Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Step In The Right Direction

Last week, for the very first time in my life, I spoke with a Nutritionist regarding my (horrible) eating habits and my (record-high) weight. The service is/was free (through GMHC) and the appointment actually exceeded my expectations. The Nutritionist I spoke to was knowledgeable, empathetic and seemed eager to help me change my ways.

Ms. Nutrition gave me three goals to work on until I see her again in 3 weeks.

1. Only one diet soda per day. I'm supposed to drink water/seltzer instead.
2. Fast Food only once a week (as opposed to my normal 3-5/week). Just when the McRib came back! Damn! Damn! Damn!
3. Exercise at least 3 times per week.

As time goes by, she and I will add more goals to the mix. The idea is for me to slowly modify my behavior as opposed to going on a specific diet and changing everything at once.

As a matter of fact, right now I'm eating a bowl of homemade vegetable soup - which I whipped up this weekend. So far I'm off to a decent start.


Zombie Mom said...

That is totally awesome and I am super proud of you. This sounds like a terrific and successful approach. I love that you are taking care of yourself.... kisses

Zombie Mom

theminx said...

You made soup?! Go David! I love to eat soup when I'm dieting, because it's really filling.


froggy said...

I like those goals!! And I loves homemade soup - is a staple around here. I found cubed butternut squash at the grocery store and I'm excited to roast them and then try them in a broth type soup.

Lee said...

That soup looks delicious. :)

Also, one step at a time really is the way to go. It's how I cut out my addiction to coke/caffeine (not THAT kind of coke).

Now I only have a very small amount of coffee first thing in the morning and drink water the rest of the day. I had tried before to quit cold turkey and that didn't work (oy, the throbbing headaches that gave me). So I just gradually cut it down. None with dinner, then none with dinner or lunch. Then none at all. I did find that in the morning I really needed just a hint of caffeine to kick start me but overall I'm much, much happier now that I'm not a caffeine/sugar junkie.

Fluffycat said...

I just read what the McRib is made of, that is, what part of the pig that it is made of. I think I'm going to pass on getting one of those.

Bob said...

It's all baby steps, DD.
And they work.
Trust me.

PS That soup looks faboosh!


Wonder Man said...

the bady steps are hard, but it will pay off

suzq said...

I have a number of friends who have successfully lost weight by working with nutritionists.

I'd rather have a lovingly prepared bowl of home-made soup than an industrially manufactured sandwich.

Be well!

BosGuy said...

Good luck David - excellent decision on your part.


mrpeenee said...

This seems like such a better idea than jumping off some stupid diet cliff into full fledged denial.

mrs. miss alaineus said...

i'm SO PROUD of you!

do you have a crock pot? i have tons of nummy nutritious crock pot recipes i get from a blog (who would of thunk that?)


she's got all kinds of good free advice about organizing too.

we use her recipes at least once a week and it's saved us a TON of money by cooking in bulk and freezing for another meal.

again i am SO PROUD of you. you continue to inspire me :D


Miss Ginger Grant said...

You DO realize if you get skinny I will have to hate you.

Nothing personal, of course... I just hate skinny bitches!

PS- if it works, I'm going to one!

PFM7 said...

Great. Another way to cut calories, gradually replace all of your bowls, plates etc. with ones that are one size smaller, hit thrift stores and asian makets and switch to various sizes of rice and soup bowls.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sounds like good advice.

Anonymous said...

Mmmm homemade soup.

I'm always struggling to drink enough water. Sometimes I drop a flavored decaf tea bag into my ice water cup - it eventually steeps and flavors it. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane tea is out already - minty!

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