Morning

“Let us get something clear: I am not a morning person. I have to ease into my day slowly. First, I have my coffee, sans eggshells or anything else one tends to pick out of the garbage. Then I have a low-fat, high-fibre breakfast. Finally, I sit down and read a crisp, new newspaper. If I am robbed of the richness of my morning routine, I cannot function. ( … ) I’m sorry if this may sound priggish, but I have grown comfortable with this part of myself. It is the magic that is me.”

  • Frasier Crane

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The magic that is me needs a latte and a cup of coconut Greek yogurt with berries every morning.

Lunch is usually a spinach salad with whole-grain toast and cream cheese, and dinner is where I mix it up a bit.

Like Frasier, I have a strict routine, which makes weight loss so much easier. I don’t have to think about it too much. I eat breakfast, pack my lunch, which takes a second to throw together, and go.

My sister told me about a study recently, which said that when people are asked in advance what they would eat the next day, they make healthy choices. When they’re asked what they want to eat right now, they make less healthy choices. So, packing lunches and planning meals is a great way to go if your goal is weight loss. That’s easier said than done for a lot of people though.

Just like Frasier eases into his morning, you have to ease into a new routine. Trying to change too much at once often doesn’t work. My routine was a gradual thing. It started with just being conscious of the food I was eating. Then a commitment to packing a lunch just a few days a week. Then I started counting calories to get an idea of how much I was actually eating. Then I started counting calories with the specific goal of weight loss, and so on.

My co-worker looks at my lunch and says she couldn’t eat the same thing every day. It does get boring, but I find dieting kind of boring anyway. And when I don’t feel like my usual salad, I get something else. As long as it’s just sometimes.

What is the magic that is you? Please share in the comments. I’m listening.

On Sherry

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I had a friend in town this past weekend, and we drank too much. Calories in alcohol aside, I felt like garbage the next day, ate a million pork dumplings and felt bad about the whole thing. Pizza and nachos were also involved. I try not to be too hard on myself when this happens, but it’s hard not to when you’ve been working hard to lose weight. And because alcohol leaves me feeling tired for days, it often leads to days of poor food choices. This time, I got back on my diet and am feeling good about it.

If your friends are anything like mine, socializing often just means eating and drinking. Part of my success in losing weight has been due to just staying home and watching Frasier. While that hasn’t been too hard in the cold winter weather, I can’t avoid my friends forever. When I have ventured out lately though, it’s been for more reasonable activities that leave me feeling good.

A lot of weight-loss articles tell you to pair up with a friend and exercise together. Most of my friends wouldn’t be interested, and neither am I. But there are plenty of things to do that aren’t just eating and drinking. While Frasier Crane likes to indulge in a nice glass of wine or sherry and try new restaurants like Le Cigare Volant, his social calendar is also filled with events like the symphony, theatre and opera. Going to the movies followed by one drink, for example, is a much healthier way to spend time with friends. Also, your friends will likely agree to do this with you.

And if you do spend a night out drinking Ballantines and eating junk, it happens.

Has anyone else had a hard time being social while dieting? Please share your tips or experiences! I’m listening.

Intro

Hi, and welcome to my blog! After a couple months of dieting, I’ve lost some weight, and have been feeling good about it. I’m hoping to lose a bit more. I also recently started re-watching an old favourite, Frasier. I’ve also been eating plenty of tossed salads and scrambled eggs, both excellent diet foods.

With the help of an app, I’ve lost weight through counting calories and trying to be a bit more active. I still eat an entire (small) pizza on Friday nights, because while I enjoy the finer things in life like the Crane brothers, I’m also a bit of a Martin. Generally though, I try to eat light, healthy meals, without cutting out any particular category of food or depriving myself too much.

In this blog, I’ll be reflecting on life, food and Frasier, all while trying to lose weight. I should mention that I think people can be healthy and look great at any weight, and no one should feel like they have to go on a diet. Personally, I was feeling uncomfortable in my body and wanted to change that.

While I have no official expertise, I’ve dieted before (successfully and not), and have learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t. If any of my readers have any questions or comments, I’m listening.