Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: HELP! My Diet Stopped Working!

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey! Don’t forget to do a pingback in your post so I can find you! ❤

I hope you will visit the blogs of all who joined me for the journey last week – Many of these folks left comments on my post:

Rosie Amber

Andrew Joyce

Erika Kind

Just Olga
*Check out these articles she found on the issues of standing vs. sitting: http://www.sciencealert.com/sitting-for-long-periods-is-no-worse-for-your-health-than-standing-study-claims, and http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/10/09/ije.dyv191.full

Judy, from Edwina’s Episodes

Van by the River

Vasantha, from My Sweet Nothings

Brew & Spew

Annette Rochelle Aben

Carolyn, from Miscellaneous & Recommendations

Seasoned Sistah2

Judith Barrow

Helen, from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

Teagan, from Teagan’s Books

Michelle, from Book Chat

ShanJeniah’s Lovely Chaos

Linda, from Inspiration in Progress

Lia, from Lifestyles with Lia

From World’s Kitchen

Carol, from Retired – No One Told Me!

Bee, from A Spirit of Healing

Welcome to another week of Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Today I want to talk about to do when your diet stops working. There are a number of causes for this. Plateaus, eating too much, not eating enough, water weight, etc. Sound confusing? Believe me, it is! There is such a fine line for weight loss. At least, there is for me. How about you?


If you decrease your food intake below 1,200 calories a day your body slows down your metabolism because it thinks it is starving. I also notice that if I don’t eat at regular intervals I feel cold. Now, part of that has to do with the fact that I do not a thyroid gland. The general idea here is that I need to stoke my inner furnace (my metabolism) to get my body working correctly. That is also why going for a walk warms you up.

However, there is evidence that says eating six mini-meals really does not keep your metabolism ramped up. Here is an article on WebMD that says if you eat six mini-meals a day you actually get hungrier!

Curtail Your Food Rewards

When you go out for that walk or run do you reward yourself with food when you return?

You know the syndrome… I’ll just have a bit more of that food because I just went for a walk or a run! I exercised and I DESERVE it! I don’t know why we do it but we do. We think that our little bit of exercise allows us to splurge and EAT more. It gets me every time. I overestimate how much I burned vs. how much I ate. DON’T do it!

You DRINK too many DIET sodas!

I was really surprised when I read the research on this topic. Diet sodas should help us lose weight! The thinking behind the conundrum is that diet sodas trick your body into thinking it has had something sweet so you hold onto your calories. Some studies say that the artificial sweeteners found in the sodas increase your insulin levels. If you are a diet soda drinker – TALK to your Doctor about this. Get advice on how many (if ANY) diet sodas they say you should consume. Once again, I think moderation plays a role in determining the best course of action.

Health.com gives you “Ten Reasons to STOP Drinking Diet Soda NOW!”

I do drink at least one diet soda a day. Sometimes I use one in my smoothie. My new drink of choice is naturally flavored sparkling water. I buy the WalMart brand Clear American. I am sure even my European friends have some sort of sparkling water available to them.

One Drink NOT to Eliminate – WINE!

That’s right. You heard me. Research shows that a 5 oz. glass of wine is actually beneficial to your body in the weight loss fight. Once again this is one of those ask your Doctor questions. I am advocating drinking only in moderation! Don’t read into this and make it more than it is.

Builtlean.com has an excellent article about alcohol and weight loss. Please click the link to read the article. They break down how our body metabolizes alcohol and the effect on our weight. Check it out!

The Medeterrean Diet does suggest you drink a glass of wine a day. JUST some food for thought…

Remember, many times the fact that you are not losing weight has nothing to do with your willpower. Sometimes, it is your body talking to you letting you know that you are out of balance. READ all about willpower here.

My willpower is tied to what foods I know are in my house. My husband bought some dark chocolate last week. Of course, I had to have some of it. I tried to be good but the visual of me eating that chocolate was too much for my brain. You see, my stomach did not really want the sweets, my BRAIN did! This seems to be a pattern for me. I will have to work on my WILLPOWER skills.


I am at a stand-still. No gain… no loss. Everything stalled. We had a cold windy week. I tried to walk and came right back home. It just is too hard with all the dirt blowing around. I live in a new subdivision where houses are being built all around me. It is kind of a mess right now and the blowing dust makes it hard to breathe. I did try to walk the stairs numerous times each day. I walked 4.52 miles this week.

I did make a new dinner that I really enjoyed. I bought the already cut-up butternut squash added some other vegetables and had a great meal! All you have to do then is add 4 oz. of meat, your choice.

Silver’s Butternut Squash Medley

I browned the butternut squash in a TBSP. of olive oil. Then I added a handful of kale, red onion, and fresh peas. I made sure and heated all the ingredients well. I split the pan into 5 servings. I ate off of this all week. I like it with turkey or chicken.

I kept the seasonings minimal so that you could taste the squash and the vegetables. By the end of the week, I did add some red pepper flakes to give it some zip!

My GOAL for this week is to not give up! I know the areas I need to work on. Drinking more water and exercise. Willpower is another issue. I have to be able to walk away from temptation without feeling sorry for myself. My desire is all in my HEAD. Eating smaller portions is another thing I must deal with.

So, here is my mantra for the week. I am going back to basics and slowing down.

How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?

Have a wonderful week! If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

Link to my post with a ping back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of healthy living supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday Healthy Living posts. Together we can become healthier!


Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!


72 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: HELP! My Diet Stopped Working!

  1. Yep, when we eat too little the body starts to save what it has left and we see that when we get stuck in our weight loss.
    Regarding healthy living: You know what I started? I take my laptop to the kitchen where I can put it on a higher level and stand while writing. I spend so many hours on my laptop daily that my legs started aching. After a while, there was no position I could find to sit comfortable anymore. So I am standing most of the time now, which feels great! Another nice side effect…. the coffee machine is closer… lol

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    1. Erika, I love the idea that you are standing some of the day. I tried that but it didn’t work well for me. I am still looking for a treadmill so that I can use my laptop then and walk while I am reading blog posts. That would be the BOMB! LOL! I am happy that standing is giving you some relief! Thanks for being here. It means tons! ❤

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      1. Awh, thank you so much 💖 I am happy I have you and it isnreally great what you are putting together here each week 💖💖
        That would be a great invention, Colleen. As soon as you got such a treadmill please let me know😊
        Yes, I feel a lot better when I am standing at least in the morning. Then it doesn’t matter to sit in the afternoon. But sitting all the time became really painful. That scared me. Big hugs, sweet friend 💖

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          1. Perhaps I am faster ready than I thought. I do it over Create Space. The hardest part was to create all the memes from my own photos. I am already working on making the content ready for the upload…. it is exciting 😊😊

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  2. Well done!! 🙂 & a very nice post.

    Re the diet soda debacle: Aspartame was actually used as a fattening agent for geese for goose liver pate. It puts one off aspartame and goose liver at the same time; the former triggers the same insulin (converting blood glucose into fat stores) reaction that an intake of sugar does, so you gain (that is, lose) nothing, except that you end up hungry because your blood glucose gets stripped. So after the artificial sweetener you soon need food… Acesulphame K is a suspect in a disease that mimics multiple scleroses. It eats tiny holes into your brain… (which sugar does not).

    You have more willpower than I do! So delighted to see chocolate on that list! 😀

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    1. I will have to look and see what is my diet soda. I have not seen much aspartame used anymore. I think it is renamed. I will do some more research and readdress this issue next week. Thank you for sharing all this great information. You are truly amazing! ❤

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      1. xxx I’m not sure that Acesulphame-K isn’t exactly the same chemical as aspartame. I know both are pretty toxic. Xylitol seems to be a good alternative. Careful of sucralose too – it contains toxic chlorine groups that are released during metabolism, it’s closely related to a pesticide.

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  3. Take care and avoid any kind of diet soda Colleen. It is filled with bad things. Try some homemade juice by fruit and vegetables instead. They give you more energy too and are much more healthy. It is usual that the weight stop sometimes, but small and often meals helps the bloodsugar not to go down.

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    1. I am going to do another post about the diet soda issue. Thank you, Irene. I do like some of the juices but so many have sugar and I just can’t drink them. My sparkling water tastes like soda to me so I am pretty happy with that. Read the article link about frequent small meals I added in my post. They say the more small meals you eat the more you want to eat. I have done both and must be really careful. The other problem is that the information changes from day to day so quickly. One says do this, another says don’t do it. I try to stay with the better webs sites to help us with those issues. Thanks for being there, Irene. I appreciate you! ❤

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      1. About juices I did mean the ones, as we make ourselves Colleen, with a mix of fruit and vegetables after taste.
        I need to eat often, otherwise I’m freezing and feel bad, so I choose to eat something healthy and not too much, when I eat. One time can be fruit, another time healthy bread etc. and only a little every time. This works very fine for me. I just need to tell myself never to take more than one plate, no matter how delicious the food taste 😀
        You are very appreciated too Colleen.

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  4. I hope weather gets better and you can increase your physical activity (it’s good for you regardless of the effect on the weight. One needs to exercise a lot to burn enough calories to make a difference). I try fruit infused (and vegetable infused) waters but in the winter they are a little bit less appealing. Lemon water is highly recommended in the mornings. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html Have a great week, Colleen!

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    1. Thank you, Olga! You always find great ideas. I do like the lemon water in the morning. I learned that from Sally Cronin’s healthy ideas. I hope the weather clears soon. Another storm on the way tonight with snow predicted. Soon it will be spring. At least I have plenty of time for writing! ❤ 😀

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  5. It’s tough to keep up outdoor exercise at this time of year when the weather is horrible. We’ve had rain, rain and more rain since long before Christmas. Today, though, although it’s cold it is bright and dry and for the first time in ages the thought of goign for a walk is appealing rather than appalling.

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    1. It is hard to keep up the walking. The Rocky Mountains are famous for wind. We get lovely sunny days here. The sky is the most beautiful shade of blue you have ever seen. The only problem is that darn wind. Ah, well. Soon it will be spring! Thanks and have a fabulous week Mary! ❤

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    1. I just keep working at it Colline. I need to decrease my portions again. I have about 10 pounds to lose is all. Those are sometimes the hardest of all to lose. I will tweak some more of my habits and drink more fluids. That always helps! Thanks for being there to cheer me on! ❤

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        1. That’s wonderful, Colline. Even if you just want to maintain your weight, it is the perfect time to watch portions, drink more fluids, and get extra exercise… although, I would say your students keep you plenty active! I am happy to have you here. ❤

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  6. This is a great post Colleen. I agree diet soda is bad news, I stopped drinking diet soda over a year ago. Yes, to the evening glass of wine, especially red wine. The weather is quite a hindrance to getting outside so I make myself get up from my laptop every hour and do some sort of exercise. I have 5 lb weights and exercise to music. The butternut squash recipe looks yummy – thanks for sharing. BTW, I have your link as part of my BlogRoll. Make it a great day!

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    1. Thank you so much for including me on your Blog Roll. That is so sweet. I really do need to use my weights. I have to start all over again slowly using them. I hurt my back years ago and if I go to high in weight too quickly… well, it is not pretty! LOL! Great idea. I try to walk the stairs at my house every hour. That does make a difference. Thanks for your support. You are awesome! Have a marvelous week! ❤

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  7. I have not actually weighed myself this week. I couldn’t face it after know I ate far too much! Yes I know it was my birthday but although I did try and be good on some days, I was pretty bad on most of them with my eating!
    Still, this is a fresh new week so I will get myself back on track hopefully. It can be a bit disheartening when despite our best efforts the weight is not coming off, I noticed that last week, I only lost a pound in the end but it did fluctuate quite a bit during that week!
    Thanks again Colleen for your support and encouragement. We will keep going and keep each other going this week! 🙂

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    1. Hi, Judy! No, I think what we are doing is normal. One thing I must do is reduce my portion size again. As you begin to lose you must slowly eat less or all you do is maintain the size you are at. That is good if you are at your goal weight, but not so great if you want to continue losing. Like you said, your birthday is over now and you can start anew. There is no race. Slow and easy wins the race to the scale. Record your weight no matter what. It is the only way to hold yourself accountable. Besides, that gets you accepting your behavior. I have to do it too and man, sometimes it is so hard. Keep up your fluids and you will budge some more of those pounds. We can do this Judy! WOO HOO! ❤

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  8. Colleen, no matter what we do, it seems it is harder to shed pounds now than it was when we were in our 20’s and 30’s, but those years we were chasing little ones and our metabolism was burning calories at a higher rate. There are so many conflicting reports out about what to do and what not to do, what to eat and what not to eat. My doctor (and the nutritionist that I used to see) recommends diet soft drinks. I don’t like the carbonation in soft drinks, so it is rare for me to drink those, but diet Snapple has been an addiction I am trying to wean myself from. It has been nearly one week since I had a Snapple. I love iced tea so that has been an easy substitution for me. Last week I was down 2 pounds. Hubby was out of town and I only had to worry about what I wanted to eat, so that made it easier. He back now, and I can see my diet has changed somewhat to accommodate him.

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    1. Michelle, I think you are right. Once we women go through menopause it is a huge problem to keep the weight off. Add my thyroid issues and it makes it harder. I am trying to get an appointment with an endocrinolgist to be reevaluated. Our military plan doesn’t give me any options for doctors. The first available appointment is August! Your iced tea idea sounds good. I use stevia as my sweetener which is a good sugar substitute. Good for you on losing two pounds. It is hard with family around when we are trying to lose weight. It is just an uphill battle losing weight. Keep up the good work! We will just have to fight the good battle together. Have the best week! ❤

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