I realize that as an American I fall into the instant gratification social belief system. This has never been more evident than when I’m dieting.
I fully believe that I should get some sort of weight loss points for just thinking about dieting and exercising. All the mental prep I have to go through is pretty tough on me. It takes me days just to concede that I should diet. Then, once I do I have to start thinking about exercise, cutting back on favorite things, and not indulging my coffee love. Are you feeling the pressure of just thinking about dieting.
Then, I start the actual diet. So ridiculous. I stop eating all the stuff I love , I cut back or cut out coffee, and no soda. After one day – I feel that I should be noticeably thinner just for giving up all the things that make my days better. Instead, I eat a ‘sensible’ dinner and look in the mirror. No change.
Personally, I’m sick of hearing things like “well, it didn’t take just one day to get all the weight on so it’s going to take a while for it to come off.” This is not encouraging. It’s more of a chastisement for my impatience. I don’t want to hear it. If you can’t feel my pain then you should just make a “I get what you’re saying” face and nod. I also dislike hearing people who enjoy exercise. Don’t try to make me join your cult. I don’t want to be fat, but I really don’t want to be an exercise freak who annoys everyone with all their workout reports. You know the person. They come in to your office or whatever space and say things like ‘wow, I had the best run last night. I can still feel it in my butt muscles.” or something equally not fun to hear. Get away from me with that crazy talk.
Tonight my daughter said “we should buy some soda.” I said, “No, we’re on a diet.” She said “wait, what!?! I never agreed to that!” Yes, I know exactly what she means.
Basically, I just want to complain about diet and exercise and have people agree with me.