Thursday, September 07, 2006

Blog Break, the Sequel

While I know you all meant well with the fiber advice, I want to reassure you that my doctor and I are handling my digestion problems just fine. And the Atkins approach offered by eDiets provides plenty of fiber from vegetables. I need to be more careful with my writing! I truly didn't mean to sound like I was asking for advice.

I'll be computer-less for the next two or three days ... but that's sometimes a Good Thing. Maybe I'll have to write a couple journal entries by hand, with a pen, and paper!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Greta said...

I reread what you had written and it really did NOT seem like you were asking for advice. However, we nosy, pushy blog readers got the feeling that you were a bit naive about uh "disgestive" problems if you were expecting that dairy with "good" bacteria would do the trick. That might work if you are lactose intolerant but don't hold your breath if you are not. THAT is why we all jumped in with suggestions. We did not want you to be eating yogurt after yogurt and wondering why it's not working. Doctors are notoriously ignorant about nutrition and dieting, too, in my opinion, so telling me that your doctor is on top of it is NOT reassuring to me. Still, being a little slow to go won't kill you now or any time in the future so it's not something you need to fix. Constipation and Atkins are well known to be linked, however:

I am glad to hear you are doing a high veggie version of Atkins since that might save you from some of the typical Atkins problems. Now I will try to butt out of the food part of your diet and go back to being a cheerleader.

I have long had the opinion that most anything a person decides to try will "work" to lose weight. The important thing is eating enough to stave off hunger so that you can weather the long haul. You have a good handle on that, and it seems that eDiets must have a good handle on that too. One article I read suggested that when people change what diet they are on they have a spurt of success after changing plans. They speculate that this is because people get bored with the plan they are on and the change of plans does them good. Therfore I think it's a good idea for you to shake things up and try something new. I will try to not offer additional advice!

Rosie said...

I'm way behind on reading, but wanted to leave a comment with one more idea about the outside vs. treadmill. I had a friend who suffered from seasonal affective disorder (seasonal depression) after moving to England. She took up jogging so that she was outside, in the sunlight, as much as possible, even in dreary weather (which they have lots of).

I have found that this FL gal had some of the same trouble after my move to PA. If we have a long, gray winter, my spirits are down.
For me, even snow is better than week after week of gray (at least it's bright!) So getting out, even on that less than perfect day weather, when you are tempted to head for the treadmill, is a big help.

I started South Beach Diet, am on day 13 and have lost 14 1/2 pounds. 5 of those were probably all water coming off the first couple of days, but hey, off is off. I have a LONG way to go.

Keep up the good work. Have a great holiday.

jen said...

You never need to ASK for weight loss advice to get it, don't you know that by now? ;) Especially in the Holy Wars of diet plans, people have very strong feelings.

I love yogurt (I buy Stonyfield Farm, it has the "good" bacteria too) but haven't gotten to the point where I like the plain stuff on its own yet. I've never tried the greek-style stuff but everyone says it's fabulous.

Greta said...

In answer to your question about treadmill versus outdoor calorie burn, this article:

"if you walk or run on a treadmill, the aid of the machine diminishes the number of calories your body uses by about 10 to 15 percent of what the machine says you are burning."

Very interesting article.