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


What Do You Want?
- POSTED ON: Jun 01, 2017


Trying to motivate yourself is a pointless endeavor. 
You want what you want whether or not you think you can have it, and you don’t want what you don’t want whether or not you think you should want it.
Trying to “get motivated” is a side-issue that only diverts our attention from the main question.

Feelings are a fundamental and unavoidable part of why humans do what they do.  We can’t ignore our emotions.  Because of the way our brains are structured, when thoughts and feelings compete, feelings almost always win.  Research shows that fighting our feelings just makes them stronger.

Motivation comes from inside us.  Either we want to do something or we don’t.  If we want to do it, we are already motivated.  If we don’t want to do it, then why would we?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are often told to make a list of our Goals. 
But most of the things that wind up on that list aren’t ACTUALLY Goals at all.

For example, many people would say they have a goal of making money, but really their goal is the feeling of security and comfort that comes from making more money.  So making more money is actually the STRATEGY, not the goal.

Or take a more personal goal, like being in a serious relationship and/or getting married.  Again, this is a STRATEGY.  Their goal might be to feel a deep connection, and have emotional security.  Having a long-term relationship is a STRATEGY to get them closer to those goals.

In the same way, a goal of becoming Thin is also a STRATEGY. Most likely, the actual goal involves feelings about health, appearance, or relationships.

 

A goal is the Feeling you ultimately want from the thing you’re seeking.  Ask yourself, “How will I feel when this happens?”  The answer to that question is your goal.

A strategy, then, is the path required to get there. 

When you’re clear on the difference between your goals and strategies, you’ll be more in touch with the big-picture purpose of what you’re actually striving for.  Many people keep pushing toward goals that they’ve set for themselves, and then don’t understand why achieving them doesn’t make them satisfied or happy. Redefining your goals according to how you want to FEEL is a good solution for this problem.

Go to your list of goals, and consider each goal according to this definition.
Rewrite your goal so that it evokes a feeling, not just an action step or something you hope will happen.


A goal is a broad primary outcome. 
A strategy is the approach you take to achieve a goal. 
An objective is a measurable step you take to achieve a strategy. 
A tactic is a tool you use
in pursuing an objective associated with a strategy.





What do I Really Want?

So, I asked myself this question, and I came up with these answers.

    ……….Goals………….
            A broad primary outcome


Four Things That I Really Want

  • To have my body feel comfortably healthy.

  • To see my body as visually attractive in clothing. 

  • To have the sense of accomplishment that comes from weighing within my ideal weight maintenance range.

  • To be able to eat small amounts of the foods I want, whenever I want, without getting fat.


    ………Strategy… …………  
    A plan of action designed to achieve an overall aim.


Lose weight until I get down inside my ideal weight maintenance range,
and then maintain my weight inside it.

    …………. Objective…..
    A measurable step to achieve a strategy


I will eat only the amounts of food that will allow my body to get and stay inside my ideal weight maintenance range.

    ………..Tactic….
    A tool used to pursue an objective associated with a strategy. 


  • I will eat small to get and stay small.

  • I will weigh and measure my food, and work to count calories.

  • I will work to keep my total daily calorie average low enough to lose weight.

  • Every day I will record in my computer journal all of the food that I eat.

  • I will involve myself in the process of dieting and treat it like a Hobby.





Eat Small to BE Small
- POSTED ON: May 29, 2017


You have to eat small to be small.  If you eat large, you will be large.
When reducing your meal-size,
it is Important to stick to your normal number of meals. 
If you just start eating smaller meals more frequently,
you're not necessarily eating less food overall,

you’re just reducing the amount you eat at each sitting.

A normal undistended stomach is about the size of your fist. This is really helpful in visualizing how much food to eat.  An average-size fist is about 1 cup. A bigger person usually has a bigger hand. A smaller person’s hand is usually smaller. 





Your own hand is a personalized (and portable) measuring device
for your food intake,
and can be helpful in estimating portion size. 


Taking in small meals to lose weight is not a foreign concept.  It’s been around for decades. Your body will show positive weight results if you:

    ▪    Eat at mealtimes only; and
    ▪    Eat no more than three meals daily,
and
    ▪    Visualize your fist over your plate at every meal,
and
    ▪    Make certain your entire meal’s food portion is NOT larger than your fist.


The digestive system is only able to digest a certain amount of food before it has to start storing the food for later.

Think of your stomach like a muscle. When it's filled with large meals three times a day, the distensibility (the scientific term for the amount your stomach walls can stretch) increases — just like your biceps would get bigger if you were working them out three times a day,

And when you head in the other direction — eating only small meals of a similar volume — your stomach's capacity drops.

After adapting to eating small meals with no food in-between you'll naturally feel full with less food, and your body will send signals to stop eating sooner.

So, if you regularly eat large meals, your stomach's distensibility (or ability to become stretched) will increase to accommodate the food. If you instead eat only small amounts at a time, your stomach's distensibility will decrease.

Remember, however, that without some type of bariatric surgery, one’s stomach reduction or expansion is only a Temporary measure.  The stomach will stay adapted to eating small meals only as long as one CONSISTENTLY eats only a small amount of food, of about the same small volume, at EVERY meal.  

Consistently practicing portion control has taught me to be more satisfied with the process of eating less food.  An IDEAL weight-loss or maintenance plan for ME is eating small food portions of approximately equal volume at three regular semi-set-mealtimes, with no in-between meal eating.

After bariatric surgery, the entire amount of the food on a person’s plate for their entire meal should be no larger than the palm of their hand.  I found that two Splenda packages exactly fit the palm of my hand.  So I took some photos of the packages, my hand, and my plates.



Below is a photo of that process.

Notice how a palm-sized food portion looks on four different size plates: A tiny dessert plate; a teacup size saucer; a salad plate; and a 10 inch dinner plate. For more, read my article, Palm of the Hand.

I've posted a great many of my actual meals here at DietHobby under the Menu Heading: RESOURCES, Photo Gallery.  The section, Petite Meals demonstrates some of my personal efforts at Portion Control.

One thing that I fully understand is that no matter how precisely I weigh and measure and record my food, it is impossible … due to many reasons…. for anyone living outside a laboratory to get a totally accurate calorie count.

However, tracking my food intake …which includes counting calories… has been essential to me in my own weight-loss and maintenance journey.  I do the best I can to track my food accurately, but (except for a temporary trick of the scale due to excess salt/water/waste)no matter WHAT number my calorie records give me… if my weight is increasing, it means that I need to manage, in some way, to eat fewer calories.

This is because eating only 100 calories above one's own individual-personal-energy-balance-point every day for one year will cause a 10 pound fat regain. 

Serving oneself on a very small plate is helpful for Portion Control.

Think small, eat small..... be small......


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