Captains Log, Day 5: I'm on yet another diet.

@HomeBase (1054)
United States
April 5, 2012 11:11pm CST
Anyone else out there trying to diet for the summer? Captain's Log: Day 5 of my diet. Why, you may ask am I posting this under coffee addiction, well, if you simply MUST know, it is because I am addicted to food AND coffee, but I have cut the food out of my daily program, for awhile anyway. Being a coffee addict is kinda getting me through right now. I'm on a diet, a liquid fast actually, and let me tell you, it is AMAZING all the types of foods that can dance around in your head when you are trying to diet. The summer is coming, and I have been saying for the longest time that I am going to get in shape "for the summer". Last year my teenaged son told me, "Why don't you just start saying that you are going to get in shape for the WINTER, because you've been saying you're going to get in shape for the SUMMER for the longest." Hey, trust me, my intentions are always good, but food has always intervened and alas, another summer goes by without me being where I want to be weight-wise. So, for the past few weeks I have been going on and off of juice and liquid fasts, a day here, two days there. I was inspired to do so because a friend of mine recently had lap band surgery. She and I started semi-exercising together on and off about 2 years ago, but we fell out of touch with each other until several months ago. She told me that she was going to get the surgery, and she did INDEED get it. I figure that although I have a weight "challenge", that I can handle it myself sans surgery because over the years I have fasted: water fasts, juice fasts, liquid fasts, so I figure I have the will power to diet on my own. THEN, recently, another friend of mine said she wanted to go on a water fast to get ready for the summer. I told her that I would do it with her, but I was going to drink LIQUIDS, not just water. Well, we started on April 1. She quit on April 3. I am still going strong here on April 5th, drinking a lot of coffee (and other stuff too like milk, water, soda. Soda's "bad", I know, don't judge me : ) Our original goal was to do this for 21 days. Has anyone out there ever done a 21 day liquid fast?
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• United States
6 Apr 12
I know how that feels. They call it "yo-yo" dieting. I have done it several times because so many things in my life happen or change. I'm not as big as I used to be, but I always feel like I could stand to lose a few pounds. Soda is ALWAYS bad for you. You never want to drink soda when you are on a diet.
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Day NINE of my liquid diet. I KNOW soda is bad! I thought I said don't JUDGE me, lol. Let me tell you, soda, specifically Sprite, has been really helping me on this liquid diet. When I get to feeling all down in the dumps about all the food that I'm NOT eating, I get myself a little glass, fill it up with ice and pour myself some soda and... all is right with the world again. So sweet, so bubbly!! Hopefully after this, I won't be doing any more yo-yo dieting. I want to just get this weight challenge done and out of the way. I've grown tired of thinking about my weight. I want to occupy my thoughts with OTHER things, you know what I mean??
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
6 Apr 12
I have not but if it were just coffee - I would like it - since I too am addicted to coffee. lol.
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Day NINE of my liquid fast. My coffee is not tasting as lovely as it once did, not so long ago, let me tell you. Perhaps my taste buds are revolting. I made 2 cups of coffee this morning of my usual, and neither cup did it for me.
• United States
6 Apr 12
Diet is TOTALLY NOT WORKING ON ME. I need to eat whatever I want, otherwise I feel life is no fun. BUT I can try to eat everything in a small amount. That will work, just dont eat too much or try to eat dinner before 8pm, I think that will work too. Also exercise definitely needs, exercise will let you LOOK slimmer.
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Diets don't work for me either, that is why I decided to go on a liquid fast. It is better for me not to eat AT ALL than for me to try to eat just a little bit at this point. When I get off of this fast, I am going to eat healthier and eat smaller portions. I am going to try to eat 5 small meals a day. I don't know if I could stick to the rule of not eating after 8 PM because I am an early morning owl. I like to be awake at midnight, 1,2,3,4 in the morning. So, I will probably want to eat something during those times. We'll see, I have to get through this fast first : ) Also, I need to do some exercise. I get lazy about doing exercise sometimes. I know that's not good. I have to try and do better where exercise is concerned.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
6 Apr 12
I myself am a coffee addict and that is what's killing my diet right now because I don't drink it black I have to always have something in it whether it be a scoop of cocoa, some milk and sugar etc..UGH! Food wise I'm trying to make better choices and since starting my new program I've learned an incredible amount of information that sometimes seems overwhelming really. I still have much to learn but I'm trucking along and have lost 12 pounds in two weeks. It worries me that you're literally starving yourself like this. Also if you just do the fast, and then go back to doing your normal routine you will most likely gain the weight back so if you can make even a few small changes in your way of living, eating etc.. it will be a long term success :) I personally wouldn't last a day on a liquid fast. Not to mention all the damage it actually does to your system. Our bodies need nutrients to survive, and if all your putting in is coffee, milk, water, and soda you're setting yourself up for heart and kidney troubles. I mean it used to be that I ate nothing until supper time because I was never hungry until then, but now I'm paying for it with high blood pressure and thyroid problems. Have you thought about maybe adding some sort of nutritional supplement at least so that you can still do your liquid fast while giving your body some of the good it needs?
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Hello, well, since it has taken me a few days to respond back to you (I've been spring cleaning :), it is now day NINE of my liquid diet. I really am not starving because I am getting nutrients through milk and I have also been drinking vegetable broth, but thank you for your concern about it. What I have found out over the years through lots of trial and much error is that I do better on "diets" if I don't eat at all rather than to try to limit my portions' size, or just eat a certain amount of calories per day. I find that once I start eating, and it can be something as harmless as grapes (good for you!!), the next thing I know I'm eating a grilled cheese sandwich with turkey bacon...don't even let me get STARTED with all the foods that I will eat if given 1/2 a chance. What I really should be doing is going on a full water fast, because even the little bit of flavor that I am adding to my liquid diet, ie sugar in coffee, coffee itself, is making my taste-buds crave other stuff. As far as the nutritional supplements, no I have not been taking any. However, prior to going on this fast, I was almost fanatical about taking my vitamins, B12; flax; hair, skin and nails; magnesium; vitamin c...and on and on the list goes, but since the fast, no. The main part of this liquid diet is to break the habit of my wanting to chew something every five minutes. I CHEW all of my vitamins, yes, even the huge horse-pill type vitamins, I chew THOSE. I don't like to swallow pills. Day 9, NINE!!! But I feel like it is a lot longer than 9 days, but it is ok. I'm learning patience. I want this diet to be overwith already, but I just have to grin and bear it, and tough it out for as long as I can. Kudos on your weight loss!! It is not an easy journey, but worth it. Have you ever checked out Paul and Patrica Braggs works on healthy eating?? Also, I definitely plan to make healthier food choices when I come off of this liquid diet. I want to feel more energetic, and the types of most of the food that I USED to eat were not conducive to energy, just lethargy.