Call That a Diet Jim!

Let’s start with the good news – I’ve lost 3.5 lbs! The less good news – 4 days ago I’d lost 4.5lbs. I know, I know don’t weigh yourself everyday . I can’t help it- it’s just the way I am. Ah, that’s it. It’s the way I am so my diet needs to take that into account. Let me revisit my bold proclamation last week:

“So phase one is basically eat healthily, one big meal a day and cut out the snacks and crap- and zero added sugar. I won’t of course forget to exercise. Right, I’ve gone on long enough in this post so I shall stop there and start day three of my new diet plan.”

The Devil finds many ways to tempt poor old Jim

So spoke Jim- Bollocks and bullshit diet I should have called it. ZERO SUGAR- ah that should mean NO sweet things like ice cream, cakes etc, shouldn’t it. Well in my little chart/spreadsheet I recorded many an instance of sugar related eating; cheesecake on two days, cheesecake plus custard on another, Ice cream last night. I could go on….

And yet I’m not despondent. Overall I’ve lost some weight and my main objective was to switch to a cereal less breakfast of fruit and yoghurt every day with a minimal lunch and lots of exercise. Those things I achieved but the one big meal often turned into two normal three course meals rolled into one. But slowly does it. This is not like giving up the booze, this is a gradual realignment with food and eating habits, not an all or nothing exercise. I know that in the morning I can deal with only having a small amount of food, it’s the evenings when I like to eat, hence having my main meal then. This week I shall maintain the good changes and target this need to reward myself by eating sugar based desserts. I’ve cut out chocolate and snacks so this targeting of one specific area seems doable. I will substitute fruit and /or bake my own low sugar healthy alternatives.The proof will definitely be in the pudding .

Cutting down the carbs whilst eating good whole foods in sensible portions is my long term aim. I strongly believe that the other two elements which are easy to incorporate into any eating plan and which help one lose weight without even having to diet at all are:

1 Stop eating once you are full. I had it instilled in me that you had to finish what was on your plate. Rubbish. When you’re full-stop eating . Put the rest in your recycling. It’s OK. It’s not a sin to discard food you don’t need. After a while you will naturally adjust your portion sizes.

2 Eat mindfully and slowly. It takes twenty minutes for your brain to register that you are full from when you start eating, so give your body the chance to register the food you’ve eaten. Slow eating means you are more likely to notice being full and can stop. Eating mindfully (not watching telly at same time) helps you focus on the food, it’s flavours and slows down the process. Enjoy the food, not woof it down. That is especially aimed at me!

All I need to do now is follow my own advice!

Jim X

21 thoughts on “Call That a Diet Jim!

  1. drgettingsober

    The cheesecake does look very tempting Jim! If you’ve lost weight overall then you’re doing great! I think it’s about getting to what my daughter (who’s studied nutrition) calls intuitive eating – you listen to your body and eat what you want when you want but don’t overeat. I’m a bit too intuitively tuned to chocolate though! 😂😂

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      Ah Good to know I’m part of a movement- “intuitive eating” I like that a lot. It’s got an air of modern sensibility and vague enough not to be too pinned down on detail. I can’t wait to drop,”oh yes, I’m what they call an intuitive eater” into a conversation. You’ve made my day😘

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  2. clairei47

    I think 3.5 lbs is definitely a win for Jim. Is that the actual cheesecake? If it is, it’s no bloody wonder you couldn’t resist it. Keep doing what you are currently doing. It’s manageable and working. Why change it? Well done. Claire x

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      No that’s not the actual cheesecake but not far off. I’ve been given 4 big ones from someone who works in a cake factory. I’m meant to be handing them on to someone who I having a BBQ this weekend, but I kept sneaking a slice!
      Oh and I won’t change what I’m doing because I am now an, “intuitive eater!”(see comment above). Thanks Claire. X

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  3. Dwight Hyde

    This is such a great new path, Jim. I’m right there with you. This whole new relationship with food is a frickin trip. Keep it buddy!!! It’s amazing what we can do when our head is out of the fog.

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  4. nomorebeer

    yes, going too drastic is definitely a recipe (pun intended) for failure! Slow and easy wins the race! We don’t want a yo-yo-ing Jim now. Your long term goals seems very reasonable!!! As you say, it’s all about following the advice – and to survive in the long term I think a couple of treats here and there (ahhhhhh, moderation) are ok/necessary. (though with cheesecake moderation is HARD). Congrats on the 3.5 lbs and yes, NO WEIGHING YOURSELF EVERY DAY! xxx Keep us posted 🙂 xx Anne

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      No more yo yoing Anne that’s for sure and doing this does bring back memories of struggling to be sensible with my drinking- that didn’t go too well! I will weigh myself every day because its a stupid thing to do and I like to do stupid and irrational things sometimes😀 I’m sure that even though you are Dr Anne you too will ocassionally do something that doesn’t make sense- I hope so! X

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