May I have the Envelope Please?

Thursday, March 04, 2010
The Results are in. I'm officially fat. Ugh. The scale read about 10 lbs heavier than I thought I was when I got up this morning - I tried to blame it on the cheesecake I had with lunch. The dietician didn't buy it, but she laughed heartily.

So...we talked about the Canada Food Guide which I am to follow. I'm to track everything I eat, and any exercise but especially walking (I was given a pedometer) that I do for the next six weeks. As I was telling her about my eating habits, I realized just how bad my diet truly is. Here I was deluding myself into thinking I was doing pretty ok Not so much. I was also given a list of foods broken down GO, YIELD, and STOP categories. The really bad ones have little salt shakers beside them. The big no's for me at the moment - no pop, no french fries (unless made at home, from scratch), and no white anythings - bread, rice, flour, pasta. Go on, just kill me now.

I'm actually quite excited. Our goal (I love my dietician btw, Sharon...I think that was her name), is to get my weight down about 10% which isn't a lot but enough to make a difference in my size and, more importantly, my cholesterol. And, if luck and genetics are in my favour, it might help lower my BP a bit. On my next visit (6 weeks later), we're going to talk specifically about sodium and heart health. She's also registering me in a course they put on called "Heart Health and Hypertension" or something like that. It'll mean three afternoons off of work in May but I'm not complaining. I'm very enthusiastic. Wooooo hooo bring it on! Over the next six weeks, I have to (1) up my dairy (ugh) which will probably take the form of yoghurt, (2) up my veggie intake, (3) switch to brown grains such as whole wheat bread (done), whole wheat flour and brown or wild rice, and (4) walk more. On top of cutting out the pop, chips, and the other salt laden crap I currently eat.

My buddy Jody the NonBlogger has lost a bunch of weight recently through Herbal Magic (I think?). While I'm not a fan of weight loss programs that advertise on television, I believe she said it was a lot like following Canada's Food Guide. I'm really proud of her for sticking to it and will be using her as part of my inspiration. Unfortunately for you, my dear readers, this all means that you'll be subjected to my ramblings about food, salt, portion size, recipes, etc every once in while. Please bear with me's all in an effort to make a healthier, happier Captain.


Wandering Coyote said...

Good for you for going and getting started on this! She gave you good advice. YOU CAN DO IT!

kelly said...

Look at CBC's MArketplace website for a recent story on herbal Magic

* (asterisk) said...

Good for you. Don't wanna be negative, but 10% is quite a lot. It's taken me (without really being on a diet per se) about three years to shift 10%.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A 10% weight loss will make an incredible difference in your well-being. And if you don't already, you will grow to love whole grains to the point where the white stuff tastes disgusting. Go for it!

Anonymous said...

Awe, thanks for the comment about me Karen! XOX Yes, Herbal Magic was what I did and lost 70 lbs. Very much like what you've described for your new eating plan (Canada Food Guide stuff but with a few less portions for weightloss) although my dairy itake was minimal (I took lots of calcium supplements). I KNOW you can do this and it only takes a little while to get used to not eating OUR favourite 'white' things like pasta and rice. You can do it you can do it you can do it!!!!

sp said...

I think that's great that you're doing this. Taking care of your health is the most important thing. Although I do question the upping the dairy intake (why?), as long as you're on the right track that's a good thing.
I agree with Barbara, you will grow to love whole grains.

Go Captain!

Milla said...

I've been officially fat all my life. Welcome to the Fatsos Club! ah ah

Seriously though, I think it's great that you went to the dietician. Maybe I should do that too, even just to have some advice on how to reduce the circumference of my belly once and for all.

You'll see how good walking is for your body, in every way!

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