Thought I'd give a quick update on the "diet." You know the one that my insurance company subtly suggested that I adopt...the 750 calories a day one. Dieting in earnest lasted 8 days...I fell off the wagon when I was celebrating the 5 pound loss. It took several days to get back in the saddle...I never regroup quickly. Once, my friend Greer and I were riding a horse in her backyard. Don't ask why, it's a long story. I was in back and she was in front commandeering the wild steed. I saw her duck, but I was very nearsighted and didn't see why until the clothesline caught me around the neck and flipped me backwards off the back end of the horse. Took me weeks to get over the cracked ribs. I had the same feeling with the diet once I strayed.
I am now in the stage of questioning the wisdom of a diet at my age. Is it really necessary? Will it really be worth it? What about Jim Fixx, the world class runner? All those miles, all that lean body mass and he dropped dead of a heart attack. Hummmm? Besides, I like to keep a few extra pounds around to help "plump" out those wrinkles (on my face). Also, I understand that a plumper person can float better in water than a skinny one. So if I am ever stranded in the ocean, I have a better chance of survival.
I have cut my Little Debbie consumption down to one per day. (And I have just discovered she makes delightful Petite Strawberry Cakes that are delicious and not very high in calories.) I am taking vitamins and I really have cut out some of the more troublesome junk foods...blocks of cream cheese, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Snickers and mayonnaise. So I actually am doing pretty well. I have still lost the 5 pounds and I've decided not to hurry the process. Just let it fall off slowly...besides the holidays are approaching and you know what that means...."I'll start the diet right after the first of the year" syndrome hits. I AM going to try to watch what foods I eat during the holidays and maybe I'll have some good news on Jan. 1st!