I Suck at Diets

Once upon a time, I was 18. I had put on some weight during my first semester of freshman year. I wasn’t obese, but I weighed more than I was used to. College had offered me an unlimited supply of food, and I gladly accepted this offer. Ordering a Fat Blunt at 2 am? Sure! Thirds on breakfast? Why not.

One day, my friend and I decided we wanted to lose weight. My school has a salad bar in the cafeteria (which I rarely took from) so we decided that that’s where we would eat from. No more pastas, pizzas, tuna sandwiches, belgian waffles, burgers…. Salad only.

The first day we were on our diet, we went to the dining hall to get our salads. We ate our salads. Our friends did not eat salads. After a few minutes we looked at each other and mutually agreed that the diet sucked and let’s get chicken cheese steaks.

I eventually lost the weight from playing DDR, and stress.

Today is day 1 of the 21 Day Fix, which I signed up for through a sorority sister from college. I have high hopes for this program. The last thing I tried a few months ago was a failure. I tried a “detox” where I had pretty much only shakes and salads for a week. The custodian at school looked at me eating a tray of lettuce and said, “You look miserable.” I lasted 3 or 4 days on that.

My challenge is that I love food. I love cheese most of all. Just in preparing the meals on Sunday I realized that I might love cheese too much. The 21DF serving size is like, a tenth of what my serving size of cheese is. In fact, I quickly learned that my serving size of pretty much anything I eat is significantly larger than a healthy serving size. My last supper before starting this was chicken and waffles. I ate the entire thing. It was probably a day’s worth of calories.

This morning, for the first time in the history of my life, I got up early to work out. YES! I was sent DVDs with workouts on them. Knowing that I can roll out of bed and into my living room means I have zero excuses. I always talked big talk in my head when I was a member at the Y. I was always like, “You’re gonna wake up at 5am tomorrow to go to spin class!” And then 5am would happen and I’d be like, “Nope. It’s cold out.” This morning, with visions of my before photo in my head, I got my butt up and then kicked by the 30 minute workout. I followed up with a delicious chocolate Shakeology milkshake, which was so good I didn’t even feel like I needed chocolate later. I bought mint extract this afternoon so I can make PEPPERMINT PATTY FLAVOR!!!!!! I don’t think York’s are on the 21DF plan.

My hope is to get back on track with eating healthy. Again, I love food. Luckily, I love all food and this includes healthy foods. I think 21 days without pulled pork and cheeseburgers will get me back on the track I was on when I moved down here. Except now I love chicken wings.

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