Cold Turkey? Wikipedia offers these origins...
- A narrowing of the meaning "suddenly or without preparation," from cold turkey being a dish that requires little preparation; originally used for heroin addicts.
- From the American phrase talk turkey meaning "to speak bluntly with little preparation".
- Some believe the derivation is from the comparison of a cold turkey carcass and the state of a withdrawing addict — most notably, the cold sweats and bumpy flesh (goose flesh) (perhaps Cold Goose would have been more appropriate?
Anyway. It works. I have to give up all sugary treats, white flour, white sugar, chocolate, anything that turns on the carb addiction. By the way, this may include potatoes, which seems to go against my genetic makeup. They are considered high glycemic.
Sometimes, just dropping the 'treats' and sticking with lots of whole grains, veggies, beans and fruits (and peanut butter) does the trick. It certainly gets me off the carb train and I end up feeling much better.
I joined an online group. I'm supposed to report my progress, (exercise, weight, any lost inches...) So far this year, a month of effort hasn't done a thing for my weight.
I've actually added...gulp...real Exercise.
As in exercise videos that don't irritate my irritable knee. I really am glad I'm alone when I do this because I'm not a clumsy person, nor was I terribly un-athletic for a bookworm. BUT...Following aerobic instructors is way beyond me. So I just play some dance exercise videos and when I can't keep up, I make it up. It's all about moving anyway.
I think it's a brain thing. If I can follow an instructor from the backside, I can mimic her. If she's facing me, the leftbrain/rightbrain thing fights me the whole time. Great excuse, huh?!
Okay. Truth is, I'm frustrated. Nothing has changed in 5 weeks of my efforts. I'm used to this. I dieted (strictly watched my food choices and counted calories) for 3 months last year and didn't lose a lb. Oh well.
But I finally found an exercise video I can do without looking like super klutz. It's Walking. Yes. I walk three miles in my living room- 45 minutes of non stop marching with a wide variety of extra movements that break up any monotony. For now, I'm watching it on You Tube.
(I'm probably breaking some rule here--just like that Death Comes to Pemberley Video I watched and told Susie D about? Two days later it had been removed from You Tube...)
Allegedly, a few of the people in the video have lost significant amounts of weight doing this. I'm not exactly a couch potato but I do a lot of sitting for work and writing. I'll check in again in May when a family wedding comes around and let you know how I did!
Do you struggle with exercise plans, and changes in your eating? Well, of course you do. So what's your plan for the rest of February? Let's find a way to improve!
The video is on You Tube but I can't embed it here. I do recommend it highly, and hope to purchase the DVD soon. I can't be certain this cover matches the video but the link above is correct.