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Friday, January 5, 2018

Push One for Armageddon

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Liberals had to take to their smelling salts and fainting couches again this week following Donald Trump's latest Twitter escapade.

In a nutshell (which seems like a good way to start most news stories these days), the Pillsbury Doughboy's evil twin, North Korea's Kim Jung Un, tweeted that he now has a nuclear button on his desk that he could use at any time. In response, Donald Trump tweeted that he had a bigger nuclear button which he described as "horse-sized" and "throbbing."

Okay, we're not 100% sure about that last part, but we intend to look it up right after posting this.

Liberals immediately had conniption fits about the President making "size" comparisons, joking about nuclear war, and the frightening possibility that this could escalate into a war of "Yo Mama" tweets between the two heads of state.

And while we at Stilton's Place usually take a dim view of Trump's tweeting, considering the fact that he probably does have a big nuclear button on his desk, we're just as happy that he's found something else with which to keep his hands busy.

TUMMY CAN YOU HEAR ME?

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The cartoon above constitutes our official announcement of the Stilton Jarlsberg Diet Plan (watch for the inspirational book!) which we may or may not reference again in the coming weeks and months.

The whole "you look just like Santa!" thing really peaked for us in the final months of this year, and not inaccurately so. Jolly? Check. Long white hair and beard? Check. Belly that shakes when we laugh like a bowlful of jelly? Checkmate.

SOooo, we're going low-carb, cutting back on the Clan MacGregor, and hitting the gym (we've already gone one day in a row already!) in hopes of dumping more weight than we feel comfortable talking about (imagine enough to build a pajama boy-sized millennial).

Tips ("Put a picture of Hillary in her bathing suit on your refrigerator door!"), hints, and encouragement will all be welcomed, as will any suggestions about how to make this fun and maybe even add some element of public accountability. Hey, if we've been demanding it from politicians, we should at least consider it for ourselves!

56 comments:

Velveeta Processed Cheese Food said...

Thought you were describing me, except maybe for the jolly part. I was doing pretty well until Christmas, then things got away from me. I like to think that being cold is a good way to lose weight - that's been pretty easy for the last couple of weeks. I heat with wood and the old stove just wasn't cutting it, unless you stood there and heaved in another log every 15 minutes. Almost hit 40 Thursday, but it's headed down again today.

Sortahwitte said...

I haven't been compared to that jolly fat ass lately, but I have a grandson that upped the ante. Several years ago, he was sitting in my lap as I read to him. He kept turning and looking at me. Then he asked if I would ever be bald. I told him I hoped not. Then he started flicking the loose skin on the bottom side of my jaw. I asked what was up. He said if I went bald and still had the chicken skin, I would look just like an iguana. The little turd.

Joseph ET said...

A nutritionist told me that the best way to lose weight was to stop eating anything that tastes good. Mrs ET said “that’s easy, just start eating at home.”
She’s going to kill me when she read this, oh well.

Anonymous said...

Lost 15 pounds by mostly eliminating salt. By doing so I was less thirsty so drank a lot less water so most of what I shed was water. So low salt and watch the carbs might be the way to go along with another day at the gym.

REM1875 said...

White beard- Check .....fat - check.....jolly.....often .... and we are gonna stay that way...

Jim G. said...

Stilton,

This is easy, but takes time.

Bottom line: Eat less than you burn off and you will lose weight.

Best menu is protein (grilled steak, chicken, or pork) and salad for lunch and dinner. Eggs and fruit for breakfast.

You will lose weight. Don't cheat. Giving up alcohol (temporarily) will help.

Cheers,
Jim G.
Coronado, CA

James Daily said...

Actually, President Trump is doing the right thing with NK. He is egging them on so they get bigger and badder rockets - that will probably explode on the launch pad or hit one of his own cities. NK is already knee deep in radiation from the fool screwing around with stuff he knows nothing about. Who will tell him? Just let this nitwit destroy himself and his country. Nobody will enter that radiation zone for humanitarian reasons.
I have dropped over 10# because I have been sick for over two weeks. Finally getting a little better. Just not hungry so I have cough drops stashed everywhere.

Regnad Kcin said...

If one wants to really lose weight, I think the proper deterrent would be a pic of the Hildebeast on the fridge door minus the swim suit. That should really get your bowels moving.............

REM1875 said...

The second cartoon??? I didn't think anyone else saw that happen .....and it was 1957 just to set the record straight ......
Damned scale set me up......

dk nolte said...

Oats. Once a day and it will help clean you out. If you are a big boy, eat a larger helping. It will lower your cholesterol and at the least, lose some of the fat around your ass. ... not that I know anything about your ass, butt ... It has been working for me.

Jim Irre said...

😂 An Iguana? 😂😂😂 Grow a beard. It hides the chicken skin! 🤣

Jim Irre said...

Sugar is the new bad boy on the block. Sugar is a carbohydrate. So, no more bread, pasta, etcetera. And don't think switching to chemical sweeteners is going to do any good either. New evidence the chemicals screw with your insulin levels and make it worse. Good luck Stilton!

Sam Antha said...

Hope this helps!
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-muSP39qdc7Y/TwDMO8BHEmI/AAAAAAAApnM/59sbcHXt8t0/s1600/120101-nancy-pelosi-bikini-hawaii-4.jpg

Geoff King said...

We all know that the President doesn't actually have a "Nuclear Button" on his desk, but rather he has control of the "Football" remote launch device in a case. Hopefully the Pyongyang Doughboy doesn't really have something as simple and easy to accidentally hit as a button either.
Speaking as one of those lucky high metabolism individuals who weighs the same 165 pounds as when I graduated high school more than 43 years ago (at least as far as I know since I have found no reason to step on a scale in decades), the diet that works best for me is the "Eat Anything You Want in Whatever Quantity You Desire Diet".

Bruce Bleu said...

I remember that photo of a manatee in a blue motor home cover dancing on the beach with Free Willie in the USVI that turned out to be shrillary. I told her to stop drinking milk with ASSidophilus, but she never listens to ANYBODY!

Anonymous said...

Listen to Marie Osmond and try Nutrisystem. I did and lost 50 lbs last year. Of all the diets I've tried I felt the least hungry, and weight came off as long as I followed the plan. And I feel like I'm always eating because it's 3 meals and 3 snacks per day.

Cat Whisperer said...

I lost weight and have maintained a healthy weight by drinking water with my meals (instead of soft drinks, sweet tea, wine, or beer). Food seems to taste better too.

Anonymous said...

Order this and read it: https://www.amazon.com/Barbell-Prescription-Strength-Training-After/dp/0982522770/

It's easier to not eat 1000 calories than to work it off, by the way.

Fred Ciampi said...

I lost 47 pounds on the Adkins Diet. I figured that I earned one donut. Big mistake. Put back all 47 pounds from that one donut. Sigh...............

Snark said...

I recommend reading "The Obesity Code" by Dr. Jason Fung. He reveals the actual cause of weight gain -insulin - as mentioned above, and what not to eat. Surprise! fat isn't really fattening! No, there aren't any easy methods to get rid of it but doing it right will keep it off rather than having a rebound. By the way the reCAPTCHA is getting to be an even bigger pita than ever.

Rod said...

@ Geoff King: Lucky Bastard [grinning]. Now you're just showing off.

Fritz Brohn said...

According to my Height/Weight chart, I should be 7 feet, 2 inches tall!

CDH said...

Just eat less of everything. Smaller helpings. Ignore Mom's requirement to clean your plate...when you are not hungry any more, as opposed to really feeling full, stop eating. After a while your stomach shrinks to accommodate the reduced intake and you don't even notice the difference.

Or you could get a weekly bout of food poisoning. I drop 10 lbs every time that hits me. LOL

AmyH said...

Yep, and cholesterol isnt as bad as doctors make it out to be. 'Bad' cholesterol is needed as a waste & excess vehicle. It takes what the cells do not use back to the liver. 'Good' cholesterol takes the food to the cells. We need both. What part of the body uses the most cholesterol and needs the fat? The brain. The brain thrives on cholesterol & fat. Gee, I wonder if statins and the like are contributing to the higher numbers of Alzhimers and dementia? No fat or cholesterol in the blood stream going to the brain, which shrinks the brain.
We only got started with these stupid drugs in the '50s because of Ike's heart attack in the WH. People were shocked & wanted to know why & prevent. Researchers came up with LDL as the cause & came up with statins. They are not the cause. Its the calcium deposits to watch out for.

Steve H said...

Having spent most of my adult life carrying 100lbs of "all season winter coat" around my middle I can safely say 1. eating less will only make you hungry, 2. "The Obesity Code" is a great book, as is "Deep Nutrition" by Catherine Shanahan and anything by Gary Taubbs, 3. avoid anything (if you can) with an ingredients label (iow get back to cooking real food), and 4. exercise is only helpful for losing weight if you're already only a few pounds from your goal weight - your body will eat more if you exercise more. (I'm not suggesting you not exercise at all, but that you should look closely at your diet to lose weight.)

Americans became overweight when Fat was labeled The Big Problem, when it should've been SUGAR all along. There are NO essential carbs, and Sugar is certainly of NO BENEFIT to the body whatsoever.
Anyway, enough preaching for now. I wish you (all!) the very best in your weight loss efforts!

TrickyRicky said...

Sugar is indeed a problem, especially for one who has a sweet tooth, as I do. Then there is the alcohol issue. Essentially another avenue for sugar to enter the system, but it sure does make me happier than the bag of cookies. For me, portion control and aerobic exercise helped me lose about 25 pounds during my year of unemployment. We'll see what happens when I start a new job. Good luck Stilton, baby steps will get you there.

Shelly said...

I decided to give the KETO diet a go late last year. I've been on it for a little over three months and have lost 36 pounds. It's not for everyone because there are strict limitations on what you can eat but you will not be hungry because high fat is very filling. The key is your body must remain in ketosis in order to eat high fat and lose weight. Luckily there are strips to test your urine to see if you are in ketosis. It's surprising but you do lose your appetite for the junk food and sweets. But you cannot cheat because if you eat too many carbs, your body will revert to storing fat instead of using it for energy. I'm not sure how alcohol affects ketosis because I'm not a drinker. I know it has little to no carbs but understand it metastasizes as sugar. Oh, and since I could pass for Mrs. Claus (white hair, etc.) that was another reason to lose weight. :)

Joy R said...

Stilton, I was a vegetarian on and off for forty years and I now discovered the 'Paleo Lifestyle' which is eating a natural diet free from processed foods, vegetable seed oils, sweets, bread, pasta, grains, and legumes. Yes, it is a low refined-carb diet.

Its emphasis is eating high-quality, high-nutrient foods. Refined Carbs have no nutrient, yet they fill you up, taking the place of what you should have eaten... foods with high-nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, and fat.

A vegetarian will not get the protein and fats that the body needs. A low-fat diet will deprive the body of essential Omega3 fatty acids. The key is to eat a high diversification of vegetables, low amounts of fruits, and sprinkle olive, avocado, or coconut oil on your meals to get the necessary fats. Also salmon, mackerel, or sardines are high in Omega3 essential fatty acids.

This page at Amazon has a couple of good cookbooks and other books about the Paleo Lifestyle, which also involves getting enough movement/exercise each day (no heavy muscle-building exercises are really needed).

I am feeling much better since I started on the Paleo Lifestyle 2-months ago.

https://www.amazon.com/s/145-2702228-0685513?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=nom%20nom%20paleo&index=blended&link_code=qs&sourceid=Mozilla-search&tag=mozilla-20

Anonymous said...

I was not quite as tall as the lad on the scale in 1958 but close. I do have the requisite hair color, beard and belly to be called Santa often. Well, I did have the belly until I went on the Lasix diet. Turns out my belly was mostly water.

John the Econ said...

@James Daily said, "He is egging them on so they get bigger and badder rockets - that will probably explode on the launch pad or hit one of his own cities."

Too late. It's already happened:

North Korea hit own city with botched missile launch, report claims

Say what you will about Trump's bigger button, but at least if he ever does hit it the missiles he launches will hit what they're supposed to.

Weight: My goal is to drop dead from a stroke before dementia gets me.

Cookie said...

I wish Trump would just stop with the tweeting. I think it's childish.

As far as weight loss--get an ulcer. Works great even when one doesn't need or want to lose weight. *sigh*

Geoff King said...

Wow! Having never had a weight problem I did not realize there were so many different approaches to dieting. Might I suggest one more?
Move to Argentina. Seems to work quite well for those folks.

Pete (Detroit) said...

My massage instructor used to say "Never give advice - Smart people don't need it, Fools won't follow it."
He died 20 years ago, age 56, of a massive heart attack. Viagra might have been involved.

Some years back, the scale was crying at 230, and the 42" pants were getting tight. I decided 'enough' and time to fix things.
I changed from having two McD 'burritos' for breakfast most days to having just one. Over the course of two years, I lost 40#... Granted, it wasn't fast, but it was easy, and sustainable.
About 5 years ago, I got sick and quit eating.
Seriously, had huge mucus issues, didn't feel hungry, ever.
Depression may have played a role. Anyway... having a mug of bullion, or an apple, is not particularly healthy - but whoo-wee! lost 40# in six weeks. Decided 150 was a bit scary, and made an active point to start eating again. Anymore, I float 165/170, and I'm ok w/ that.
Major benefit of THAT episode was that indeed, the stomach will shrink and you will feel full w/ eating less.

To agree w/ what people said above -
1) Diet is more important than exercise - 1200 - 1800 cal / day is generally considered 'ideal'
2) Sugar is not your friend, and processed foods are full of it. As noted, some of the fake sugars are even worse, breaking down into formaldehyde, and stuff.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is the worst.
3) Carbs are not entirely evil - they promote feeling full. The lower the level of refinement, the better. The lower the glycemic index, the better. But yeah, the 'official' USDA 'diet plan' (Food pyramid / portion plate) is basically a feed lot profile for fattening up livestock.

Read the stuff, cook the things, eat what you like to eat. Figure out what works for you.
But yeah, Rule #1 - When you're not hungry, Quit Eating! (and when you ARE hungry, start w/ a glass of water - you may actually just be thirsty!)
Good luck, and keep us posted w/ what you decide and how you're doing - clearly there is 'wide' interest!

Fred Ciampi said...

Well, I have been reading so much for so long about the fact that everything you eat is either good for you or will cause you to die that I have decided to quit reading. So there!

Emmentaler Limburger said...

I'd more easily limit my eating if food din't taste to good...

Shawn said...

You can exercise for hours a day and ignore (mostly) what you eat. But, better idea: exercise 45 to 90 minutes first thing in the morning. Then get breakfast or do something "quiet" for at least 30 minutes so the body cools off before you shower. It gets the metabolism fired up for the rest of the day and is more effective than exercising in the evening. Carbs in the morning or at noon are fine, avoid them for dinner (yeah, I like spuds, breads, corn, and peas for dinner also, but they're a bad idea). Cut the salt and sugar out, you'll find a world of more subtle flavors out there. I lost over 20 lbs in 2 weeks just by cutting salt to less than 700 mg per day (think 3+ gallons of water, peeing darn near constantly is an issue as the water goes bye bye). Getting rid of all the extra water needed to balance the salt also makes it easier to exercise and makes the joints feel better. You only need, at most, about 500 mg of sodium per day. One serving of a prepackaged food can easily supply that (sometimes easily 4x that). Realize that alcohol is a sugar and we humans metabolize it as a sugar (not all animals do, they lack a needed enzyme). Calorie wise, beer is really bad, wine isn't as bad, liquor is the least bad (none are good). Watch out for side effects of any medications you might take, taking Tylenol regularly makes me retain water and jumps my blood pressure a LOT, which can make it harder to exercise. Finally, realize you are not on a "diet," which is a short term change in eating that almost always fails and often leads to weight gain when you go off the diet. You need to be on a "meal plan," which is a permanent change in habits. It will take about 6 months for the meal plan to become a habit. Keeping a log book of what you ate and how many calories & sodium it gave you can help, especially in that 6 month start period.

You didn't get there overnight, you won't get to a better place overnight either (unless it's that FINAL Better Place!). Find your motivation and keep that in mind.
If all else fails, have a heart attack. Heck, have a second less than 60 hours later when a stent throws a stinkin' clot. Meet Mr. Defibrillator (counted 6 before things got fuzzy). Decide you want to live. Motivation found. Weights not dropping fast, but it is dropping.

Colby Muenster said...

Many here have said it; sugar and processed foods are 99% of our obesity problems (IMHO). Now if I could just quit beer!

@Regnad Kcin,
I think Stilton wants to simply be stopped in his tracks at the refrigerator door, not vomit on it!

@Sam Antha,
No WAY Nancy looks that good in a bikini. I think that’s Photoshopped!

@Geoff King,
I was once like you. I could eat anything and drink ‘till the cows come home, and hovered at 150-160 (I’m 5’8”). Then I turned 58 and quit smoking. I’m pushing 200 now; can’t tie my own damn shoes without getting winded! I guess I need to follow my own advice above.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- Wow, it looks like I struck a resonant chord by mentioning my new initiative to lose weight (and build muscle). ALL of the advice is appreciated and I'll be looking into all of it. In my experience, it's the mental attitude that determines whether or not a weight loss program will be successful...and at the moment, I feel like I've got that attitude. Damn mirrors...

@Velveeta Processed Cheese Food- Being cold may help a body lose weight, but when I do the math I think I'd need to be dropped to absolute zero.

@Sortahwitte- He may be a little turd, but he's a funny little turd!

@Joseph ET- Actually, you can still eat things that taste good, but you absolutely can't eat things that taste great.

@Anonymous- I really should try the low-salt thing, because I take in WAY too much. I keep beef bouillon cubes in my desk as a snack (no, really). At the very least, cutting back on the salt might give me some encouraging numbers on the scale as I start my long journey.

@REM1875- I've "stayed that way" for a long, long time now. Ready for a change.

@James Daily- You're right that there could be a perverse upside to Kim's nuclear ambitions if he manages to blow up himself and/or his scientists and military leaders. Remember, he lost a bunch of people when an underground tunnel facility collapsed. I've read some speculation that the collapse might have gotten a little "help" from above (and I don't mean Heaven) but have no idea if it's true.

@Regnad Kcin- I've already had such pictures of Hillary emailed to me. They strike me as being highly effective.

@REM1875- I was originally going to say 1957 (which would have made me a skinny 5-year old) but changed it so I could refer to a nice, round "60 years" to bring us up to the present.

@dk nolte- Do oatmeal cookies count? (grin)

@Jim Irre- Or wear a turtleneck over your turtleneck! Regarding sugar, I'm pretty good at avoiding it. Especially when doing the low-carb thing. I do indulge in diet soft drinks, though only a couple a day.

@Sam Antha- That picture is hilarious (in a horrifying way).

@Geoff King- There's a wildly funny (and tasteless) semi-political novel that I highly recommend, "CLUMP: An American Splatire," in which there are some pretty serious ramifications associated with the nuclear "football" being built by the lowest bidder. Gulp!

And congratulations on having a magic metabolism!

@Bruce Bleu- Sadly, I have that image of the Clintons "on the beach" permanently etched into my mind. Not just because of the bodies, but because of the transparency of the act (being in love, or even tolerating each other) that they were trying to sell at the time.

@Anonymous- I've considered Nutrisystem in the past and may do so again, although I'm not a bad cook so if I just discipline myself to make healthy offerings, this should work okay.

@Fred Ciampi- I did really well on the Adkins Diet, then gained it all back. You're right about those donuts...

@Snark- I'll look for the book. I've already been diagnosed with insulin resistance and am taking a medication, Metformin, to help with it. And sorry about the reCAPTCHA thing. I'll take a look at that and see if there's anything I can do on this end (though I'm not sure I can).

@Rod- Well I'm glad somebody called him a bastard! (grin)

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Fritz Brohn- According to my height/weight chart, I should be strolling across the African veldt on spindly legs, and using my long neck to nibble leaves from the tops of trees.

@CDH- Smaller helpings is definitely a good idea. Plus, I've read that eating from a red plate helps, as our brains associate it with danger and negative outcomes. Then again, this could be an urban legend floated by the manufacturers of red plates.

@AmyH- Good information, and you're right about the way Ike's heart attack screwed up our ideas of healthy eating for decades!

@Steve H- Good information throughout. I'm already a Gary Taubbs fan and I'll look into "Deep Nutrition." And I should clarify that I'm not actually hitting the gym to lose weight, but rather to build strength and flexibility. Both are critical for those of us who are aging (not to mention carrying too much weight).

@TrickyRicky- Theoretically the carb impact from a scotch & water isn't too bad, but I'll still be cutting back because it otherwise erodes my discipline (and convinces me that a peanut butter and marmalade sandwich is health food).

@Shelly- Yep, ketosis is my goal (despite the heartache of "ketosis breath." And congratulations on your weight loss - that's very impressive!

@Joy R- My twin brother (yes, I have one) has been a vegetarian for about 50 years now and looks a lot younger than I do. Then again, he paid for hair plugs and I didn't. I'll take a look at the book you suggested!

@Anonymous- My father was put on high-dose Lasix in the hospital and it's amazing how much water weight he shed. Upon coming home, he wasn't always perfect about taking his Lasix because of the many bathroom trips it causes.

@John the Econ- Hey, accidents happen. And on the other topic, if you're hoping to eventually have a stroke I'd suggest watching MSNBC more often.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Cookie- I loathe Trump's tweeting. The only think I like about it is how upsetting the Left finds it. And no thanks on the ulcer - and sorry you seem to have personal familiarity with it.

@Geoff King- Thank you for your pragmatic suggestion about Argentina. Now nobody here hates you anymore for not gaining weight (grin).

@Pete (Detroit)- When I hit 230 I'll be high-fiving, and still a long way from finished. And thanks for the rest of your suggestions and your inspirational story. And yes, I'll likely keep folks posted.

@Fred Ciampi- Well played.

@Emmentaler Limburger- Yeah, what's up with that? Why can't donuts grow in gardens and be health food?

@Shawn- Excellent and useful advice! And I agree that it's a mistake to go on a "diet" rather than adopt a permanent healthier way of eating, which is absolutely my intent. And the food journal is probably an excellent idea.

And wow, glad you're still with us after your cardiac adventures! I'm definitely looking to reduce that particular risk factor. And let me give you an "attaboy" for continuing to lose weight!

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Colby Muenster- I've found that a tasty substitute for some alcoholic beverages is carbonated water, lemon or lime juice, and a good squirt of angostura bitters. It doesn't satisfy in the same way as beer, but can be good in the sense that the whole sipping ritual remains intact, which is a significant thing when dealing with bad habits.

Rod said...

RE: Weight loss tips: Not that I'm that good at it but when I've really had to, my best tips is keep a CHART and about a pound a week lost over the long term is not that difficult. Plot actual accurate near nude weight at same time of day vs planned loss of time at a reasonable rate. "Actual" will have bumps and dips but the straight Plan line will keep you on track to overall goal.

Also it's really all about MOTIVATION more than about food, drinking or exercise. Whatever works is the thing to do; and be a label-reader.

And from experience: It becomes much harder to stay in shape yourself when having to care for others as their Caretaker / POA / Manager. If in that situation, be very diligent about taking care of yourself .

Anonymous said...

When I was in grad school I got up to 218. Too much beer. Too many big lunches. I saw myself in a photo and that was it. I dropped to 170 and have stayed there for over 50 years. Moderate exercise. Mostly jogging, swimming, and cycling. Low carb, low calorie diet. 1200 to 1500 calories per day. No cheating.

But the real trick is feeling slightly hungry all the time. Maybe you remember the story of G. Gordon Liddy of Watergate infamy. To impress a woman at a party he held his hand over a lighted candle until his flesh smoked and burned. "What's the trick she asked?" "The trick is not minding it." That's the secret to dieting. Sure you'll be hungry. So what. The trick is not minding it. And the pounds will roll off.

TheOldMan said...

@Geoff King: I'm on your plan. Many decades after leaving HS, I am still wearing 33W x 36I jeans. My wife says it's because I do not snack. I eat whatever I want in whatever quantity I want it.

George said...

This has been a fun and informative half hour of reading the comments. Thank you to all.

TrickyRicky said...

One strategy that worked for me, when I was pushing 220 pounds, was to go metric. It sounded so much better to say 100 kilos.

Robert Tatro said...

Hey Stilt here is what I use. www.myfitnesspal.com and I have gone from 216 to 175. Workes well as it keeps you mindful of what you put into your mouth even the Black Velvet shots you can track.

Rod said...

I like to think that those of us who are above the optimum "weight for height" shown on those ridiculous BMI charts, and also find it difficult to lose weight, are at least much better prepared for famine than all these supposedly fit people. One has to be prepared.

TrickyRicky said...

This may not work for everyone, but when I was pushing 220 pounds, I decided to go metric. Sounds a lot better to be 100kg.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Rod- I've never kept a chart, but I think I'll start. A lot of "little" things tend to sneak in over the course of a day, and I think charting everything would make me more aware of consumption. Or, out of laziness, keep me from snacking so I didn't have to do an additional journal entry.

@Anonymous- When I've successfully been in "the zone" previously, I like feeling hungry because it reinforces my awareness of behaving myself. I think I'll skip the whole "hand in the candle flame" thing, though. (grin)

@TheOldMan- You've got a 33" waist?! Geez, I think just one of my thighs is more than that...

@George- I frankly consider the comments to be the best part of this blog.

@Robert Tatro- Thanks, I'll check that out! And congrats on the weight loss!

@Rod- It's a double-edged sword; when famine sweeps the nation, chubby folks will be the best prepared to go for a long time without a meal...but they'll also be looked upon by others as the best person to throw in the stew pot.

@TrickyRicky- Brilliant!

Gee M said...

As well, come the predicted Zombie Apocalypse (and this applies to bear attacks as well) the faster runners will fare better than the slower ones...who will more often feed the Zombie appetite.
I am 67, and wear a 33" inch jean...and I have an actual six-pack and weigh 165 cause I walk a LOT and eat peppermints all the time. Peppermint Addiction is why I no longer weigh 155, I'm sure.
Mr Jarlsberg...I wish you luck.
I have twice lost 30 lbs in a 30 day period...once from being 15, eating practically nothing and working out everyday for hours due to an increased awareness of girls...and a bad attack of H Pylori bacteria following surgery a few years ago.
I do not recommend either method for the sane or elderly chubby person...learn to love it or try discipline without chocolate.

Pete (Detroit) said...

Speaking of snax... Was a 'weight loss' product some years back, all you had to do was mix up a glass of it before meals, and not snack for 3 hr before bed...
Hell, THAT I can do, w/o the 'magic powder'... Guess what? no carbs before bed promotes weight loss! Whoda thunk it!

Sarah Rolph said...

For me, low-carb was much easier than low-fat. It's difficult in the very beginning, but it only took about three days without carbs to stop craving them and stop waking up hungry. That helped a lot. Plus, when you stop eating carbs, the weight comes off pretty quickly in the beginning, and that is very motivating. Unfortunately it slows down again after the first 10 pounds or so, but by then you should be in the swing of things. What motivated me to do this was that my blood pressure and blood sugar had crept up. The dreaded metabolic disease. Once I lost 25 pounds, that all went back down. I had gotten up to 210; at 185, I wasn't slim, but I was healthy enough to make my doctor happy. The best thing of all was that I felt better--I had more energy and just felt better all day. I need to focus on remembering that now, as I have gone back on the carbs and gotten fat again. Once more into the fray!

Neighbor Dave said...

Buy 80 acres of undeveloped land and a chainsaw. You can eat anything you want.

David A. Fox said...

When it comes to your body burning calories: Sugar/carbs = gasoline while Fat = coal. Decline the Paris accord (and their cuisine): eliminate the carbs and embrace the brauts, bacon, chicken, roasts, cheese, fish, greens, and omelettes.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- More thanks for the comments above! So far, so good on my behaving myself and sticking to low carb. I have insulin resistance, so all of this could be good for me in multiple ways. I'm not currently weighing myself because I think it would be demotivational, and am instead initially using the pants test: when I can fasten them without straining, I'll know I'm getting somewhere and will THEN start tracking numbers (grin).