Are you ever on a diet during which, at some point, you decide you would rather eat nothing at all than eat the food you are supposed to eat on the diet? Even though you are starving?
Yeah, I believe that should not happen, but it is so happening to me right now. Which is why I ate Taco Bell last night, which I know is the bane of all humanity, but for godssakes people. I can eat only so many whole grains, fruits and vegetables before my body demands refined carbohydrates and processed ass-meats.
I did really well all week until last night, and this morning the scale was like: So look. You may lose 1 pound this week but if you'd have abstained from refined carbs and ass-meats, this could have been 4 pounds. Your funeral, babe.
Part of the problem, in my opinion, is that I've been following the plan from Self magazine a little too closely. Their meals taste like crap, to be kind. What I need is Mexican food that tastes awesome but still somehow manages to be low fat and whole grain. Is this possible, people? Is it?!?!? (I'll be scouring interwebs to find out. Come follow me on Pinterest if you haven't already. I've started a "Things I can eat that won't make me too fat" board. And I even fixed my shitty Pinterest link in the sidebar that nobody told me wasn't working!)
And sorry to further rain on anyone's diet parade, but I would like to submit as evidence a New York Times article that says, in a nutshell, that when you lose weight, your hunger hormones go completely insane and make you feel starving because your body wants you to gain back the weight. The heightened hormone levels stay around INDEFINITELY. This is bad news, to say the least, you guys. But it does explain the miserable failure of every diet I've ever been on. So that means we are armed with new information, right? And we will defeat our own hunger hormones! (?) Right?
In any case, I shouldn't even be thinking about diets right now; I should be thinking of my No. 1 goal, and that is to finish this godforsaken novel I'm writing. I can gain 20 more pounds ... I don't give a shit, as long as this book gets finished. I mean, I do give a shit, because me with 20 more pounds? Oh, sweet Jesus. That is permanent fat-pants territory.
I'm giving myself roughly another two weeks to finish this beast. Because guess what happens then?
You'll never guess.
I'm having a sex change operation.
I'm going to start taking care of my niece, Ava, when my sister goes back to work. At least a few days a week. Details are still being sorted out.
Now, I warned them: I don't know anything about babies! And they smiled all punchy (they haven't slept in about four weeks) and said Neither did we! You'll learn.
So it's guaranteed to be a whole new adventure. I'm girding my loins. And prepping my pita. And uncorking the wine. And finishing the book. For reals. Truly. Gotta go.
I read that article, too. Then I tried to forget about it forever.ReplyDelete
p.s. Babies! Yay! Scary/fun. More photos of the hair to come, right??
that is so exciting taking care of your niece! gahhh, imagine the bond you two are going to have. so sweet.ReplyDelete
Ok, here are my secrets to "diet" mexican food:ReplyDelete
Chicken breasts w/TONS of green chile, very limited cheese, lots of salsa, lots of cumin, and baked corn tortillas. If we do that, I can have a diet mexican meal that's under 500 calories. It's not Taco Bell, but it's not bad.
And YAY to watching your niece! You'll do great with her, I know!
You will be fantastic with Ava! Call if you start freaking or want advice. No. 1 tip? Walks. Freaky baby? Bundle em up in the stroller and go outside. Babies are like "Oooh! Bright colors! Ooh! Different sounds! Shiny!" And then they fall asleep.ReplyDelete
Maybe that starvation feeling becomes the new normal? I can't believe I just wrote that sentence.ReplyDelete
Ava is the cutest name ever. How can she not grow up to be fabulous?
Mexican food that's diet appropriate? As a 1/2 Mexican person, I can tell you with all certainty: It doesn't exist.ReplyDelete
Also, I'm about two minutes away from eating a block of Cheddar as my dinner. So what do I know about diets.
If only I had the stamina to write a book!ReplyDelete
...and while I agree with the biology of the article, I did start to feel "comfortable" eating less after about 4 months of eating clean. Of course that was quite awhile ago:) Hope to get there again some day.
SM - I know. It's discouraging. Definitely more pics to come!ReplyDelete
Holly - I am really excited about it. :)
Ginger - I'll give that a shot. Basically a healthy tostada?
MM - thanks! I'll try it ...
Mandy - Oh god. But maybe it does? Ava IS the cutest name ever ...
Tilte - I think I know that, but it makes me too sad to acknowledge it.
Wildology - I managed to keep weight off for a long time before packing it back on. Emotional eating, blah blah. But I felt hungry EVERY DAY when I was thin. Like all day every day. Maybe I was doing it wrong.