Wednesday, March 14, 2007

About falling off the wagon

Every time I've dieted in the past, eventually I've stopped. "It's just too hard" or "There's too much going on in my life" I'd tell myself.

But the Shangri-La Diet is so easy. Wait an hour, take some oil, wait another hour. Impossible not to do, right?

"This time," I thought, "this time it's so easy I can do it forever."

Except, I couldn't. Various problems popped up, like the sinus infection. Vacations. Hectic schedules. Holidays.

And I found that if I wasn't paying attention, I could easily eat even when I wasn't hungry.

Right now, every thing is humming along nicely. But life has its own modus operandi, and that's to hide out around the corner and spring nasty little surprises on you.

Some of them you might have hunches about - spring pollen could very easily cause a relapse of the sinus infection. There's an upcoming trip to Spain. Work hasn't gotten any less busy - in fact, I've added responsibilities.

How will I handle it this time? I'd like to think I've learned.

But I'm pretty stubborn.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Whatever happened to that Miller guy?

Well, he didn't die. So he's got that going for him.

But he did end up with a monster sinus infection. It just cleared up, oh... about 2 weeks ago. Maybe.

See, when he was a kid he was in this horrendous accident that left him with a shattered nasal bone. It seems that may be causing him problems now, because once an infection latches on, it takes forever to clear up, even with steroids and antibiotics. It will clear up, seemingly, only to resurface a few weeks later.

The postnasal drip upsets your stomach, as do the antibiotics. It made taking oil a nauseating experience, which meant he took it sporadically.

Which didn't work that well. His weight crept up a bit - about 10-12 pounds.

But the sinuses finally seemed to clear. Which is good, because the next option was surgery. And no one wants to get their sinus cavity scraped.

Yes, that's right, "scraped".

Once the sinus problem gradually went away, he started taking the oil again consistently. But it didn't seem to work as well, and it was much harder to up the dose. He only seemed able to tolerate about 2 tablespoons at a time.

But then, one day, he was reading Seth Roberts's blog, and he discovered the Johnson Up Day Down Day Diet. And reading some of Stephen M's postings in the FAQ area of the forum, he realized he could take the oil with sugar water.


Back on the train. He's now got his weight back down to within 5 pounds of his lowest weight.

So stay tuned, if he ever gets over talking about himself in the third person, he may pick up the blog again.

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