It's Day 5 of my diet.
I've settled into a routine now. I've modeled my dieting technique after my marathon training technique. Much as my approach to long-distance running emphasizes rest and non-running days, my diet emphasizes scheduled periods of non-dieting. I refer to these periods of non-dieting time as "mealtime".
Baby steps, baby.
I briefly discussed my diet with my coworker, Ralph, yesterday. In the last year or so Ralph has started paying a lot of attention to his workouts and what he eats, so he was interested to hear about my diet (unlike all of you poor bastards). I explained my plan to lose 7 or 8 pounds in the next couple months.
Ralph: That's ridiculous.
Me: It's too big of a goal? Too small?
Ralph: Too big. There's no way you'll lose 8 pounds in 2 months without going on a really drastic diet.
Me: Seriously? To be honest, I have not researched this at all, so I take your opinion seriously, but 8 pounds sounded pretty reasonable to me.
Ralph: Sure, it would be if you were significantly overweight, but you're not. Losing 8 pounds off your frame is going to be really hard. How are you modifying what you eat?
Me: Well, I thought I'd snack less. And eat less dessert. Maybe cut out some beers?
Ralph: Oh, come on! You think that's going to get you there? I mean, it's not like you were eating a big piece of chocolate cake every night!
Me: But I was eating a big piece of chocolate cake every night.
Ralph: Really? You're serious?
Me: I am. I really like chocolate cake.
Ralph: Damn. Maybe you'll get close, but I say you'll be lucky to lose 4.
Place your bets now, ladies and gentlemen.