I needed a kick start to lose it all.
The wildly popular military diet promises you'll lose ten pounds in three days.
I had nothing to lose, so- wait, I had ten pounds to lose, so- I decided to give it a try.
Here's what I learned:
1) dieting is lonely
2) I have a massive sugar habit that fresh ground whole wheat does not negate
3) I love to eat
4) I love to cook even more than I love to eat
5) dieting can push others out of my life
6) I snack far more than I thought I did
7) my kids think I'm skinny (LOVE THEM)
8) dieting makes me grumpy and cross
9) choosing and preparing food is an art; I like that task and don't like someone else planning it for me
10) I hate dieting
After working out like a maniac, drinking water, eating an extraordinary amount of tuna and boiled eggs (ehhhhhhbleeehhhhhyuck) and no snacking at all I lost a measly 2 pounds on the second day. I never got to the y on the third day, but I doubt I lost 8 pounds. I ate at my favorite coffee shop with a friend on Friday morning, came home to lunch and Jacob's homemade [whole wheat, mind you] monkey bread for lunch, and we ordered Dominoes for supper. Pretty sure my two pounds lost are back on.
I am not a dieter and I don't own a bathroom scale. It's on purpose, too, my little effort to reject our culture's obsession with weight and unrealistic expectations for women. I don't want my daughter to grow up watching me weigh myself and whine, or weigh herself and think that her value comes from numbers (or lack of numbers).
With that said, I know how it feels to be overweight. I really never want to go back to that; in my mind I am just one box of oreos away from the slippery slope. I envy the effortlessly thin: it isn't effortless for me at all, it is a
When I decided to lose weight, I had some extreme motivation: I liked a guy. (surprise, surprise.) He was funny and smart and cute and very popular in my group of friends and I didn't think I stood a chance unless I was skinny. Or sort of skinny. When you're almost six feet tall, no one is ever going to refer to you as wispy, slight, slender, small [etcetera ad nauseum]. But I definitely wanted to move away from the big girl description.
I did lose it. It was really hard. I ran. Miles and miles and miles. I did sit ups. I drank dieter's tea that made me so ill I didn't drink it again. (I never forgot the stuff: Apricot dieter's tea. Avoid it. Vile liquid, that.) I ate salads and cut sugar and quit eating whole bags of Doritos and just plain quit eating so much, which was really hard, because I dearly love to eat. But I lost a lot of weight. And I wasn't big anymore. I did end up having a chance with Daniel ;) and although of course we fell in love because of a million other reasons, I know that all of my working out and losing the large had a little to do with it.
Having been there, in the defeated frustration of facing a mountain of pounds that have to melt off of you somehow, I really never want to go back. I worked too hard. For better or worse, weight is something I'm always conscious of. I don't want to obsess (which is why we don't have a scale) but I have to pay attention or else.
These days I eat pretty healthfully; I also eat exactly what everyone else is eating. From experience, I know that you don't get overweight eating dinner with the family. You gain weight when you finish the bag of chips and stuff the evidence in the trash, when you take the cookie dough ice cream to bed, when you drive through McD's and order fries while you're alone, when you drink pop instead of water. And I don't want to teach my kids that it's ok for mama to eat a celery stick while they eat lunch. That's not healthy. Besides, celery is awful.
We have sugar and we eat at McDonald's and I like potato chips as much as the next person; but there are some guidelines I follow pretty closely as I feed my lil family (and myself).
don't buy junk - if I buy the cheetohs, we will eat the cheetohs. It's only logical. So don't buy 'em.
don't buy pop - we stock pop for company. Otherwise- no.
don't buy juice - instead, drink sweet tea! wait, no, I mean, drink water. Seriously, it's far better for a child to eat an apple than slurp an apple juice sippie cup. And not buying juice saves a ton of money.
reduce meat consumption (replacing with a wide variety of legumes + eggs) -
always have fresh fruit sitting out - clementines, grapes, all kinds of apples, berries, bananas, oranges, real pineapple.
nuts sitting out (pistachios, almonds, etc.)
plan dessert for one meal per week (sugar has a way of happening every.single.day, but I usually only buy/plan for one)
oatmeal instead of cold cereal
stock healthy snack foods: chips, salsa, popcorn, dried fruit, healthy food that actually tastes good
serve something raw with every meal blueberries thrown on top of oatmeal, baby carrots for lunch, fresh greens for supper- it doesn't have to be complicated.
have an off time when everyone's guard is down and we can just eat whatever. weekends!
What I learned on the three day military diet? I reminded myself why I don't follow fad diets. It's far more fun and effective to plan healthy meals and exhibit some self control when it comes to the Edy's Cookie Dough in the freezer.
Also I learned that the three day military diet doesn't work. (Thanks for nothing, tuna x 3 cans.)