I’m seriously thinking about doing this until the party on May 11, and then starting all over again the next day. No promises, but I’m thinking about it.
The background, for people who haven’t been reading the comments, is that I’m going home to visit my folks on May 10. May 11, I have a party to go to — an awesome party, in fact, featuring beer and cheese and the birthday celebration of one of my oldest and bestest friends. Naturally, it’d be hard to show up and drink club soda and eat veggies, so my thought was that I’d do the diet up til then, and then let it go, to be resumed (or, more likely, done over) at a later date.
But now the diet is going really well for me, even though I’m in that week two slump at the moment, in terms of weight loss, and I hate to give up my momentum. Which makes me think that the answer might be to start all over from scratch the day after the party.
Here’s why: If I partake at all, I feel like the diet is kind of sunk, in terms of continuity. Beer and cheese are two of my favorite things, but they’re also three no-nos in one: wheat, dairy, and alcohol. I feel like all the liver-balancing veggies and herbs and water in the world probably won’t make up for that, even if I only have a beer or two.
So, as I see it, I have three options:
1. Do the diet up until the 11th, and then stop, incorporating some of what I’ve learned into my regular meal plan.
2. Do the diet up until the 11th, resume the morning of the 12th, drink water and hope for the best.
3. Do the diet up until the 11th, then start over again on the 12th as if it were the first day.
The last option didn’t occur to me until commenter Tess tweeted at Haylie to say that she’d only lost five pounds, and it was the third week. Haylie replied, “Hang in there. Fixing a years-broken metabolism takes time, and this is why the plan is 28 days.”
Which I knew, but that sort of brought it home to me all over again: if I only do this for 18 days, I’ve sort of wasted my time. I mean, not really, because I lost weight and I learned all kinds of stuff about how food and caffeine affects me and I feel tons better. But if the goal is to fix my metabolism, I kind of have to do the whole 28 days, straight.
Oh, also, you might wonder why there isn’t a fourth option: go to the party and drink club soda and eat veggie snacks. I thought of that, but that just feels like a giant bummer, especially since these are old friends I don’t get to see very much, and we used to drink barrels of beer and eat wheels of cheese together back in the day. (Probably not the best for my health, but man, was it fun.)
So that’s what I’m thinking about right now. A lot will depend on how I feel when I get home. I don’t want to inconvenience my folks while I’m visiting, although I suppose they’d probably be delighted that I was cooking for a change, instead of just lying around like a giant teenager, dropping snacks in my mouth.
What would you guys do, in my spot?