Diet update

Time for a diet update.  I used to post changes to my diet on a forum, and for a short time I was posting them on hosted blog, but that site is gone.  Since I have this now I figure I’ll keep my diet notes here.  Okay… First – I don’t go on diets, I make changes to my diet.  I’ve been on diets (practically all of them.)  I’ve had different levels of success with each of the diets I’ve tried, but for the most part I’ve always gained back any weight I lost.  The most success, measured by pounds lost, was probably on Atkins.  But then, that’s also the only diet that has ever put me in the hospital.  Take it from me, gout sucks.

I’ve tried some different experiments, mostly involving removing a particular item from my diet (normally for one month).  I removed anything deep fried for several months, with great success.  I have no idea what happened to that plan.  At some point I was sitting in a chic-fil-a parking lot and I realized everything I was eating was deep fried.  Oh well.  I do want to get back to that, with the exceptions of occasional deep fried turkeys, maybe a fish-fry here and there, and an occasional trip to chic-fil-a. And some sweet potato fries. Damn.  See, this is how hard it is for me.  I can’t even commit to making a commitment to not eating deep fried foods.

I also mentioned in my recent Corn Free Week post how I try to avoid HFCS and transfats.  I’m pretty good about avoiding those, or I’m at least very aware of it when I’m eating them.  A few nights this week I let the HFCS ban go so I could take NyQuil.  (Update: Tylenol PM has no HFCS, and has replaced NyQuil in my medicine cabinet.)

If I had to label what I wish my diet was, that label would be Paleo.  In July I posted 27 Rules for Diets.  In a perfect world I would follow those rules about 90% of the time.  90% because occasionally you just have to eat some cake.

So, where does my diet stand right now?  I really have no idea.  I baked a cake yesterday (below). Little known fact about baking – it’s really simple. As I mentioned I do try to avoid HFCS and transfats, but not really for dietary reasons.  It’s not that either will make me fat, it’s just that I suspect they are both poison.  Of course I don’t know for sure, as I mention in my comment back to the RCA rep.

I recently lost (badly) in the Finals of a 21-man Absolute gi division, after only getting 2 points scored on me all day.  I was really pissed at myself because I was just too tired to fight that last match.  I almost tapped out before the match started.  I’m determined to not let that ever happen again.  What I’m driving at here is I really want to lose 25 pounds and keep it off.  The problem is, I have absolutely no will power. None. Zip.  I never stick with anything, and particularly so when it has to do with diet and exercise.

I know one of the best and most effective things I could do is simply train more.  I’ve wanted to get up to at least 3 days a week for a while now. It’s a reasonable goal, and I have no idea why I’m not there right now.  Maybe if I post some specific goals here on my blog I’ll stick with them.  Perhaps it will shame me into following through.  We’ll see. I don’t want to commit to that right now.

Penzeys Raspberry Enlightenment Cake
Penzeys Raspberry Enlightenment Cake

3 thoughts on “Diet update”

  1. Funny – I was just saying this morning that I want to be back to training 3 times a week, too. Starting tomorrow, since Cheryl says I am probably still contagious today.

  2. YJJ or IGA – either way. I have to go to bed early, though. I have to be up by 4 AM on Wednesday, and out the door by 4:30.

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