Diet o’clock

This feels more serious.

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I have written previously on such matters as dieting and being fat, and as anyone who is overweight knows there is always the desire to do something about it but that desire is seldom more powerful than the lure of eating a pizza in bed or shovelling doughnuts into ones face in the middle of the night.  That’s just the way it is, and anyone who tells you different is wrong.

Apparently, from what I have read, it’s pretty easy to lose weight really and one’s motivation simply needs to be more compelling than the deliciousness of chocolate ice cream.

For me I am hoping that I now have that motivation.  I am not getting any younger but I am getting progressively larger and it doesn’t seem to take the effort it used to either.  I am 47 this year and probably at my heaviest ever and whilst I always felt pretty indestructible regardless of my weight this year I am starting to think that maybe I am human after all.

Bits of me ache that didn’t used to ache before, my knees particularly, and quite recently I did something to my back which persists still which I attribute to having a core mostly made of fudge and treacle.

So what am I doing about it?  Well I did some reading and am going to start whith this Whole30 thing.  Google it there are loads of sites about it. I think I need to change the way I think about food and understand more about what I am shovelling into my face and to understand the impacts of it beyond it just tasting delicious and giving me a rather full bottom.

I bought some books, did a monstrous £200 online shopping order and it seems it is now underway.  I will write more about it I am sure, but tonight I took the first steps and made turkey filled cucumber thingumabob’s which you can see below.   I even made some sort of dressing too.   Surprisingly the boys really enjoyed them (as did I) and that’s important because I fear I have passed my own food issues onto them so want to change it.

I will let you know how it goes over the next month.

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Author: Michael

Husband, dad,programmer, comic collector and proud Yorkshireman. I have no idea why im here or why im writing but i rather enjoy it. no great fan of punctuation;

57 thoughts on “Diet o’clock”

  1. Good luck, Michael, I’m eager to hear how it works for you. I, too, am 47 and have gained weight more rapidly in the past year and had a harder time losing it than in the past. Apparently, my supermetabolism has finally begun to slow.

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  2. You can do it. Go for sustainable and don’t tell yourself you can’t have something otherwise you will want it more. If you have made it to level 47 and are only just now getting sore knees then you are winning.

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  3. Good luck with your diet. I’m more than a bit older than you and I can assure you that the aches, pains, joints, and back issues will not be getting better. But keeping your weight down may help.

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  4. I had to Google treacle … now I have to Google “Whole 30”. Good luck on this endeavor Michael. I resolve to eat better and I’ll say “it’s the beginning of the year” … or “month” or “week” … or “season” … luckily I am tall or I might be in trouble. I come back from a walk and I’m starving, my breakfast down in my toes already. These don’t look bad – they’re not a hamburger and fries but they are good for Summer. There’s a website called: “Eat this, not that” and it has some good nutrition info should you want it. https://www.eatthis.com/

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  5. I have ten years on you Michael and it never gets any easier. Good for you that you are doing the Whole 30 thing. Now I have to google it. I”ve been doing MyFitnessPal for a few weeks and managed to drop 10 pounds. It’s amazing how you control your eating habits when you have to account for it!

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  6. Thank you indeed I think that’s the thing about feeling invincible and then suddenly you wake up one day and you think bloody hell I might actually be getting older

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  7. Bahahahahahaha don’t call it getting older. It’s leveling up and there is nothing wrong with it. None of us are invincible. Just don’t do it to “lose weight” and you will be fine. I’m actually typing this while I walk up and down my hallway to get my steps up lol

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  8. What we eat does matter
    ..having leveled up lol past 50 I know its hard, two yrs in lifestyle change back to 2001 numbers. Any who whatever do am cheering u!

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  9. My friend lives in New York and her husband works in North Carolina. He works long hours and eats a lot of fast food. He was very heavy to begin with but when he was still living at home (before he got laid off), Carol made healthy meals. One day she got a call he was in the hospital getting a pacemaker. So, she bought him a series of books by the author who does the site “Eat this, not that” and he also follows the site and their e-mails. He is doing much better now. I haven’t had fast food or fried food in almost ten years and don’t eat sweets. I eat properly but I get very bored with my food. I think I mentioned the cheese Goldfish crackers. I don’t eat salty snacks but have convinced myself these are okay to eat. I can’t have just a few of them, No, I will go through a large amount of them, without batting an eye. I love bread … I eat whole grain and healthy seedy-type bread, but to me it is a treat and I over-indulge. Life is short, frustrations are many so food is handy. They do have some good hints on this site – better than buying the books and you have already invested in your “Whole 30”.

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  10. It’s such a real shame though because I do love sweets and I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I’m going to need to find a few things that I can still enjoy on the sweet front after my 30 days I might introduce some honey if I’ve got nuts and honey and bananas and kind of ok to be honest. I figure if I do something now I could live for another 30 years maybe more who knows

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  11. I’ve never been a honey fan, but switched to it after I had gout in one toe – one flare-up that came from nowhere, never had it before, never had it since I changed my diet and eliminated turkey and beans, lentils and peas (I eat a lot of canned soup). But switched from syrup on oatmeal to honey because I was having too much sugar (also supposedly bad for gout). I find honey very sweet but just a little dab would fulfill your sweet tooth craving. I use baby food bananas instead of real bananas. I love bananas, but it is just me and they would get spotted and overly sweet too soon … and I don’t bake (banana bread), so I started buying the junior baby food bananas … still get the benefits of bananas and I mix it with plain or vanilla Greek yogurt … pretend it is hot fudge on ice cream. P.S. – Another thirty years is good – you’ll be around a long time to promote your book(s)!

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  12. My Father-in-Law was diabetic and I’m sure he had to give up things like turkey as well and tomatoes or was that for his gout? perhaps that was for gout.

    I’ve been looking for recipes and there are absolutely loads that will satisfy my sweet tooth so I just need to do a little bit of shopping

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  13. It might have been gout – according to everything I read online, acidic foods weren’t good. And why turkey is bad, but chicken is good or tuna is bad, but salmon is good is beyond me. Glad you have found some sweet treats to keep you satisfied. Some of the popsicles they have that are fruit flavored are good too. They are natural, with fruit juices or real juice and you might like them.

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  14. Oh no way I ain’t going there I have enough problem with clash Royale and my phone is already a massive distraction to my writing which I’m trying to sort out

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  15. that’s always hard. My brother and sister was like that. Used to give my mom conniptions. It’s great that the all the kids, even the picky one enjoyed it

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  16. I’ve never seen an ice cream maker – yes, that would be great to tailor it to your needs. My next-door neighbor got a bread machine for Christmas one year. Her husband retired a short time later. They got into the habit of making/eating a whole loaf of bread every morning for breakfast (I could get into that as I love bread). Finally, after a few months they could no longer wear pants with waistbands, so they packed up the bread machine and put it far away out of reach. 🙂

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  17. Cheers seems to be going ok to be honest it’s not like I feel hungry or anything because I’m not eating leads and shit all the time. Not that I would eat shit that would be disgusting. But you know what I mean

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  18. LOL! I’m glad you’re not eating scheisse! I think it is fab! any interest in juicing? OMG… that sounds horrible. I drink a green juice at least twice daily as meal replacement. I do run. I used to run in college and have just recently picked it up again. I love the way I feel after running. I do have a lot of energy and I can get by on three hours of sleep if I need to. Like tonight. LOL!
    Kudos, my friend! I’m rooting for you!

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  19. I do have a juicer and I’ve made some nice juices I might actually think about adding a few juices to this diet but also now and again it can go terribly terribly wrong and it’s like drinking the soul of the stem of broccoli which is truly horrific

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  20. My favorite is kale coconut, mango. I add protein supplement and vitamin C powder, no dairy, but water. Ginger for kick and morning boost. I do like me some wheat germ. Also like carrot juice mixed in with… peanut butter. LOL. I always include coconut. That’s my favorite. Bananas with peanut butter and maybe some dark chocolate. No sugar or sweetener.
    I’m quite used to the juices. Will have dinner, like fish and veggies, maybe some barley or quinoa. I don’t usually snack but I do love raw veggies. I miss cheese though. However, cheese is dairy and dairy bloats.
    Now I’m getting hungry.

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  21. Hard boiled eggs and oranges for breakfast this morning and some cashew nuts as well and now mostly I want all of those things you’ve just described. Coconut in particular I really do fancy coconut today

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