Meatloaf (?) & a Rant

I’m not sure what to call this – meatloaf kinda, vegetable loaf with some meat and eggs? sorta, maybe?   I’m pretty sure I’m never going to like salad.  I’m a volume eater.   So I throw veggies into everything.   This meatloaf (?) is kind of free flowing and varies with what I have in the fridge.   Today it is as follows: dice and cook up an onion, add a diced green pepper and continue cooking, about a half package of mushrooms in the fridge that needed to be used so threw those in, put in a bowl and then cook half a head of purple cabbage, de-thaw a package of frozen spinach, grate about six carrots, about  7 or 8 cloves of garlic diced, a good pour of hot salsa, four eggs, and 1.3 pounds of organic ground beef.   Cook at 375 for an hour.   Its not the prettiest in the world, but it tastes good and I’m eating my vegetables without eating a salad.   

And onto the rant – one of the things that drives me a little crazy are people who give advice on losing weight who have never had a weight PROBLEM.  Nails on a chalkboard.   Reading “ It’s another simple question to ask yourself before you eat, “am I really hungry?”  If not, then don’t eat!  You can always wait a bit and see if you’re hungry then,” makes me want to reach through the computer screen and slap them.   
The number of people who go from fat to thin, and stay there, statistically rounds down to zero.   There is not a single study that says otherwise.  None. Being fat is effectively incurable, every study shows it, but no one will admit it because its big business.   One of the largest and most respected weight loss programs in the U.S. has all of 2 out of 1,000 people losing large amount of weight loss permanently.   2/10 of 1%!!!  
There is no single way to lose weight.   Losing large amounts of weight means changing habits and patterns that have been in place for a long time if not most of your life.  I’ve tried to lose weight since I was in Jr. High School.  I’d lost up to 50 pounds before I’d gain it back again.  Over and over and over again for over twenty years.  It took a long time and a lot of failures to find what works for me.   
I now know what works for me – but I had to dig, research, experiment, and find a method through trial and error.   I suspect some of the things that work for me are fairly universal.  Find the plan that will work for you, follow that plan exactly as prescribed, keep doing that plan as long as it is still working for you (and sometimes you won’t know if its working for months and months at a time), and then change as needed when it quits working for you

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