•July 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

What makes us want to lose weight, build good bodies and be healthy? What makes us stay on the right diet, exercise and be healthy? MOTIVATION!

trying-homerI have a ton of motivation to lose weight. I have lots of motivation to stick to a diet. I have many motivational ways to exercise. But…I need to rotate between all the different types of motivation to keep it fresh and effective.

STAYING ALIVE (Fear as a motivator):

I know, and have been told by many doctors, that if I do not get healthy I can die. Well, we all die, eventually, but they (and I) want me to have quite a few more years. I take great pride in no longer being morbidly obese and now am just obese. But, I do have diabetes (managed), high blood pressure (controlled) and severe osteoarthritis resulting in  the need for 5 artificial joints. I kind of take pride in being a “Bionic Woman”. I am alive – but …

FEELING GOOD (The carrot on the stick):

I feel good. At least I believe I do. What does “good” feel like? Is there no pain, no hunger, easy movement, happy thoughts, love all around? Who is to say what good is? Gosh, I have a lot of questions but they’re “good” questions. It is said (by everyone from my nephew who owns a gym to the lady sitting in my bariatric doctor’s office) is that losing all the bad weight will be good for me. I have

LOOKING GOOD (Hmm I’m not really sure about this one):of

I’ve always had a really bad self-image. And, did you know thainke t if you lose a crap load(metric measure) of weight you get a whole bunch of saggy leftover skin?

MENTAL STABILITY AND PEACE (Yeah right, prove it!):

If this is true, why are their people in the world who are anorexic?

FAME (I like this one):

To have achieved a goal and shared it with the world as I do with this blog. (Look out Oprah and Dr. Oz and maybe Dr Phchil, too.)

So I will do this for me.
The side effects:
– family will be less fearful of me checking out;
– I will have more energy, self esteem, and pride; and
– way more stuff to write about.

Thanks for listening! Diane Kirby


Suicide By Eating?

•July 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Dian's screamIt has been many months (years?) since I have written anything for my blog. I don’t even remember when I stopped but I do remember when I started eating lots again. It was the 6th of November when I was recovering from my left shoulder replacement. I was house bound, in pain and constantly hungry. I had just given up the last of a long history of opioids for the pain I’ve lived with for close to 20 years. I have had both hips replaced, one needed to be revised because the first one didn’t grow together. I’ve had my right knee replaced and now both my shoulders have been replaced. Six huge operations just for joints. Sigh. I am deteriorating and it is mostly my fault; for real not probably. So, what does a woman do for 8 weeks when her arm doesn’t work. Eat, watch TV and play games on Facebook.

I saw the doctor yesterday. It has been 6 weeks since I saw my regular doctor and I needed a prescription refilled. I’ve been avoiding her because my weight is way up, my blood pressure is high and I am generally cranky/depressed/angry. But my regular doctor wasn’t in so I saw her replacement. She was wonderful and called me out on all my health issues and wondered why I wasn’t doing anything about them. Crap! I have been asking myself the same thing. It’s not just one thing it’s a pile of things! Yes, I have been doing a lot of thinking about this but not much doing anything about it.

As I approach 65, I can’t even call myself “middle-aged” anymore because I will never live to be 126! I have started thinking seriously about a pile of life-altering stuff. Things I consider are: retirement; having enough money to live on; what to do to feel useful at my “age”; keeping the house up; and many more things that keep me from going back to sleep at 5am.

Would the future look easier if I knew I wasn’t going to live very long? Hell no! I want to be around my kids for a lot longer. I want to spend a lot of time on adventures with my husbandadventure. But I am going to have to consciously choose health over feeling sorry for myself and letting the depression take over for intelligence…and we all know how intelligent I think I am. I guess I should prove it to myself.

So, I’m not really suicidal but I am addicted to unhealthy eating. I love potato chips, bacon, bread of almost any kind and I hate a lot of vegetables like: kale, broccoli (I will eat the stems but I know the trees are better for me), cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, asparagus and spinach (most of the time). Heck, carrots are going to be my best friend and cucumbers but I understand I will have eat a lot of cukes to get much nutrition out of them but they’ll keep me full. Protein, good carbs and lots of water will be my mantra and “Heath by Eating” will be a good quote for me.

Thanks for listening!    Diane


Allowed and Not Allowed

•February 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

These are two directions essential to almost any diet. For example: Yes, you can have bread or no, you can’t have bread.

Yes Bread         No Bread

But most weight loss diets do not encourage bread.

One type of weight loss plan says all things in moderation. I personally have no idea of what moderation is especially when I’m on a weight loss binge!

I love bread and I know white bread is the worst of the culprits in hurting people’s health. Whole grains are decent and better yet sprouted grain bread. I am addicted to bread and related starches. But I applaud the gluten. It is the protein in wheat and rye. Gluten does not make you fat. The starch in grains makes you fat. But it is off limits to celiacs. They cannot digest it and it makes them very sick.  I call them the bad white foods.

I am once again promoting the No White Food Diet. It works for me but it probably wouldn’t work for everybody. Not great for vegans or vegetarians and maybe pretty bad for those on low fat diets because I’m in love with the high fat version. This morning I am craving the ancient grains bagel sitting in our bread basket but instead I will have a no carb fry up. I call it no carb but it is really no bad carbs. It will be made of: peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, eggs, ham and cheese. In my diet, veggies and fruit are good carbs. I can have as much as I want.  everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-scramble1-e1495649001325Whitish food like potatoes, bread, sugar, pasta, and rice are bad carbs. I do allow some white foods such as Greek yogurt, sour cream, white cheddar etc.

It is amazing and because I don’t know how to cook for one, I usually have half left over for lunch or the next day. The fact that veggies are in it makes me feel good. I love the protein and, well, the fat, too.

But I believe that one of the reasons we hate diets is we are always being told what are and aren’t allowed to eat. My brother, who has lost over 100 pounds gave up red meat and beer. He is much healthier but I always wonder if he doesn’t resent the loss. I do not have the will power for that.

happy-baby-baker-sitting-surrounded-bread-pastries-75180553I know that if I can stick to the plan for two weeks I’ve beaten the hold bread has on me. But two weeks is long time when you’re surrounded by all kinds at work, at home and out for dinner. It also doesn’t help that pizza is one of my favourite foods. Sigh.

So, if I’m feeling really deprived, I allow myself one day off every two weeks. I have pizza. Carnivore on a thin multi-grain crust. But one day only, not a binge. Binges are not allowed. pizza

I guess it comes down to realistic goals. I know my limits; I know where and how I cook; I know what works and what doesn’t work for me and I forgive myself easily.

OK, I guess this is enough for now. I have to make some breakfast. Have a great day and thanks for listening.     ;D   Diane


Burning Calories! – The Celery Myth

•January 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The Google Dictionary defines “diet” as the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats

It is that time of the year. Change your bad habits and get healthy then you will be happy. Most weight-loss diets are started this week. Now a days, we think of a “diet” (the noun) as a special thing for our health but usually to lose weight. And there are so many different types of weight-loss diets to choose from. I’ve tried most of them.


No matter what “diet” you are on, you can’t lose weight unless you burn calories. You have to burn more calories than you take in. Take celery, for example. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. It is a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and pantothenic acid. Celery is also a good source of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). But, a stalk of celery provides 6 calories to the body, but the body expends only half of a single calorie digesting it. So celery does not burn more calories to digest than you take in.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

The good news, now-a-days, is that you do not have to count calories to go on a weight loss diet. You can choose a special diet where you do not eat any carbohydrates. You can only eat vegetables.  You can do the Paleo, Atkins or Bullet Proof diets. If you want to see how many diets there are or different kinds just Google “weight loss diets”. Thousands!

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

But you can burn calories in many different ways. The best is exercise. But it then comes back to calories burned vs. calories eaten. You can burn off that stick of celery by standing up from your chair. These kinds of foods are actually called “Negative Calorie Foods”. Definitely this is a misnomer but understandable and smart! These foods: celery, berries, grapefruit, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, apples, zucchini, broccoli and lettuce are all accepted as foods that I can eat in any quantities. They are not white foods. 

Salade sundae

Oh well, it’s back to the dieting mentality. But this year I’m calling it “The Healthy Mentality” and it will encompass a holistic approach to losing weight, eating right and getting healthy. Currently my pain is gone and I am off heavy narcotics for the first time in years. It’s a start. Oh, crap! I’m supposed to include mental health in there, too. We’ll see if I can find some euphoric foods that burn calories. Oh yeah, I’m out of celery!

Thanks for listening.  ;D  Diane





What To Do With All The Holiday Goodies?

•January 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

It is now the second day of January and traditionally the day we take all the decorations down and put them away. I don’t think that is going to be a problem. The problem is what to do with all the leftover Christmas goodies. christmasgoodiesmailbox

The wine and booze are definitely not an issue. What is left, and there is much less than I expected, can be kept for other occasions such as Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons in March. But what about the chocolates, cookies, candies, chips, crackers (I’m”c-ing” a pattern here), cheeses, sausage and pop. We have had so much there is even a full, unopened box of chocolates in the spare bedroom.

OK, the extra pumpkin Christmas pudding is in the freezer for a special occasion within the next month. I’ll add the leftover whipped cream into Norm’s hot chocolate until our doctor reads him the riot act. I see her today so I know what my lecture will be about. I’m never mad at her, Dr. Michele Fretz is fantastic! She is a good model of how to be healthy. Oh yeah, back to the recovery phase of holidays. I guess I could take the chocolates to work but I won’t be back there until the end of January. life-is-like-a-box-of-chocolates-1-andee-photographyMaybe the food bank. Yeah, that would be a nice post-Christmas surprise. They only accept unopened food so I could also give them the extra boxes of crackers from the cheese balls we haven’t eaten, yet. Maybe the pop, too, even though pop is bad and I would be encouraging others to drink pop. gold cokeI’ll keep all the club soda to add to my juice and think my mocktails are “good” for me. Norm can keep his “Gold” Coke for a once-in-a-while refreshment. Gold Coke has no calories or caffeine, just lots of chemicals.

You know this perusing and planning is just the first phase of “get healthy in 2018”. It’s hard to be really good or even “try-to-be-good” when your coffee table is always covered with great art and snacks.  I sit across the room from the food so it is not within arm’s reach but Norm is very helpful by throwing me things (except BBQ’d peanuts) when he thinks I crave them.Coffee table I was brought up to never waste food. I cannot throw out still edible candy, cookies, chips and dip etc. or leftover food. The turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes are long gone. I didn’t even make turkey soup this year, just turkey stock that I can cook with and have no guilt.

My “No White Food Diet” starts this coming weekend after a Friday “purge the carbs” pizza. I’ve started to stock up on veggies, fruit and eggs. I will need more bacon, tuna and low carb rye crackers. I wonder what the carb count from the cheese balls is? Oh well, I’ll work it out. I even have a new food journal for 2018. That also will start after this Friday.

Thanks for listening!   ;D   Diane

New Year’s Eve Day

•December 31, 2017 • 2 Comments

boxerYes, it is December 31st and the sun is just rising on New Year’s Eve Day. I was sitting here wondering when the actually New Year’s Eve Celebrations begin? Theoretically, eve starts at 6pm but I’m full of anticipation already. I think media and advertising have made holidays like New Years and Christmas into week-long, even month-long festivals of buying.

What do I need for New Year’s Eve? Traditionally people stay up until midnight and celebrate the transition into the new year. So, I need: fancy clothes; fancy food; fancy drink; some kind of fancy celebration and maybe fireworks. I had my left shoulder replaced with a new, upscale model and am still recovering so dancing is out. But dinner and something like a movie would be fun. Sitting in front of the TV all night is the same old same old. We talked and decided; we are going to Turmeric for supper and the late show for Star Wars.

Oh yeah, I forgot about resolutions. It is a tradition to start up a whole list of things I will resolve to do this coming year that are better than what I did last year. Hmmm, I didn’t make a list last year and it was an overall crappy year. But, I think that had a lot to do with attitude and pain killers. But I will make a list this year. I don’t think they will be SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based). I would like them to be mindful and doable. I want to feel good about recording them and no guilt if I don’t stick to the list. One thing I do not need is guilt. Guilt has plagued me all this year. And as I wrote that I felt guilty for feeling guilty. Sigh! Top of the list.

I resolve for 2018 to do the following:

  1. Stop accepting guilt for everything I am not personally responsible for.
  2. Acknowledge the good in everyone.
  3. Love unconditionally.
  4. To do the things I encourage and inspire others to do.
  5. Forgive and move on.
  6. Think before letting the sarcasm or rage get out.
  7. Breathe and absorb the beauty of the world around me.
  8. Treasure all my friends and let them know it.
  9. Be honest when self-talking.
  10. Share the joy!

Wow, a big list but ethereal enough to sound positive and not self-deprecating. I know I am a good person and do anything I truly set my mind to. I have the strongest supports around me: my husband and daughters; my oldest friends; family; co-workers; doctors; new friends and of course, Facebook!

So, on that note and it’s a positive one, have a very happy New Year and all the best for 2018! Thanks for listening.







Christmas Crack and Sausage Dressing

•December 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

As I sat here at my kitchen table watching the snow fall, I realized it truly is winter. I live in Victoria, British Columbia – the tropics of Canada – usually. It seems Washington state send us an “unusual weather pattern” (their words not mine). It means that snow came to our island. It was close to 8cm (4 in US). Out came the barely used snow shovel and every bird in the neighbourhood to the feeder. We even have humming birds feeding at their feeder, too. Decorating the tree did not make it feel like Christmas was coming. Maybe it was the tree topper?Yoda

golden-grahams-treats-wm-640x425Me? I’m feeding as well. It won’t be long until the traditional Christmas dinner. So already the required Christmas treats are in the house. Shauna made Christmas Crack (Golden Grahams cereal embedded in white chocolate). It is highly addictive. Also on the coffee table are: mixed nuts (shelled with no peanuts), Nansi’s Chex mix (almost gone), mince tarts for Norm (I, for some strange reason, do not like mincemeat, I think it’s the dried currants), mixed candies and nice little blue napkins.

It is Christmas Eve Day (sigh!). The turkey is thawing; the Christmas pudding is steaming (it’s actually pumpkin pudding because I hate peel and dried currants); presents are wrapped; and I’ve posted the Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Bell video. (Click on this then read the rest of my blog!) Sigh!

I should be making a cheese ball and some smoked salmon cream cheese but I’m a wee bit tired.  Cheese ballI’ll have some eggnog and rest a bit and quit “shoulding” on myself.

Tomorrow is the real test of a family and its traditions. And food is a biggy, starting as soon as we get up. Mimosas, coffee and Bailies, cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing. Shauna and Leanne will be here so maybe pancakes etc??? Later the preparing of the smashed potatoes. These are really just mashed potatoes with skins on. The mixing of the OJ and fireball for the yams. It’s OK because all the alcohol evaporates and the taste is divine. I always make a very special sausage dressing and this year I think the amount will be bigger than the turkey. The bird is only 8.5 pounds but I’m making way more dressing than will fit in that little bird. The original recipe came from a recipe booklet from Maple Leaf products. It also included the original for our cheese ball. But, like most things, we have adapted the recipes for us. Yogurt instead of sour cream for the cheese ball, chicken broth instead of butter – that kind of thing for the stuffing. I get my bread for the stuffing from Breadstuffs Bakery in Brentwood Bay. It is yam poppy seed and makes an amazing stuffing. Lots of celery leaves, onions (wilted) and Glenwood meat sausage make this stuffing spectacular. Then there is the thyme, rosemary and sage I grow myself.

Wow. I can see I’ve gone way overboard on the food talk. But isn’t Christmas the time of year for excesses like presents, donations, hugs, treats and love. This is a time for reflection on what Christmas really means. Not just the commercial pageant we have grown to expect but to look at what we need, what our children NEED and what the WORLD NEEDS! Love, understanding and heart. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. I’m still having a difficult time doing almost everything one-handed but, with the love and support so many have been sending me, I will send out waves of caring and love to all. Have a very merry Christmas and don’t dread the new year. It’s new!

Thanks for listening.



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