She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini

by statia on December 4, 2003

With getting back into shape, comes eating better. I’ve been trying to eat better and less, as I was getting to a point where I was eating way more than I should have. I tend to be a bit on the obsessive side when it comes to food. I love it, and hate it. Battling anorexia a few years ago, it’s like the enemy, yet you want it all the time. I’ll probably always battle it to some extent, my views on eating are still a bit skewed, but I try. I’ve tried my fair share of diets. Using the word diet loosely, because it’s gotten a negative connotation attached to it these days. As much as we want to think there’s a special diet, magic pill, or shot, really, exercise and a sensible diet are the way to go. You’ve heard it all before, but it’s something that’s taken me years to come to grips with. I knew it, but tried to deny it.

The latest craze seems to be the low carb thing. Carbs are bad, carbs are evil. I love carbs. I can’t live without them. They make me happy. I’ve tried Atkins, and I have to tell you, it’s not for me. Induction makes me fucking cranky as all hell. I’m tired, I eat way too much for my body make up. After three days I become a blithering idiot and give up. The latest rage seems to be the South Beach diet. A lot of people I know seem to be doing it, and it seems to be working great… for men. A lot of men I know that have been doing this have lost a lot more weight than women. Women might lose 7 or 8 pounds during the first two weeks and then it just tapers off. Granted, South Beach seems to be more of a lifestyle, but even if it’s for both men and women, I think it’s a better fit for a guy than it is for a girl.

A few months ago, I was at my yearly girly checkup. My doctor, rather an NP/Midwife is one of those women who is all empowered, spiritual, I’m every woman types. I love her for that. She listens, and takes patient knowledge and makes note of it, never acting like she’s knows best. Her bedside manner rocks and it’s obvious that she loves what she does and takes it seriously. Anyway, I had told her that I had given the Atkins diet a shot, and she told me exactly what I had suspected. The Atkins diet is a great thing, it has good principles, for a guy. Women need carbs. Carbs give us the energy we need.

So I’ll stick to my diet and exercise, and eat my carbs, and be happy.


buddha December 4, 2003 at 9:54 am

Diet Smiet…Here’s my take on diet and excercise.
I’ve tried low carb diets and various other “fad” diets over the years. Most work but they are a lifestyle change. My dad gave me advice back in the day about food. “Everything in moderation” Instead of the “Super Size” order of fries get a medium..stuff like that.
However nothing works better than moderate food consumption and excercise. (I better keep this short)
Roughly 2 years ago I was a gym maniac. Because of my job I was able to go every day. Through hard work at the gym and slight changes in my diet I toned up and shed 25 pounds. I did it the old fashioned way. Of course I haven’t been to the gym in about a month now …but that’s not the point.

theresa December 4, 2003 at 9:57 am

I’m so glad I’m lucky enough to be one of those people that has never had to diet (please don’t hit me). I love food, and I would not have the will power to give up carbs. I looooove carbs.

ericalynn December 4, 2003 at 11:16 am

atkins didn’t really make me lose a lot of weight.. I just changed how I ate generally… I am eating less and going to the gym a lot more and the more I go to the gym, the more results I see… It’s just hard for me to motivate to get to the gym :/

Big Bri December 4, 2003 at 11:37 am

The big thing to watch out for on all these diets is the lack of Calcuim.. especially for women. You don’t want to be a hot lokking 70 year-old someday and then fall down and break your hip!

jason December 4, 2003 at 11:48 am

we’re doing South Beach, and you’re right: men lose more. My theory is that we were following the menus in the book and it was a more drastic cut in calories for me than it was for Erika.

We’re now in modify mode…if anything it just teaches you to be more aware of what you eat.

robyn December 4, 2003 at 5:53 pm

Depending on the results of my bloodwork today, I may be eliminating carbs for the rest of this pregnancy without choice. That big “waaaah waaaah waaaah” sound you hear? It’s just me cursing the fact it’s 3 weeks ’til Christmas and fate both sucks and blows sometimes.

BillH December 6, 2003 at 11:36 pm

Eat the carbs. Being happy makes us all better people. Besides, according to the pix I’ve seen here on this site dieting should be way down on your list of things to do.

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