Monthly Archives: June 2014

My large tail, and how I lost it. Part One


Wipes the cobwebs off my blog so I can type easier!

I have been trying to loose weight for more than 10 years. One of my first attempts was with a diet called The Atkins Diet, I was toppin the scales at 260 pounds. At 5’8 that was not very good at 50 years old. This diet lasted less than a month. But I learned a few things about diets, one was none of them ever worked.

One day, my doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic and if I didn’t loose at least twelve pounds I could become diabetic. He suggested a book, The Sugar Busters. I learned a lot about sugar, tried hard to watch what I ate, managed to go down to down to 190, for a day or so, then in order to quit smoking my doctor put me on welbutrin, and I ballooned up to 250. But it was what I was eating more than anything. As hard as I tried to stay away from the sweets and the bad things we eat, I could not control the cravings and the best I did in 3 years was go down to 245.

My eating habit at that time were as follows: Breakfast; nothing or an egg and sausage McMuffin (with cheese of course) I would hold off on lunch as long as I could, usually eating it two hours after I ate my breakfast. And along the way, coffee–at least one and a half pots total. (with cream and artificial sweetener.) Lunch was a turkey or ham and cheese sandwich with chips of some kind. Dinner was always something easy, like the fired chicken wings you get in the frozen department of the grocery store. And what ever fattening thing my wife always brought home from work.

At the end of March, my wife came home and said the doctor told her if her cholesterol did not go down, she would die. It was way too high. He suggested a book, The Fast Metabolism Diet. T said, “Check it out for me please.” Of course I was the family expert on food now because I had tried and failed to loose weight. (It also never failed that when I would start a new one she would ask me, “Do you have a girl friend? Oprah says, ‘It’s a sign.’

The answer was always no.

Well as the dutiful husband, I did check it out. The reviews and comments about it and the web page were very favorable so I ordered it. When it arrived a few days later I cracked it open (nothing beats the smell of a brand new hard cover book opened for the first time), and went straight to the “DO NOT EAT, STAY AWAY, AVOID AT ALL COSTS!” section. Among the list of things to stay away from was; coffee, sugar, wheat bread, and all dairy products. I began thinking this would not go over very well, especially the no coffee. However, the wife was adamant that we tried, so since it was her idea I said, ‘OKAY!”

The week before the diet, I started slowing down on my coffee intake and by the end of the week I was free of the Caffeine Monster. I also started drinking half my body weight in ounces of water. For me then it was 120 ounces of water. Some people at work said I was going to drown. After that first week, I lost ten pounds.

This diet starts you off in phases and it all depends on how much weight you want to loose as to how long you are on it. Standard per the regs that Hayley Pomroy lays out in the first chapter, you will loose 20 pounds the first 28 days of the diet. And if you stick with it you will. My wife and I are on our third month and we are both under 200 pounds. I feel great, have more energy and am running out of clothes to wear.

It is so simple too I am now apologizing to all the people that I have made fun of that eat organic foods only. But it is so much more than that. Each week you start out with phase one, eating certain foods for two days, then phase 2 for two more days, eating different food and finally a three day period on phase 3. (I’m not going to go into detail of each phase–buy the book.) Just a little bit of exercise a couple times a week and Wow! Think of rebooting your liver, retraining it to do what it was meant to do in the first place, burn unwanted fat, that is what all these different foods teach your liver.

The hardest part of this diet, is eating 5 times a day. But the best thing is the recipes, we only ran up on one we did not like that has oysters in it–but really, who likes oysters. This does take a lot of cooking, cutting, slicing and in some cases you may have to go more than one place to get your food, but it is worth it in the long run. There is no calorie counting, no carb counting, and no hunger. To call this a DIET is not really correct. I went to a search engine to find the titles of the first Diet Books I used and just typed in “Diet Books” and got 131,570 hits. Hayley’s was number 2. This is a way of life.

After you loose the weight you want to, you can always fall off the wagon and enjoy something like ice cream. There is a maintenance cycle and you can repeat the diet anytime. Some of the people that have done it and got where they want to be just redo it once or twice a year to recharge their metabolism.

I do recommend this to anyone that has ever had trouble loosing weight. I even stopped taking my high cholesterol medicine because this diet and the meds made it go down too low!

Have you ever had trouble loosing weight?

Here is the link to her website where she posts new and delicious recipes and information.

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