Friday, July 25, 2014
Today I had a short conversation about diets with a friend of mine who is an interior designer. She is thin, fit, and very pretty. She told me something many others have told me before. "Don't think of it as diet, think of it as a lifestyle change." Unfortunately, I need to consider it a strict diet with immediate results for me to have the willpower to complete each day. I have tried the "lifestyle change" many times. Eventually, I let life get in the way, I get lazy, and I go back to my bad habits. Through the years of dieting, I have made some major changes. Every time I try something new, I learn a little more. I definitely eat differently than I did when I was younger. I haven't had a soda, diet or regular in years. I also don't remember the last time that I had a taste of ice cream! (Root beer floats used to be my favorite as a teen). So, although I have picked up some lifestyle changes, I still need a rigid diet to follow to lose weight. Tonight I came home from work, tired, hungry and unprepared. I looked in the refrigerator and didn't see much. Tony had leftover spaghetti that he could eat, but I didn't even have lettuce to make a salad. Then, my eyes caught a small cabbage in the crisper drawer. The good thing about cabbage is that it lasts longer than other vegetables. I peeled off the out layer and was happy to find an alternative to my usual salad. I shredded it and added sweet onion and avocado. I also defrosted a piece of Jim's fish from last week and broiled it. If I wasn't on a strict diet, I could have made the excuse to give up and order pizza. I am happy to say I persevered!