The low-carb diet’s main selling point, for me personally, is the whole “eat as much as you want, just off of this startlingly narrow list” thing. What’s weird, though, is the impact that this food plan has on the first weighing after starting the diet.
I remember the first time I went through one of those things 10ish years ago. We had memberships at the YMCA and we weighed ourselves before starting the diet… then spent a week eating bacon and eggs and cheese for breakfast, spinach and spring mix salads with a couple of chicken breasts for lunch, then steak salads for dinner. When I walked back up to the scale at the Y, I felt so dumb. “I’ve gained 5 pounds, I know it. When you eat a ribeye for dinner every night, you’re going to just gain weight. You dummy.”
And I got on the scale and I had lost 8 pounds. My jaw dropped. I was so excited! Holy cow! The diet worked! That one quick success gave me the push I needed to start going to the gym more, really throw myself into the diet, and get myself into decent shape. (Where, believe it or not, I actually stayed for 3-4 years. Okay, 2-3.)
Well, once again, I did the walk to the scale (this time at the doctor’s office) and I thought “dang, I’m so dumb… I’ve been doing nothing but eating steak salads and bacon and eggs.”
And, once again, I’ve lost 8 pounds.
I know that it’s primarily water weight at this point but, hey, that’s still 8 pounds of water. The next weight loss that shows up on the scale will be the fat. I hope.
All that to say, this weekend will be devoted to cooking. The 3-C Casserole that I made last weekend treated me very well all week, but I can’t do that two weeks in a row.
So I bought one of those “as seen on TV!” veggiegetti thingamabobs. I figure some spaghetti sauce would do well for a week. And if veggiegetti tastes as awesome as it sounds, I know that Maribou doesn’t mind taking over the sauce-eating duties.
Man, I can’t wait until Easter.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Photo is “Footrace finish line, 1925” from the Seattle Municipal Archives, used under a creative commons license)