Sometime between the end of last Autumn and my birthday this year, I gained almost 10 pounds. I’m not sure how, exactly, but it might have had something to do with the pies.

There was an apple, a custard, a mince and possibly, but I’m not sure, pumpkin. And the cookies. My daughter-in-law makes these special Italian cookies with a hint of anise that go down like magic. They don’t seem like much, but if you eat half a pound of them, they do what cookies generally do. And I’m pretty sure that someone sent me chocolate. Or maybe they sent the chocolate to Garry. He’s not a chocolate eater, so it’s possible I had to eat it, to prevent it from going bad.

By the time I went in for my spring checkups — regular doctor plus the oncologist, with the cardio guy later this month — it was a bit alarming. The doctors were not alarmed because it wasn’t considered a big weight gain. These days, no one is worrying much about my weight. I haven’t worried about it either because it had been rock steady for years, but that extra ten pounds made me uncomfortable. Being as arthritic as I am, every extra pound I carry puts more strain on my unhappy spine and joints. I felt I needed to do something.

I don’t eat a lot at any given meal, but I can pick all day long. In total, I usually eat just a couple of hundred calories more than the 1200 calorie amount recommended for dieting. This make dieting very slow. I have no metabolism either, so any dieting will take time. On the positive side, that’s the best way to do it. It does, however, require patience and  recognition that a relatively small loss will take a couple of months.

I set myself up on a 1200 calorie diet and five weeks later, managed to lose 7 or 8 pounds, more or less. I say “more or less” because I’ve got one of those scales that never seems entirely clear about the reading. You can get on it five times and get five different weights. So I know I weigh less than I did, but exactly how much less? Not sure. I suppose the next trip to the doctor will tell me.

I do know while I was showering yesterday, I realized I was a bit thinner. A little tighter there, a little less puffy here.

I’ve got another four weeks to go, though there’s not much reason to take a break since this is a very easy diet to maintain. Really, all you need is some kind of tracking software so you know how much you’ve eaten and be consistent. Don’t eat sweets, go easy on the carbs, try to get some exercise here and there. Skip fried stuff. Get very enthusiastic about salad, melons. You can eat a ton of watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew and consume virtually no calories. Also berries, especially strawberries. They are so low in calories, you don’t even have to count them. This is assuming you aren’t loading them up with whipped cream or extra sugar. You knew that, right?

Slowly, you lose weight. If you were eating a lot to start with, you’ll lose weight faster. If you were only eating a little more than the diet amount, it’ll go more slowly. But that’s good because you bring your regular eating habits under control and can continue to eat that way pretty much indefinitely. You can buy special diet food — I got a bit — but mostly, you need normal, healthy food and good calorie tracking software.

It’s working. Who’d have thunk it? This is the least traumatic diet of my entire life. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

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12 replies

  1. You’re lucky if you can lose weight on 1200 calories. I’ve been on 1200 calorie diets and maintained nicely. It’s really hard to eat less than 1200 calories on a regular basis. But that’s what I have to do to lose weight these days. I allow myself one day to “cheat” and eat some normal, healthy food. But that usually results in my gaining back what little I’ve lost that week. So I’m losing and gaining the same pound over and over again. I’ll have to try to give up my weekly “treat”. But I don’t know how long that will last, especially in boating season when everyone has snacks on their boats and everyone is drinking! Really frustrating. And I only have to lose 4-5 pounds!


  2. One thing to beware of is the ever fluctuating and mysterious scales in doctors’ offices. There is about an 8 pound difference between what I weigh on the scale at my cardiologist’s office and what I register at my regular doctor’s. I’d always suspected something, but didn’t confirm it until I had appointments with both within a week of each other and somehow magically went from a 242 heifer at the heart doctor to a slightly less alarming 234 at my GP…


    • I know. All those “electronic” scales are entirely different than the balance scales. And on the electronic ones, stop on — it’s 175. Step on again. It’s 180. Step off, step on. What? We had one of the electronic ones. Its reading depended on what part of the floor is was standing on. And whether I was standing completely straight or listing to one side or the other.


  3. Pies will do and so will cookies. Chocolate….. chuckle… it’s like dynamite to the waistline. It’s that last 5 pounds that are so resistant.


  4. It is the best way to diet and much easier to get enthusiastic about salad in summer.


    • I think, at this point in my life, it may be the ONLY way to diet. My body doesn’t like being starved or filled with food with which it is not familiar, so this works. Especially in warm weather when I can get fresh veggies. It is slow, but I’m not in a hurry 🙂

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  5. II cannot eat as much as i used to at meals, so I put less on my plate. it is the bits in between where I have to be careful


  6. The summer fresh foods help a lot, too!


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