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10 Reasons Why I Hate My Diet 
May 16, 2011 8:46 am 
Updated: May 26, 2011 7:05 pm
Three weeks ago on the advice, no let’s be more accurate, the DIRECT ORDER of my cantankerous & curmudgeonly doctor I went on a diet. So I thought it was time to check in with an update on the 10 Reasons Why I Hate My Diet.

1 – I hate my diet because it has the letters “D – I – E” in it and early on it felt like it too….but it hasn’t killed me yet so I might as well keep going.

2 – I hate my diet because it says you should drink DECAF coffee with fat free half & half….but there are some things in life I can’t do and decaf with my 2 hour commute is a definitely one of those things so I am still having my KAHUNA sized travel mug on the way to the train but I have stuck with the fat free half & half (oxymoron) and stopped getting the double espresso from the office swill machine.

3 – I hate my diet because I can’t eat regular bacon and we all know that bacon makes everything better and this diet needs a lot of help in becoming even tolerable….but turkey bacon, while having fake white stripes that crack me up, and Canadian bacon aren’t actually half bad. In fact, as a kid I used to order Canadian bacon whenever I saw it on the menu so in some ways my diet is nostalgic.

4 – I hate my diet because during the first few weeks you aren’t allowed fruit yogurt which to my son isn’t a bad idea at all as he can’t stand yogurt even though I try to tell him that it is fruit pudding….but I couldn’t give up my morning fat free yogurt so I didn’t. My diet was just going to have to live with that.

5 – I hate my diet because I am addicted to chocolate and there are no two ways about it, chocolate is not allowed….but I will have to give it up to the people at Baskin-Robbins who have made great SUGAR FREE Mint Chocolate Chip and SUGAR FREE Cookies & Cream hard candies. My daughter swears that if you freeze them, they taste like a nugget of ice cream in your mouth and they are only 10 calories.

6 – I hate my diet because I had to start it just before my daughter’s birthday and my birthday and my daughter’s birthday party and a Mother’s Day Brunch so there were plenty of minefields and culinary booby traps in my path….but I didn’t let those bother me, I had a sliver of cake for my daughter, I had a slice of cake for me, I had a sip of a Red Velvet Cupcake Smoothie for the party and I skipped dessert and had sugar free jello when I got home from the Mother’s Day Brunch instead.

7 – I hate my diet because I can’t eat fruit during the first couple of weeks and I love fruit….but those first few weeks are almost over and in checking the booklet I see that pineapple, watermelon & raisins seem to be the only fruits I can’t have. Summer is almost here and not only do I love watermelon but I have a couple of great watermelon ties so we shall have to see about this one.

 8 – I hate my diet because I need to run every morning at 3:45am so I can still catch my train in the morning and see my kids at a somewhat decent hour each night….but getting up early to workout (which I used to do a lot before I got fat) actually isn’t so bad now that I have a DVR on the basement TV. Combine that with Xfinity On Demand and I actually have something to watch other than infomercials & repeats of Joy Behar while I count down the miles.

9 – I hate my diet because it says that Gatorade is not a beverage that is allowed…. but if you think I am going to run 3+ miles every morning and work on my garden outside and only drink water, then you are crazy. I drink one bottle of Gatorade (17.5 oz) every 2 days during the week and 1 to 2 a day on Saturday & Sunday depending on how much work I am doing. I shoveled 7 cubic yards of dirt this past Saturday so I might have had an extra bottle.

10 – I hate my diet because during this first phase, pasta is not allowed and I have to go to a lot of charity events & cocktails parties where I have discovered that pasta is served a lot….but having to cut back on most cocktail party & charity dinner foodstuffs other than beef, veggies & cheese actually hasn’t been so bad. My lovely wife (and partner in dieting crime) has been extremely amenable to just make an appearance and get the hell out so I am spending less time standing around eating goat cheese puffs and slimy stuff on a stupid. (As an side to all caterers out there – stop serving food on a spoon unless the server is going to stand there and wait for me to slurp whatever the hell it is in there)

BONUS # 10 (because I don’t know how to count) – I hate my diet because I love desserts and I have always had a sweet tooth….but where there is a will, there is a way and with the help of Fat Free Cool Whip, Sugar Free Jell-o, Splenda, Light Ricotta Cheese, Vanilla extract and Werther’s Sugar Free Caramel Coffee, Caramel Cinnamon & Caramel Mint hard candies I have been able to keep my sweet tooth somewhat at bay. I did make one of those weight watchers diet soda cakes and the kids liked it. I had a small bite and will try it again but I will bake it longer and will try a different flavor – the lemon cake dominated the diet orange soda.

So with all this hating of my diet, how have the results been you ask ? Well head to your pantry or to the baking aisle at your local grocery store and pick up a 5lb bag of sugar. Now pick up another one. If you can, pick up one more and start walking around. Now put them down and start walking around again. It isn’t easy carrying 15 extra pounds around with you and I bet it felt good to put the bags down. Well 15lbs (as of last Friday, I refuse to weigh myself on a Monday Morning) is what I have lost so far and it does feel good to get the weight off again. I am eyeing that 4th bag of sugar as we speak.

Come back next time when we discuss what I am watching at 3:45am as I run and how I am doing once I transition to Phase 2 of the diet and start adding back some forbidden foods who’s absence have helped me lose as much as I have.
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May 16, 2011 8:57 am
Congrats, Doug! 15 lbs - woohoo! Here's to the next "bag of sugar" and your blog of Why I Love my Diet (cause I feel so great!?!).
May 16, 2011 9:02 am
Wow. Great job. Watch it or you just may inspire me! I don't want to! I don't want to! But oldest is getting married in July (geez is that after June? and is this MAY?) I need to fit into something. Keep up the good work, it really is amazing!!
May 16, 2011 9:08 am
Thanks mickdee - your name is making me think of Big Macs but your picture is telling me to float like a butterfly and eat something healthy. Stop in again for 10 more reasons I hate my diet coming soon.
May 16, 2011 9:09 am
Jena - If I can lose weight, you can too because I am lazy and have 3 boxes of girl scout cookies in my desk CALLING MY NAME. Congrats on the wedding too.
May 16, 2011 9:10 am
Holy Domino Sugar Bat Man!!!!! Way to go Doug, dieting sucks big time! I hate it as well. But the rewards are so great if you can stick to it, I always fall off the the forbidden wagon . I love to cook and bake and you can't do either if you can't taste test them to make sure they're good to serve. Right???? Stick with it and I have been eyeing my 4th bag a sugar for 2 weeks now and can't get a grasp . Don't miss DWS tonight!!
May 16, 2011 9:12 am
oh god, you lost me at getting up at 3:45 to run. no way in H3LL could I do that, and I have all sorts of fun entertainment in front of my treadmill too. Good for you though! I like your sugar bag analogy.. all that work for 15 pounds less kind of doesn't sound worth it to me, but thinking of the sugar bags, you're so right, it IS hard to carry aroudn 15 extra lbs. I did pretty well last week in taking walks at lunch time (short walks, but still). I just have a real hard time walking without thinking "oh look, a starbucks! I better stop and get a frappucino". Really need to break the habit of feeling like a need a sweet reward every single time I exercise.. re: the chocolate, have you tried any of those 100 calories snacks on the market? The chocolate covered pretzel ones are good (though of course the problem is you get like four and a half pretzels in each bag so you end up wanting to eat 8 bags... but if you have the willpower not to, they're a good snacking option!) I also found out awhile ago when I really started paying attention to nutrition labels and trying to choose good snacks that would still satisfy me, those individual Jello or Hunts chocolate puddings really aren't that bad for you - no trans fats, not that many calories (as long as you just eat one!). Probably still not something to eat everyday but a lot better than many other sweet treats. There's even the sugar free varities but to me they taste like poop.
May 16, 2011 9:13 am
That is awesome! 15 pounds in 3 weeks! Keep up the good work!
May 16, 2011 9:19 am
Congratulations Dave on your weight loss! Keep going! I could really list the reasons that I hate men on diets, but I'll give you only one. It will take me about twice as long to lose that 15 lbs following a sensible diet. But, then again, I'm on Weight Watchers so I can have pretty much anything I want within reason, and, my job is in the moderate to heavy activity range so I don't have to fight the sitting at the computer lack of exersize. AKA, secretary spread! Thanks for the blog it is inspirational.
May 16, 2011 9:19 am
CONGRATULATIONS Doug! You are doing great and I am impressed!
May 16, 2011 9:20 am
Hey Doug have you ever tried seltzer water? It is fun having those bubbles dancing around and it is completely zero calories. A possible replacement for the gatoraide?
May 16, 2011 9:30 am
Sorry, Doug
May 16, 2011 9:38 am
Hey! I found those 15 lbs. you lost. They attached themselves to my thighs. How do I get rid of these things now?? Please don't lose any more lbs. I just don't have room for them, but thanks anyway. ;)
May 16, 2011 9:41 am
Doug- awesome blog post! Thanks for adding some humor to something we all hate- watching our diet. I think my favorite has to be #1- it has the word "D-I-E" in it.
May 16, 2011 9:42 am
There's a Simpsons joke like that.. the "alien" episode where Homer had to walk home from Moe's one night and he was walking through the creepy woods and saw a billboard that said DIE on it, so he screamed. Then a tree moved and it actually said DIET and he screamed louder. lol
May 16, 2011 9:48 am
Excellent, Doug!
May 16, 2011 9:49 am
I've lost 6 bags of sugar! It ain't fun, but sometimes one has to bite the bullet or D-I-E!!
May 16, 2011 10:06 am
Well, I have to say "Good Job" sticking to your diet. I know it's not easy. I'm trying to lose weight myself and I know it is hard, especially when you are older. I'm walking and that has helped me. I walk everyday, if it's no raining. I'm eating less but eating healty is a plus. Loved your blog. You've gotta have some humor while dieting, right? Hang in there.
May 16, 2011 10:45 am
Hey dragonfly22 - that 4th bag of sugar is mine but I will share it with you. Watching DWTS tonight is going to be tough with RHONJ premiering tonight.
May 16, 2011 10:54 am
Hi Alex - the exercise "rewards" can get me into trouble since i will start to rationalize things liket walking to the mailbox instead of driving deserves a reward. I also treat 100 calorie packs like they don't count and can kill a whole box in one sitting so I am trying to stay away from those for now.
May 16, 2011 10:55 am
Thanks Nurse Ellen - I'm trying.
May 16, 2011 10:57 am
No problem Tasha - I get confused for my less talented musically inclined brother all the time. I'll admit, the first 5lbs were probably water weight - the next 15 won't be as easy
May 16, 2011 10:57 am
Thanks SLN - like I said above, I'm trying.
May 16, 2011 10:58 am
Sorry ibbz - I didn't know where they went. I thought I had sent them to Puck. I'll do that with the next 15. Thanks for checking in.
May 16, 2011 11:00 am
Hi Dog Fish Head aka Fabius - Club Soda with Lime is my new cocktail party drink and I have cut out the diet coke/pepsi because of the caffeine. The gatorade I drink for the electrolytes and other goodies in it. The dreadmill just plain kills me.
May 16, 2011 11:03 am
Hi DarcieA - I have to poke fun at myself, otherwise I would be too busy being miserable. I will say that the diet has made me a crankier commuter. Thanks for stopping in.
May 16, 2011 11:04 am
Hi Alex - I think I first saw the DIE/DIET joke in a very old Garfield comic. I think he was lying in a lasagna pan
May 16, 2011 11:04 am
Thanks Mike
May 16, 2011 11:05 am
6 bags ?!?!?! You are my hero swchef. I'm biting the bullet right now and it don't taste to good.
May 16, 2011 11:07 am
Thanks luv2cook - humor gets me through a lot of sticky (mmmm caramel) situations. I'll see you out walking - keep up the good work.
May 16, 2011 11:46 am
Wow! Congrats to you!! Keep it up... I think you can say you have a ton of support here... You've inspired me to start that diet I've been putting off for months! thanks for sharing!
May 16, 2011 11:54 am
Thanks Terry - I felt if I didn't go public with it, I would come up with reasons to quit. With blogs here, wordpress & facebook I have put myself out there. Thanks for the support and now come join us. There are a lot of us on the same path. Good luck
May 16, 2011 1:52 pm
Holy cow! 15 pounds is awesome! Great job, Doug! I've been struggling since late January and have just barely lost ten. I almost felt like I was going to say the heck with it, but then this weekend I put on a pair of jeans that hasn't fit me in 6 years, so I am BACK ON THE WAGON! :) I think all I needed was some sort of reward like that to keep me moving forward. Keep up the good work!
May 16, 2011 2:02 pm
Hi Doug, don't you just love then south beach diet ;), I started on it two months ago and lost almost two sugar bags but have stalled and been bad recently so I need to start back up again. Sugar free jello and sugar free chocolate fudge pops are my friends!!!
May 16, 2011 2:31 pm
love the blog, Doug. As you keep walking, soon the extra sugar bag will leave your body. Every spring I brush up on the lazy winter muscles and it is amazing how quickly the body adjusts. Now all the fat/sugar/calorie free stuff you are eating, I could not handle that myself, but good for you. And WHY can't you eat watermelon? Just curious. I pump the boys full of watermelon, it has natural sugars and rehydrates them on hot days. I would cheat and eat watermelon and ditch the gatoraide;P
May 16, 2011 2:53 pm
Doug! Sincere congrats on 3 bags gone. Seems like you have a great source of support going and if I added my two cents of encouragement it would be that "slow and steady wins the race!" I also highly recommend Extra Dessert Delights sugar free gum in Chocolate Mint Chip for another chocolate fix....By the way, I hope the knowledge that you are inspiring other people provides you encouragement to keep up the great effort, especially when you are on the "dreadmill" at 3:45am! p.s this Canadian can vouch for our Bacon...
May 16, 2011 2:57 pm
Great job Doug! So yesterday we started one of our kitties on a low-cal diet. I have to feel for the little guy - meowing up a storm during the day, since most of our 6 cats are blessed with self control and are therefore free-feeders. Like me, Joe is a "so-what's-in-the-fridge-now?" grazer type, with the heft prove it. I feel his pain yet wish I could limit my own reaction to a meow if someone were to hide my food bowl. Here's to more lbs of sugar gone! :-)
May 16, 2011 3:06 pm
Congrats on your weight loss, but I think I found one of your bags of sugar and I am now carrying it for you! Don't forget that there's also crystal light. That stuff is good and sugar free. So if I carry splenda around is that better? LOL. Keep up the good work!
May 16, 2011 3:20 pm
What DIEt are you following? Beware of the fat free stuff.... sometimes it is loaded with sugar! Keep up the good work!
May 16, 2011 3:30 pm
Woot! Keep up the good work. You could audition for DWTS, worked for Kirstie.
May 16, 2011 4:40 pm
I just bought sugar (C&H) and noticed the bags have gone from 5 lbs to 4...! (Did they think we wouldn't notice? Just raise the price already.) Anyway: you might have to recalculate more bags of sugar. :) Feels like progress!
May 16, 2011 4:41 pm
Hey Doug - I'm the "other" luv2cook (Florida gator country) - - I had to laugh at the sugar bag analogy. When I lost 25 pounds, I went to our neighborhood Sam's Club and bought a 25 pound bag of sugar. When my husband got home, I told him to sit down and then I put the 25 pound bag in his lap and told him "That's how much is NOT sitting in your lap anymore!" My husband became my biggest cheerleader. And you're right - I carried that 25 pound bag around Sam's and then home and into the house - IT WAS HEAVY!!!!! You go Doug and Doug's lighter half!
May 16, 2011 4:44 pm
P.S. - Have you tried "skinny cow" desserts? They're really good!!
May 16, 2011 6:56 pm
Awesome! Whatever you are doing is working fast! Love the bags of sugar visual! Eons ago, my dau. was getting married, so 4 months of exercising and cutting back was rewarded by a very lean, sleek me. I exercised to Jane Fonda (did I say eons ago?), walked at noon and/or evenings, and sometimes mornings, (we live in country), ate salad-style for lunch, did not "eat until I was full" at mealtime. (1/2 of portions served when eating out is good enough!) Now, I want to get back at it. My downfall began by Thanksgiving overindulging, and not cutting back after, before Christmas. Do the math, and it ADDS up over the years! You are inspiring. Thanks!!
May 16, 2011 6:59 pm
You're doing great! Keep it up! You may shame me into losing a few somehow....DH has lost a few more pounds, but my weight doesn't seem to move down any. But I WON'T get up at 3:45 to run, I know that! That is willpower, man! I'm still walking/using the Total Gym, but my weight doesn't change any. Been a bit lax lately, so need to start watching what I eat a little better again.
May 17, 2011 4:08 am
Wow - that's fantastic!! When I was told last year that I have type 2 diabetes, I was also told to lose weight. And the doctor added "oh yeah, it's really difficult to lose weight as a diabetic" Gee, thanks! I've lost about 30 pounds so far and have reduced my insulin by 75% but it's very, very hard. I probably eat around 1200 calories per day and spend an hour in the gym and walk anywhere from 2 to 4 miles per day and still can't lose at times. But - I feel soooooo much better and have more energy than I know what to do with. Keep up the great work.
May 17, 2011 9:33 am
Hi Christine M - isn't it great when just as you were about to give up you get a sign like an old pair of jeans ? I only weigh myself every couple of days but it's clothes that tell me the real story. I am wearing a suit today that I had almost given away 2 months ago. Keep up the good work and check in again.
May 17, 2011 9:36 am
Hi DeniseY - I hate the South Beach Diet but I love the results. Some of those Phase One recipes are just nasty (spinach egg cups & crab salad with soy cilantro mayo to name two). Since I modified it a little, I am staying on Phase One for another week and then I will start to work back in the allowble foods but I won't be using their recipes, I will be using the recipes & tips that I find here. Good luck and keep going. We have more bags to lose between us.
May 17, 2011 9:40 am
Hi redneck gramma and thanks - I have more than a few more sugar bags to lose. The only reason I am eating all that fat free, sugar free stuff is because it is all called for in the South Beach Diet and my doctor, Dr. Killjoy, prescribed it. I also started loosening up those garden muscles by shoveling 7 cubic yards of dirt this past weekend. I also have to cut the grass with a reel mower by order of the kids so as not to scare the baby birds in the bird box on the fence by the lupines.
May 17, 2011 9:41 am
and redneck gramma - I have to read as to why no watermelon - it was just on the forbidden list - once it is ripe & in season here in NJ, nothing will stop me from eating it.
May 17, 2011 9:53 am
WAY TO GO DOUG! Losing weight is by far the hardest thing to accomplish EVER. Oh, and grumbling and complaining is completely ok while dieting. It makes us lol too.
May 17, 2011 10:18 am
Good job Doug. Phase One is the toughest - for sure. It does get easier.
May 17, 2011 10:22 am
Hi ellie and thanks - I know that the weight loss will be most dramatic at first and then comes the hard part but I am ready for it. I also knew that by going public it would be harder for me to back out and now there are so many of us all in the same boat, I'm ready to man the oars and help us all get there. Thanks again.
May 17, 2011 10:29 am
Watermelon may cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, which can lead to cravings. My brother is a Type 1 Diabetic and the South Beach Diet (phase 2 & 3) is really perfect for him. He actually has to limit most melon and can eat a half of a banana. The GI (glycemic index) is high in these foods and causes blood sugar to spike.
May 17, 2011 10:32 am
Hi Wendie and thanks - now I wonder what the cat equivalent of a bag of sugar would be ? Good luck with the little dude.
May 17, 2011 10:36 am
Hi lovecakes - sorry you found one of my bags but unlike the old hotel keys, you can't mail it back to me. They do say that splenda can be used instead of sugar but I think it is on a One to One basis so while the calories would be fewer, the weight would be the same. Bummer.
May 17, 2011 10:38 am
Hi sassyoldlady & thanks - DWTS has worked for Kirstie - of course I have 2 left feet so I wouldn't get to stay very long and my dancing weight loss would be over & done with.
May 17, 2011 10:39 am
Hi Shanon K - by order of Dr. Killjoy I am on the South Beach Diet only I modified it a little so I guess it would fall further up the coast and be more of a Port St. Lucie or Jupiter Island Diet.
May 17, 2011 10:42 am
Hi Doughgirl8 and thanks - and ice cream is coming in quart & a half containers too nowadays (not that I would know that on my diet)
May 17, 2011 10:44 am
Hi luv2cook (gator variety) and thanks and WAY TO GO !!! I love the sugar bags analogy much better than all those years ago when Oprah brought out a wagon of fat. Sugar registers. It's concrete. It's real. It's heavy and it was hanging over my belt. Great job.
May 17, 2011 11:00 am
Hi Mamaw and thanks - I would say climb aboard but we all seem to be walking or running. Don't tell anyone but we have a Buns of Steel VHS tape in the basement so I understand eons ago. Good luck and check back in again.
May 17, 2011 12:22 pm
Hi Elle and thanks - I don't mean to shame but to inspire. We can all watch what we eat a little better and we can all work a little harder. Keep it up and come back again.
May 17, 2011 12:24 pm
Wow Bennett - that is tremendous news against tough odds. You are an inspiration to me to keep fighting. Trust me, I did not want to get on the dreadmill this morning but somehow I did. Keep it up and ome back and inspire me some more.
May 17, 2011 12:25 pm
Hi TEXASTRACE and thanks - I like to grumble & complain on a daily basis about everything - all you have to do is read my twitter feed to know that.
May 17, 2011 12:29 pm
Hi Baking Nana - Phase One is hard and since I bent it a little to fit me I decided to stay on Phase One a couple of extra weeks. I can't wait to start Phase Two next week but that info on Watermelon bums me out....for now....by July I will be slim & trim and eating watermelon won't matter....I hope.
May 17, 2011 1:49 pm
15lbs is awesome. Keep up the good work and can't wait until the next report.
May 17, 2011 1:52 pm
Congrats Doug! And thanks because you've re-motivated me to start losing more bags of sugar. :)
May 17, 2011 1:59 pm
Hi GEEEG and thanks. Hopefully I will have some decent recipes to share next time out.
May 17, 2011 2:01 pm
Hi Amanda and thanks - I hope I did motivate you. I know all the people supporting me and joining me is keeping me motivated too. I feel like I have to lose weight now or I will be letting people(besides myself) down. Good luck and come back again. I look forward to your progress.
May 17, 2011 6:48 pm
Doug, You are making great progress and do it with humor which makes it even better. So glad you enjoyed the WW cake. We liked the chocolate with diet cherry vanilla dr pepper. Top with a little FF cool whip and it was perfect for the chocolate cravings.
May 17, 2011 7:17 pm
Thank you chefshelly66 - they do say that laughter is the best medicine and it does help sweeten the bitter pill that is the situation I got myself into. I am definitely going to try your WW cake mixture next. Thanks again.
May 17, 2011 7:30 pm
They say that lack of sleep also causes weight gain. Be careful...I hope you go to sleep early. I get up around 4:30a.m. so that I have time to walk my dogs before getting my 2 children up and ready for school but the kids go to bed early and I'm usually asleep by 9p.m. If it doesn't get done in the morning, it certainly isn't getting done in the evening...Bravo on your weight loss!!!!!!! Keep up the great blog. If you find any low fat foods particularly noteworthy, let us know. Thanks!
May 17, 2011 9:44 pm
DM: Fifteen pounds! You are a rockstar! (I started working on myself about two weeks ago. As of this morning, I'm going to call it 4 pounds. Almost one bag of sugar!) Thanks for the inspiration, Doug.
May 18, 2011 4:57 am
I skimmed the top 5 and just knew this one had to be yours but had no time to read til this morning. Diets stink but good health doesn't. It sounds like this is working for you so Yeah! Keep up the good work!
May 18, 2011 5:51 am
I don't know what diet you are on but you should try Weight Watchers and eat whatever you want just make sure your portions aren't out of control. I lost 38 pounds on WW without much effort at all and didn't have to give up all that you are sacrificing
May 18, 2011 7:04 am
Hey! Congrats on your success! I lost 27lbs almost 2 yrs ago with weight watchers and exercise, and have kept it off. If I can do it, you can too! I'm sure by now, people are noticing the change. You'll look nd feel great! I found those compliments motivating too. Good luck!
May 18, 2011 7:53 am
You are too funny.........good thing that you have a sense of humor to make it through, congrats on your weight loss so far, hang in there ! Love your blog, keep us posted !............Nichele
May 18, 2011 8:43 am
i know what diet you are on and i have gone through phase 1 successfully 2 times, mostly because i had my own office and could be beligerent with my door closed. it's harder working in an office and not being able to indulge in fruit and popcorn mid afternoon, but the pay off is amazing, congratulations!
May 18, 2011 8:49 am
Dave have you tried the propel zero for the electrolyes my kids swear by them they taste good and have zero calories and all the other stuff you need.
May 18, 2011 1:04 pm
Congratulations and good luck! I follow a healthy diet becuase of high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease and stroke, it can be really difficult at times but you will feel so much better! Pretty soon you won't want to eat junk food anymore. Hang in there!
May 18, 2011 4:19 pm
Good for you Doug, almost 20 lbs., is impressive.....On your next blog I would like to see you list the 10 reasons you are "happy about your diet". I bet you are realizing the positives by now.....keep up the good job.
May 18, 2011 9:01 pm
Excellent Doug!! I hate dieting too but... do it just when I have to. Like right now. I'm up 7 pounds and am joining you in your daily runs. My husband and I hike every morning for about 4 miles and then I hit the treadmill for another 2 and jacobs ladder for about 10 minutes. Just been doing it a week and lost one pound... ugh. Glad there are others out there in pain too. Misery loves company.
May 19, 2011 12:38 am
Good for you, Doug! I need to hop on your bus. . . I am not at my heaviest [a place I have reached twice /=] I really wanted to lose some weight before heading to Vegas - but, alas, that did not happen. I also have my thirtieth high school reunion coming up this summer - DEFINITELY want to lose some before THAT!!!!! I told mauigirl tonight that I am going to print some of the pics of me from Vegas - where I am starting to resemble my distant relative the Pillsbury Dough Boy - and write the message, "Make Good Choices," across them, then I am going to post them around my kitchen! That should help me remember! Continued success!
May 19, 2011 5:03 am
Good morning freezermama - I am sure that I don't get enough sleep but then again I do ride a train for more than an hour each way to work and I do sit at my desk most days so it's a fairly sedentary existence during the day and with younger kids, the 60-90 minutes I get with them after my commute before bedtime is much more important. I'll watch myself and I'll keep working. Thanks for checking in.
May 19, 2011 5:07 am
Hi bikerfamily & thanks - and a big congrats to you. Keep it up. We can all do it.
May 19, 2011 5:09 am
Hi Cat Hill & thanks - I wonder what it was about my writing style that gave it away ? As much as I hate my diet, it's working so I'll have to keep my mouth shut both ways and like it.
May 19, 2011 5:11 am
Hi KAELAN31 - Dr. Killjoy ordered me to stick to the South Beach Diet because it focuses on belly fat and that was his biggest concern for me. My wife does WW and I will switch over too in a few more weeks once I have tossed a couple more bags of sugar overboard - and congrats on that 38 !
May 19, 2011 5:12 am
Hi & thanks jozkitchen - my wife does WW too and it works for her. I think the exercise has been the biggest factor for me. Stop by again.
May 19, 2011 5:13 am
I feel your pain of dieting, I too and on that journey and reading your blog has helped me get a little more inspiration to keep my head up and keep going. 15lbs is a big deal.I'm only on 6 but tredding along. Keep it up and good luck!
May 19, 2011 5:19 am
Hi & Thanks Nichele - I try to look for the lighter side of all the tough things we have to do. Somehow it makes it a little bit easier. I promise to keep you all uodated, I still have a ways to go.
May 19, 2011 5:21 am
Good morning northerngong - it's even harder in our office because I work in Midtown Manhattan where there is a street cart on every corner and the various food trucks take turns parking at spots around the block. Thanks for your support. Stop back again some time.
May 19, 2011 5:22 am
Hi SANDIHOP - I am headed to Costco this weekend so I may have to grab a case of Propel - I had forgotten about it. and PS - Dave is my less talented musically inclined sort of cousin B-)
May 19, 2011 5:24 am
Hi & Thanks tigerindy - I honestly don't think there will ever be a time that I won't crave junk food. I just have to steel my resolve and continue to Just Say No.
May 19, 2011 5:31 am
Hi & Thanks Janet - 10 Reasons to be HAPPY about my diet ? HAH ! That will never happen. I would much rather moan & whine & complain my way back into clothes I thought I would never fit into again. Oh wait....
May 19, 2011 5:33 am
Hi Rohnda & thanks - that sounds like a great workout you are getting and I need the company on the runs. It gets lonely on the dreadmill. Keep up the great work and thanks for stopping in.
May 19, 2011 5:35 am
Hi & Thanks xraybarb (= - there is more than enough room for you and anyone else to join the growing numbers of us here in the AR community that are doing something about ourselves. I know we can all do it. And as an aside, I know all about that Pillsbury Doughboy because more than a few people add an H to the end of my first name...grrr
May 19, 2011 5:36 am
Good morning yogi - 6 pounds is great and a tremendous starting point. Keep up the good work and keep checking back in. I promise to keep you all updated as we travel along this path.
May 19, 2011 7:01 am
Rock on!!! 5 lbs per week is really awesome. It took me a long time, but so far, I've lost 13 bags of sugar. (Before all of you click on the calculator icon, that's 65 pounds). I don't even know how I used to get out of my car and walk. It's a love/hate thing for me with my lifestyle change. I love being able to fit my rear into size 9's, I love that I feel better, but some days... I eye the treadmill with loathing... and on days when my gym has pizza day, I give everybody and everything the evil eye LOL! Seroiusly though... a gym with a monthly pizza day...give me a break!
May 19, 2011 7:09 am
Good morning stang98lx - 13 bags is awesome !!! Keep going !!! A gym that gives out pizza is like a dentist that gives out candy....grrr. Thanks for stopping by and keep us updated - sounds like you are doing great
May 19, 2011 9:35 am
Great work, Doug! I'm afraid in my case it's much more likely that I'd EAT 3 bags of sugar than LOSE them, lol! We're doing a walking for health/fitness challenge at work, and the ONLY thing that keeps me going is that we're on teams of three and I don't want to let my team mates down. It's the middle of week 6 and I've lost a grand total of 1/2 bag of sugar. But on the up side, I've increased my step count from 16,000 steps for the first week to 59,000 for the week just past, and I'm on point to break 60,000 this week. (People that say it gets easier are full of bull-hooey!) Keep up the good work! Looking forward to your next post. (As if I need any more reasons to hate dieting, lol!)
May 19, 2011 10:18 am
CONGRATULATIONS Doug! I know from personal experience that when a doctor says the die word, it can fill a person with dread. Kudos to you on taking that step and making healthier choices. I have recently started my own journey to health. As of yesterday (the end of week 7) I have lost 36 lbs. I feel amazing! The side effects (all good) of this plan have continually amazed me. I have energy, I am happy, I WANT to get up and out and move, and I have even started taking dance lessons! I love to cook and therefore eat, and I was afraid of the kitchen for the first week or two, but since then I have embraced healthier choices and have started recreating favorite dishes into healthy versions. (I have been posting these on my website for anyone who is interested.) I had a very eye opening moment yesterday. My mom, sister and I bought some tri-tip that was on sale, but it needed trimming so actually it wasn't such a bargain. The total weight was 17 lbs and we were going to divide it 3 ways. Well I trimmed it of all of the fat and all the trimmings went into a bowl. Mom weighed it and it came out to 6 pounds! (No wonder the price per pound was so cheap!) My sister turned to me and placed the bowl of fat in front of me and said "do you realize that you have lost SIX of these in the last 7 weeks?" While I can fully appreciate your sugar bags, let me tell you that that moment was one of the most disgusting reality checks I have had in my life. I am so grateful for all of the support I have and for the internet where I continue to get support, ideas, and can share my journey. Here's to your health and thank you for sharing!
May 19, 2011 12:38 pm
Trust me *eclectRicity* I would rather be eating the sugar too. Great job on your office challenge. Sounds like you are definitely on the right track. Keep it up and do check back. I'll have 20 reasons next time.
May 19, 2011 12:46 pm
Hi & Thanks and WOW NoMoreYo-yo - I think I figured out where you got your name. 36 lbs is awesome. Glad to hear how much better you feel. As for your visual, that reminds me of Oprah when she brought that kids wagon full of fat onstage with her. Keep it up. I hope I can catch up to you.
May 19, 2011 1:23 pm
Good for you! One tip...avoid ALL the chemical out there in diet-land (that's what puts the "die" in diet) and get yourself a bag of xylitol. Tastes good and is actually good for your teeth! Mix with yogurt, spices and pumpkin...presto! pumpkin cheesecake! Good luck!
May 19, 2011 1:39 pm
I found that the best weight loss to go with whatever diet, is JUMPING ROPE! I have three kids and my third is 8 months, I was at 154 while pregnant, now I'm 120, want to go weigh pre-pregnancy -- 110. Jumping rope will burn crazy fat all over, trust me! It's the only workout I use three times a week. Running, jogging, and other cardio workout didn't do it. I'm at the point where I buy professional jump ropes. Start out with a walmart weighted ropes and do at least 50 jumps and lift weights...then increase your jumps as you get better. This is a great loss exercise -- especially for moms! Size 6
May 19, 2011 1:42 pm
Here's a secret that I found while having three kids, on diets, exercising. I use to wear size 12 with my first child and battle the yo-yo diet for the longest time. By my second child, I purchased a $5 jump rope and was a size 6 at 110. My third child bumped me back to size 8 and now I'm jumping rope to get back to size 6. JUMPING ROPE along with sensible eating habits will shed all that baby fat away -- trust me. I have tried every exercise, nothing melts fat all over like skipping with a $5 weight rope. I'm at the point where I buy speed ropes that professional use. If you are consistent with your workout, you can shed like 15lbs in a month.
May 19, 2011 1:43 pm
oops I thought the first entry was deleted!
May 20, 2011 4:59 am
Good morning groomsmom - thanks and pumpkin cheesecake sounds great. Phase two of the South Beach Diet brings some more normal foods back into the mix so I will stay away from a lot of things that I have been eating now. Check back in again.
May 20, 2011 5:02 am
Good morning TheCambodianCook - My wife & I were just talking last night about jumping rope. She bought one the other day to supplement her work on the Dreadmill. I mak have to steal it from her. I just have to hide the Flip Video cameras from the kids when I do. Thanks for checking in and for the tip.
May 20, 2011 6:09 am
How did I miss this blog Doug? hmmm...must have been off in la-la land... CONGRATS on 15 lbs!!! YAHOOO!!!!!!!!!! :) Yes it is a royal pita to diet, but it will be worth it in the long run. :D I am down almost 5 lbs (I hate that men can drop weight quicker than women) and have snagged my hubby into being a walking partner, that with the gym 3-4 days a week has boosted my energy levels.
May 20, 2011 6:34 am
No problem Gitano - you aren't late to the party, you are fashionably on time and trust me, the first 15 melted off because it was all ice cream - the next 15 is going to make me pay. Congrats on your dieat and good job getting hubby to join you.
May 20, 2011 7:20 am
Good morning! Something that I thought of while reading all the encouragements was a visual aid that I found very helpful. People are very quick to dismiss a pound. "I only lost one pound" For every pound you lose, picture a brick of tenderflake on the kitchen counter! Line up all that fat that you are now without! Just one pound adds up! Keep up the great work!
May 20, 2011 7:29 am
Hi jozkitchen - I think visual aids are the best. We are quick to dismiss small losses of weight - "It's like throwing a deck chair off the Queen Mary" but every little bit adds up. I found a notch on my belt today that I didn't know existed so today started out well for once. Thanks and come back again
May 20, 2011 7:54 am
The weekend is almost here and that means rain or shine it grilling time! Lots of healthy, low fat and South Beach diet friendly recipes. I'm thinking of grilled shrimp and a big salad with strawberries. I usually just marinade in lemon juice and spice with a Mrs. Dash or better yet...Cayenne Pepper!!! What's Grilling for you?
May 20, 2011 7:57 am
p.s A pound lost is a POUND lost....I say celebrate each one!!!!!
May 20, 2011 8:07 am
Hey ellie - I am grilling swordfish this weekend and I am adding fruit back into my diet as well. My body has been going nuts for that one vitamin c tablet I take in the morning.....and yes, let's all celebrate EVERY pound we lose. It all adds up.
May 20, 2011 12:27 pm
Good job! Two weeks ago I acquired the motivation to lose weight (needed to drop 6 lbs in 14 days) to come in under a weight threshold for life insurance. The first day I dropped 5 lbs by not doing my normal pig-out at each meal. Of course, that really just means I was carrying around (at least) an extra 5 lbs of unneccessary, unabsorbed food which my body would discard the next day. Wow ... think of the money I could have been saving by not wasting all that good food. Needless to say, I made my weigh-in. Over the past 17 days, I've lost 16 lbs. None of it is water loss (other than that associated with reduced salt intake), as I am drinking between 3/4 and 1 gallon of water per day. I opted to use the my fitness pal android app to track intake, as it has a huge database of foods and even has a barcode scanner to point at food packages. I told the app that I wanted to lose 2 lbs per week, which puts me at a 1000 calorie deficit per day, but I've found that with 30 mins on the elliptical running the 500 calorie burn program, I earn myself the right to have a few extra calories, and I'm happy! My 2 lb per week loss may not be sustainable long-term, but even if it diminishes due to metabolism slowdown, I still find that the health benefit of a 1500 calorie daily intake is a wonderful thing. It's amazing how much you can eat and still maintain a low intake!
May 20, 2011 3:19 pm
Thanks Dylan and way to go yourself. Sounds like you have worked out a good program for yourself. Keep us all updated.
May 21, 2011 12:45 am
Hi there Doug, old pal, old friend, old buddy of mine. Do you get the feeling you're about to be had? Well, I'll send you a bill later but for now go to this web site. It is the website for a seasoning called Bacon Salt. It tastes just like bacon, but is only a sesoning much like Seasoning Salt. They have a large collection of Bacon flavored products whick included, bacon flavored lip balm. Now, is that great, or what? Oh, they also have a low sodium bacon salt. They also have Baconnaise. As in bacon mayo!!. Check it out. And they also have a place to find out what stores carry the stuff. The list encludes Walmart but I sure havent' seen it there. But, I'm going took a lot closer now....http://store.baconsalt.com/ I jsut googles "Bacon Salt" and found lots of sites for it. It is made by J & D foods.
May 21, 2011 12:59 am
Here is another site on the makers of bacon salt....http://www.jdfoods.net/products/baconsalt.php They have so many different flavors of things. I am trying to find a site that tells all they carry. Hickory bacon salt, Maple/bacon salt, applewood bacon salt. Mesquite bacon salt. One could go seriously crazy here.
May 21, 2011 6:28 am
Well, Doug - I came to congratulate you, bt now I'm to caught up in Kitten's bacon stuff, (MMMMMMMmmmmm...... BACON.........) Ok, back - CONGRATULATIONS! Three bags & counting! That's Awesome! Keep at it! And I know someone mentioned the Propel, but I wanted to suggest Coconut water. Do a little reading on it - one "juice-box" is I think 11.5oz and has, I think, 5X the electrolytes of gatorade and the potassium of 6 bananas and only 30 or 40 calories. It's really good for replenishing what your body needs. Mind you, it's not delicious - but they make it with a splash of pineapple, mango, etc. which is much better. I can get it at Kroger. Just something you might check out.
May 21, 2011 1:03 pm
Hi Staci, Make a letttuce and tomato sandwich. Add Bacon mayo and voila' A low cal BLT. Is that cool or what. One lonely egg. Add bacon salt, Voila' Bacon and eggs...egg. Oh, hi Doug, just passing through. Tootles. =;-}
May 22, 2011 7:03 am
keep going! let's get some more bags of sugar going and getting back to cooking a crazy amount of food every night!
May 22, 2011 3:47 pm
I hate your diet too!! I have only lost slightly less than 1 bag of sugar during the same time frame....It just isn't fair -(. Of course, the only way I'm going to ever see 3:45 am is if I haven't gone to bed yet or have insomnia. Good job, though and keep up the good work.
May 22, 2011 6:02 pm
You should try natuallyslim.com. The best way I can describe it is as the "un-diet". I've lost nearly 20# and for the first time in my life I have control of food.
May 22, 2011 7:39 pm
Hi Doug! This is the first blog I've ever read...good job capturing my interest :) I lost 10 bags of sugar last year. I haven't followed any particular diet, but count my calories and exercise regularly (I know the dreadmill feeling so well). It really does get easier, despite what some people have said. Foods that once seemed like punishment (e.g., whole grain english muffin, egg whites and fat free cheese for breakfast) are now something I enjoy. And my sweet tooth has settled down too. One thing I did was get away from all that "fake" sugar. It was tortuous at first, but believe it or not, a piece of fruit or a frozen fruit juice bar is actually satisfying now. Anyway, my best advice (to everyone) is to find what works for you (whatever that may be) and to STICK WITH IT! Not only do people not count the small weight losses, but we tend not to count the small gains either. It's so easy to "cheat" a little here and "cheat" a little there (the "I'll start on Monday" game), and before you know it, you've gained 10 pounds. Now, if I "cheat" at one meal, I make up for it with more exercise or eating less at the next meal (or next day). The small losses do add up, and that overall trend is what really matters! As far as watermelon goes, eating protein with simple carbs prevents the blood surgar spike, so have grilled chicken or a turkey burger with your watermelon and you'll be good! Looking forward to reading other entries.
May 22, 2011 9:52 pm
I invented my own diet and have as of today lost 88 1/2 pounds total and 44 1/2 since Christmas. It's a great problem to have but, I'm running out of things that fit. Cool in an intersting sort of way. I have alterd my pants so they sort of fit. It's my tops, sweats, and t-shirts where I'm having a problem.
May 23, 2011 5:07 am
Hey Kitten & good morning - sorry I was away from my computer most of the weekend. Let me first say WOW on the weight loss. Sounds like you are doing one hell of a good job and second, I have heard about Bacon Salt. I think Maple Bacon is possibly my favorite of all. Check back again.
May 23, 2011 5:10 am
Hi & Thanks Staci - my wife drinks Zico Coconut Water every now & then and I know we have a couple of bottles in a couple of different fridges around the house. We have even been to Hawaii and heard it's virtues extolled and I just can't seem to drink it. Maybe if I were on Survivor but never when it's cloudy. I did try the Propel Zero after my workout this morning and it wasn't half bad. Thanks for stopping in.
May 23, 2011 5:12 am
Hi Caty24 - Daddy hit bag #4 over the weekend and Phase 2 starts tonight so I promise that as soon as I get back from Indy this weekend, I will cook up some crazy food for you and your sister & brother. Then we have crawfishfest the following weekend and Daddy's Diet takes the day off. Love you Big Girl.
May 23, 2011 5:16 am
Hi BigShotsMom - it is unfair that men seem to lose weight faster. I guess Pizza, Chips & Beer disappear more quickly. (or in my case ice cream & cookies) I know myself that if it wasn't for the exercise I wouldn't be halfway to where I am now. The more I move the bewtter I am supposed to feel. (not always) Keep it up, we will all get there together
May 23, 2011 5:20 am
Good morning morrighu - I will have to go peruse your suggestion. The diet seems to be working so far. Now I begin to integrate so foods back in while amping up the exercise. Keep up the good work and do come back again.
May 23, 2011 5:50 am
Good morning bella - thank you & congratulations. I agree with you wholeheartedly. If it works, stay with it. I don't care all that much for some of the dietary changes that I have had to make here t first but I am getting used to them. Exercise is the one thing I can now not do without. 3:45am comes early but it feels good too when I am done and the I have the icy cold water in the shower waking me up even further. And thanks for the fruit & protein tip - I'll have to post a watermelon salsa recipe I like to use with grilled fish. Keep up the great work and check back again
May 23, 2011 3:10 pm
Congrats on the weight loss! Ya you lost me at the 3:45am work out...oomph...is that even a time? Gatorade makes a low cal version..I know because I feel the same as you..I am sooo not drinking Just water and working out..noooo..but Gatorade went and made a low cal version of it's self..color me happy :-) I am Canadian..so the bacon's not an issue lol..but I like turkey bacon..so I'm good... You hate your diet? try Mine..I'm a celiac....I have to eat Gluten Free...now that's a diet one can HATE...its permanent..I miss food...I really do... But I still can sympathize with you..before having celiacs..I had done the diet thing myself...so I know how hard it is...and I Never gave up my coffee either...lol nooooo...that would of just been dangerous..lol Good luck :-) keep up the good work :-)
May 23, 2011 3:57 pm
Congratulations Doug on your success so far and your quest to change your life. Thanks for the opportunity to comment on this site. It is important to understand that a "diet" is not "real". A "diet" is usually a temporary regime to achieve something and then it is discarded after you reach your goal. Your "diet" should be your way of life. Eat healthy foods, including mostly fruits and vegetables. Do not eat "fake food" like anything labelled as non-fat, or non-sugar. Decaf coffee is one of these foods. If you don't want coffee, then don't drink coffee. Fake food is likely toxic to your body. Look up the research on Aspertame. Exercise as much as you can and eat whole foods as close to their source as possible and you will likely be healthy and happy. Your doctor is not always the best source of health information. Good luck, Rob
May 24, 2011 9:55 am
Congratulations! I love how you picked your battles and stood firm on the things that meant the most to you. There's no hope if you have to give up what you love most. Just got back from the multi state nutrition education conference last week- heard a really great speaker- Dr. Jim Painter of Eastern Illinois (very funny guy!). His research is showing that writing down what you are going to eat before you eat (instead of after you eat)it can contribute significantly to weight loss, and using smaller dishes instead of larger ones, making small changes over time makes it easier to maintain the lifestyle change. Lots of portion control, etc. Very psychological about setting ourselves up for success and all that. My Dad lost 10 lbs since making lifestyle changes due to a diabetes diagnosis 2 months ago and you both are inspiring me to make changes that are overdue! Slow and steady wins the race, but I'm thinking it's more a journey than a destination ;)
May 26, 2011 6:56 pm
goodfood4ursoul - I plan out the next day's meals each night and it has absolutely helped me eat less and stick with healthier choices! Something about having it in writing makes me feel committed. Doug - I've had peach salsa, pineapple salsa, cherry salsa and apricot salsa, but never watermellon salsa. It's sounds refreshingly delicious and would pair beautifully with fish!
May 26, 2011 7:05 pm
Hey Doug, good job one the losses! While you're in Indy, hope you enjoy THE RACE, and whatever else you find to get into. IN is my "neck of the woods", as we are 30 min. west of Indy. However, I really don't frequent the "big city". (We prefer Terre Haute, as it is easier to navigate.) Downtown Indy was pretty awesome, last time we were there.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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