That recent heart-problem “thing” from last fall put determination back into the battle with my waistline. I have been losing. Not as fast as I have on other occasions — but it’s been a slow, steady reduction and at the moment I’m 27 lbs down from my high.
I have a long way to go, but I’m optimistic. All I have to do is keep after it, and keep active.
I don’t know about anyone else — and I know weight loss people tell you to weigh yourself only once a week — but I have to get on the scale every single day. If I don’t I neither hold my weight nor lose weight.
Fact of the matter is: I enjoy eating. I love eating.
All my life I have avoided sandwiches. I didn’t grow up with them — aside from necessary sandwiches in my lunch bag at school — there were NO school lunch programs that I remember — they may have been there but I never ate at them. My dad didn’t like sandwiches so mom never made meals at home involving sandwiches. Not even for picnics or roadtrips were there sandwiches. There was always HOT protein and COLD salads for roadtrips: a lot of fried chicken and fried breaded pork chops with good old tangy german style potato salad. The males in our family, famished as we must have been, always had hot food at our fingertips.
The lesson behind all that hot food was if it’s served hot it should be eaten hot. And growing up I learned to dislike LUKEWARM or tepid food. I’ve always been the guy who might have had time to converse while eating, but who had a priority whilst at the table: eating my food while it was HOT.
I’m usually close to the first person done with a meal — and I enjoy my food intensely — and I enjoy it while it’s still hot. No doubt I eat faster than I should. I remember reading all the good things that happen when you chew your food. **** — and I’ve been noticing recently that the more I slow down the less food actually satisfies me. My brain has a chance to realize that the stomach is no longer asking for food — and it’s able to send those signals before I’ve wolfed down more food than I needed in the first place.
The doctor was encouraging Clean Eating with the 6 meals per day routine — but we haven’t been able to get the hang of that. Most of the time we’re lucky to get in two meals — one mid morning and one mid afternoon.
RV cooking continues to be different from cooking in any of our old houses. Granted, the replacement of our NeverCold refrigerator (Norcold when I’m not being sarcastic) with a household refrigerator has made a little difference in how we cook but not a lot. We continue doing the 20 minute meal — almost exclusively from raw, un-processed ingredients (other than frozen vegetables). I can’t remember the last time I fried anything — I do a lot of sautéing but we stay away from deep fat. The biggest impediment to normalizing our meals is the fact that we keep moving around and finding the kind of raw ingredients I’m looking for changes from place to place. I never realized how ingrained shopping had become in Milwaukee. It only makes sense — but unless you think about it the impact of being in different places doesn’t jump up and say, “Here look at me.”
We have almost completely given up on buffets. The only real hold out to that is the occasional Chinese buffet — I need my Hot & Sour Soup fixes!!!!! Well, there are also the times when Mel & her fiancé are around — Drew needs to eat and sometimes a buffet is just an easy solution for a growing young man! 🙂
We are both feeling better as a result of our efforts. We are definitely getting more exercise than we had been. Even though the park here is far from flat & level the roads are paved and we walk them quite a bit — which is helping both the weight loss and the cardio conditioning.
I think we’ve kept out restaurant visits down to less than one per week — that may be a record, or near record for us. We never did a lot of restaurant eating but two or three meals a week weren’t all that uncommon if we were in a touring-the-area mode. It’s easier to grab a bite in a local establishment if we snooping around an area and that also gives us a better feel for the local social atmosphere.
Mostly we had been doing the high protein/low carb diet but I am a guy who craves my carbs so every few days we throw in a little this or a little that just to keep from developing a craving that might result in a binge of something — like bread or pasta. That said, poor Peggy is struggling to get along without as many pasta fixes. Whereas I’m the guy who needs bread — she’s the gal who needs here pasta.
I hope by the time we get to Milwaukee in September I’ll be another 10 or 20 pounds lighter. All we can do is try our little bit each and every day. While still enjoying life — after all, what’s the sense of getting to retirement if you aren’t enjoying it?
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here to chat in the morning.