Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Housework and yo-yo dieting
I am not a fan of fad diets mostly because I KNOW what they are like. They make me feel like I am starving, I dream only in pizza and chocolate (that includes daydreams), I become a very angry person, and I end up gaining most of the weight back and then some. I know you all know what I am talking about. If you have lost a lot of weight in a short period of time you are either in need of some counseling or on a fad diet, most likely the latter. Not only are these diets unhealthy by limiting complete food groups (especially favorites like breakfast meat and corndog poppers), but they make me feel like a complete failure and hopeless for any success with my body weight. Although I am really pushing myself with the exercise thing, right now I am taking it step-by-step with the food. I know if I say "No treats" or "Nothing fried," the little devil in me will sabotage the whole thing and I will be sitting on the couch in a pool of candy wrappers and French fry boxes with an extra twenty to lose. So what I have done is allow myself a little bit of everything, just less. And I have concentrated on eating slowly, so my brain can tell my stomach when to stop, not the other way around. I am trying to train my stomach to be a little more polite and stop screaming "FEED ME, FEED ME NOW!" Patience, little friend, patience. I wish that I could apply this same principle to housekeeping. As much as I yo-you diet with food, my clutter yo-yoing is one hundred times worse. I try the home Atkins diet: no carbs on the carpet, or couch. Or "The Daylight" diet which calls for cleaning everything up by 7:00, and no messes after that. Or my favorite, and LEAST successful, the "Binge and Purge." Here's how that one goes: I get a huge wave of cleanliness, usually after watching a TV show on Hoarding, and donate or throw away large amounts of items I don't need, then comes the emptiness. I fill up the holes in my heart with NEW junk from garage sales and other such thrifties. The "weight" gain continues; and I start over again. I am really happy about how I have been exercising, if only my house would stop the up and down cycle--maybe the mop and vacuum need to go for a jog.