I’ve never been the kind of person to read more than one book at a time, and, yet, here I am, trying to do six!
I still haven’t finished My Big, Fat Greek Diet (my second time through) or The Dark Side of Calvinism or The Other Side of Calvinism (the dry one, but I decided last week that it’s only the history portion of it that is dry. The theology part is fine. If you happen to enjoy history, with lots of names and dates, you wouldn’t have a problem with it. I picked it up again the other evening and read it as I donated plasma), and now I’ve added to the mix Margin, after hearing Dr. Richard Swenson on Focus on the Family way back in the 90s when the book first came out (that’s how long it had been on my wish list!), Suzanne Somers’ Eat Great, Lose Weight, and brand new to my reading group is Dr. Phil’s 20/20 Diet that I just got in the mail a couple of days ago.
As I wrote last, Eat Great, Lose Weight has many, many, many similarities to Trim Healthy Mama, so much so, in fact, that I’m considering following a little of her stuff to see if it will jump-start my weight-loss again. The thing I’m having trouble getting past is no protein with carbs, but the fact is she counts cottage cheese as a carb, for instance, and not a protein when, in fact, it is both.
Whereas THM allows five grams of fat with an E meal, Somers insists that the fat in a “Carbos” meal is only 1/2 gram per serving. Somers is more restrictive when it comes to mixing carbs and fats, but not as restrictive as Trim Healthy Mama when it comes to breads. Anything made with white or semolina flour, of course, it forbidden, but she has lots of breads/crackers/etc. on the approved list: amaranth, barley, bran, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgar, kamut, millet, oats, rye, spelt, wheat, wheat germ, wild rice.
Here is a little pearl from Suzanne’s book: Question: “What happens if I skip a meal? Don’t do it! Whether you’re eating at home or dining in restaurants, make sure not to skip meals. Your mother always told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? In many ways, she was correct. Your body has been fasting while you sleep, so when you wake up in the morning, you have gone for some eight to ten hours without food. If you skip breakfast and don’t eat until lunch, your body has gone for twelve to fourteen hours without food. When you finally eat lunch, your body’s survival instinct kicks in. It doesn’t know when you’re going to feed it again, so it hangs on to every morsel instead of properly processing the food. Remember to eat at least three meals a day–or as many as six mini-meals throughout the day, if you prefer.”
So, see? Suzanne Somers said it before Trim Healthy Mama did, and probably someone else said it before Suzanne Somers, too.
When someone said that Trim Healthy Mama’s idea of separating fats and carbs was not a novel idea, they were right. That’s the whole gist behind the book Suzanne Somers wrote in 1996, and she got the idea from someone else, only researching it out for herself. The science of separating fuels and combining certain foods has been around for a long while.
I’m just thankful that I finally found out about it. It seems to work. To be completely honest, though, just by giving up sugar, white flour, potatoes, bread, white rice, pasta, milk and bananas, you’re going to lose weight! There’s not much science in that, just a lot of common sense. And if you couple exercise to that you have even more of a chance to get your life back to a healthy state.
Now. Dr. Phil. Where shall I begin? I love his book. I feel like he’s sitting right here beside me, talking to me. Reading him is like listening to him. It’s refreshing to find authors like that, authors who can write like they talk without throwing grammar and punctuation to the wind. I was so impressed with his use of quotation marks, in fact, that I checked the front of the book and the first few pages to see if he had a ghost writer. Nope, it was all him. He definitely has a commendable working knowledge of the English language. Either that or he had a bead on a great editor. Granted, I’m not very far into it, but I haven’t found a mistake, yet, and generally punctuation and grammar errors slap me in the face as I’m reading.
When I went to college I had some friends with whom I corresponded regularly by mail. One of my friends, a former coworker, told me, “I love your letters! You write like you talk.” In my lifetime, I consider that to be one of the best compliments anyone has ever given me. Well, look: almost forty years later I still remember it.
Sometimes Dr. Phil annoys me by announcing before a commercial, “When we come back we’re going to start putting some verbs in our sentences.”
Invariably I groan and yell at the TV, “Dr. Phil, all sentences have verbs in them!” Of course, I understand exactly what he means, but I disagree vehemently with the way he says it. “Procrastinate” is a verb. “Stagnate” is a verb. “Stall” is a verb. There are all kinds of verbs that do nothing, but they’re still verbs. In doing nothing, they’re still doing something. That “something” is nothing.
Even though I just got the book a couple of days ago and am not even halfway through it, yet, already things have jumped off the page at me. He is saying some things that have been revelations to me this past year and so many months on my weight-loss journey. In fact, some of the things he has written are things I have written myself, either in my blog or in THM Beginners.
The first one I saw was “The next year of your life is going to go by whether you’re doing something about your weight or not.” I said this exact thing in slightly different words to a sweet lady on the Beginners page who was waiting for some magical future date to begin her journey.
Time is passing us by, hour by hour, day by day, month by month, and year by year. We may as well be losing weight while this happens, instead of not losing weight and getting possibly even bigger. One thing I know for sure, the longer we put it off the harder it is once we get started.
Another golden nugget from his book is this: “. . . you’re going to have to stop using food for anything other than nutrition. You cannot continue to use food to celebrate, or as a companion, or for entertainment, or comfort. You cannot medicate yourself, your mood, or pain with food.”
How often have I said that? I know it’s true, Dr. Phil. I venture to guess that we all know that’s true, but it is certainly easier said (and understood) than done.
Old habits die hard, and I’m convinced that 75% of food addiction is psychological. I’m hoping that Dr. Phil is just the right person to help me unravel the tangled mess that is my inner psyche. I’ll keep you updated.
I’m happy to report that I was able to continue my treadmill today. My knee is almost completely back to normal. I experienced no pain while I was on the treadmill, but I did slow it down to 3.0, after starting out at my traditional 3.3 m.p.h. Still I got in the same time and the same hills.
I had asked Chuck to go walking with me, but he said, “I’ve got too much stuff to do. Besides, I’ve already been on the treadmill today.”
“Oh, really?” I responded. “Uh huh. Okay. You were on the treadmill.” I glanced over and saw the treadmill was on an incline, so I knew he wasn’t just messing with me. He had been on the treadmill, because when I’m on it I always set the grade back on 0% before I get off.
He said his blood sugar had been a little high so he got on the treadmill to bring it back down.
“Okay,” I responded. “I guess I can do that, too.” I hopped up on the treadmill and did my mile and my hills, and in just twenty minutes I felt so much better about myself.
In other news, Chelsea’s wound is still doing very well. Maybe there hasn’t been much improvement this week over last week, but in the course of the last month or so we have seen considerable progress. Her home health nurse is ecstatic with how it looks now, and Dr. James was also pleased today when Chelsea went in for her followup. It may be the new Endoform that makes the difference. Basically, it’s collagen that dissolves into the wound. The main thing is now that I don’t spray wound cleanser into the wound and wipe it out. I just take out the old dressing (I rarely have to do this because generally it falls out on its own) and put in a new Aquacel AG (I make a slit down the middle of the sheet with my scissors and tuck each end into the wounds “tunnels”) and put on a fresh ABD pad. In any event, it seems to be getting better and better.
In other news, I am so thankful for the opportunity to help save lives and make money at the same time! I just looked up my BioLife account and so far I have made $470 for donating plasma!
With my plasma money and my Trim Healthy Mama affiliate link I have made almost a thousand dollars! I’m blown away by all the ways God has chosen to bless me. I am so grateful to you ladies who have ordered through my affiliate link. I appreciate it so, so much.
Oh, how I wish I were eligible for the Amazon affiliate program, but I’m not, just because I live in Missouri. I would have all kinds of books and products to recommend. Hey, I can still recommend them, right? I just don’t get paid commissions for my recommendations.
I will still recommend products I believe in, whether I get a kickback or not.
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Stats for 11/12/15:
Exercise: So far, 3.15 walked, including a mile on the treadmill
Blood sugar: N/A
Pre-breakfast snack (5:30) E: Fuji apple (I tried a Suzanne Somers trick and ate my fruit by itself, no protein. I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat for another three hours when I returned home from my morning route, so it didn’t really matter if I got hungry or not; I wouldn’t have an opportunity to “cheat.” It turns out the apple snack without protein worked out just fine, and, according to Somers, it’s important to give that fruit a head start to break down before introducing proteins/fats or carbs. We’ll see if I can tell a difference in how my body reacts to this, either in metabolism, digestion, elimination or weight loss.)
Breakfast (9:00) S: Chocolate muffin in a mug from the old book.
Lunch (12:15) E: two pieces of Ezekiel toast with Happy Farms cheese and strawberry Smuckers Simply Fruit and a Shamrock Shake (so good and nutritious I had two today!)
Afternoon snack (4:00) E: Fuji apple and Shamrock Shake.
Dinner (7:45) S: Either left-over chicken alfredo with Dreamfields pasta or a sirloin burger.
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