The Secret to Weight Loss
OK, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, here’s the secret:
We are blessed with a wonderful salad bar, with decent mixed greens and all kinds of accompaniments. My favorites are olives, mushrooms, celery, and cucumbers. But there’s lots of other stuff, too, like broccoli (ugh!) and beets (ugh again) for people who like that kind of stuff. And a wide choice of dressings.
So here’s the secret. It’s an issue of attitude. I started thinking of salad as the main course, and small portions of anything else as side dishes. And I eat the salad first.
That’s the big tip, right there. The salad is the main course.
I didn’t cut out desserts. It doesn’t help to feel deprived. But I only have the ones that are especially appealing, maybe one a week. And I take a very small portion, which usually satisfies me. And after a desertless meal, I often eat one square of very dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is an exception to the rule that anything you like is bad for you. It’s one of the few things where I can eat just one and be satisfied. Of course, I don’t really eat it. I let it dissolve in my mouth, so it lasts a long time.
I cut down on alcohol. And I switched from Scotch to red wine. I thought it had fewer calories, but researched it just now, for your edification, and it’s actually about the same.
I changed my exercise routine to include high intensity training. This is supposed to be more effective while taking a less time. I love saving time.
I’m drinking lots of glasses of ice water.
I don’t know if any of these smaller tips have made any difference, but the overall program is working, so I’m sticking to it.
The Other Big Secret
The other secret is that it’s not really so much about losing weight. That’s the easy part. It’s about keeping it off after it’s lost. That means I’ll need to stick with this program forever. It’s a program, not a diet. Have I mentioned that diets do not work?
And the secret within this secret is that I enjoy the program. I do not feel deprived or burdened or unsatisfied. I enjoy the food and the exercise. And as I’ve noticed before, once I’ve lost weight, I rarely feel hungry.
Note O the Day:
Michael is still in ICU but much better. Off the ventilator. Needs lung treatments. Hoping to go home next Wednesday. Thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts.
Joke O the Day (especially for Scott): (this may be a repeat?)
Control freak. Now you say, “Control freak who?”
Did I mention that with my ADD ADHD I don’t have much willpower?
So I’m using the strategy of “locked in.” By telling you all about this, I’ll have to confess if I mess up or it doesn’t work. That fact helps lock me into the program.
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