Never Say You’re On A Diet

I hate the word “diet” and use it cautiously. I mean, seriously, the word “die” is right in the middle of it! Nobody should ever be on a diet in the traditional way we define it with a beginning and an end. Not an I’ll-endure-this-for-a-month-and-then-go-back-to-all-my-bad-habits, but something you’ll be happy to do for the rest of your life because you feel healthier and look better. Diets are all about No! and You can’t. That’s just wrong.

If someone notices you’re eating differently or that you look different, just say, I’m learning about portion control … or … I’m jump-starting my new healthy lifestyle … or … I’m celebrating Mother Nature by enjoying more vegetables … or … I’m trying to be a good steward of the Earth by reducing my footprint … or … Shut up and mind your own beeswax!

Whatever works for you to remind yourself that “diet” is temporary and “lifestyle” is permanent.

The Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle is all about options, options, options. For our purposes, diet is simply a word to describe the food and drink we consume. It has nothing to do with willpower or long lists of Stuff You Love But Can’t Ever Eat Again. But see how lazy it is? Only four letters. Fits right in with us.

As I talked (well, whined) to other women in the same situation it became clear to me I knew what to do. I had to simplify and consolidate all the info I’ve amassed into — pardon the pun — bite-size pieces. Now that I’ve done that, I’m ready to share. When I’d finally gotten the hang of my Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle for a couple of weeks, I’d lost 4 pounds and 2 1/2 inches. That timeframe included a football stadium hot dog dinner (two, actually, but only one football game. Yes, I’m lazy AND I have no willpower. There’s just something about stadium dogs!) and a family outing where I consumed, oh, about a million calories at a fabulous restaurant. (I don’t know what made it “Swiss-style” potato salad but I do know it was beyond delicious.) It also included irregular exercise and more beer than seems reasonable on a “diet.” Losing the weight and inches made me happy, but you and I both know how fickle weight loss is. The key is keeping it off.