Remember when I said that because of the grunge/heroin chic look was destined to come back into fashion and I jokingly said I was going to begin a diet to become superslim? Yeah? Well I decided that not to joke and actually did begin a diet. And I've lost 7 lbs already.
You know, all those diets that say "You can eat as much as you want and still lose weight!" are liars, right. It's just not reality. You cannot pig out on healthy food and lose weight: it's impossible. The body works on a balance system - hence "balanced diet" is actually sensible. You eat food, you ingest calories, you burn calories. Whatever calories you don't burn gets made into fat. Easy. You want to burn your fat stores you have to ingest less calories and force the body to use it's fat stores. This means that no matter what diet you're on, if you want to actually succeed at losing weight you will feel some level of hunger.
The balance of hunger to excess is tricky. Some folks, like me, can't handle hunger pains. I hate them. I double over with them sometimes and that's even after eating only a few hours previously. I never let hunger become dizzy spells or exhaustion, that's just stupid. You'll shut your body down, kill your metabolism and gain weight in the end. I remember Jane Fonda talking about how when she was a young actress, she starved for thinness as was the fashion in the 60's. She said that even eating an apple caused her to gain weight. That's a fucked up metabolism. That's why she became something of an exercise junkie, to allow herself to eat better.
When I'm in a lose weight mode I'll restrict to 1000-1300 calories per day. Breakfast is a fruit smoothie - a big one mind, two glasses worth/roughly 18oz. in which I'll have half a pineapple, an apple, a banana and a handful of of mixed (frozen) berries. This will vary of course, some days I'll put an orange in, or whatever fruit was on sell-by-date discount at the grocery store. Then I'm in the gym for two hours and my workouts burn between 1000-1300 calories (hence the food targets). I'll get home and have lunch which lately has been a bag of fresh portioned veg that I can microwave in the bag for three minutes that I'll have with half a bag of mixed herb salad and some light thousand island dressing, or fajita spice. I'll have a normal dinner with my family but I'll have a smaller portion than normal, I'll eat the same amount as my kids (Last night was ginger beef teriyaki with sugar-snap peas, red peppers and onions with sticky rice). No snacks. No crap. Drink lots of water. I like hot water mixed with lemon. For some reason hot drinks eases a hunger better then a cold one does.
Here's where everyone shouts "Foul!". On gym days, I take ephedrine tablets. Oh there ya go, shout cheat at me all you want but fuck-it: it works! Have I read all the information? - yes. Do I know all the side effects? - yes. Am I taking low dose? - yes. Does it really help in weight loss? - yes. I use it to keep my motivation and energy up when in the gym. I don't use it all day; it has a 6-8 hour effect on the body, although it's suggested to use twice a day, I only use it once. My heart rate is increased by 10-12 BPM while at it's peak. I heaven't had any side effects except a bit of jitters that would be the same if I'd taken No-Doz tabs before going to the gym (which I used to do but suffered with serious muscle tension.)
So now I've been doing this for a week and it's going well. Not even a challenge, well not too bad. I didn't have any stressful build-up telling myself "The diet begins on Monday!" I just decided to do it. The downside will come with the Diet Trolls. You know who they are. they're the ones who pay close attention, are supportive and friendly until the day they bring you food. They always come with cake, sweets or your favourite naughtiness whatever it may be. Resisting is hard because these people tend to love you, and you love them, or at least like them a bit. You don't want to say no and hurt their feelings. You don't want to say no and be accused of being no fun, either. Other Trolls are even in the gym - the bitches who talk about food while you're on the elliptical - how mean!! Resisting the Trolls is hard.
Training for the 5K on July 1st is going great! I'm running it in good time and my feet aren't suffering too badly so all good all round. I've not made my money target yet, so if you've not donated yet - give it some thought. It's for charity after all!! Just follow the link up the right corner of the blog.
We're going away this weekend! I'm very excited. We're not going far, but to someplace I've never been - Glasgow! We've taken a flat for the weekend and will tour the city, museums and touristy fun stuff. It'll be great. Things to see are the Burrell collection, Museum of Transportaion and there's tons more, just look through the site on those links. Husband has chosen most of the locations - I'm just happy to get away. I'll be scouring the house, as I hate to come back from a trip and find chores still left to do.
Off to the gym now...