Crazy Diet Trends (or, Memories)!

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Recently, Sean was reading a really interesting post on CNN News about the history of diets and I was both mortified, and slightly embarassed. It dawned on me that I am totally guilty of trying several of these throughout the years! Actually, when it comes down to it, if not for having documented all of the trials and failures, I may not have been such a prime candidate for Weight Loss Surgery (WLS). It’s no secret that most of us (as in, all of us, including the some of us who don’t like to be honest and say we practically sweated bacon fat during Atkins, for example) have tried a nice hearty helping of “fad” diets, and most of us weren’t very sucessful. At least, not long term!

I personally, was just REALLY hungry after, and that thirty pounds came right back once I ate a biscuit! And not even the kind from Red Lobster!

I thought it’d be fun to share this crazy list, and turn it into a pledge to myself to never do one of these crazy diets again (I’m not hating on the more sensible things like Jazzercise, I’m just saying; If Dexatrim has been around since the 80’s and is actually soooo effective…why would we be doing weight loss surgeries in the first place?):

1820: Lord Byron popularizes the Vinegar and Water Diet, which entails drinking water mixed with apple cider vinegar.

1903: President William Howard Taft pledges to slim down after getting stuck in the White House bathtub.

1925: The Lucky Strike cigarette brand launches the “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet” campaign, capitalizing on nicotine’s appetite-suppressing superpowers.

1930s: The Grapefruit Diet — a.k.a. the Hollywood Diet — is born. The popular low-cal plan calls for eating grapefruit with every meal.

1950s: The Cabbage Soup Diet promises you can lose 10 to 15 pounds in a week by eating a limited diet including cabbage soup every day.

Mid-1950s: Urban legend has it that opera singer Maria Callas dropped 65 pounds on the Tapeworm Diet, allegedly by swallowing a parasite-packed pill.

1963: Weight Watchers is founded by Jean Nidetch, a self-described “overweight housewife obsessed with cookies.”

1970:The Sleeping Beauty Diet, which involves sedation, is rumored to have been tried by Elvis.

1975: A Florida doctor creates the Cookie Diet, a plan where you eat cookies made with a blend of amino acids. Hollywood eats it up.

1977: Slim-Fast — a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, then a sensible dinner — becomes a diet staple.

1978: Dr. Herman Tarnower publishes “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.” Two years later he is shot by his girlfriend.

1979: Dexatrim, a diet drug containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), appears on drugstore shelves. Its formula changes after PPA is linked to an increased risk of stroke in 2000.

1980s: A popular appetite-suppressing candy called Ayds is taken off the market after the AIDS crisis hits.

1982: The aerobics craze steps into high gear when Jane Fonda launches her first exercise video, “Workout: Starring Jane Fonda.” Her catch phrase: “No pain, no gain.”

1983: Jazzercise, founded in 1969 by professional dancer Judi Sheppard Missett, hits all 50 states.

1985: Harvey and Marilyn Diamond publish “Fit for Life,” which prohibits complex carbs and protein from being eaten during the same meal.

1987: In her memoir-slash-self-help book, “Elizabeth Takes Off,” actress Elizabeth Taylor advises dieters to eat veggies and dip each day at 3 p.m.

1988: Wearing a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans, Oprah walks onto the set of her show, pulling a wagon full of fat to represent the 67 pounds she lost on a liquid diet.

1991: Americans go low-fat, eating foods like McDonald’s McLean Deluxe burger.

1992: Dr. Robert C. Atkins publishes “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution,” a high-protein, low-carb plan.

1994: The Guide to Nutrition Labeling and Education Act requires food companies to include nutritional info on nearly all packaging.

1995: The Zone Diet, which calls for a specific ratio of carbs, fat, and protein at each meal, begins to attract celeb fans.

1999: Victoria Beckham starts the blink-and-it’s-gone baby weight trend following the birth of her first son, Brooklyn.

2000: Gwyneth Paltrow lends cred to the Macrobiotic Diet, a restrictive Japanese plan based on whole grains and veggies.

2001: Renée Zellweger packs on nearly 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones. She quickly (and controversially) sheds the weight only to gain it back for the 2004 sequel.

2003: Miami’s Dr. Arthur Agatston adds fuel to the low-carb craze by publishing “The South Beach Diet,” seen as a more moderate version of Atkins.

2004: The FDA bans the sale of diet drugs and supplements containing ephedra after it’s linked to heart attacks.

2004: “The Biggest Loser” makes its TV debut, turning weight loss into a reality show.

2006: Beyonce admits to using the Master Cleanse, a concoction of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, to shed 20 pounds for “Dreamgirls.”

2007: Alli hits the market. The nonprescription drug is taken with meals to keep your body from absorbing some of the food you eat.

2010: Jennifer Hudson loses a jaw-dropping 80 pounds on Weight Watchers.

2011: The HCG Diet, which combines a fertility drug with a strict 500- to 800-calorie-a-day regimen, invites interest — and criticism.

2012: Jessica Simpson loses 60 pounds of baby weight on Weight Watchers.

WOO! You’re welcome. I’m the crazy one giving history lessons on the internet. 🙂

In other news….I wanted to share that I did in fact have my post-weight loss “excess skin removal” consult with the plastic surgeon, and she thinks I am an excellent candidate! It’s typical for health insurance companies to turn patients down when it comes to covering thigh lifts, based on them being too cosmetic. I’d be MORE than happy to have them accompany me to the gym, put a pair of Soffe shorts on, and assure them that this is serious stuff! But alas, all we are waiting for now is the insurance ok, and the nice lady at Scripps told me I should have an answer by the 21st of this month. The anxiety is somewhat excruciating! I just want to schedule it already! But time will tell!

In the meantime, I bought a bag of frozen pilsbury biscuits. You bake them as needed. I’ve only had one so far…no weight gain to report! 😉

This month, Alex introduced me to a new yoga studio in my dream neighborhood, San Elijo, and we just did a hot Yoga class this morning. And it was AMAZING! I plan to get a membership so that I can continue to partake. Sweating like that a few times a week will definitely have me bikini ready! But until then, what you see, my friends….is what you get! I haven’t walked properly since Sunday morning…

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That’s all for now, but I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by! I’ll leave you with a laugh:

my LIFE!

my LIFE!

‘Til Next Time!
XOXO

2013 Bucket List

So, today was totally exciting in my world!

First of all, one of our patients came into the practice with Girl Scout cookies today. While these tasty treats are NOT to be eaten with the tenacity of a Dyson vaccum cleaner….they are still one of the most favorite things every year for me! Lol.

Before the cookies happened, I scheduled my first Pole Dancing Fitness class at Sumara Pole in San Diego. Alex and I bought a 4-lesson Groupon LAST February, and it expires this February 13th…so we had to get a-movin’! Class is this Saturday at 9 am…the “Intro to Pole” session. Let me just say this….if you live in the San Diego area and you are interested in something like this, I already recommend Sumara. Sara was kind enough to send emails confirming registration and the validation of our Groupons. Then, she signs off “Make today as beautiful as you are!” on her emails. Shut up. Love her already! Should you be inclined to check them out, and you should be, you can go to the Sumara Pole Website. They were on the 2012 San Diego Best List, and Channel 10 A-List as well! San Diegans know this is creme de la creme type stuff! (….this should be hilarious when Alex and I get in that room).

Why is signing up for a pole dancing class such a significant part of my day, you may ask?

Well, it just so happens that I have finished putting together my….

2013 Bucket List

Take Pole Dancing Class

Pay off my credit card (Hellooo, Refund check!)

Go on an exotic vacation (buying my ticket to Hawaii with my refund check, and booking timeshare, too!)

Have Excess Skin Removal Surgery (consult Wednesday…this can happen! Keep me in your good thoughts!)

Become a more well-known blogger

Attend the Obesity Action Coalition conference in Phoenix in August 2013 (if you’re attending, please let me know! I need a friend!)

Join the OAC as a bona-fide member

Register SeeSondraSlim as its own domain (no more .wordpress)

Throw Alex a KILLER Bachelorette soiree, the likes of which the world has never seen

Complete a Half Marathon

Run a mile in 10 minutes (post-op, if I have it my way)

Drive more traffic to my work blog, which I also write!

Go to Disneyland with my pass at LEAST 5 times this year

Buy myself a Rose-Gold Michael Kors watch I’ve been lusting after

Buy myself a black Coach bag I’ve been equally lusting after

Lose 15 more lbs

Buy my first 2 piece bathing suit (for aforementioned exotic vacation, obviously)

As you can see, while the list is not gigantic, it’s substantial. As soon as my surgeon gives me that surgery date, I am going to Target and buying a killer two-piece! KILLER! It will be phenomenal! I cannot wait! As a matter of fact….

I came home today, and my plastic surgeon I am having my consult with on Wednesday had sent me a cool folder full of neat info: Surgeon Bio and Accredidations, Patient Information forms (so I can already have them filled out when I arrive), as well as a breakdown of how the visit will go.

I. AM. SO. EXCITED/SCARED.

On the bright side, Dr. Arya has EXCELLENT credentials, and already the surgical coordinator who sent my folder to me seems like my kinda girl: Type A, super organized, and efficient. That is just the kind of office and personnel I want to work with when considering procedures that are so serious.

Otherwise, it’s pretty much the usual happening in my world. Trying to get more intense in my workouts this week…I really want to get back to running, but this knee has been making that kind of hard for me. Still need to call that physical therapy office back (bad girl)! Oh well…everything will get done in due time. I am proud of myself for filing my taxes, keeping relatively healthy groceries in my house (minus todays GS cookies purchase), and budgeting pretty well. All the bills are paid, and things are going well!

My post wouldn’t be mine without some photos. So…

The Michael Kors watches I am debating between (wouldn’t be me without a little bling, now would it?)

Bezels and Glitz

Bezels and Glitz

Wooow.....pretty!

Wooow…..pretty!

As far as the bathing suits….I believe I referred to the coral dream suit in a previous post, back when I began SeeSondraSlim in 2011. However, trends have changed slightly, so here are my thoughts…

As far as coral goes, I think a little western Cali flair would be fun…

Target NEVER lets me down! Photo courtesy of google images

Target NEVER lets me down! Photo courtesy of google images

On the flip side, I keep ranting and raving about how I won’t even ENTERTAIN the thought of having a baby until I get to rock a white bikini on the beach….

Ahhh...Juocy Couture Photo Credit: Google Images

Ahhh…Juocy Couture Photo Credit: Google Images

Nothing wrong with a totally feminine white one piece, either! Photo Credit: Google images

Nothing wrong with a totally feminine white one piece, either! Photo Credit: Google images

 

 

So yeah….that’s that! This is like, my virtual dream board. Lol. So much easier than back in the old days, when I was cutting pictures out of magazines!

 

That’s all for now!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

 

Life is Crazy…

Whew!

Been taking on more responsibility at work, checking out all the fun wedding stuff and trying to live up to the best Maid of Honor EVER status I have set out to achieve, and  also working on planning a baby shower for one of my very dear friends. In the midst of those things, I am also trying to lose a couple pounds before I see the surgeon in just a week, to see if I am a candidate for a Panniculectomy and a thigh lift.

I should clarify that my journey, and the reason I share it, are not because I have the ambitions to be a super skinny Victorus’s Secret bombshell (although I frequently joke about such things…if you knew me before, you know that my narcissistic tendencies haven’t even been increased since losing all this weight. I was always full of myself and had a hard time fitting my head through the door).

I have been so blessed with the opportunities and the motivation that have made this weight loss possible. And now that I have lost a significant amount, and seen the things my body can do…I can’t really see myself settling. Some people think I am crazy for having “cosmetic” procedures, but you know, after weight loss in numbers like this, it actually becomes “Medically Necessary.” So…that means, once again, insurance pays!

And we all know I love my free stuff! Besides…it’s hard to know that I have lost over 120 lbs, but I still can’t wear a two-piece bathing suit (not even slutty!)  because of this ridiculous apron of fat over my pelvic bone. UNACCEPTABLE! Lol.

So, I will at least explore my options, and as always, I will hope for the best!

I came across this on Tumblr, and it made me remember how I used to feel sometimes, so I thought I’d share it.

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I know this to be true! Even at 305 lbs, you’d see me wearing what I wanted (as long as it was tasteful and I could keep my self-respect), and I would be proud of myself and make the best of the body I had.

At the time, this was my absolute fave pik of myself!

At the time, this was my absolute fave pik of myself!

I always have an issue with getting the rudest looks and comments when I wear shorts...but for this birthday, I didn't care!

I always have an issue with getting the rudest looks and comments when I wear shorts…but for this birthday, I didn’t care!

This dress! I never wore it out, because it was always a little big and I never got it taken in...but I made sure we took photos of it!

This dress! I never wore it out, because it was always a little big and I never got it taken in…but I made sure we took photos of it!

And then we fast-forward to now, where I still pretty much wear what I want, when I want, and if you don’t like my lumpy thighs and their excess skin, I’m just kinda like “Bite Me!”

Besides, most times, I choose cuts that are too flattering for all of that. I give you the present (not like you haven’t seen these already, but just for shock factor!)

Yeah...this is definitely my favorite head shot in a looong time!

Yeah…this is definitely my favorite head shot in a looong time!

You'll find I have many more full-body photos these days!

You’ll find I have many more full-body photos these days!

What's that? Shorts, and I let a photo of me sitting down be taken? WOO!

What’s that? Shorts, and I let a photo of me sitting down be taken? WOO!

Moral of the story?

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More than that, make sure that you do what makes YOU happy. When you go to bed at night, make sure that what you think about yourself is that last thing on your mind. Not the words of the ignorant lady at Trader Joe’s who thought you wouldn’t hear her ask her friend “Why would she wear those shorts?” and make you have to get all crazy on her before you can buy your damn edamame and sea salt caramels!

Be happy with you. And if you’re not, do something about it! It’s all up to you…and it’s ok to need help! ASK FOR IT!

That’s my rant and update for now. But I wanted to make sure I posted, and shared that all-over-the-place insight with everyone!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO