Can Anyone or Anything Help Me Lose Weight?
Help me lose weight! Is that what you are thinking? Are you sick and tired of being fat?
I get it, I was in the same position, and in my case, I was tired of being fat, depressed and fighting cravings even when I was still full!
Out of desperation, I thought of a simple idea to eat real food to beat fat and depression.
And this simple idea to help me lose weight, helped me lose more weight than I ever thought possible.
See if you can relate to what I wrote back on June 21, 2012:
Desperation to Lose Weight
I am probably your typical mid aged guy who is exhausted. I am sick and tired of being fat and depressed. Do I even have the energy to attempt to do anything productive? I feel so exhausted, all of the time.
Yesterday, I had one of my typical days where I struggle to lose my belly which is so demanding for constant feedings of snicker bars. I started the morning off with bagel and eggs and orange juice. Then, I had a blueberry muffin for snack.
Now at that point, I was pretty full, but why did I feel like I still needed to eat? How is that possible? I thought “Even if my stomach is distended, I am still craving food, so I will get some pizza for lunch”. I convinced myself that it is only one slice.
But, do you think it stopped with one slice?
Yes, I did start with one slice. But that only lasted for maybe 15 minutes. I went back to the NY Pizza place on 41st and 2nd and got another slice, a mushroom slice with one more root beer, my favorite soda of all time.
I was flying high from all of that sugar.
I love pizza, who doesn't , but yesterday, my weight was 265 pounds according to my scale, my bmi, the body mass index was over 30 which I read means obese! I do not want to believe that I am obese. Big maybe, even fat, but not obese.
At least I lost 10 pounds over the last six months, but I keep going up and down like a yo yo. And now I see I am going up again. Why am I always craving cookies!
Doctor Read me the Riot Act
“So, Richard, your total cholesterol is near 300. And your blood pressure is 135 over 90, and your A1C is 6.0, so you are on the edge of type 2 diabetes.”
“Do you have any more good news?”
“This is not a joke Richard. You need to take statins and possibly metformin to get your glucose under control. High blood pressure medication is something we might have to think about soon. You need to lose weight.”
“I know I need to lose weight, but how? I have tried so many diets. Who can help me lose weight?”
“You have to eat less and move more. Eat a healthy diet and exercise. Okay?”
I knew it was not a joke, I cannot even walk up the hill to my building without huffing and puffing. Now, I will need to go on medications. I am so uncomfortable, and tired of wearing baggy clothing, cause I cannot fit into anything.
A Lifetime Struggle with Overweight
I have struggled my whole adult life with being husky, overweight, big.
I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens on Swanson's frozen food, particularly for dinner. When I was a teenager, I tried being a vegetarian, a vegan, and went back to carnivore. Then I went to a fruit only diet, and then a macrobiotic diet, round and round we go. I even tried weight watchers, no fat, low fat, and high fat diets.
The first ‘meal' I remember having in my life was a weight watcher pizza. Here is how my mom made the weight watcher pizza for my dad who was on weight watchers. You toast an english muffin, then top it with american cheese, and ketchup and oregano. Boy, did I love that weight watcher pizza. But here I am 50 years later, burnt out from food, how ridiculous is that?
Still Ended Up in the Deli
Despite the eggs and cheese on bagel in the morning, pizza in the afternoon, and lasagna at night. I still wanted more! Terrible. I am so disgusted, but do not know how to stop.
I ended up in the Deli on 43rd, open all night, and went there close to midnight for a ‘snack'. Who needs to snack after all this food in the day?
I had some pepperidge farm cookies, ben and jerry's ice cream, and was ready to get a blueberry muffin.
I stood up to go to the counter and pay for a muffin, when I looked down and realized that I cannot even see my feet because of my distended belly.
How sad! And the doctor just told me today that I need meds. What is wrong with me? What can I do to help myself?
I know I need to shake things up.
An Idea to Help Me Lose Weight
Last night, I did not get that blueberry muffin. I decided that beginning today, I will go for real food, real fruit, real vegetables and real proteins, and lets see what happens in 90 days or so.
I knew that if I keep doing the same diets, nothing will change, I will stay fat and get fatter. And with so much dieting experience, I know the doctors argue about everything except vegetables. I barely eat vegetables, except for the tomato on my bagel and cheese. So, I will focus on vegetables.
Hashi Mashi – Real Food
I am calling this path Hashi Mashi, which means to me one thing: Eat Real Food.
That is not too complicated.
So by default, this Hashi Mashi idea excludes most if not all processed foods, all processed grains, bread, pasta, rice, crackers, sodas, candy, reese's peanut butter ( boo hoo ), and oreos. I am addicted to Oreos like a crack addict.
So today, on June 21, 2012, I began the day with a dish that I named Hashi Mashi.
Basically, instead of egg and cheese on a bagel, I asked the chef to prepare an omelette with onions, greens, tomato, pepper and hummus, with avocado on the side, and to top it off with olives.
I figured that if I will not have bread, I need some healthy fat which is what the avocado is for as well as the olives and the olive oil used to saute the Hashi Mashi.
The eggs provide the protein, Yassin almost had a cow when I asked him for grass fed eggs, so I will have to keep trying.
And the hummus is just mashed up chick peas, so that will give me some more carb and protein but from a more natural state than bread or pasta.
For lunch, I had some blueberries for snack, then vegetables and some organic chicken from a health food store on 3rd avenue.
Dinner was a salad with salmon, wild salmon made over at Cibo on 41st and 2nd, quite a good chef there too.
Hope I can learn how to make this stuff myself one day!
The First Day of Hashi Mashi
And last, I did one lap across the pool today.
They call it a length, and 2 lengths is a lap.
You have to do 72 of those for a mile!
But I like to swim so i will keep going at it…I will post a picture of how I look one of these days.
In the meantime, today was the first day, and I will see if I can make it through the day without ben and jerrys, black and white cookies, more pizza, dumplings or pepperidge farm.
I have to give myself a chance. I wish I had someone to help me lose weight, I am concerned about the bad numbers the doctor gave me.
Is there anyone else out there who is tired of being fat?
Have you ever been fat?
Is there anyone else out there who has been struggling with fat and depression?
I cannot be the only one.
I will speak more about the depression at a later date, but it is quite detrimental, I know, no kidding.
Being fat and depressed totally sucks, so I am willing to give up my favorite foods see if it can help me.
This story is not about me, rather it is about you. Because if you are screaming the same request ‘help me lose weight', you are in the right place. I am confident that the same plan that helped me lose weight, will help you as well.
But, you do not have to wait 50 years to figure this out.
Hashi Mashi will help you lose weight, just like it helped me lose weight.
It does not matter if you are a teenager, a young adult or over 50. Food is your friend and not your enemy.
You asked “help me lose weight” and now you have that help.
I will do everything in my power to help you lose weight.
Because I know the struggle, I know how much health you can gain by becoming a normal weight. I also know how difficult it is to lose weight and why it seems to be an impossible task.
But, it is impossible no more.
I will help you lose weight with step by step guides and tutorials.
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