claiming that the JC program produces twice the weight loss that WW does—are “patently deceptive,” to quote WW’s David Kirchoff.

WW claims JC compared a current study of JC results with a 10-year-old study of WW results. They may have a valid case, as a judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring further airing of the ad until the false advertising lawsuit is settled.

What are the differences between the two programs? Jenny Craig relies on sales of prepackaged meals; Weight Watchers teaches lifestyle change, promotes group support and uses a point system to quantify food intake.

Regardless of the ad’s contents, do you have experience that favors one program or the other? Share your thoughts!

 

Day 59—Foresight January 13, 2010

Keep your plan on track by allowing for events where you might overeat.

Lots of events offer us opportunity to overeat: weddings, funerals, parties (Superbowl’s comin’!)—you get the picture. So how do we celebrate and still keep our calorie counts under control?

Simple: plan ahead. When we know our evening intake might overflow our calorie bucket (maybe calorie cup might be a better mental picture to use!), we can cut our pre-event calories to compensate.

So for breakfast, we could have cold cereal and skim milk—about 270 calories compared to 630 for 2 whole wheat pancakes with butter and syrup, and a glass of orange juice; or to the 840 calories in a 2-egg cheese omelet with three slices of bacon, a whole wheat bagel with butter and jam, and OJ. (Which is your typical breakfast fare?)

Then for lunch, half a cheese sandwich with a piece of fruit to compensate for the banana we cut from breakfast would add just 360 calories for a total of 630.

My daily (weight-loss level) goal is 1550 calories or less. So that leaves 920 for the big event.

Concentrating on the healthy and lower-cal items at the food fest will allow you to fill up without blowing your calorie budget.

It’s a piece of cake! (Oops! I meant that figuratively. But maybe just a little slice…)

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute!

 

Day 57—Potluck? Good Luck January 11, 2010

What tips can you add to the list below?

I attended a monthly potluck yesterday. Naturally, the thought occurred to me, How do I keep on track when there are sooooo many scrumptious offerings to choose from?

Here are 6 strategies for avoiding potluck remorse:

1. Pre-eat. Before you go, eat a small amount so you’re not ravenous as you walk the potluck line.

2. Be the Goody Two Shoes. Take a healthy dish. Vegetables and healthy side dishes are always in short supply at potlucks—but much appreciated by those of us who are watching our weight.

3. Avoid the choose blues. Select the healthy versions: a whole wheat roll instead of white; the brown rice dish instead of the white… You do have options. Exercise them.

4. Exercise portion control. When so many options clamor to be sampled, try taking smaller (start with half a spoonful) samplings. You can always go back for a larger helping of a favorite.

5. Take your time. Savor the conversation and eat your meal slowly so your brain can keep up with your belly and register “FULL” before you’ve consumed everything on your plate.

6. Un-friend the Clean Plate Club. Once and for all, admit to yourself that the starving children will not be saved if you finish everything you’ve taken. But you might be saved if you don’t.

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! We can do this! And if you have tips to add, be sure to comment!  😉

 

Day 56—Beware The Nutritional Analysis January 10, 2010

Nutritional labels aren't always what they seem.

If you depend on the accuracy of nutrition labels for your food diary and your weight loss strategy, you need to know that they’re not always accurate. According to ABC News yesterday morning, the FDA allows for a whopping 20 percent variation in labels’ accuracy!

So if your frozen diet dinner says it contains 350 calories, it may legally contain as much as 420. (Or, to be fair, as little as 280—but I wouldn’t count on it!  😉 Does that make me a cynic? If so, so be it.)

The reason: Food really does vary in composition. (Read: A green bean is not a green bean is not a green bean.) But ABC’s research found that food labels varied by as much as 31%—way over the legal leeway. So beware the trusted food label. I’ll put the nutrition label in the same category that I put the expiration date: a guideline, not an absolute.

 

Day 43–Return To Reality December 28, 2009

Time to back away from the buffet table and rein in the repast.

After a week’s diet-song of mainly kolachies, thumb prints, snicker doodles, fudge, truffles, mint and caramel chocolates,  huge hunks of prime roast beast, potatoes (at least four varieties), a delicious hot turkey-cranberry salad encased in wreath-shaped crescent roll dough, eggs, french toast and pancakes, I hear the sound of screeching brakes.

The sound is bittersweet. I looovvvve all those things–and some of them are even quite healthy–but I realize that I’ve WAAAYYY overshot my calorie budget for the week (or is that for the month?).

So here we are, now that I’m home: back into the comfortable, predictable groove of more-healthy eating and more-conscious food choices.

I started today off with cream of wheat, skim milk, OJ, and a slice of whole wheat toast with a light buttering. Now I need to work on jump-starting my exercise routine, and trying out the awesome monitor my kids gave me (When there are grandkids around to have fun with, it’s hard to think about hitting the exercise trail!)

So even though Christmas is wonderful, there’s something equally wonderful about getting back home and in control of my “program,” if you will.

Oh yes, the weight report? Yesterday I weighed in at 194, body fat 31.5% and body water 43%. Ouch. I feel it in my waistband. Now I’m off to the grocery to restock my fruits and veggies! Ta-ta for now…

 

Day 35—The Half-And-Half Rule December 20, 2009

What's the half-and-half rule?

One good way to gauge your eating habits is to use the half-and-half rule: Fill (at least) half your plate with fruits and/or vegetables, and the other half with other stuff (obviously meat, eggs, a sandwich, soup or other heatlhy foods would be better than cake or candy, but you have to be your own judge and jury!)

Try it! And ’til tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! I know how hard it is to stay on track at this food’s-everywhere time of year.  😉