Mission Statement

I will in general eat healthy, eat "normal" food, without gimmicks, pills, surgery, or trademarked diets. I will log all calories consumed and estimate calories burned on a daily basis. I will then be able to track my progress and estimate arrival time to my goals through My Food Log. I will also develop non-food rewards for reaching my goals knowing that reaching each goal is a reward in-and-of itself. I will not give up. I know that I will not be perfect but that I am making a permanent lifestyle change. The good days will out-number the bad days. I will not give up!


Alli, Friend or Foe

My mother just announced to me that she is now taking Alli. The question tonight is whether to convince her that is bad or to support her efforts to recover a healthy weight and disregard the chemical side of her plan. What to do?

I think the answer has to be to support her no matter what. For one, she is my mother. Secondly, she is doing this with the blessing of her doctor. Thirdly, I did the workup of her daily calorie usage... it's not pretty. Due to her age and short stature, she only burns 1800 calories in a day. She has to work 14% harder than I do to burn the same amount of calories that I do in a day. This is rough because she is 22 years older than me and is 3 3/4 inches shorter than I am.
Just by coincidence, I discovered that we are now the same weight. I am attempting to get her to wager with me as to who can loose the most weight and keep it off. But, then I realize that I truly have the advantage. While I'm talking about money.... I would MUCH rather her pay me the $45 - $80 monthly that she will spend on Alli.
I can do the same thing for her. I can "block" the fat from her diet by guilting her into not eating junk, but then, I realize that as much as I want her to succeed, I can't do it for her. She has to want to be healthy for herself. She has to want it so badly that she will do whatever it takes to get there. I guess this is my biggest concern with her choice of Alli. It seems like she wants an easy way out.
Now I will say that the "Alli-Oops" or treatment effects (oily and gassy discharges, sometimes uncontrollable) seem to be a struggle to put up with in and of themselves. And according to the Alli diet plan, calories and grams of fat must be counted to make Alli a success and make the Alli-Oops minimal. So they are striving for personal accountability. But I just don't know. It seems terribly unhealthy to chemically alter your digestion in this way. At the same time, doing nothing at all is ultimately just as unhealthy.
All in all, I will support her efforts whatever they may be and continue to offer what I believe to be more healthy tips and information. Got any better advice?
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Free Diets

A short post tonight. So far I've had no takers on my offer for free diet planning. The offer is still open to the first 25 people who respond. In other news, I have lost another pound. Go me!

Has anyone talked to Flabuless lately? I haven't seen a post since the announcement of her co-blogging with The Incredible Shrinking Ladies. I worry about her in light of her recent personal troubles. Lady Rose seems to be doing well. And although The Middle Aged Shed is down one buddy, they seem to be shedding along. Hang in there. We Can Do It!
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Free, Tailor Made, Designed Just For You, Diets Available Now

I have just a couple of hours before bed time and I feel confident in saying that I accomplished my Mini-Goal. Now I need to make another one. So what will it be???
Also, I want to help you! I will personally make a new lifestyle eating plan for you, for free. All you have to do is ask.

Three cheers for me on accomplishing my three day Mini Goal! If you didn't want to scroll down I will summarize... three days green. For me, that means three days eating no more than 1200 calories (with a 50 calorie grace area). So really I could have eaten 1250 and still had green days. As it was, only yesterday did I actually go over the 1200 mark.
The new Mini-Goal will be to go 2 more days at or under 1200. This is supposed to be my goal all of the time, but, if you have read my other posts then you know I have been on vacation. I am also feeling overwhelmed at the moment. Over at The Middle Aged Shed, there is a great article, Losing A Large Amount of Weight - 5 Tips. In that article they discuss the importance of setting small goals. I think this is a great way to combat that feeling of being ovewhelmed that I am experiencing.
Now I know some of you may say, "eee gads, 1200 calories is not enough." But I will refer you to My Diet Plan and my Mission Statement Explanation. Please read these before you deem my diet unreasonable. I will also point out that there are several professionally marketed diets that promote the same low calorie premise, at least in the beginning. And for those of you who don't have time to read both of those articles, let me reiterate that this is My Diet Plan, a plan designed specifically for me.
I will be glad to help you specifically design and tailor your own new lifestyle diet. This is basically the same kind of service offered by many marketed diet centers, but mine does not cost anything but your time. I would also ask that you stay in touch after the plan is created so we can harbor good group energy and motivation.
Hope this post finds you in a happy, healthy, and progressive weight loss mode! We can do it!

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