Monday, May 4, 2015

Fluffy stuff

plate on etsy here

I will tell you one thing, if you don't already know it. (No one told consider yourself warned.)

Menopause is not always your friend.


Stuff that didn't hurt before?  It all hurts now.  Physicals used to be a breeze.  Now they come with more tests and a few warnings. (Like "We're going to keep an eye on your blood sugar/blood pressure/ right knee/weird spot on your shin..." any or all of the above.)  

But the worst thing about menopause in my case is that it comes with extra fluff.  About 20 pounds of extra fluff.  And I'm not a fan of being fluffy.

SO...I decided (with a little prodding by Dr. T.) I needed to do something about the extra fluff.  And it involves my plate.  (Not the one above, though my plate is very similar. It's a 3-way, too.)

Patricia got me on the right track, and some of her ideas were incorporated in my change, but I knew that it was mostly up to me.  So I bought two triple-sectioned plates and started my plan, which is very simple.  (I bought the plates for about $6 at an antique mall--2 of them so that I could have a spare.)

The federal government is tired of me being fluffy.  The federal government is not interested in paying for my triple-bypass.  The state government is scared $hit!ess that I will croak in the middle of class, leaving them to find a last-minute substitute.  And DL depends on me to tell him what to do.  So...

I took this image from (which is a GREAT resource, by the way), and devised my own plate strategy.  My plate has three sections (like the one on the top) and I have combine fruits and veggies to take up the large section (one half) of my plate.  The two smaller sections are for meat and starch. (Not 'carbs.' Some 'carbs' are good for you, like most vegetables, which help you poop, and that's important.) Starches include potatoes, beans, rice, noodles, or, in case of emergency, a yeast roll or biscuit.  (Sometimes whatever problems you have can be solved only by bread.  Just sayin'.)

I have not cut ANYTHING out of my diet.  Nothing.  There is a reason for this.  If I feel like I have deprived myself, I will get to the breaking point and eat an ENTIRE CONTAINER of whatever it was I deprived myself of.  (A pint of Ben & Jerry's/a bag of potato chips/a full-size Snickers bar...there's a reason they call it 'Chunky Monkey,' peeps.)

How is this all going for me?  Well, I've lost 10 pounds since January.  I think that's pretty good, considering I haven't really started exercising yet, because my exercise of choice is walking and it's been so crappy outside.  Once I start walking, I think the weight may come off a little faster. 

Do I feel better?  Hard to tell.  I have a feeling I would have to cut out the caffeine and alcohol in order to feel better, and I'm not sure I'm ready for THAT.  I have found that there is such a thing as "too sweet" for me now.  I keep dark Hershey's kisses around, and if I want something sweet, I just have one of those.  I don't crave sweet or salty anymore.  

I have also noticed lately that if I have dairy, there are physical and mental repercussions.  I may have to cut out dairy, which I will hate.  Weird dreams and smelly gas vs cheese. A conflict of Frazier/Ali proportions.

So if any of you are feeling the fluff creeping up...I recommend a 3-way.


Kim Totten said...

I feel your pain. Once I hit the big 50 four yrs ago it started affecting me. Probably before that, maybe I just didn't notice it creeping up. I am not just talking about weight gain but all those lil aches and pains...I kept wondering "what is wrong with me?" I'm going to try this plan with you girl! We can do it! Great post! You are so real!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I'm feeling your fluffy pain. I may need to print out one of those plates too! Congrats on the 10 pounds! I'm jealous!!! :)

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

I think I will look up those plates. Mr Him could do with one for weight loss and me for general well being. Well done on the 10lbs. That's excellent progress especially as you aren't deprived.

Andrea said...

Hmmmmm, just having a reason to buy a few fancy plates might be inspiring enough (especially when added to the "Kirby suggests")

Feral Turtle said...

Mashed potatoes are my choice of carb...I think that's the Irish in me! This is great Kirby! Way to go. Ten pounds is a lot of fluff especially if you think of fluffy feathers!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Ten pounds of fluff gone??? Hurray for you, Kirbs! It would seem that a little extra fluff would help with our aches and pains. Like a good toilet paper or double stuffed oreos. No? LOL
Keep going!

Good Time Charlie said...

10 pounds gone since January? And not feeling totally deprived? That is something to really boast about. You will have very little problem keeping it off then since you have been doing this the slow and steady wins the race way. I have friends who battle with weight and it is never a "I am going to finally change the way I am eating" fix. They lose it, and sadly it comes back. We all have bad habits, but making a few changes can make a big impact. The day that I start packing on the pounds from eating an extra large bucket of popcorn at the movies by myself is the day that I may have to just throw in the towel and say to heck with it. The weight, not the popcorn. Haha. There are some things in life I just cannot live without. Diet Pepsi, daily and an extra large bucket of movie popcorn, goodly soaked in fake butter, monthly if things are lining up in my universe.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Congrats on losing the 10 lbs! I know exactly how you feel... menopause and all... not fun. I like the smaller portion idea as opposed to giving up a food group... is sugar a food group? LOL.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Ten pounds -- way to go. Menopause: one good thing about it is that there is no need for those products you said you keep in your hall chest. Gotta love that.

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