Ice Cream cake. M&M's. Chocolate wafers.
After an eating week of “Who's on First?” or put another way, “Who am I kidding?”, I am not at all surprised that no diet program can boast of long term weight loss results. String a few weeks like this together? The ballgame is over.
Honestly, it is more believable to me than not that “long term” is defined as a year in most research studies conducted by these programs. If they did five year ones they'd be forced to publish the truth. It is hard to maintain a weight loss. Really hard. Not escaping from Syria hard, but it's every day, most weeks of climbing up a few steps and then back down and then up again.
The science tells you that your formerly weighty body created a chemistry that continues to try and duke it out with your leaner body, even after five years, and I'm nearing the 6th year.
So, what's a girl to do?
It is in moments like these when a new year approaching is a god send. The calendar swipe encourages folks to look back as well as to look ahead. So, I'm getting out my colored pencils made from rolled Chinese newspapers that I bought at the ICA in Boston and am going to write down some behavioral goals for 2016.
What am I going to do in 2016 that I didn't do in 2015? What am I going to continue to do in 2016? Can I come up with behavioral steps that break down Michael Pollan's wise advise to all folks: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants” into a daily structure?
Stay tuned. I've got to go make the chocolate wafer pie crust for the M&M ice cream cake I'm making for the kids on Christmas Eve. And, oh, wait! The doorbell just rang and I hope it's UPS delivering the festive tin of gourmet popcorn. “Gourmet” means it's got stuff drizzled on it. I suspect if I was in an MRI machine while munching on a few kernels it would light up in the same areas as the cocaine addict's brain.
I think about things like this now.
Hmmm. Yeah, what color pencil should I use for these goals?
FIRST goal in RED. DO NOT OPEN THE POPCORN BOX until the first guest arrives and make sure you give it to the last guest leaving.