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I will tell you one thing, if you don't already know it. (No one told me...so 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 ChooseMyPlate.gov (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.