Many of you "regulars" know that a group of us have been trying to get some people together to go on The 17 Day Diet again. Our group in very small. (You can find us in the Forums section: http://www.thedoctorstv.com/forums/505-17-Day-Diet/topics/14497-Worth-Our-Weight-In-Gold-Group) I've been trying to figure out our we -- and especially I -- have been having so much trouble sticking to a diet that I know is easy to follow and works. Part of me thinks that fad diets come and go and people jumped on the bandwagon the first time around because it was being highlighted on both The Doctors and Dr. Phil. That's sad; it means that most of us are looking for the "miracle" that will magically peel off the pounds without much sacrifice on our parts. So, I was doing some reflecting this morning and the definition of insanity popped in my mind -- doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results -- and I realized there are an awful lot of us out there who are insane! So, here are some things I have realized about myself:
*I do want to lose weight and get healthy, but I also, apparently, want to cheat BIG TIME on weekends and eat whatever I want
*I wake up in the morning with good intentions and do pretty well until mid afternoon comes and then I start snacking and "fall off the wagon".
* I need some new low carb recipes so I don't wonder what in the heck I'm going to eat for dinner that will satisfy me
So, my new approach (I don't think it's a further sign of insanity if it's new, is it? lol) is to:
*Cut the crap with early morning blogs that talk about how empowered I am. The reason I'm empowered is because that's how I feel each morning! I'm going to post in the evenings and, hopefully, will feel some sense of responsibility all day, as a result.
*Do my nails every time I'm inclined to cheat. I heard that idea on tv; the speaker said everytime she had a craving, she'd put on nail polish because she couldn't eat while they were drying and usually the cravings dissipate after 15 minutes.
*Try two new low carb (diabetic) cookbooks I purchased by Food Network cook, George Stella. I hope this offers me some new recipes to add some variety to Cycle 1 and 2.
I want to lose 8-10 pounds and keep it off, which also means I can't return to the "just a little taste" or "it's the weekend" mentality. One other tidbit I read somewhere recently is that there are "A Little Taste" people and "Never" people. A Little Taste people can literally take a taste of a treat and be satisfied with it. Never people know that they can't stop at a taste; if they take that first bite, they are eating it all. And once they eat it all, they figure, "What the heck? I'll enjoy myself today, and start dieting tomorrow". Hmm.... that sounds a little like me. So, hopefully these new cookbooks will have some healthy, low carb substitutes that will satisfy my sweet tooth. I'm not one of those people that refuse to eat diet food because "it tastes like cardboard". If it's a reasonable faxsimile, I'll eat it since I DO realize that lower carb, lower fat, lower sodium foods can never taste the same. Otherwise, none of us would be fat; we'd all be eating the healthy food!
I'll keep anyone who's interested, posted. Hopefully, I won't have to eat crow yet again:)