Dieting Again: Day 1

I’ve been saying I was about to go on a diet for the past several weeks. Well, here it is. Today is the day. This is the first day of the rest of my diet.

I read that diets are only effective for up to 12 weeks at a time. I decided I would just go for that much time and see what happened. If I start today and end 12 weeks from today, that puts me at a goal of completing the diet on August 31. I’m liking the clear designation of this as a summer diet. Up through August, garden vegetables will be available in abundance, and the days will be long, leaving no excuses for not eating right and exercising.

Aside from setting goals to eat more green beans and exercise more, I haven’t made up my mind yet about following a particular diet plan. I did South Beach last year, and it worked, but I’m not sure that’s for me again. I got very depressed trying to reduce carbs so much. The brain needs sugar to produce mood elevating chemicals. I can’t really afford to do without those.

I am going to try to limit my sweets to Sunday dinner with the family, which should assure that I show up for Sunday dinner pretty regularly. It should also keep me from feeling absolutely deprived.

I’m also going to make sure I get my main carbs in the form of high fiber products. Beyond that, I’m just going to try to live on summer produce. I happen to enjoy butter beans and sliced tomatoes, so this should work.

I keep hearing Mario in head saying “here we go,” so here I go. I’ve never actually made it to the last level to defeat Bowser before in the Mario games, but you never know. Aim for the top, they say, and at least maybe you’ll make it through the first round alive.

I have not yet eaten breakfast today, so today’s food plan is to eat a sandwich for brunch and then cook some veggies later in the afternoon for an early dinner. If I can manage in between not to run to the store for Oreos, I’ll be doing okay.

Wish me luck.

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