Thursday, January 7, 2010

Crazy Things We'll Do To Lose Weight

Deb’s post from yesterday got me thinking: what crazy things will we do to lose weight?

· Buy frozen dinner entrees that taste like cardboard
· Eat soup for an entire weekend
· Give up a specific food or food group such as carbs, sugar, alcohol, or chocolate (heaven forbid!)
  • Skip meals
  • Refuse to eat after 5 p.m.


Okay, so we’ve all heard of those plans. We’ve even tried some of them. But I’ve got some new ones for you.


First, for those of us spending too much time on the computer, there is the treadmill desk! We can walk five miles a day while reading, writing, and surfing the Web.

Next, we can all buy the new Sketchers Shape-Ups.

Lastly, strap on an Ab belt and let electrical pulses force your muscles to contract (I will now confess to you that I bought one of these after seeing an infomercial. That’s all I’m going to say about that!)


Your turn! What’s the nuttiest thing you ever did to lose a few pounds?

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Probably actually thought that I would walk enough to help! I have tried to move my "big" meal of the day from evening to noon, and continue to not eat anything after 7 p.m. Oh! I know! I once bought one of those fold-up fake skiing things (NOT the power model, just a "cheap" self-powered one. I never could even get the tension set right on it to do any good, so it lived a year or two under my bed, then went to the Humane Society's Thrift Shop to find a better home!
Carol Brown

Vickie said...

I start my morning with hot lemon water with honey because it is supposed to do somthing for you.

Dru said...

I remember buying the chocolate and caramel candies that was supposed to curb your appetite, I think it was called Ayds.

The nuttiest and costliest thing I've done to lose a few pounds was join a gym and stopped going after a month; I did this three times before I came to the conclusion that I'm not a gym person.

Have a good Thursday.

Kiy said...

You name it, I've tried it. Wacky and non-wacky.

This year, I am going to try a more sensible approach. Eat less, move more. Shocking, I know! But really, that's it in a nutshell. Also, try to get more of my books (hint hint to all the CC's!) in audio form. I am a huge huge reader. If I can only 'read' if I have headphones stuck to my ears and I'm walking/biking ... think of all the extra moving I will do! Now to actually put that idea into practice. Yeah, I'm great with ideas. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Dru, we must be sisters separated. Years ago I tried Ayds--not once, but at least twice with NO results. (But they were tasty.) And thanks for the "I'm not a gym person" warning. My brother has been trying to talk me into joining his gym. I don't think I'd like it, either.

Lynn said...

I joined the gym in November -- I have to go right after work or I don't go at all.

I did Slim fast until they changed to Optima and I don't like the taste.

I lost the same five pounds five times in three sessions of at work weight watchers.

I'm still looking for the magic bullet. But my resolutions are to increase exercise and keep a food journal hopefully controlling the calories.

Heather Webber said...

I'm not a gym person, either, though I tried for a while. I'm much better with a DVD workout or just, you know, lying on the couch--continuous use of the remote HAS to burn some calories.

Deb Baker said...

I joined Curves and went 3x a week for at least 5 years. I made a lot of lasting friendships but didn't lose a pound. For a week I made a log of everything that went into my mouth. That was eye-opening.

Mason Canyon said...

A friend and I joined the gym. We went three times a week and worked out for about an hour each time. That lasted about two months. Then we'd go twice a week and the third day go shopping. Another month past and we went once a week to the gym, once a week shopping and once a week out to eat. As you can guess before the end of our contract we went about once a month. Didn't lose any weigh but had a lot of great fun.

Sheila Connolly said...

I remember my mother keeping a stash of Ayds handy.

Have you tried the Magic Soup diet? You make up a vat of this very healthy veggie soup, and you can eat as much of that as you want, alternating with some odd days like "all fruit day" and "steak and tomatoes day." It works--sort of. Tastes pretty good, though.

Katie said...

does giving up chocolate for Lent count? can't say I've done anything wacky...just limit calories and workout. mind you I don't limit my snacking...just limit the amount of calories I take in.

Mare F said...

LOL. I'd forgotten about Ayds, but yes, I had those also. I had a rowing machine, stationary bike, treadmill, hand weights, ankle weights, Richard Simmons albums, Jane Fonda, I used to run a mile a day, walk a mile a day and work out 3 times a day for an hour each time. I was a vegetarian. No wonder I'm pretty laid back about my weight loss program, or lack thereof.

signlady217 said...

I detest going to the gym!! I've had one gym membership, was pretty good about going (would stop on the way home from work) for about 7-8 months, then my husband had surgery (anterior cervical fusion) which meant a neck brace and no driving at all for 2 months, so that left me as the chauffeur and so I quit going. I have been thinking about getting a stationary bike or an elliptical machine, since the weather never cooperates with me! (You know, too cold, too hot, rainy, windy, etc.) And in NE MS it could be several of those all at the same time!

Maggie-talking about south Texas and the in-laws: they are in Mercedes (MacAllen/Harlingen area) and only 7 miles from the Mexican border. We have light snow coming down right now, so I am really wishing I was down there with them! Maybe next year!

Joni said...

Yeah, I did Ayds, too, same result (nothing). But the nuttiest was those plastic blow up things I put on my thighs once: I think the vacuum cleaner was involved somehow. I know, this is hard to believe, but they didn't work... Also tried the 9 bananas/9 hot dogs/9 hard boiled eggs thing once; lost 5 pounds by day three, but was too ill to eat the hard boiled eggs.

Maggie Sefton said...

Years ago in the late 90s, I tried the Cabbage Soup diet for a weekend. Nothing but the soup all Saturday & Sunday. Boy are you tired of it. Lost 2 lbs.

Then, in 1997 I finally paid attention to the carb thing and actually read the book. It resonated. Since I had to go to a writers conference that coming weekend, I tried a modified version. Kicked sugar---used cream in tea, no desserts, but ate the carbs that were available at every meal. That was three days of conference plus addl day travel. Weighed myself when I returned and had lost 3 and half pounds. And, mind you, I had been unable to do any cardio exercise during that time bec of conf + travel. That was an eye-opener.

Ladybear said...

I joined a women's fitness center and did the circuit 3 times a week for a year and saw no results. Oh well. it was worth a try!
MaryC

Karen B said...

Ayds - didn't all of us try them?

Lindy said...

Does anyone remember the "Dancing Grannies?" I got their video (a long time ago) and watched it a couple of times. Also I heard that getting up from a sitting position will burn 20 calories, so I got up and down about 20 times--hey, that's supposed to burn 400 calories! Don't know if it did, but my knees hurt.

Rosemary Harris said...

Reading these posts is like an episode of This is your Life (anyone remember that?) The Cabbage Soup diet worked for me. So did taking boxing lessons.
I have two friends who swear by these little metal balls that they wear behind their ears. I kid you not.
Right now I'm on the Dr. Perricone diet. Scoff if you will, it's really about your skin. The idea is to age gracefully and look like less of a hag. Salmon, oatmeal, blueberries, greens. Lots of protein and vitamins, minimal carbs. So far so good. But I really should be on the Whatever Heather is Doing Diet. She always looks great!

Caitlyn said...

I tried the cabbage soup diet, tasted good for a while but didn't lose any weight and there wasn't any protein. I'm a vegetarian and I LOVE to walk outside especially taking the dog but when it's icy I have to resort to the treadmill in the basement. Headphones are the only thing that gets me through that. The last year has been very difficult weight wise as I've been too ill to exercise but I finally received a diagnosis on my immune disorder and have started monthly treatments. I'm hoping by next month I'll be able to start exercising again. Here's to hoping!

Dru said...

I remember the Cabbage Diet, didn't work for me.

jbstanley said...

Well, right now I am trying to eat fiber and protein at every meal. It's really helped me to not gorge (!) and keep my meals balanced.

if I could just stop eating so much cookie dough...

Shannon said...

Avoid the Fiber One bars if you have to go out in public!! It's a mistake you'll only make once!!!

tweezle said...

I've done the Adkins diet - and that was a disaster. Not only did I not lose much weight, but ended up having to visit the doctor because of complications from the diet :(

The wackiest one for me was the grapefruit diet. I ate more grapefruit than I ever thought possible, but it did work!

jbstanley said...

LOL Shannon!!!!

Mary Kennedy said...

I once went for a routine physical, and the doctor handed me my chart to give to a specialist. Naturally, I opened it and read it. It said, "Mary Kennedy is a healthy, well-nourished female..." I nearly dropped dead. Well-nourished??? Is that code for FAT?? I figured it must be, so I lived on lettuce and water for the next three days. Then I learned that "well[-nourished" is not a perjorative term at all, it just means "normal." Whew!!!

Shannon said...

"Well-nourished", yes, I have heard that one....the one that really hurt was "Geriatric" pregnancy. I was pregnant with my third child at 35 and THAT is what was on my chart.

Loni Emmert said...

Buy expensive food from Nurtisystem, take too many unhealthy 'diet' pills, take prescribed diet pills, starve myself for a man, OMG! Why am I re-living all of this!! :)

Melissa Palmer said...

Chasing 6 cats and a dog is my exercise!

Melissa
http://melissasbookpicks.blogspot.com

ChristyJan said...

The nuttiest thing I ever did to lose weight? I remember buying some product that you applied to your skin and then wrapped yourself in plastic wrap.

Bookworm Princess said...

I too have one of those electroimpulse things but I haven't seen results. Part of that is probably due to the fact that I don't know where it is right now and when I do have it I don't use it consistently. Anythign to keep me from doing crunches, right?

The treadmill desk sounds too aggressive but you can let me know how that goes for you :-)

The shapeups are appealing but I am nore concerned with my butt than my calves, does it work there too?

Bookworm Princess said...

ChristyJan...my husband did that and actually lost inches. It also works using Preparation H and saran wrap

Bookworm Princess said...

Katie, my friend sells healthy choclate I think it is called Xocai or something and it is supposed to be an appetite suppresant. You might want to check it out (and let us know if it works :-)