Friday, June 12, 2015

I was on the Albert Einstein Diet but I've switched to a new one.

Is anyone else on this diet? I suspect many of us are. I guess you could also call it the Insanity Diet. This post is pursuant to this one, in which I (happily) announced that I AM NO LONGER OVERWEIGHT. Well, one comment on that post (Mrs. Sockey, I'm looking at you) hit the nail on the head: Christmas is a tough time to 'maintain'. She wasn't whistling Dixie.

After my daughter's wedding last November, it was such a relief not to have to restrict calories that I fell victim to one of the classic blunders (no, not the one about never engaging in a land war in Asia). It was, "Now that you no longer have to fit your Mother of the Bride dress, you can afford to eat this one tiny little ____________." (Choose all that apply: leftover wedding cake, leftover wedding cookies, leftover wedding popcorn [3 different kinds of sweet and/or salty] and popcorn balls, leftover wedding cupcakes, leftover wedding dance midnight lunch pizza, leftover Hershey's Kisses, which had been painstakingly crafted into little rosebud wedding favours...)

In retrospect, I'm surprised I did not attempt to eat any of the leftover wedding LED tea lights.

And then, heaven help us, the Christmas season hit!

12 Days of Christmas shortbread

Miss P #7's first solo attempt at 
making a gingerbread house

There were a lot more goodies, of course, but for some reason, we didn't take many photos of our Christmas baking trays this year. And I ate way too much of it. I do not attribute this to any conspiracy theories about food or human behaviour. I am a glutton. 

I tried valiantly to keep my running ahead of my eating, but that only worked for about the first two weeks of December, and then I got too busy. I am unhappy to report that I am NO LONGER "no longer overweight." Dang!

No surprise, my doctor told me to drop some weight when I saw her at my annual physical last spring. (The old waist-to-hip-ratio/heart disease/apple body type thing.) So I'm "starting over" (again). I am the poster girl for yo-yo dieting, and I suspect I'm not alone. I'm currently reading a fitness book by a lady close to my age, and she complained of "losing (and regaining) the same 20 pounds over and over." Yeah, that describes me all right.

But at least I am on the losing end of things again. I anticipate it's going to be a long haul, but then at my age, I don't really want to drop it too quickly (baggy skin and so forth). And the goal is not a number on the scale, but health, fitness, strength, flexibility, and feeling mentally and spiritually balanced. That's why prayer is a key component. My new diet is the "John the Baptist" diet, and you've probably never heard of it, because I just made it up. If I ever find the time, I'll probably write a book with that title.  (So let's all consider this a declaration of copyright into the bargain.)

That is all. Have a healthy and happy weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, well, told ya so. But that's from personal experience. In January I was three pounds away from my weight goal. Since then have gone UP five pounds. My downfall was Easter rather than Christmas, but, same syndrome.