I took today off.
I’ve been working by big fat giant ass off at work lately, and after ten consecutive work days without a day off, I decided to take a rare mid-week day off. So I find myself in the local Barnes & Noble Cafe with a pile of dieting books and my laptop. And can I just say – DIET BOOKS SUCK!
I started by pulling a bunch from the shelves – Atkins, South Beach, Clean Eating, etc. I’ve tried many of these in the past to no avail. It’s not that I didn’t get results, it’s just that I never was able to make it stick. I guess I’m a bit of a fuck-up when it comes to dieting (excuse my French).
I began my hardcore routine – my new lifestyle – on Monday without much of a dieting plan other than I was going to purge crap from my diet. You see, I’m a major consumer of crap. All kinds of processed food that makes you feel lethargic and depressed. That’s been my life-long diet. So the “plan” (not thought through at all) was to eliminate virtually everything. Pretty much stick to proteins and fats with a very few veggie carbs in the mix. A sort of extreme Atkins approach. And in the 48+ hours since I began it’s worked like a charm. I’ve lost 6 lbs. (weighing in at 264 this morning), already sleeping better, and feeling a little more energetic. I’ve had slight hints of sugar withdrawal, including a mild headache, but it disappears as quickly as it arrives. Shocking to me, since I spent the two weeks prior to this effort consuming mass amounts of birthday cake and other shit that would make Dr. Atkin’s skin crawl (may he R.I.P.).
So since I took the day off, I decided that now was a good time to get serious about my eating plan. I want to not only loose weight, but gain health. I’m concerned about skin elasticity and heart health as well. So I’m making a few decisions that I hopefully won’t regret.
I found a book called “The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged” by a someone named Tosca Reno. It’s a chick book (no offense), not designed for guys. But it makes a hell of a lot of sense to me. So I’m going to get in touch with my feminine side and give it a try. It encourages the combination of complex carbohydrates with good proteins and fats. Dr. Atkins would never approve. But since I’m going to be spending a significant amount of time in the gym, I want to give it a try. And I really liked that she eats 12 hard-boiled eggs each day (only 2 or 3 of the yolks, but all the whites). That’s something I could do easy. I’ll have to get used to the rolled oats at breakfast, but hey – sacrifices must be made.
So I’m going to try this. I’ll ease myself into it at first by adding some high quality veggies to dinner (broccoli for ex.) and those afore mentioned oats at breakfast. Hopefully this won’t spike my blood sugar and cause cravings, which thankfully have been pretty mild. I’ll continue to ease my way into it, incorporating blueberries and other foods as I feel comfortable doing so. And I’ll avoid all processed foods.
I’ll give this a few days and see how it works. Sorry Dr. A!