My Secret Life As Me…only Less!

sexuality, sex blogs, sex , erotica female, eroticaOver the past 6 weeks, I have been keeping a secret (at least in theory…as anyone physically close to me knows already!).  I have been on a diet.  Generally speaking, I don’t like diets at all.  I think that they make women struggle with their self esteem in unhealthy ways and start a constant cycle of denial and eating.  But, after my trip to Savannah, I saw a picture and thought…”Is that me?”  For the first time in years, I stepped on a scale and found out something really shocking.  It was not only me….but me plus about 60 lbs.  Over the last 18 years of marriage, I had gained 60 lbs!
Now, that may seem really silly to say to some, but realizing that I was always that skinny kid (think—no boobs at all until I was about 25 years old and I was only 100 lbs).  At that time, the doctor changed my epilepsy meds and food became a friend.  More than that, as I was always able to eat whatever I wanted before, it was not even part of my mental make up to think that I would not continue to do so.   Further, as I spend much of my day glued to a computer, the opportunity to get in some laps at the gym was not there—even had I wanted to do so.

So..since then, I have lost almost 17 lbs and kicked in with a great exercise program.  Honestly, the exercise part is a real bitch, but as The Marine reminds me so often, “it’s easier to say no than to say yes!”  He has my number completely because I love to say YES!

But, all in all, I just wanted to take a few words to share with others what has helped me along the path.  I am not at my goal yet (which is 140 lbs.), but I am making it there! 

A few things that worked for me:

  • I count carbs.  Look at the label and read the servings in the package.  We assume when we see something like 6 carbs that is for the whole package.  NOPE!  I read a soup label the other day that had 4 servings in one small package at 15 carbs per serving.
  • If you go out to eat, then get a to-go box at the very beginning.  When the waitress brings it, shuffle half of the food into the box and close the lid.  Then only eat what is on your plate.  I have learned that it is not so much of what you eat—but how much!
  • I am a chocolate freak.  It’s a need I cannot control.  So, I don’t try.  Hersey’s and Reese’s both have 100 calorie (6 carbs) candy bars.  They are about the size of your middle finger and kinda thin, but the taste is exactly the same.   Hersey puts out a dark chocolate and a mint milk chocolate—both are my best friends in life.
  • Find some nuts.  Almonds are great for some crunchy snacks because they satisfy the appetite and taste good.  Be careful of the salt because it can make you retain water…but I love the taste.
  • Veggie Juice after a workout.  My body loves the refueling feeling and I add alittle salt on top to replace the electrolytes.  Gives me a strong feeling of replacing what sweat washes away.
  • Slimfast shakes (Chocolate Royale extra, extra cold) to replace breakfast.  Never in love with breakfast anyways, but that chocolate shot in the morning is awesome.  Something else I do…I open a warm can and put it into a bowl.  Put it in the freezer and by dinner you will have—you guessed it—ice cream!

And if anyone out there is trying the same and has a secret diet trick that works for them….share with us please!!   As always…no product endorsements.  Just some stuff I am doing and its working.  ~~Dee

10 thoughts on “My Secret Life As Me…only Less!

  1. What has worked for me for the past eight years (although menopause has thrown things off a bit) is eating six times a day, lean protein and “good” carbs (whole grains, fruits, starchy veggies like corn) and veggies. Small portions — the size of your fist. Do that for six days a week — with exercise those six days — then take one day a week off and eat whatever you want.

    You’d be surprised how easy it is to control a craving if you can tell yourself you’ll just save it for Sunday!

  2. Finn–I have wondered about that. I know people that swear by eating several small meals a day. I have trouble eating the two I actually eat…I forget to eat…and then I REALLY eat when I do. I will give that a shot….thank you love. ~~Dee

  3. Congrats! This is what i have been doing that helps me. All the crazy snacks like my beloved chocolate, and chips….they go. and instead i bring 8 fruits to work. One for each hour of work. And thats what I snack on. Once a week I go on a 7 mile hike (which may be hard since there are no mountains where you live) this way i sweat my ass off, take pictures, and enjoy the view while thinking very little about my burning muscles and I attempt (key word is attempt, i usually fail) going to the GYM.

    But still Congrats!

  4. MissM–We have lovely mountains here in SC with fabulous waterfalls, so hiking is great. I spend time on my treadmill because I can justify stopping to watch TV programs I love if I am running at the same time. PLUS, I keep my mind off the sweat factor. I am going to try that eeating small snacks during the day thing. Wish me luck! ~~Dee

  5. Honey is a wonderful treat that I use instead of sugar and great for sore throats too! I try to limit my soft drinks. No Coke, Pepsi, 7 Up or Dr. Pepper.

    But I have a real weakness for Sassparella and Ginger beer.

    Lots of walking, cycling; no playing rugby or second servings on Doctors orders.

  6. Nigel–Nope…no soft drinks. Those damn things are loaded with carbs and sugers…plus, there are two servings to a can. So, if you drink one full can, you have had double the dose! ACK.

    Sassparella and Ginger beer? Mmm…you are gonna have to ship me some of that! Always ready to try new. ~~Dee

  7. Congratulations! I am glad to read that it is going well for you. Dieting is HARD. To me the worst time for watching what i eat is when my hormones kick in overtime. I start craving everything!

  8. Congrats! That’s an awesome accomplishment!! I’ve been dieting too, I’m on my third/fourth week now and have lost about 9 lbs. Still have quite to work on to fit into my skinny jeans, but I’m use to eating less now and not having sugar cravings so much. I find that chewing sugar free gum gives me the sensation I’m eating something sweet without the extra calories and the actual sugar. That might help if you have a sweet tooth like I do.

  9. Jen–I always end up chewing up the inside of my mouth when I chew gum. The Marine goes through tons of gum in a month. I dont bitch because he used it to quit dipping. Anything is better than dipping! *shiver*

    I am not so much looking for the skinny jeans… just the happier me! Good luck with your effort. We could not eat our favorite food together! ~~Dee

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