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Breaking the habit of a lifetime

My first ever batch of vegetable muffins have just come out of the oven. They smell divine and are surprisingly tasty. I never would have thought...

I've stocked up my fridge with fish and chicken breast. The vegetable drawer is full to overflowing with tomatoes and red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, rocket and lettuce, and eggs; and I've thrown out all those foodstuffs I'm not supposed to eat in the next fortnight. No bread. No chocolate. No fruit. No pasta. No rice. No potatoes. No carrots. No yoghurt. No cereals. All my favourite fruit juices and fizzy drinks have gone, and been replaced by cool, clear water.

It's all in a good cause, but I can't help feeling sad. By golly, those scales had better show a weightloss by the time I go into hospital! Right now though, I'm going to savour my last ever cappucino.



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Jun. 24th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Ach! I feel your pain. I saw your previous "how do I lose weight?" post, but felt a humbug saying "I lost weight via surgery." (So I did not comment.) Because that's the ONLY way I ever successfully lost it. You, on the other hand, are going about it right. I salute you!
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just hope I can stick to this diet for 2 weeks and not cheat. I like a good salad as much as the next person, but to eat one every day for 14 days at a stretch, when I'd much rather have something like stewed pears or yummy rhubarb or beetroot-and-onions, is going to be hard.

Also, I'm going to try walking to the station every day rather than take the bus. It's only 4 stops anyway, shouldn't take me more than 20-25 minutes; and at least that way, I'd get some exercise.
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Why can't you have a cappuccino every now and then? With skimmed milk, no sugar and made on filter cofee, it's around 10cals. Invest in one of those hand held milk frother whizzy things and the thick top of frothed milk will be positively rich and sweet without any additional calories.

If you cut out all dairy food, you'll not get the calcium you need.
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Why can't you have a cappuccino every now and then? With skimmed milk, no sugar and made on filter cofee, it's around 10cals.

You, you...enabler! But you're right of course, I can have a cappucino every now and again; only, I can't have one in the next 14 days. I want to get myself into the habit of eating healthily, and a cappucino is like too much of a treat right now.

As to not getting the calcium I need by cutting out all dairy foods, I think that's something of a myth. I'm lactose-intolerant and react violently to most dairy products anyway, so I've cut them out a long time ago. I can still have the odd bit of cheese, though -- the leaner, low-fat kind like feta or mozzarella.
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
a cappucino is like too much of a treat right now.
I think of it as a treat - a daily one :)

How do you make capuccino without milk?
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Soy milk. Simple, huh? ;-)
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
I found that (a) roasting the peppers, onions and tomatoes in a drizzle of olive oil with a handful of herbs makes a change from salad in that first burst.
(b)a handful of strawberries or raspberries helped - OK, Atkins said no fruit for the first fortnight in his version, and I have a feeling that Neris and India said so too - but when very tempted strawberries were better than chocolate!
(c)Grilled, lean beefburger(s) on a pile of salad, with dressing of whatever sort your particular plan allows, is very satisfying.
(d)pile of mushrooms and tomatoes together, with an egg or two, make a good breakfast or supper.
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
All very good suggestions, thanks!

I've scoffed a pound of cherries today; I'm feeling a bit guilty but I hope th ememory of their taste will sustain me for the next two weeks, and not make me deviate from my plan (I'm going with the South Beach diet in this initial phase. A friend of mine started on the Atkins recently -- she got terrible halitosis and broke wind constantly; I wonder what the side-effects for me will be).
Jun. 24th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
It looks quite a lot like Atkins - which confirms that there isn't that much difference and cutting carbs is probably the best option whichever plan you follow!

The starting 2 weeks on Atkins allows as much fresh meat as you like, limited 'deli' meats, as much soft cheese as you like, limited hard cheese, as many eggs as you want, and any butter, oil, cream that you want,(Only of course you don't really use a lot of fat apart from to cook some of the veg.), 2 cups of green veg or salad veg. a day is compulsary.

I did it for 2 weeks, except that I had the odd strawberry or grape, and I felt great, no halitosis, no bowel problems - it was then that I began to get an inkling that my bowel problems might be related to the amount of wheat products I usually ate.

Then I added in some more dairy - unsweetened yoghurt, milk in my coffee, and as much fruit as I liked. Over a year I lost almost 20kg - but then got lazy, and have put quite a bit back on - which is why I am currently a stalwart at its_monday trying to get rid of it by sticking to the same basic plan again....
Jun. 24th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to have most difficulty giving up coffee. I tried going decaf some years ago but got terrible headaches and even after a month, I still got them so I went back on the caffeine; but from tomorrow, I'm not allowed any. :(

I'll also miss my fruit juices. I really like my fruit juices...
Jun. 24th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Good luck! I had an emergency diet before MY op as well - mainly because I could not imagine hauling my huge ass around on crutches after the op. I'm not sure it did any good, but I did manage to lose 3kg in two weeks, and was considerably stronger at the end. One thing I'd like to suggest is to try to strengthen your upper body a bit beforehand. Simply because on the day after I came home I was so sore from the sudden extra burden on those muscles (shoulder, back and to some extent, stomach), I loaded up a bunch of food and only left the sofa to go to the toilet!! It eased in the days following, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been as bad if I'd been swimming or doing weight work beforehand. Good luck!
Jun. 25th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
When would I have time to go swimming or do some weight-lifting before my surgery? I'm in work! ;-)

I'll cope. I did it the first time round, too -- and besides, I'll have my mum to pamper me.
Jun. 25th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
*hugs* Get into this habit, and then treat yourself on the rare occasion to the things you love most. You'll appreciate them even more then.
Jun. 25th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
So far, so good -- no hunger pangs yet, or any cravings, and I've

a) not had coffee
b) eaten nothing but salad

Only 13 1/2 days more of this to get through!
Jun. 25th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Sorry, I've been off and on LJ, so I don't know what's up. Any special reason for going on this diet rather than just a Weight Watchers?

Best of uck!
Jun. 25th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Well, for one thing, joining a Weight Watchers isn't something you 'just' do -- you have to find one, phone up, register, pay up and God knows what else! Then you've got to find the time to go to the meetings, and all that...Much easier to start on a diet by yourself!

And I just need to lose weight. I'll feel much better when I do.
Jun. 25th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Actually, I meant "why go on a no-carb rather than a regular diet", but - whatever works!

And I meant to say "Good Luck", not "Good uck" (typo!) *G*
Jun. 25th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, no reason other than that it came highly recommended by a few people. I've never followed a diet, regular or no-carb/low-carb in my life, so I wasn't sure how to go about it.

And I thought 'best of uck' sounded kind of appropriate, given the circumstances! ;-)
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Jun. 25th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Vegetable muffins . . . not sure about them, what kind?

I hope you loose the weight, if only it were as easy for you as it is for me!!!
Jun. 25th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Vegetable muffins . . . not sure about them, what kind?

Well, they're only called muffins because they're made in a muffin tin, I suppose -- really they're more like a omelette with veggies in. It's just chopped onions, diced green peppers, spinach and hot pepper sauce all mixed in with eggs and then baked in the oven for about 20 minutes.
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