Eating vs. Exercising

I seem to be running into a strange problem. With my newfound interest in cooking, I find myself making all these tasty things – deep-dish pizza, pumpkin butterscotch cookies, cheddar biscuits (like the ones from Red Lobster), among other things. They all sound tasty. They are, in fact, all very tasty.

This becomes problematic when what I am making in the kitchen is both very tasty and not exactly low in calories. I’m not a dedicated exercise person; I do exercises when I can, but in general, I find it extremely boring to do. I also have a problem in that my metabolism tends to run pretty slowly. I have friends who could probably eat a diet of lard-covered lard with a lard chaser and still lose weight, but it feels like I gain weight when I even look at food. So, making good-looking, good-tasting food, even if it is nominally healthy (which I’m not sure can ever, ever describe deep-dish pizza), just doesn’t do enough to help me.

I’ve looked into supplements for weight loss and energy – most recently Hydroxycut, HighT, alli, and TriAdalean (some of these links aren’t great, and for that I apologize). It is hard to evaluate these, especially for me, as I have no health insurance and I can’t really go to a doctor to ask him or her if there is anything else I could be doing medically to help with weight loss. My lack of a thyroid gland (I had in ablated many years ago) means that I have a metabolism that tends towards low, which means it is difficult to lose weight, and easy to gain it. I wasn’t exactly stick-thin even before my thyroid was ablated, so it constantly feels like I am fighting a losing battle, especially when it feels like every pushup, every proto-pullup, is just a bit tougher than the day before because there is just no reliable way to control my weight.

I want to be able to cook, exercise, and control my weight. I want to be able to say, occasionally, that my clothes sizes are going down instead of up. It sounds like a small thing to ask, but sadly, it is almost exactly the opposite. And while my weight may be more physical than it is mental, it definitely has an effect on my mental state – it’s hard to have self-compassion when every time I look at myself in the mirror I feel like breaking the damn thing.

This all sounds depressing, but really it is more sobering, because I know that odds are that I’ll never look even remotely like I did when I was in high school, and I will probably never, barring some sort of freak health kick, exercise regimen, or weight-loss surgery, have a pants size under 40. That just seems to be the unfortunate reality of the situation right now.


5 comments on “Eating vs. Exercising

  1. Alicia says:

    as far as pizza go use a thinner crust vs a deep dish and look for one that is low in carbs. They do make them. In fact I ate tons of really great food (courtesy of my awesome husband) while on a diabetes diet while pregnant and gained very little weight. Most of which was baby weight. Look into diabetes or low carb diet recipes. Most of them are really tasty actually. Try to stay away from baking sweets unless you are going to have people over to help you eat them. You will discover you have way too many cookies to eat and suddenly find the plate empty. Only bake when company is coming. Another trick is spicy food. Calories burn easier. 🙂

    • Alicia says:

      Another trick when you absolutely have to have the bad stuff is small portions, instead of taking your plate of cookies to the t.v. take one or two and don’t get anymore.

  2. Cooking Light magazine consistently has recipes for a wide variety of things–entrees, sides, desserts, seasonal food–that actually taste good despite having low calorie counts. They also have a website:

    Also, I second what Alicia said about portion control–it’s a lot easier to maintain willpower when you’re allowed to have a little bit of something you love than when you’re not allowed to have it at all.

  3. Renee says:

    I have found taking an exercise class is far more fun and motivating than just exercising alone. I’m really loving the body pump class a friend convinced me to take, for instance. If that doesn’t work for you, find an exercise buddy and work out together, even if “work out” just means a brisk walk every other day. Also invest in some cast iron and stone cookware, when you start stacking that stuff it gets heavy fast! ( ok, so that part is meant to be funny, but the rest was serious). Good luck, good food is so hard to ignore. I find it impossible, so exercise is my only out.

  4. Janice F. says:

    Despite the lack of health insurance (ouch!) you might be eligible for ‘charity care’ somewhere – not all free clinics are dismal; my mom used to work at one. If it hasn’t been checked recently, have you thought of having your TSH/T4 levels checked? If you are hypothyroid (even with your Synthroid) it will be near-impossible to lose weight, because, BIOLOGY. That said, I do know exactly how expensive it is. Perhaps your parents would be willing to contribute? Also, let’s all hear a little hurrah for that pesky little law banning waiting periods and pre-existing-condition exclusions, for the glorious day when you acquire health insurance again.

    As far as supplements- though I’m not THAT kind of doctor- alli has a sound medical principle (if revolting side effects) and the rest largely range from useless to dangerous.

    I have some friends who have found a lot of success with Paleo-style eating (though they, like me, think the basic principle is horse hooey), mostly because no cookies etc. I don’t know – my diet plan is ‘be allergic to everything delicious’.

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