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Thursday, January 5, 2012


Isn't this the most awful 4-letter word ?

And, one with which I've lived most of my life.  I mean, I don't think there has been a time
when I didn't that I was "fat" or needing to lose weight.  The stigma of being female in the USA.

But, now in 2012 I must seriously DIET.
After losing a few pounds (more than a few) I need to workout.
Remember that from my New Years Day list?

So, today is Day 4 of the modified Atkins diet, the ONLY one which actually
produces results for me.  I guess the reason is that I love pasta, so only by giving up
all white carbs
can I lose weight.
No white carbs, no sugar.

I'm eating a proper breakfast, which will include fruits of any kind.
Then a small snack, white cheeses or Laughing Cow, Wheat Thins.
Then lunch of proteins & salads & flaxseed, lots of fluids.
Another small snack (chicken broth, whole wheat bread or crackers).
Dinner is a little soup, chicken or fish, veggies (cooked in the microwave with NO water).
Small snack or some kind of sweet thing for dessert (but without sugar or carbs).

I crave carbs for a few days.  It's awful.  But if I make it the 1st few days it becomes easy then.

I'm drinking Minute Maid Light Lemonade by the gallon - 5 calories.

Losing the weight is important to me because my new home has a ton of mirrors,
and it is awful to see yourself so much and not like what you see, you know?

Also, I have closets of designer outfits I can no longer wear because they just
don't fit the proper way.  I'm not ready to give them up.

Wish me luck, cheer me on...I'm doing this for ME ONLY.  ME.

If I'm successful by Spring I'm going to NYC to meet Francine Gardner & to see
my girlfriend, Claudia Faris, whom I adore.  She & Francine would make great friends.
Perhaps Stacey of Quintessence would come in for lunch one day?
So, you see, all the sacrifice would be properly rewarded wouldn't it?




  1. Oh that dreaded four letter word. It's been a part of my entire adult life....recently found the Dukin diet and had great success! Much like Adkins but less restrictive. With a son and his girlfriend working in fashion in NYC I love those trips to the city but always want to be at my best, no point in shopping otherwise!! Good luck and Happy New Year!

  2. Oh Marsha,
    I wish you well on losing a few pounds.
    I've been lucky all of my life and have never been on a diet. Obviously at 60, I'm not quite as skinny as I was when I was 20 but, we are supposed to put on some weight as we get older but obviously not too much !!!!
    I'm sure that you will do well and it won't be long before you are at the weight that you want to be.
    I'll be thinking of you and sending positive vibes across the pond. Lots of love. XXXX

  3. No carbs diet is something I tried and it really works. HOwever some dieticians say it can cause havoc to the system and if you don't drink lots of fluids (not alcohol) you risk damaging your liver with all that protein. So beware and be careful. Otherwise it really does work. Have lots of nuts (no peanuts) handy to keep away those hunger pains.

  4. Your issues sound mine, but I decided there is no way I can concentrate on a diet (the most dreaded four letter in the English language) until I move so until then I am trying to be a little better than usual but not going full force in diet mode (which I LOATHE).....I never had to think about my weight and bragged that I could eat 4 slices of pizza AND a brownie in one sitting up until my 30's..now mid 40's and lets say that I am not as lucky...argh!
    I will be curious to see how this goes, Marsha and if successful which it sounds like you will be would love to learn from you....like you I have some fabulous clothes collecting dust because I cannot even squeeze into them anymore and its time to change that!!!!!! Good luck...you sound determined!!

  5. Dear Marsha. Firtsly, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog post! xx

    Now, that dreaded word!!! I too struggle and can only offer you my strongest support...itain't easy but worth it for if you are to be happier and content with ourself, so you go girl!! It will be good beacuase you will make it!



    Pop over and have a virtual glass of bubbles with me to cheer you on! xx

  6. Good luck Marsha. I couldn't manage the Atkins. I'm just waiting for my Primal Blueprint book to arrive (which I've read a lot about on blogs), then I too plan to start ;-) We are ALL rooting for you xx

  7. Best of luck. Your rewards sound like they will be well worth it. x Sharon

  8. Firmly behind you, Marsha! A few years ago I lost 30 pounds and, though it was not easy, I managed and I KNOW you can, too. I, too, am hoping to go to NYC in the spring- May. But first I need to shed a few extras for a (second most dreaded word) bathing suit in late February. Gulp.

    Be sure to exercise- it really helps.

    Love you!

  9. I'm with you, Marsha, low-carb is the only thing that works for me over the long-term. I'm back on track today, and this reminder helped! Hate the word, love the results.

  10. I am right there with you! But trust me, living in France makes it SO hard. Bread is the staff of life here! And the cheeses! But, step by step, right?

    Cheering you on and what a fantastic goal! I am hoping to meet Francine next month. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. I wish you luck with the diet, Marsha. You obviously have a great deal of discipline and I am confident you can do it. Just keep the goal in mind.

  12. Just had to look for some of that Minute Maid Diet Lemonade today, since it sounded like a yummy treat, but sad to say my Kroger did not have any. Must...look.....again! The search is on!

  13. Do you know about "Mary's gone crackers" crackers?
    Maybe they are on your list!

    gluten free....worth a peek! Caraway! so yummy!


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