The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-06-05

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.* 


Monday, June 6, 2011

Touching a rhino's nose....

My family - Well, not me. Just the ones that fly - recently went to California.

They did tons of West Coastean things and ate all manner of organic hoopla and falala but in the planning process my son found a Must-do.

And I quote - I want to touch a rhino's nose.

san diego zoo

As it happens, The San Diego Zoo has that very program.

san diego zoo

It's called Back Stage Pass and not only did he touch one on the nose but he fed it sweet potatoes and some pellet doodads.  Rhino-chow I guess.


First the nose and then the doodads...


Which was pretty quick because I hear that mouth is every bit as icky as I'd imagine even though Ben swears I can't imagine the ick factor.

The show's not all Rhino-related; there were a lot of animals to interact with....


The wolf was a huge hit (Ben wants one now) as were the jungle cats and their dog partners.  They live together as buddies for socialization.

At the close of the show the zoo people thanked everyone for coming.  The Back Stage Pass is about a hundred dollars on top of the regular zoo admission and they wanted to say thank you for participating because they know (in this economy)  that's a huge monetary hit.  

My family did feel appreciated so thanks for the thanks... 

The Back Stage pass helps support many programs and I got the feeling less people do it and admissions are down in general.  There are a lot of ways to support the San Diego Zoo but the Back Stage pass was a great experience so it's Win/Win.

Definitely something my son won't forget.  




Sunday, June 5, 2011

Week-end retail confusion

  Plus-Size clothes cost more?  Because.... (and I know, I called and asked)  ....they use more fabric, you tell me.

 But petite doesn't cost less because it's not about the cost of the fabric it's about how long they take to make.     The workmanship.  The stuff other then materials.  (This is starting to sound a lot like the e-book / Paper book debate)

Guys, you can not have it both ways.  Which is it already?


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