I started a diet this week, so I’m likely to be A BIT CRABBY for the next month or two. My motivation is a combination of health (my knees hurt), vanity (underchin and tum areas), and economy (I have perfectly nice clothes in a perfectly obtainable size).
I find that the various woes of dieting need to be balanced with fun stuff, or else the situation is too dismal to work. The best is to have a new fun diet to try, but I have some other ways to decrease the dismal:
1. A New Motto. I’ve liked “It’s worth it,” “This is what YOU WANT,” and of course various mental images of outfits and bathing suits and whatnot. In the Garfield-poster ’80s I think it was “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”
2. A Pretty New Whining Journal.
Provence Journal (photo from Amazon.com)
Keep Calm and Carry On Journal (photo from Amazon.com)
When everyone around the dieter can’t stand to hear ONE MORE WORD about the all-consuming diet, it is pleasant for the dieter to have a place to put her thoughts and feelings.
3. Expensive Diet Treats. There are things that don’t seem worth it when I’m not dieting, which suddenly seem WAY WORTH IT when I am. Expensive teas and coffees are my usual, but also more-expensive foods when I’m out: the Burger King Value Menu is cheap and delicious, so if I’m depriving myself of that I’m going to get the lower-calorie higher-price food I WANT. This also goes for going through drive-thrus to get a black coffee instead of a Frosty, or getting a small expensive chocolate bar instead of a large bag of inexpensive ones, or getting a salad from a salad bar instead of making my own at home, or getting steamed fish from a take-out place because I hate cooking it myself, or whatever. I’ve found this can substitute one kind of treat (reducing work, getting something expensive) for the kind I’m trying to reduce (delicious, delicious value meal).
4. A New Book.
Eating Well for Optimum Health (my photo)
Eat This, Not That! (photo from Amazon.com)
The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program (photo from Amazon.com)
It can be the book that accompanies the diet you’re on, or it can be something more general; I prefer something more general. When I’m NOT dieting, such a book makes me feel like washing down potato chips with a chocolate shake. When I AM dieting, I find the information helpful and inspiring, and I appreciate the way it can make broccoli and flax seed meal seem EXCITING. This time around I’m reading Andrew Weil’s book (found it at the library book sale for a buck!) but any book that appeals to you will do.
5. A New Water Bottle. See our recent post for ideas.
I’m leaning toward the Nalgene 1-quart (photo from Amazon.com).
6. A New Hobby. I’ve enjoyed Postcrossing, and knitting can be soothing (plus, it occupies the hands so they do not reach for snackies), and reading scary books can take my mind off things (and/or put me off my food).
If you have more ideas for me, PLEASE DO SHARE. Shopping decreases the dismal.