The Crazy Suburban Mom: This explains why so many diets fail....

Friday, June 10, 2011

This explains why so many diets fail....

Wednesday I went from five days a week on Nutrisystem to seven  and noticed something about myself.   The first thing I did was say,

"Maybe I should take a day off before I really start..."

And I had to just stand there and think, really start?  I've lost 14 pounds,  haven't I already really  started?

Is this the kind of mess I do all the time, I wondered.  I did some math and figured out how many days I consider reasonable to stray from an eating plan every year because after all...

It's just a day here and there, right?

I'm taking my birthday off because well,  it's my birthday.  I don't need a reason. Plus how many days a year is your name written in frosting?

- 1 Day Off

And let's add a few days for family birthdays too; six should do it.

- 6 Days Off

There are 11 federal holidays and granted, they aren't all big eating holidays but they've tacked a lot of them onto weekends. Banks are not open on Federal Holidays, mail isn't delivered and diets do not start.  It's the law. (See weekends.)

- 11 Days Off

Plus - There are 28 other celebratory dates floating around the calendar.  The range from Arbor Day - And I've never broken out the grill on Arbor Day -  To Superbowl  Sunday which is about eating Nachos till you puke.  Didn't quite know what to do with  Leif Erikson Day; a holiday to swim and imitate Vikings - And some of the others.

I decided to count 25 of 'em.   

- 25 Days Off

Weekends are holidayish too, Friday night to Sunday night is pretty much a free-for-all.  Admit it.  The Universal Diet rule is diets don't start till Monday morning (unless Monday is a Federal Holiday like Memorial Day when it falls under the Federal Holiday Rule).

 - 130 Days Off

I get 14 days off a year for Vacation because who diets on a Cruise?  And if I'm not going anywhere then Boo-Hoo on me I doubly get to eat because I'm stuck home painting the bathroom.

- 14 Days Off

The 24 hours after I weigh in is also free because, well there is no because - Everyone knows that. 

-52 Days Off

I'm adding 2 days every month for impromptu invites of any kind that include food because for real, they all do.  

-24 Days Off

And one day a month when I order take-out because I haven't planned well.

-12 Days Off

And I'm adding 24 more random days for unexpected bloating and bad moods that can only be helped by large quantities of crunchy, salty cheese wackadoodles. Followed by a chocolate chaser.

-24 Days Off

The calculation of how many days out of the total 365 days in a year I spend on my diet plan goes like this....

365 possible days on a diet

- 1 Birthday
- 6 Birthdays
- 11 Federal Holidays
- 25 Random Observances
- 130 Weekend Days
- 14 Vacation Days
- 52 Weigh In Days
- 24 Impromptu Days
- 12 Take Out Days
- 24 Cheesy Days
66 days 

In a nutshell -  For every year I've tried to lose weight I've been able to rationalize spending 299 days off my plan while considering myself on a diet.  I'm thinking this explains why so many diets  fail.  Who knew it was me all the time?

PS - I did not take a day off between going from the 5 day a week plan to the 7 day  plan.  Also please don't tell me if my math is wrong, it most likely is.  But the point will still be right...

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*This post was written in memory of a zipper I killed last week trying to get into a pair of  cargo pants that looked big enough.  RIP, sweet cargo pants, you will be missed.   Nutrisystem is providing me with the food and program materials in exchange for blogging.* 


Carole Anne Carr 6/10/11, 11:33 AM  

Don't worry! Just read a report -animal testing -those on alternating fat food, slimming diet lived the longest!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 6/10/11, 11:36 AM  

LOL! There's always a silver lining!

Amy 6/10/11, 4:30 PM  

I hear ya...I've been "dieting" for a few months. Every Friday I weigh myself, and then every weekend I rationalize a "last hurrah" of bad eating and then I'll 'really' get to work on Monday. Uh...yeah. Not working too well for me.

Lin 6/10/11, 10:28 PM  

Wow. When you put it in those terms, it's pretty darn scary.

The place I work at is obsessed with parties. Criminy, we'll be sitting at one luncheon (with cakeS--plural) and they are planning the next. It kills me.

I have been brainwashed (in a good way) from all those years with Weight Watchers. I bring my own lunch and eat it while they are munching away on the high calorie crap. You'd be surprised on how many comments I get because of that! I mean, I'm not judging--they are! Sheesh.

Babes Mami 6/11/11, 2:20 PM  

I hadn't actually thought of it that way, this is a fabulous point. And a lot of days.

Lynette 6/12/11, 9:25 AM  

I don't think that is my problem. I think it is because I was taught not to use those 4-letter words! LOL


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