Where In The World is The Former Donut Junkie?


I know that’s the question everyone is asking…and rightly so.  And, NO, I haven’t fallen off the wagon!  I’m still a low-carb fan-boy and loving it!  It’s just that life kinda derailed my blogging and forum posting for…WOW….over a month now!

Things got hectic during the Christmas holidays with my church and social calendar, so there went the last half of December.  Then we had an Artic Cold Wave move into the area and being in the plumbing business…well, you probably already know the rest of the story.  Folks who were ill prepared for single digit temperatures were calling every plumber in town to try to get their burst/broken pipes repaired and their water back on.  So, that’s kinda what’s happened the month of January.

Anywho, I’m planning to jump start the old Life Without Donuts blog once again and pump out some more LC news you can use.  And of course, it just wouldn’t be complete with some homespun humor, tall-tales, whoppers and other useless drivel.  All of us have some kind of gift ya’ know.  Not sure what mine really is….not even sure what I wanna be when I grow up.

And thanks to all of you fine folks who’ve written me as to my whereabouts and with those wonderful words of encouragement.

I’m now at 226 pounds, which brings me to 62 pounds lost since July 1, 2008.  That’s right, it’s taken me nearly nineteen months to get that far, but that’s OK.  It’s really helped me to turn LC into a lifestyle…the healthiest lifestyle I’ve ever experienced in my 55+ years on this planet.  Bacon Cheeseburgers….ah….it just don’t get any better than that!  Especially when you’re losing pounds eating ’em!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie


Diet Etiquette — Part 1 — Introduction


Diet Etiquette…or…How To Do Low-Carb Without Becoming a Social Outcast

etiquettenoun.  The rules governing socially acceptable behavior.

What, pray tell, is Diet Etiquette? I like to say it is “the rules governing socially acceptable behavior, in spite of the fact that you are dieting.”  It is a subject that doesn’t get very much ink or airtime, so I decided I needed to give it a shot here at Life Without Donuts.

Ever been to a dinner or luncheon where someone who is dieting has the woe-is-me attitude because there is not a single thing there that they can eat, therefore they feel compelled to infect everyone around  them with their own brand of doom, gloom, despair and agony?  Or, they are constantly going over their list of taboo foods, like anyone else at the table really gives a rip about their self-inflicted state of misery.

And then there is the know-it-all-diet-expert, who attempts to impose their ‘Perfect Diet’ upon everyone else, just because they read Dr. Somebody’s Magic Diet book and suddenly begin to speak as as expert on the subject of health and nutrition.  Little do they realize that an expert is in all reality nothing more than a former spurt!  They could have spoken with much greater authority and appeal had they only stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Oh, and a favorite of everyone are the Naysayers, Pushers and Enablers.  You know who they are, and if you can’t think of one…you just might be one!  These are the folks who insist that you have ‘just one bite’ or ‘a little bit of anything won’t hurt you’.  These are usually family members who have never been on a successful diet in their life, so they feel obligated to ruin everyone else’s chance of losing a few pounds.

If you’ve never had the tortuous pleasure of enjoying an extended evening of joy and mirth with one of these Diet-Dictocrats…then you, my friend, are without a doubt an alien from another planet!

I absolutely love the low-carb lifestyle.  As far as I’m concerned it is the easiest, healthiest, most effective nutritional lifestyle and approach to permanent weight loss and maintenance on the planet today.  Low-carb just works for me!  But let’s face it…it may not work for EVERYONE!  And even if it did work for everyone…EVERYONE doesn’t necessarily want to hear about it!  That’s where ‘Diet Etiquette’ comes into play.  We must use diet etiquette in social settings if we want to keep our present friends and ever hope to make new friends.  This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but over the next few posts I’ll be sharing with you some of my very own home-spun tips that should keep us all civil and hospitable at any event…and possibly even get us invited back again.

Diet Etiquette — Part 2 — I’m Hearing Voices, and I Think It’s My Food!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to the loyal readers of Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Happy Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day from The Former Donut Junkie!

I hope you’re all having a great Labor Day and having fun doing whatever you are doing to celebrate it.  I know it’s typically one of the last holidays of summer.  For me it’s a reminder that Fall is just around the corner, and Fall is my favorite season of the year.  Living here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains the beautiful panorama of fall foilage is absolutely breathtaking, even to someone like me who has lived here all my life.  I always look forward to it.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie