This Should Please the Planners Out There

(You know who you are.)

In my last post I was a little too waffly for the more goal-directed of you. I just ponied up for a Blackberry, which I am hoping will increase my abysmal efficiency rating. I plotted out everything to eat today within 1600 calories, and at 7 pm I'm on track, so keep your fingers crossed.

Because the thing is, planning works really well, but if I had to depend on it, I would still be buying size 18 jeans. I am simply awful at it. Not a strength. The naturally organized may find it hard to believe, but if I had to plan my pregnancies, my children would've been born without crucial organs. I've lost 10% of my body weight without more than the most rudimentary planning or writing down. What I do is exclude certain foods from my diet. Some people would hate that and find it intolerable. For me it leaves me with very little to keep track of ("YOU DON'T EAT BAGELS, REMEMBER, BONEHEAD?")and my calorie intake drops naturally by not eating desserts, bread, or full-fat cheese 6 days out of 7. The result is I'm not homing like a Polaris missile on my weight target, but on the plus side, by keeping my energy balance only slightly to the left of center, I'm eating pretty much as I expect to eat forever, and my body is slowly moving in the right direction even though I probably average around 2000 calories a day.

Still, I have a Blackberry now, so I expect to achieve my goal weight followed by world domination by Christmas. Stay tuned.


  1. ooohhh...I have total Blackberry envy. I'm looking for a new phone and I'm totally considering it.

  2. Whatever works for you! And obviously it's working great, Blackberry or not! But how nice that you now have a blackberry to help you even more!

  3. I just had to giggle at your ending... :)

  4. I'm not a planner either. I suck at anything related to planning.

    You just have to do what works for you. And now the blackberry will help, which is great!

  5. After you achieve world domination, could you arrange for the price of blackberries to go down? Thanks.

  6. "...slowly moving in the right direction..." - that's great...didn't a tortoise win a race like that?!

  7. THE MERRY made me giggle.
    I returned to paper and pen after my sidekick handheld died.
    I kinda liked it.

    why mess with what works? :)

  8. After you fix the Blackberry pricing issue, would you mind taking a look at the high caloric values of Reese's Peanut Butter cup? If you could even cut it in half, I'd be happy. :)

    I love planning and organizing, but for some reason it just doesn't work for me with food intake. Like you, I seem to do better with a running list of "allowables" and try to stick with that most of the time.

  9. There's something to be said for flying by the seat of your pants. I tend to do that most of the time. That being said, I have to have accountability. While I can do without planning, without accountability I am dead in the water.

    By the way, since you are going to dominate the world, bring down the price of Blackberrys, and lower the caloric values of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, can you also create a negative calorie food? I was thinking something equivalent to a large DQ Blizzard, if that isn't too much to ask. ;-)

  10. I usually suck at planning. I'm trying out tracking with my iPhone at the moment just to get a handle on what I'm actually eating and how it breaks down, because I do tend to underestimate food intake and that doesn't help me lose. Once I have a handle, I can't guarantee I'll be awesome with the planning and the tracking. But we'll see.

    Sometimes I wish I could be all organised and plan the week's menus in one day and one shop etc, but alas, I will never be that way inclined!

  11. World domination by Christmas... then what are you going to do for the New Year?


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