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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

shangri-la update

I haven’t been updating my separate “shangri-la chronicles” mini-blog, but I have been sticking with the basic plan. And much to my amazement, I’ve been steadily dropping a pound a week. I’m still eating all the foods I enjoy, from french fries at lunch to ice cream in the evening, but there’s no question that my appetite has been reduced. I feel full much faster, I get hungry less frequently, I’m not craving carbs as often as I used to.

The weight loss is not at all related to increased exercise, either, because my plans to get back into the gym regularly have been sidelined by knee pain. My doctor says the pain is from patellar tendonitis, something I had back in high school as well. It will get better with stretching exercises and rest, but for now it has curtailed even my dog walking.

I’m pretty delighted by the results of this very simple daily habit (one tbsp of extra-light olive oil every afternoon), and plan on keeping it up for the foreseeable future. (I’m considering switching to Smart Balance oil when my current bottle runs out, since it has more of the beneficial omega acids in it.)

Posted at 10:51 AM in: health

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