Thursday, June 9, 2011

Live and Let Diet

People often wonder, aloud sometimes, how I've stayed so thin as I've aged.  Well, I guess I owe a lot to God's grace and his gift of good genes, but honestly, it has now become awfully hard to keep the weight off.  When I was younger, in fact until I was 31 years old, I could eat exactly as I pleased and barely an ounce showed up on my frame.  Now, well...let's just say that I can put it on reeeeeally fast now.  Several months ago I bought a dress to wear to my son's wedding coming up in September, and after only a few months, I took it from the closet and tried it on again.  Um...yeah.   Some of my middle had to go.  Sooooooo...after trial and error, I have come up with a "diet" that, for one reason or another, works for me.  Interested?  Okay.  Here goes:

First of all, I walk an hour about five or six mornings a week.  It really does help.  AND it's a really good prayer time.

Breakfast:  A cup of hot tea.  (Sometimes green, sometimes Earl Grey, sometimes some other flavor.)  1/2 cup of fat-free milk.  (Believe it or not, depending on the brand, it really DOES have taste.)  Four cubes of cheese.  (From that really huge bag of cheese cubes you can buy in the cheese section at Wal-Mart.)

Several glasses of ice water until lunch.  Supposedly the colder the water, the more your body has to work to keep your body at a normal temperature.  That means it's burning calories.

Lunch:  One can of Campbell's Soup At Hand.  (They have several that are low calorie, like Chicken and Stars and Chicken and Mini Noodles.  Occasionally I have the Classic Tomato.  Yum.)  About 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fat-free cottage cheese and one of those cute little Dole fruits cups that come four to a package.  I usually get the pineapple tidbits, peaches, mandarin orange segments, or pears.

MORE ice water.

Usually I get a little hungry around 2:30 or 3:00 and have a bowl of Cheerios or some other not-so-fattening cereal, again with the fat-free milk.

Supper:  Whatever I fix for the hubby.  I just try not to eat too much of it.

I try not to eat as many sweets and as much bread as I used to.  I still eat a sweet or two now and then.  They're my weakness.  I also eat some bread on occasion.  If I had to be really, really strict, I might get a little loopy.

This appears to be working,  I have lost about 4 1/2 pounds in about 2 weeks.  :)

This may not interest a single soul out there, but here it is...just in case.