- POSTED ON: Jan 05, 2012

At the beginning of every January
I pick some new food plan and experiment with it.
However, all this week I have felt indecisive.
Which food plan will I commit to?

While I'm thinking it over, 
I'm just doing the best I can to continue
eating whatever appeals to me,
in the smallest amounts possible
while writing everything into my food journal, DietPower. 

This is an acceptable plan, 
but I need a bit more for a little while,
after my excess Holiday eating,
to help me drop back down a bit. 

I think, for me, the problem is that described 
in that willpower book I'm reading.
I'm using all my willpower up because of my
enormous expenditure of time and energy
on my DietHobby YouTube Channel...
which now has over 3,000 subscribers
And I've now shot and uploaded over 250 videos.

My other current deterrant, 
is that this month I've hardly any time before
I travel out of state for my step-son's wedding,
which will be another vacation week.

Of course this doesn't excuse overeating,
and needs to be factored into my maintenance,
however, it does take motivation away from 
starting and committing to a new type of food plan.
So that part probably won't happen until the end of this month.

You might ask, why is this relevant to me?
I don't know.  
I'm just sharing where I am and what I'm doing
on my weight-loss and weight-maintenance journey.
Following through with what I need to do
isn't all easy and clear-cut, even after 6 years of maintenance
of a large weight-loss. 

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On Jan 05, 2012 wrote:
I guess I thought that many maintainers have routines, say, set breakfasts, that they rather know the calorie content of and can count on most of the time. I don't calorie count, but most of my meals resemble meals I got used to and enjoyed while I was learning to eat more veggies, whole grains, etc. and I know their approximate value and approximately how satisfying they will be. Are you saying that keeps changing? I don't doubt it as I've been at this for much less time than you have.

On Jan 05, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             There are probably those people who maintain their weight by doing that. I am not one of them. Of course there are certain meals that I have more often than others, but it is my way to have a large variety of food, and large variations in my food plans. All of my meals have to adjust to fit into a rather low daily calorie average, so if I have a larger breakfast, I must have a smaller lunch and dinner. If I have a special treat, all of my meals must be very, very small. I continually experiment with new food plans, sometimes one and then another, last year I spent a lot of time experimenting with low carb. The year before I experimented a lot with various alternate day eating plans. The thing that is consistent, is that I log all of my food into a computer software program and track the calorie numbers in order to keep my energy intake low enough to maintain my current weight. I must mentally control the amounts that I eat, and am not able to rely on a sense of physical satisfaction, because my body wants to weigh 200 lbs or more, and the amounts it tells me to eat will take me back there rather quickly. What I essentially do, is eat one type of thing for awhile and then another type of thing so that eventually, I am able to have a large variety of different foods while eating very small caloric amounts.

On Jan 06, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
So you don't ever feel full or satisfied after a meal?

On Jan 06, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Oolala, I am not anything close to perfect. Sometimes I am much too full after a meal. Most of the time, the size of my meals work to take the edge off my hunger, and leaves me about 70% full, and I could easily eat more if I did not consciously stop myself. Satisfied...that's more difficult... There's emotional satisfaction and there's physical satisfaction. For me, these things tend to blur together. But if, by satisfied after a meal, you mean that after I eat my meal my desire to eat more leaves...then no, that seldom happens.

On Jan 06, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
I meant to add, congratulations on your internet success with so many subscribers! I see a book deal on the horizon.

On Jan 06, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thank you. My web-genius son thinks I'll get an offer for that sometime, but I don't want to write a book, and especially, I don't want to follow through with the kind of activities that are required to publicize a book. That stuff is actually pretty boring and I've never enjoyed doing that type of thing. While I was practicing law, my secretaries were always amazed and distressed that I refused to spend any time returning calls from television personnel, or giving interviews, or accepting TV appearances when I was involved in high profile cases.

On Jan 07, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
So, you mean even when you finish a meal that you say you are much too full afterwards, you always still want to eat more? I'm not sure that is very different from even a lot of slim people. I think they sometimes think they wouldn't mind eating more, but they dislike that feeling of being too full, so they don't. And they don't think much of that.

On Jan 07, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             No, I'm not talking about the times when I fail in my food plan, and eat until I feel much too full On the measurement scale I'm using, 100% full, is eating "to physical satisfaction" but not overeating. Overeating would 100% plus - much higher than 100%. I'm talking about eating only enough to "take the physical edge off my hunger", but only about half full (maybe 50%, less than 70%). At this point, most people judge that they are still hungry. To figure out how this would feel for yourself, fix yourself your standard normal amount that you feel would satisfy your body, and then stop eating after you've only had half of that amount, and throw the rest away. ..Then at your next mealtime do the same.

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