The cycle of losing weight and gaining, losing and gaining, is unending, but when gaining takes an unfair advantage, like during the holidays, I get nervous. I’m not obese, and, since I don’t want to be in the future, I’m dieting. My favorite diet is the eat-less diet, but it hasn’t been working for me, so I’m trying the Atkins diet. I remember when my mother was on it. She could eat lots of food and still lose weight. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The first two weeks was rather intense, with elimination of starchy carbohydrates, of course, and adherence to some restrictions, which I found difficult. I’m not complaining about the diet that has helped so many people. I’m just being myself, loving fats, cream, meats, and lots of vegetables and fruits. If you look at the plates of food featured in this post, you will see the typical fare I served Steve and myself, as our main meal, with a slight modification in my servings, reflecting my efforts to comply with Atkins (I haven’t read the entire book yet, so maybe I am not doing it right). Expressly, my plate has no ball of rice, no dish of strawberries, but in exchange, a dish of pickled cucumbers and red pepper. I think that the veggies in the dish were all low glycemic and were flavored only with curry powder and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. I thought I would be losing weight, but not so. What was wrong? I read the book a little further and found the problem. It said that if I wasn’t losing weight, I should look at my overall calories, because I might be eating too much. Ha! Duh!
Steve and I go to Golden Corral, usually once a week, with our group of friends. We eat and visit for hours. As I sat there with my one plate of legitimate fare, I thought about the small scoop of ice cream that I used to have for my dessert. “Hmm,” I said to my friends, “I may end this diet in about 30 minutes.” I didn’t. I’m still on it. I avoided that scoop of ice cream. It seems to me a little like my favorite diet, the one that wasn’t working: eat less. I have reduced my servings. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Does anyone have a favorite after-holiday diet? How is it working for you? I hope you are having great success.