Current Diet Guidelines
- POSTED ON: Jun 28, 2017


During the years of my obesity, I followed a lot of different diets and eating plans. As part of my long-term Maintenance of a large weight-loss, I still do a lot of personal experimenting with different types of diets and ways-of-eating.

However, all of my diet experiments include the two basic requirements that are necessary for ME personally in my own Maintenance.

One of these requirements is to consistently track all my food intake every day, and log it into a computer food journal that provides me with a calorie count, and the other requirement is to “eat small to stay small”, meaning that I consistently work to keep my personal calorie count as-low-or-lower than my calorie burn.

I have learned to view Dieting as an enjoyable Hobby, see ABOUT ME.  I am very interested in learning and experiencing different ways and methods of “eating small”.  

“Eating small” is not something that is new to me. 

Before my current successful weight-loss, back in the late 1980s, I spent 6+ months on a medically supervised liquid fast which consisted of Optifast and water. 3 meals totaling about 600 calories per day.

Immediately after my open RNY gastric bypass surgery in December 1992, I spent a year of eating only very tiny amounts of food, totaling about 300 to 600 calories per day. 
See: How Fast…HowMuch…Weight Lost After Gastric Bypass?

There are many articles about my prior diets and weight status here at DietHobby in BLOG CATEGORIES, Status Updates.

My current diet experiment is based on eating the way one eats immediately after bariatric surgery, which is something that I actually experienced in my life about 25 years ago. 

My plan uses some of the concepts recommended by Dr. Duc Vuong, a bariatric surgeon who takes a “Tony Robbins” approach to weight-loss education.

For more background details  see: Palm of the Hand, and Eat Small to Be Small.

My current food plan Directly Restricts the total daily AMOUNT of food that I eat, (has a maximum daily calorie number).

It also restricts the FREQUENCY of eating, but it does not restrict the KINDS of food eaten. 

For more information on those 3 food issues, see Calorie Balance.

I like Guidelines rather than Rules. 

When using a Guideline, circumstances direct one’s decisions, but when one lives by a Rule, it gets applied without regard to whether it will make things better or achieve the stated goal.

Following Rules is simpler than making choices based on complex and changing situations, but Guidelines are places where we start to think.

Guidelines give me a starting point.  They are a place to build from, but modifiable when the situation doesn’t fit.

Rules are “Commands” requiring rigid perfection, while Guidelines are “Recommended Best Practicesgiving flexibility.

Some people do really well with Rules, however, I do far better with Guidelines.

When I do any diet experiment, I like to set CLEAR and SPECIFIC Guidelines as a Target.

A Target expresses a place where I want to go.   A Target gives me something tangible in mind, so I can easily measure my progress. 

When I have a Target to aim for, I have the possibility of hitting it.  And I can measure by how much I missed, and make adjustments for the next attempt.

So my process is to first determine my Target. I don’t expect to get a Bullseye right away, but I start working toward getting them.  I take a shot. Sometimes I hit the Target, and sometimes I miss it altogether.  I measure the miss.  Then I improve my Methods.  I Shoot again. Repeat.


My current Target is to follow these Guidelines.





 

 


Consistency is Not Perfection
- POSTED ON: Jun 18, 2017


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 BEFORE - No AFTER - Only DURING
- POSTED ON: Apr 05, 2017


The number on the scale is only a number.

Only just a number.
It’s not a “Before”.
It’s not an “After”.

Getting that number to a certain set of digits is not an “After”. There is no “After” – happily ever or otherwise. There is only today. Just today – “During”.

There’s no point in associating “After” with a number.  Losing weight doesn’t mean you no longer struggle with your weight.  It's important to understand that. I
’ve lost more than 50% of my highest bodyweight, and have maintained that weight loss for more than 10 years, but I still struggle with my food, my weight, and myself every single day.

My “Before” pictures (which I choose to keep private) are ME.  The pictures on this website are ME.

I’ve had People tell me they don’t recognize the woman in my “Before” pictures, but she is me. The fat ME is not an abomination. Don’t congratulate me on no longer being HER; I still am HER.  You can say that I look better,  but actually, I just look different. "Better" is a matter of personal taste, or personal judgment. That “fat” ME wasn’t ugly, or a poor, piteous person. She’s just ME, and she’s still standing right here, only thinner.

There. Is. No. After.
 
There will never be a pot of gold at the end of the weight-loss rainbow because that rainbow is endless. 

There is Today. There is Now.
There is DURING.  It's called Life.

NOTE:  Bumped up for new viewers. Originally posted on 4/22/15


Trying Times - Words of Wisdom
- POSTED ON: Feb 27, 2017


See Video Below

DietHobby has more of these short videos under the heading: Words of Wisdom

 


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