The losing continues. I’m still weighing in at minus twenty-two pounds–the same as six days ago. I think Monday’s weigh-in was affected by the exercise I got while mowing the yard. My usual form of exertion is walking or yoga or climbing stairs at the parish–nothing too sweaty really.
I think I’ve found a happy solution for the pancakes that don’t pan fry well: I’ll just cook them in the microwave. After two tries this week, I’m getting a decent product that tastes fair and cleans the dish easily. Good thing, too, as my diet company sent me two seven-serving boxes. I need to get those puppies eaten up.
Since we’re heading to my sister-in-law’s for Father’s Day today, my wife and the young miss took me out for dinner last night. My coach said I should be okay with Chicken Tandoori. But as I reviewed the menu at India Palace, I realized that absolutely nothing else on their menu was acceptable. Even the veggie dishes were full of cheese, butter, and starches.
Man, that chicken dish was great. Even without the rice. I dreamed about eating the rice this morning, though. I think the processed foods are getting to me. I also have to be more vigilant about drinking lots of water to flush the fat out of my system. But I’m in for twenty-one days so far, and I’m not slacking off now.
This will be a challenge in the future. I don’t indulge Indian cuisine very often, even though it’s my favorite. I’ve been telling myself that my weight gain over the years has been gradual–about a pound a year since I began in ministry in 1988. My goal weight is at the midrange or slightly below for my age and height. I do look forward to indulging good food when I’m back to optimal weight.
After three weeks, I’ve grown accustomed to small portions and small meals. Last night, I ordered a half dish, and I felt satisfied, even without the rice, the naan, or a dessert. One thing that troubles me in the materials provided by my diet company is their statement that variety in food is not good for us. I have a hard time accepting that. I’ve felt my life has been enriched as I’ve tried Central American fare, different nuances of Middle Eastern foods, Indian and southeast Asian fare. Brazil. Kosher. Japan. My wife and daughter stick to the tried and true. I can’t see living that way. I’m always going to try something new.
Except for diets. One diet in my lifetime is enough.