Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to the loyal readers of Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

My Low-Carb Progress Update — November 2008 — With Pics

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I’ve been writing all kinds of posts about my favorite low-carb subject…dealing with our emotional and thought life concerning our nutritional lifestyle choices.  I suddenly realized that I hadn’t posted an update of my progress for those of you who are curious to see if I’ve lost or gained weight, or just maintained.

I’ve now been commited to the low-carb nutritional lifestyle for a total of seventeen months [started July 2007].  I started out at my highest lifetime weight of 288, which is a lot for my 5′-8″ height.  As of today the scale is reading 228.  That’s a total of 60 pounds gone!  That’s a total of 45 dozen donuts GONE!  That sixty pounds was like carrying a large child around all the time.  And I can tell a big difference.

But the pounds gone are only part of the benefits I’ve realized from the low-carb nutritional lifestyle.  There are health benefits and then there are just some practical benefits and advantages that one doesn’t often think of.  So, I’ll try to give you the short list so I won’t bore you to death.

Health wise, indigestion, gas, bloating and acid reflux are now practically non-existent.  Maybe that’s TMI, but the fact is, low-carb is just the healthiest way of eating for the digestive system so far as I’m concerned.  My blood pressure is coming down as more pounds come off and I hope to be completely off BP meds one day.  And my feet and ankles no longer ache like they once did.  I can now walk as far as I want to without getting short of breath.  I sleep better at night.

But here’s my list of a few of the other benefits that I really never considered when I started my weight loss.

  • I can now easily fit into a restaurant booth.  I hated the embarrassment and stares of disgust.
  • I can get down in the floor and play with my grand kids.
  • I can ride the rides at amusement parks without the embarrassment of not “fitting in the seat”.
  • I no longer have to shop at the “Big & Tall Men’s Shop”.
  • Donut shops no longer get most of my hard earned bucks.
  • It’s much easier for me to do my job — I’m a plumber and plumbing is never in easy places to get to.

I’m not done yet!  Probably the biggest benefit that I’m enjoying, which took me totally by surprise, is the fact that my world no longer revolves around food!  To be totally honest, I never really believed this was possible.  I’d heard folks say they didn’t think about food that much, but I didn’t really believe them.  But recently it just hit me one day that my thought life no longer was consumed with the thought of food.  I was no longer planning my next meal or snack before I finished the one I was eating.  I was no longer planning my next binge.  Visions of donuts and other sugary carb-laden treats were no longer dancing around in my head.  I suddenly realized that I was indeed free from my sugar addiction…that it was indeed a real possiblity.  Folks, you gotta’ realize I had a decades long sugar addiction.  But the fact is I’m free from it and you can be too.

I’ll write more about the sugar and carb addiction later, but I just wanted you to know how happy I am with the low-carb nutritional lifestyle regardless of all the naysayers out there.  They got here just a little to late to convince me that it’s unhealthy or doesn’t work.  Here’s a couple of pics…a “Before” and a “During”.  I’ve still got a goal of losing another 40 pounds and I’m not setting a target date to reach that goal.  Losing at a little slower rate than I expected has actually worked as an advantage to help me turn low-carb into the lifestyle that it is.

July 2007

July 2007

November 2008

November 2008

OK, for those who are wondering about what I’m doing standing in front of a donut shop in my “During” pic, this was taken on my birthday.  Some of you might even recognize this as being in Gatlinburg, TN.  We were out with some friends and I just had to have a pic in front of this sign to post on my blog.  And, NO, I didn’t eat the donuts, but I did buy a couple of new coffee cups.

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 3

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Having a Plan is NOT Enough…We Need Strategies Too!

We all need a ‘plan’ or ‘blueprint’ by which we eat; that is, foods that we can eat and foods that we can’t eat.  In my case, I’ve chosen the low-carb nutritional lifestyle as my ‘plan’ or ‘blueprint’.  It’s a plan that just really works for me because I absolutely love the ‘allowable’ foods that are on it.  They taste great and are very filling and healthy.  But loving the foods is only part of the formula for weight control success.  Even if you love your ‘plan’, you need some ‘strategies’ in order to execute it.  It’s easy to learn the list of ‘acceptable and unacceptable’ foods, but what happens when a chocolate donut is unexpectedly shoved in your face?  All that list of foods tells you is that you can’t have it!  It’s forbidden, and all of a sudden you’re now feeling deprived, and it’s that ‘Deprivation Mindset’ that can send us down the slippery slope to binging or ‘pigging out’ on the very foods that made us fat to start with.

How to deal with those kinds of situations has been the missing link in weight control success for myself…and maybe even you!  As wonderful as Atkins, Protein Power and Sugar Shock are, they don’t really deal with the battle for the thought life in nearly enough detail.  This is in no way intended as a slam against any of these fine plans, since they do exactly what they’re designed to do…give us a ‘plan’ or ‘blueprint’ for a healthy nutritional lifestyle for weight control.  That’s why I’m so excited about what I’ve learned from The Thin Commandments Diet!  And it’s actually not a ‘diet’ in the strictest sense of the word…it is more of a book of strategies for executing YOUR plan!  Only the discovery of low-carb itself has impacted the success of my nutritional lifestyle more than The Thin Commandments Diet!  I encourage anyone who has discovered that willpower doesn’t work to pick up The Thin Commandments Diet and learn the strategies that actually do work.

I’ve still got lots more to share with you about Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset, so stay tuned for more.

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 1

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 2

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 4

There Really is Life Without Donuts

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 2

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Did Eating All The Forbidden Food You Wanted Make You Happy?

Before I started the low-carb nutritional lifestyle I had all the foods I wanted, whenever I wanted them and in whatever amounts I wanted them.  But the fact is, that kind of freedom didn’t really make me happy…it just made me fat!  And if we’ll all be truthful with ourselves, the more we ate, the worse we felt.  That few minutes of enjoying the seductive taste and texture of our favorite forbidden foods was swiftly followed by guilt, shame, remorse, embarrassment, disgust, regret and failure, just to name a few.

“Objectively, the state of deprivation may be a myth, but the feeling is very real.  What many people don’t realize is that it’s also a learned response.  And what has been learned can be unlearned.” ~~Dr. Stephen Gullo

Every action begins with a thought!  But every thought does not have to lead to an action!  We, as humans, have the ability to take charge of evil, damaging, destructive thoughts and extinguish them before we act on them.  And I know some of us are already saying, “thinking a bad thought is just as bad as doing it…so I may as well just go ahead and do it.” So, does that mean if I think about shooting you, that I should just go ahead and shoot you…merely because “I thought about it”?  I don’t think so!!!  I think you’ll agree that thinking about shooting you is not nearly as bad as actually shooting you.  It’s an extreme example, but you get my point.

So, just because you think…or even obsess, about eating something that’s not “on plan” doesn’t mean you might as well go ahead and eat it, and it certainly doesn’t mean that the thought is as bad as eating it.  That is self-serving, self-justifying thinking and it is in the end, self-destructive!  If your kids even suggested doing something stupid just because they thought about it, you’d be all over them like ugly on an ape!  You’d immediately give them ten reasons why you won’t ever allow it to happen.  And those reasons will be the “consequences” of their action!  Consequences…now there’s a word you’d never hear me use when I was an over-eater!  Ya think it might have something do with the fact that I wouldn’t allow myself to think beyond the momentary pleasures of the chocolate covered donut in my hand?  In order to overcome the Deprivation Mindset we’re all going to have to switch our thinking from the “pleasure mentality” to the “consequence mentality”!

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 1

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 3

Overcoming the Deprivation Mindset — Part 4

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Weight Loss…The Third Alternative!

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Folks, y’all know I’m all about optimism, encouragement, inspiration and such.  I just ran across a post on a newly discovered blog called Ranaesheart Weight Loss Blog that really spoke to me and I just had to share it with you!  It’s entitled Personal Growth and Weight Loss Success and it’s well worth the short time it’ll take you to read it.  I just love the quote by Steadman Graham.

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie