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Thursday, September 08, 2005


Sometimes, I can be a little detail-oriented. Some might even call me anal. And when I set out on a new diet, I want to do everything "right."

I want to exercise. I want to take all those weird supplements that are recommended in various health and fitness magazines. I want to drink 80 ounces of water everyday. I want to eat at least 10 superfoods, get in all my fruits and veggies, stay away from processed foods, and avoid caffeine. And every week, I want to weigh myself and measure all my body parts so I can see the progress I am making.

And I do this for a few weeks. And then I get burnt out. It's a pain in the ass to measure my hips, waist, bust, two arms, two thighs, and two calves every week. It's hard to drink that much water some days. It gets really tiring to swallow ten supplements every morning. And sometimes, I want to take my veggie calories and spend them on something else, like a serving of Goldfish crackers.

But the bar has been set, and it has been set high. As soon as I fail at one of my endeavors, I figure I might as well just give up. So I do...I fall off the wagon, and I can't see my way to getting back up on it. I have failed at a diet once again. I knew it; you knew it; we all knew it. There is no way I could keep it up.

Well, I would like to think that this time it can be different. And to give myself a better shot at success, I am adopting the motto "Keep It Simple, Stupid." I will weigh myself every week, but I won't measure. I will make a multi-vitamin and a glucosamine dose (for my knees), but all the CoQ10 and Fish Oils and Carotenoid Complexes? They will not be part of my plan. I will drink as much water as I feel thirsty for, and I will drink some Crystal Lite, and I will aim for 64 ounces of those two things in combination. And if I miss a veggies dose one day but still stay within my Points Range (did I mention I am a Weight Watchers girl?), the day will still be a success. I will pay attention to my superfoods, but they won't rule my life.

Let's all take a deep breath and relax. Here's to dieting not being a full-time job! I just don't have room in my life for one of those right now...

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