Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Cookie

And it's also for Calories!

I've changed my way of eating from a low carb / high protein, Atkins style diet to actually counting calories (but still lower carb).

I've dealt with weight issues my entire life.  Ok maybe starting in 3rd grade if you go back and look at my school pictures.  I would diet here & there and lose 20lbs and then gain it back.  At a few times in my life I was OBESE, but for the most part I was just over weight, so I really never put a lot of effort into losing weight.  Then in 2000 I found an Atkins bulletin board and decided to give it a try.  I lost 43 lbs in 6 months!!!  Then gained it all back when I got pregnant 2 months later! LOL.  Since having my 2nd son almost 11 years ago, I tried over and over again to lose weight.  But I just could not get it to stick.  I had no will power.

I was obese.  Everything from my weight, to my pants size to my shirt size all started with a 2 and that was not a good thing.  One day I was at the grocery store I took a good look at all the old people outside the store waiting for their ride.  While a few of them were chunky, not one was obese.  I decided then and there it was time to get serious about weight loss.  It took me about 2.5 years (still not very good at sticking with it) I lost 66lbs! 

I was no longer obese, I wasn't even overweight, I was in a healthy BMI!

Then I got sick & quit smoking, and over a few months about 20lbs came back. 

So I'm back to trying to get that off. I turned of course to atkins.  I think it's because I know it too well and know the short cuts because it just wasn't working.  So I moved to JUDDD.

And now I have to count calories!

Counting calories SUCKS!  I guess in time I will get to know what calorie counts are in certain foods I eat, but for now I'm measuring and weighing my food.

and it sucks!

But it's working....  so I guess I'll stick with it for a while.


  1. The only popularized diet that ever seemed to work for me was the Weight Waters Points system. (I had a free copy of the book by chance.)

    It was easy to remember most of the foods that were in the 0 points category (meaning I could have as much as I wanted throughout the day). And the whole thing was pretty flexible; I never found myself going "Gah, I wish I could eat that."

    Of course, I only stuck with it about 6 months.

    I've gotten tired of numbers. At this point, I figure, if I'm exercising and eating healthy (fruits, veggies, lean meats, not ODing on caffeine...) and I fit/look good in my clothes, and my blood work looks good, then my weight (I don't even own a scale) and BMI can take a bloody hike. :)

    But that's what works for me.

    Good luck with the counting!

  2. I don't think I could count calories .. I love desserts way too much ! I can't resist for too long.

    I'm vegetarian (who doesn't like a lot of veggies); love pasta, cheese & chocolate (big no no's in the diet world) and would skip every meal just to have dessert (cos that's when I'm smiling from my heart)

    Good luck with the JUDD diet - it sounds interesting - at least you get to alternate calories each day. A friend tried the Cabbage Soup diet; and another one the GM diet which worked well for them. In my opinion, a healthy diet (everything in moderation) along with basic exercise (even if its yoga / floor exercises at home / going for walks) will help with weight loss.

    I would personally suggest having a glass of hot water with 1/4 or 1/2 lemon squeezed in it first thing in the morning as it helps increase your metabolism.

    Do keep us posted on your progress :) I'm rooting for you !