Its going to be a short one today, not only because I need to pack all these damn kids for vacation because I am cranky and confused from lack of food. After a week of trying to be healthy, this is what I have learned …
1. Diets Suck — Really, they do. Just like the time at Great Adventure when the kid in front of me threw up, I need to get off this roller coaster. Not only is it unhealthy for my marriage, it’s unhealthy, period. My monthly hormonal fluctuations are enough to keep things interesting. When it comes to food, I have to find a nice new normal. No starving, no binging, no trans-fats – which brings me to #2.
2. Junk food is just that — junk. After researching a little about fats, I am going to be avoiding trans-fats like, well, like I avoid housework and confrontation. It will be my healthiest avoidance behavior. I am going to read more labels and make better choices for myself and my kids. With regard to the other bad stuff — white flour, regular old saturated fats, carbs, etc. — I am going to choose moderation. It would be anti-American to give up pizza and cheeseburgers completely and I love this country too much for that. I will try to catch more fish, steam more vegetables and pick more fruit. I will work on finding a balance. Speaking of balance …
3. Yoga, it seems, is my thing. I have terrible posture and my mind is always spinning. Yoga straightens my spine and my mind and I am going to get rid of the guilt and make some more time for it. I already knew that exercise was important. After a week, of reading about its health benefits, I am reminded that it is not a luxury and it is not vain. It is necessary. I am going to find the time, at least once in a while.
4. Everyone is different — what works for you may not work for me. I don’t eat breakfast. I know, it is the most important meal of the day, blah, blah, blah. I think Kellogg made that up. If I eat in the morning, I am famished all day. Also, in theory, I want to be a runner but I can’t do it. I can’t even try. It intimidates me and I get shin splints when I run to answer the doorbell. Maybe you love to run. Maybe you need six meals a day. Find what works for you and stick with it. Don’t keep trying things that work for other people. Maybe you are happy with the way you look and the way you feel and don’t have to change a thing. Stay with what works and ignore the celebrity secrets. The only secret is Eat Less, Move More.
5. I miss my wine and this has been a very long week.
This isn’t yes six, so I can’t number this one, but I will definitely continue to drink a lot of water everyday. This could be the single most important thing I have done this week. My skin is less dry, my digestive system loves me and I like the image I project when I prance around with my water bottle. It screams, “I care about my body AND the environment” — very Hollywood.
If you were healthy with me this week, thanks for playing and I hope you feel better and learned something about weight loss, nutrition or yourself. If you want to continue through Thanksgiving, knock yourself out. You are a better man than me. I will be busy regaining the four pounds I lost this week through a straw. Have a great weekend, skinny!
If I have internet service on vacation, I will be doing a simple Getting Happy before the holiday next week.