Am I Satisfied With My Appearance?
- POSTED ON: Jun 10, 2017

I will never be 100% satisfied
with the way I look.

In general, I like the way I look, but in reality we all have an ideal picture in our heads of what “thin” should be.  No matter how successful I am on any diet, my individual body will never match that ideal image.

The truth is that women come in all shapes and sizes, and women of all shapes and sizes can be attractive.

However, we have developed unrealistic expectations from a lifetime of being continually told, and shown, the type of body image we are supposed to strive for. 

There is an enormous discrepancy between our culture’s recommended fantasy, and bodies that actually exist. 

If we buy into the idea that the perfect body is based on the average fashion model, a perfect woman would be about 5’10” and weigh less than 120 pounds.  However, the average American woman is about 5’4” and weighs about 169 pounds.

Our culture’s current female ideal body is a D-cup breast, tiny waist, sculpted abs, big butt and thigh gaps inches-wide—all in one.

Of course she should also look young and somewhat athletic with no visible flaws or physical disabilities, but as long as she is physically attractive, she doesn’t need to be very smart.

Many people discredit their weight-loss progress because of loose skin, stretch marks, or other features they don’t like. 

I’ll admit that I’ve been strongly influenced by a lifetime of exposure to our culture. Many times I’ve wished my body looked like the body of a Victoria’s Secret model. 

I didn’t look anything like that image at age 16, and I resemble it even less here in my 70s; but I’ve worked very hard to get the best body I can have. 

I appreciate the body I now have, including my wrinkles, scars, loose skin, and current size.  Even if plastic surgery were painless and inexpensive, it would not be a option of interest for ME, personallly.

No … I’m not 100% satisfied with how my body looks all of the time, but it’s okay to live in that space of semi-dissatisfaction.

While my body isn’t as attractive as I wish it were,  I remember how my body used to be when I was super morbidly obese, and I’m grateful for the size it is now, and the way it looks now.

Status Update - June 2017
- POSTED ON: Jun 09, 2017

As part of maintaining a large Weight-loss for more than 11 years, here at DietHobby I sometimes share my personal weight and calorie numbers, along with Tactics that I’ve used to help me in Maintenance. 

Treating Dieting as a Hobby (see: ABOUT ME) involves the ongoing task of finding or creating ways to keep myself interested in detailed issues involving Weight-Loss and Maintenance, as well as how MY own body responds to those various issues.

As part of my own Maintenance journey, I’ve experimented with many different diets, and as part of that process I’ve created various ways to track my progress.   When I first began experimenting with Alternate Day Fasting, back in 2006, I created a chart like the one on this page in order to better track how my daily weight reacted to UP days and DOWN days.  I liked this visualization and so I continued using this chart format after I completed my first ADF experiments. 

This first chart shows my actual weight and calories from May 23, 2017 through today, June 9, 2017.

The second chart shows a 10 week Summary of those charts from April 2, 2017 through June 4, 2017.

The first chart shows that on May 23, I weighed 131.0 (red shows a gain from the previous day).

This morning, June 9, I weighed 128.2 (green shows a loss from the previous day). 

So, 131.0 minus 128.2 equals 2.8, which means that my weight dropped 2.8 lbs. in the past 16 days.

During that 16 days, my average calorie intake was 594 per day.



The next chart shows that on the week ending on April 2, my 7 day average weight was 134.5.
On the week ending on June 4, my 7 day average weight was 130.7. 

So, 134.5 minus 130.7 equals 3.8, which means that my weight dropped 3.8 lbs. in the past 10 weeks.

During that 10 week period, my average calorie intake was 669 per day.

A 3.8 loss averaged out over 10 weeks is an average weekly weight loss of 0.38.

So this shows that
during the past 10 weeks I lost about  1/3 of 1 lb. per week while eating about 669 calories per day.

When others look at MY own personal numbers, it is important to remember that I am a small, inactive, "reduced obese" elderly woman. 

It is not a one-size-fits-all-world so my experience may be vastly different from your own.

Even people who are the SAME size, age, and activity levels often have bodies with different metabolisms. Some bodies burn through their fuel like large luxury cars, and some bodies burn fuel like really efficient economy cars.  The Metabolic Process is an involuntary one, like breathing and temperature, and .... despite what many Diet Guru's, including medical doctors, say, ... an individual's voluntary behavior can do almost nothing to change their personal long-term Metabolic Rate.

To see previous detailed information, including more of my thoughts and comments, see my most recently posted charts in Status Update - February 2017, and the DietHobby section:  BLOG CATEGORIES, Status Updates which provides many posts about my personal progress, including detailed charts spanning my past 12+ dieting years.

No One-Size-Fits-All Diet Journey
- POSTED ON: Jun 08, 2017


There is No “one-size-fits-all” Diet Journey.

This Truth drives many people crazy.

“I’m not losing as fast as this person.”  
“I have to eat less than that person.” 
“I can eat more than that person.” 
“This person eats everything and still loses weight.”
“That person maintains without ever having to exercise.”

You know what all these people have in common?

NONE of them is me!

My body is different from anybody else’s.  In some ways, my body works in similar ways as the bodies of others,  but in other ways, it doesn’t. 

This has an impact on how I choose to live my life.

I find it important not to compare myself, my body, my eating, my routine, my exercise, or my progress to anybody else. That’s a hard thing to actually do, and sometimes I have to work to force myself to stop doing it. But it’s important for me to arrive at that place where the only person I compare myself to is myself.

I hold fast to MY rules.

The world is full of diet "experts" who are eager to tell me EXACTLY how I should eat; how I should think; what I should want; and how I should live my life. 

Just because some other dieter does X,Y, or Z, or doesn’t have to do X, Y, or Z, doesn’t mean that I can Do it, or can Stop Doing it. Over time, I have developed an understanding of MY physical Body and how it responds, as well as how my Mind and my Spirit are involved with my own Thinking, my own Emotions, and my own Behavior.

I work to keep my mind open enough to listen to and consider the experiences and opinions of other people, but ultimately, all decisions about how I live my life are mine.  It is important for me to be the one who chooses what is right for ME, and to do what works for Me, personally.


Map = Directions
- POSTED ON: Jun 06, 2017

This Contents Directory is a MAP to the features existing here at DietHobby.

The MENU shown in the DietHobby Header and Footer provides links and drop-down boxes directing you to different Sections featured here in DietHobby. Descriptions and links to the individual Sections are also posted below.

BLOG is where I post my ongoing new blog articles.  

ABOUT ME contains specific facts about me and about DietHobby that some may find interesting.

RECIPES contains video recipes of foods I eat in my dieting lifestyle, and I post new recipe videos at random.

DIET WISDOM contains a series of short videos about dieting issues.

WORDS of WISDOM contains a series of brief Inspirational videos, each consisting of a positive statement lasting about 20 seconds.  This section contains individual videos as well as the Words of Wisdom Playlist, in which these videos automatically play back-to-back.

RESOURCES contains many things to help you with your weight-loss and maintenance journey.

  • You will find the answers to Frequently Answered Questions in FAQ. 
  • RESOURCES contains Links to helpful sites and various Diet Books & Tools,
  • The Videos 2 section contains hundreds of related videos, including all videos of me.
  • Personal pictures that you might find interesting are located in the Photo Gallery
  • Contact Me provides my e-mail address.

GRANDMA's HOUSE contains all of the Ask Grandma  videos.

BOOKTALK is for ongoing discussions about specific diet books of my choice.

ARCHIVES is an index listing all of the titles of my past blog articles.

  • Another way to find specific past articles is look on the right-hand side of the computer page (iPhone location = bottom half of page) at the section entitled BLOG ARCHIVES, and click the month to bring up past pages of blog articles.
  • On the right-hand side of the computer page (iPhone location = bottom half of page) you will also find a section entitled BlOG CATEGORIES which groups blog articles under Subject headings.  Clicking the heading of a specific subject will immediately bring up articles relevant to that subject. 

The bottom of each page has a link to my Terms & Conditions which explains my website policies. This contains the Comment Guidelines, and also on that page, under Disclosures, I  explain my attitudes and reasoning about this website.
Clicking around to familiarize yourself with these different sections can be helpful.  
Even if you've been here a long time, you might find new features of which you were unaware.

A Contents Directory Link is located under the SEARCH box on every DietHobby page. Just click the picture to easily see this MAP again.


Acceptance of the Past
- POSTED ON: Jun 02, 2017

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