April 19th, 2013 Posted in mollie | No Comments »
this evening, when the sun finally emerged, we took mollie for a walk. she was delighted, but kevin and i wore our winter coats, and i was very happy that i’d decided to also wear my hat and scarf.
kind of crazy, but at least everything is that fabulous vibrant green, and, really, it HAS to get warmer eventually, right?
it has been a week of waiting and waiting and waiting some more. today we were hoping that the vet would call about mollie, but no word yet. so more waiting, and i have to remember to keep my phone with me, but i don’t have any pockets in what i’m wearing today, and i keep randomly putting it down wherever i go, and then i lose it.
today, to take my mind off worrying about mollie, concern about dad, etc etc, i decided this would be a good day for day two of my 5:2 diet. have you heard of it? when i was staying overnight with dad in the hospital one night, this show on PBS was on the TV, with the sound muted, and it was this Dr. named michael mosley. he has different interesting shows, about different things – one of them was “the myth about exercise,” and they hooked him up to all kinds of stuff to measure how many calories he really burned when exercising, plus they took all kinds of blood samples and it was all very interesting and scientific, but not over-burdenly so.
but the night with dad in the hospital, i saw a little of his show about dieting. somebody at the U of I in Chicago did some study about “intermittent fasting,” whereby the subjects ate a really restricted diet one day, then whatever they wanted the next. the results were surprising, in a good way – even when people ate whatever they wanted, pizza, ice cream, etc, on the non-fast days, they lost weight and all their cholesterol, etc, numbers were highly improved.
so michael mosley tried eating 600 calories a day, for JUST TWO DAYS out of the week (women can only have 500), and then whatever he wanted the other five. the fast days are supposed to be nonconsecutive.
he had great results – his BMI went way down, his pre-diabetes levels were much better, he lost a bunch of weight. all was good.
so, after dad got out of the hospital, kevin and i watched the whole show and i said I’M GONNA TRY THAT. i ordered his book online and have skimmed it and tomorrow hope to have some free time to read it all.
my first fast day was monday, and it wasn’t so bad. but i didn’t exercise, and i didn’t give any massages. i had 487 calories in all. i was pretty hungry when trying to sleep, but also agitated about mollie, etc, anyway.
today i felt i could do the fast again, but this morning i went to weightlifting class and then gave two massages and then, later, I WAS PRETTY SURE I WAS GONNA PASS OUT AND DIE.
i had a big plate of veggies and an egg and a piece of toast for dinner and i may, i just may, make it til tomorrow morning. i still have THIRTY FIVE WHOLE CALORIES left tonight, and am debating about having a jello (10 calories) with some cool whip (20 calories), or maybe a clementine (40 calories for one, which would put me five calories over, but i figure it would be better for me and more filling than JELLO.
i’m still pretty skeptical that i could actually lose weight on this diet, because last night i had lots of french bread slathered with butter, plus much wine and other things.
but i’m already feeling thinner. but that’s probably just wishful thinking.
plus, tomorrow i can eat whatever i want.
not so bad.
plus, mollie continues to be full of energy and happiness. at least she’s not worrying about what could potentially be wrong with her. one advantage of being a dog.
i’m going to sleep really early tonight, so it will be tomorrow sooner.