November 13th, 2008


Prop 8 protest Saturday 11/15 at city halls nationwide

Join the impact with me this Saturday and make your voice heard in support of marriage equality. Protests of Prop 8 and other discriminatory ballot measures will be held at 10:30 a.m. PST. I'm going even though that entails dragging my bass guitar down to San Francisco City Hall in order to make my 12:30 lesson on time. Contact me privately if you want to meet up. If you don't live in San Francisco, find your location here.

McDougall Program Day 12, and wrap-up

Morning weights: Julie 140 1/2, Ziggy 190

Julie breakfast: Oatmeal with banana, applesauce, and almond milk; herbal tea with sugar and almond milk

Ziggy brunch: Cereal with almond milk; whole-wheat toast and jam; 1/2 grapefruit

Julie lunch: Cilantro-potato soup; whole-wheat bread

Julie snacks: 1/2 grapefruit; hot cocoa; ginger-ale

Ziggy snacks: Hot cocoa; ginger-ale

Dinner for both: Vegetable pie

Julie exercise: Approx 45 min walking

Ziggy exercise: Approx 35 min walking

Feelings: I felt good on the last day of the formal diet. My energy level didn't dip too much throughout the day. I wanted to make something special for dinner, so I cheated a bit and used cashews in the pie crust, but the meal was still oil-free and full of healthy vegetables - and extremely tasty to boot. We went out to a concert in the evening and managed to avoid ordering any alcoholic drinks or fattening snacks, having only a ginger-ale for each of us.

I lost an additional 1/2 pound yesterday, bringing the total weight loss for the 12 days to five pounds for me and four for Ziggy - a perfectly respectable amount. Nearly all of my weight loss was in the first week, however, which indicates I've reached a plateau. In order to lose any more weight, I'll have to engage in more vigorous exercise, as I'm not willing to cut my calorie intake any further. Jogging and weightlifting have been successful for me in the past; I definitely have the time to do both now, so it's just matter of discipline whether I'll actually do it or not. My BMI of 24 is within the acceptable range for my height (5' 4"), so losing additional weight is more of a preference to be slimmer than a health issue at this point.

As far as which restrictions from the 12 day diet to keep, I'll take these individually:

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Overall I'm very pleased with this diet. I liked having a goal and sticking to it quite closely, and rediscovered the joy of cooking. I hope that Ziggy and I will continue to reap the benefits of healthy diet and exercise for years to come.