A little bit of nothing.

- POSTED ON: Aug 08, 2012

 

I grew up hearing, "If you don't have anything good to say, then say nothing."

Nevertheless...
today I spent quite a long time surfing the internet looking for weight-loss and maintenance articles
to inspire myself, but came up empty-handed. I found a great many articles,

but I wasn't inspired by them.
I suspect that this result has something to do with my own frame of mind…
...which currently is well inside the border of pessimestic.
Days like that happen for all of us … including me.


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On Aug 10, 2012 TexArk wrote:
This post really belongs in the How Little It Takes response, but since how little it takes adds to my pessimistic attitude ever so often I will have my say here. Thank you so much for your blog and your honesty. I really tire of other advice sometimes. I understand how little it takes. I am 5' 7" and maintain on about 1300 calories a day. If I follow the S Day part of NoS it looks something like this: enjoy hashbrowns and sausage for breakfast (one plate), add a piece of cornbread with chili (one plate), enjoy a slice of pie (an S), have some almond butter on a chunk of French bread (one plate)...and maybe seconds on mashed potatoes (an S). All of this spread out over two days can easily double my regular calorie ration. So that would be 2600 extra calories over the weekend. One pound is supposed to be 3200 calories, right? LOL When I do this (and by the way most of the time this could be a regular N Day for some people...fits on one plate) I will gain 2 lbs. which does not come off in one or two days. It takes all week and then I am back to square one come the weekend. This is not even binge behavior! I think you are one of the few people who believe this. That is why I can't indulge over the weekend...or at least I have to count what I eat. My mantra: Every Bite Counts! As you have said, the same was actually true when we were heavier.


On Aug 10, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi TexArk, Those of us who ACTUALLY keep records of what we eat ALL THE TIME, do gain a great deal of insight into the connections between our body size/weight, and our food intake. Although I remain open to the opinions of "experts", the "wisdom and knowledge" of those people cannot erase the truth of long-term detailed personal records. Due to my daily DietPower journal entries, I now have records of every-day of my all of my food eaten since September 20, 2004.. this is just about 1 month short of EIGHT years of personal data which is statistically correct, because all 8 years were handled by me personally, the same way. I'm weighed and measured my food,and followed calorie counting charts etc. If I've weighed and measured food incorrectly, or made calorie counting errors (as is impossible to avoid), those inadvertant errors are a consistent part of the long-term process. This then merely raises or lowers the overall caloric levels but doesn't alter the weight/food-intake relationships. I think I'll do another article about that soon. <3

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