My Book Collection: Operation 25.5

First, let me clarify: I am not going on a diet as I seek to loose weight and get in shape. I am seeking to change the way I live, eat and enjoy life. My unhappiness with my shape and fitness level have brought me to the realization that butter can only bring temporary enjoyment — not happiness (I know, crazy huh …)  This, by no means I am sending butter packing from my house, it just means that it is not part of my daily cooking anymore and is only to be used for special indulgence … butter is a special creation of the food gods and I am starting to look at it that way again.

So, as I embark on Operation 25.5 I have first been focusing on food. I really love food, always have and always will.  Food brings me joy — preparing it for others, sharing it and enjoying it myself. Food and I have a relationship that goes far beyond nourishment, we have a relationship of mutual satisfaction and joy. So when I say I have been focusing on food, it has been a focus on how to make this relationship and more healthy one for me.

I started by going through my book collection that represents all the diet systems I have looked at and tried over the years. I had some success with one of them prior to my wedding, however, the weight came right back after I staring eating in the real world again. So, all in all, I have never found that any of them worked for me.  But after I shared my desire to loose weight and get in shape here a few weeks ago, I took some time to study all these systems again and figure out what basic principles I should extrapolate and use long-term for my health and creation of a new lifestyle.

And here is what I found ….

Eat Less Sugar and Flour: This is a basic of any eating approach makeover. But, God, it is a hard one. From what I now understand, our bodies begin to be addicted to sugar and refined flours. So I am working on breaking that addiction one day at a time. It is still a work in progress (and there has been some evil coconut cake and pizza along the way). But I have to say as I slowly cut down on the sugar and reduce the flour, I don’t crave it as much.  And a little goes a long way to satisfy me when I cut it out day after day. But if I cheat a little, it is an avalanche of carb craving for the days to come …

Eat Less More Often: It is easy for me to eat just a few times a day, my schedule is packed and working in food during busy days is something I have to plan for.  My solution for now has been snacks with me during busy days — a pack a bag of nuts, cheese and whole fruit — and to plan meals and meal-time better before I leave the house in the morning.

Play with Your Food: When I cook I go for a few main seasonings – butter, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. They are easy, always there and I know how to flavor with them. I am still struggling with this a bit because I am not great at making savory food enjoyable without them, but I am playing with some things like plain yogurt, indian spices, vinegars and citrus juices in flavoring. I want to develop meals that taste great, celebrate food and don’t use fake sugars and ingredients created in a lab.  I hope to share some of the recipes in concoct here in the near future.

Think Before I Eat: This seems so easy to some, but this is the main reason I am where I am. I have never really stopped to think about the food, beyond having emotional lust for it, before I put it in my mouth.  But I am now thinking about what I am eating and how it will add up in calories before I inhale it.

Get Moving: Workout, walk, be active. You’d think chasing around my crazy munchkin would be a workout in itself.  The problem is that sitting at a desk and working on a computer most of the day negates most of my toddler-chasing.  I am really struggling with this principle because my workout window each day, between 6 – 7 am, is a hard one to keep especially after several weeks of flu, ear infections and colds making their rounds in my house. Also, I have no idea what to do. There are workout plans in some of the books that I like, but they include machinery and time commitments that I do not have room for.  So, this is an area that I am looking at getting some professional help in … stay tuned for more.

In the end, I am hoping these principles will help change where I am going and get me to my goal.  But I have a long way to go … and any suggestions you have to make these better will help.  So bring them on.

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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2 Responses to “My Book Collection: Operation 25.5”

  1. Jennie — January 22, 2011 @ 6:55 pm (#

    The “Lose It” app for iPhones. My husband has lost 21 lbs so far, and by virtue of him making habit changes (portion control, introducing more veggies into everything, etc.) my clothes are looser now, too! My neighbor is doing it, and is seeing remarkable results.

    You put in your stats, pick your goal (lose 1/2 lb a week, 1 lb, whatever) and it will tell you how many calories you can eat per day to meet your goal. So, from then on, you track EVERYTHING you eat. It has an extensive catalog of items, so you just find it and log it, or else add something using the calorie info from the box. He hasn’t given up drinking beer or having dessert, but he knows he has to earn it! That’s to say, if your daily allowance is 1500 calories, you can eat that many. If you go running for 45 minutes, you burn something like 800 calories, so there’s 800 more calories that you can eat that day. When you’re restricting calories, you end up wanting to eat stuff that gives you the most bang for the buck, like the veggies, the fiber, etc. so the best stuff out of the books you’re reading will totally apply. A chocolate chip cookie can weigh in at 250 calories, and won’t fill you up, so you think, “I don’t want to log that!”

    Give it a shot, and good luck!!


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