A Magic Bean

I’ve been looking for a magic bean for a while. I’ve been slowly but surely gaining weight over the last two years, and it doesn’t seem like anything I do makes a dent in it.

Last month I hit a high spot in my weight (which put me in a low spot . . .).  I told myself that winter was when most people put on weight.  That it was too cold to exercise, and that it was all just water weight gain, that by the time summer rolled around  I would lose a few pounds . . .

I was eating, what I assumed to be, mere mouthfuls of foods, already limiting my intake. And still my belly kept gradually growing.

I tried the master cleanse.  I lost four or five pounds in 4 days. (Even though I cheated and ate something every night).  I did another mini cleanse the next week.  And then I decided that I liked this gradual weight loss.

Everyone is different.  If I spent time preparing lovely low cal low glycemic foods for myself, I would have a lovely time eating, but I don’t have a lot of time right now.  And I wouldn’t stick with it. And the food might be so lovely, I would eat too much.

So I looked at all the foods that I thought would be good for me, and I made a chart, checking to see that I had under 1500 calories (even that, I found, is a little too high), good fats, good carbs, very low sugar, 30-40 grams of fiber and 50 grams of protein.  I checked all the values of the foods I was eating with nutritional websites on the internet.

And I found that my “plan” was too low in fiber, too high in protein, too high in sugar, and too high in calories.

My job right now entails spending periods of time sitting, or standing, but in a confined space (classroom). Calories in must be less than calories expended in order to lose weight.  It’s simple classroom math . . .

I started looking for a magic bean.  Actually, several magic beans.  And I found them. I’ll share them with you:

1. Everyone is different.  Beans have always tended to give me gas.  So I avoided them.  But last month I made a bean salad using my dilly beans.  It was great!  It was satisfying. And it was chock full of fiber, protein, calcium and low in calories and sugar.  I used canned beans and rinsed them very well, hoping to eliminate the gassiness . . .

I started my day off (since I don’t feel hungry for breakfast) with 1/2 cup of my bean salad.  Yes, I know that sound weird. And boring.  But it kept me from being hungry — for a long time!  And 1/3 – 1/2 pound of consistent weight loss every day means that I’m listening to and eating those weird magic beans . . . For lunch, I tried cutting up greens for a salad, and then pouring on a second 1/2 cup of the magic beans . . . For dinner I ate sparingly, avoiding carbs, focusing on a smaller amount of protein and more veggies . . .

2. I was eating too many acid producing foods, and the master cleanse helped reset my body chemistry, as well as shrink my stomach so I was full with smaller amounts of food.  It strengthened my liver so that it could do its job better . . .

3. I needed something simple, something I would stick with and reach for before I put anything else in my mouth.  I make up ten 1/2 cup portions of bean salad from 4 cans of beans.  They are always ready.  The olive oil (a good oil) and the vinegar (just darn good for you) and herbs make it tasty!

4. I started to add cayenne pepper to things.  It helps your metabolism.  Great on beans, included in the master cleanse.

5. I was eating more fiber . . .

6. I was eating less sugar . . .

7. I was satisfied . . .

8. I keep doing mini master cleanses . . .

9. I limited salt . . .

10. I jump for joy every time I get on the scale . . .

Did I tell you I lost 9 pound in 6 weeks?

I’m going for another 10 . . . back to my perfect weight.

Maybe I’ll get there on these magic beans.  Maybe I will need to learn more about how to best tweak my food in accordance with my energy output and metabolism as I hit a plateau. Maybe I won’t hit a plateau.

Definitely, I need to get some more exercise . . .

I’m already happy fitting into my clothes . . . And I can still taste my jams and jellies and binge on cherry cheesecake every once in a while.

What do you have to lose?  It’s simple.

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