When I was young, I weighed 100 pounds soaking wet. And then I got married and rocketed up to 153. I took control of my weight and successfully used the Atkins diet, now referred to more commonly at the ketogenic diet. This high protein/low carb eating plan worked. Lots of meat, no potatoes.
Back in the day, Atkins was THE THING for serious dieters. I went from 153 to 120 over a three-month period, and kept the weight off for several years. It slowly crept back and nothing I did seemed to make a difference. I hovered around 140. Not the best weight for someone who is 5’1” (now 4’11”). Yes, I am shrinking vertically; horizontally, not so much.
I did try Weight Watchers, and I must say, it was helpful, but I hated going to all those meetings! Yeah, I know, you can do it online now, but there’s too much of a disconnect when it comes to accountability. What worked with the going-to-meetings thing was an element of competition. Every week I wanted to be the one who lost the most weight.
Anyway, my next major weight loss was the divorce diet. I don’t recommend it. Months of stress, not eating and generally feeling like shit. I went from 140 to 104 in four weeks. No lie. That weight I kept off for quite a while.
Life took a happy turn when I married a wonderful man. I sort of managed my weight without really trying until I quit working full time. And then it packed on. I have no interest in being svelte; I just want to be healthy. So, I thought I’d once again try the Atkins (ketogenic) approach. Turns out, I don’t really like meat all that much, no matter what form or what animal it comes from. I am now embarking on a mission to reduce carbs, eat healthy and avoid meat, especially red meat. Aging doesn’t help, of course. Losing weight in my mid-70s is proving to be more of a challenge than I anticipated.
I would like some helpful feedback from readers, and tasty recipes (which I will be happy to share with permission), on this blog. You can e-mail recipes directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post in the comments below.
Here’s a favorite frittata recipe you might enjoy. Serves two.
Egg and Broccoli Frittata
Flash boil 1 cup of broccoli for 60 to 90 seconds. Drain and set aside
Beat four large eggs with a tablespoon of milk. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
¼ cup each, chopped red and green bell peppers, sautéed
Chop cooled broccoli and add to bell peppers and continue to sauté.
½ cup feta cheese
½ cup +/- cheddar cheese
Spray pie plate with salad oil. Sprinkle feta cheese over the bottom. Layer the broccoli/pepper mix evenly. Pour egg mixture over everything. Bake in 375-degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Cut like a pizza and serve. Note: you can substitute or add green chile. As a side, I marinate chopped tomatoes and avocado in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Very tasty and it all fits into the ketogenic diet!
There are lots of resources online and I’m checking them out. My arbitrary restrictions are tofu, eggplant and Portobello mushrooms. Sorry, but the texture of those foods makes me want to retch up every cookie I ever ate.
I wish I was one of those people who post photos of themselves to show the “before” and “after” of a weight loss plan, but I’m not. So, I’ll simply say I am beginning today – Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 153.4 pounds – on a mostly vegetarian quest to lose sensibly with the intent of being healthy, not skinny. I left skinny in the dust decades ago.
Here are five healthy body affirmations to keep me motivated. If you have some you would like to share, send them to me!
- Nothing tastes as good and being healthy feels.
- Healthy body, healthy spirit.
- Saying no to carbs means saying yes to the dress.
- I will eat to live, not live to eat.
- Being active strengthens body, soul, mind and spirit.
Why am I doing this and sharing it with readers? Health, pure and simple. I can’t walk a block without breathing hard. I can’t climb stairs easily. There’s more, but you have better things to do than listen to me whine. I’m making a personal contract to make this work. Goal? Good health!
Lift a little prayer for me to stick with it. If you feel like joining me on this quest, please let me know about your progress and your struggles. Perhaps we can encourage each other.
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6 thoughts on “Getting healthy”
You said a basic truth when you said losing weight in one’s 70s is so much harder than when younger. Metabolism slows down and ability to be active is restricted by various ills, like my broken toe that took several months to heal. I have been helped by drinking ginger tra which does speed up my metabolism a bit. And finding other things to engage my mind so fully that I really do forget about food, no longer get particularly hungry, and so can be satisfied with a plate of veggies when I realize I need to eat.
Sharon, thanks for bringing up the never-ending battle. You write about it sooooo well. Reminds me of the days when I had Erma Bombeck as my Guru. So many of us are in this “boat” it may sink! And thanks for the frittata tips and the tomatoe/avocado salad. Yummy! I too did Atkins–it’s my “go-to” way of eating, but I too have lost the taste for meat.
Amen to chelawriter–Are we being punished for living long?
Punished or blessed, interesting that we all 3 have …now…good relationships making us happy and contributing to that longevity
Thanks for your comments!
I am constantly amazed how differently people respond to stress, particularly where food is concerned. You indicated you lost weight during the tension of a divorce. I by contrast gain when I am stressed, can only lose when happy. Part metabolism, part bad lifetime habit of soothing emotional pain with potatos, bread and cheese
Every day a blessing 😊, despite bumps along the way. Thanks for your comment!
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