I am still feeling low and sad and crabby and like everything is the end of the world: "My computer is running slow! Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! *flops listlessly in chair*"
Today I'm trying a depression-combating method I read about a long time ago and periodically call into service: drinking 1/4th cup of coffee every hour, as if taking medicine. It's supposed to give you a more even keel than if you drink a huge honking mug in the morning and try to coast all the way to bedtime.
If you are at a loss in re Father's Day gifts, Sundry and I each wrote a post of ideas over at Milk & Cookies. Here's hers, and here's mine. I'm chalking that up as our good deeds for the month: looking for Father's Day gifts is borrrrrr-ring.
Okay! Marie Green thinks it is time for a diet update, and I agree.
The diet and I are in a fight, but still together. I'm doing a modified Weight Watchers Core. Core basically says that if it's sugar or fat or in any way baked (crackers, bread), you barely get any of it (you have a Treats Budget you can use on those items), but you can have as much as you want of the approved food list, which is surprisingly long and inclusive. It's an excellent diet for a nursing mother, because it lets you have huge heaping helpings of nutritious stuff like chicken and vegetables and brown rice and fruit and eggs and milk and so forth, while leading you away from the ice cream and the candy and the cake.
The reason I call it "modified" Core is that I don't follow it exactly. My diet is more "based on actual events" than "the true story of." I think Weight Watchers, along with the rest of the dieting world, has gone too far on the anti-carb spectrum. I think, for example, that 100% whole wheat bread is a GOOD food, not an EVIL food. So I don't use my Treats Budget for it if I eat it. For some people, this would not be a good modification: they'd eat a whole loaf of bread right off the bat. But I don't even like bread all that much, and find I only crave it when it's forbidden, so it's a good modification for me: if I can have it, I'll barely ever eat it. If I can't have it, I'll keep sneaking it.
Another sample modification: you're supposed to use the Treats Budget for the frosting on Frosted Mini-Wheats. SCREW THAT. If I am eating SHREDDED WHEAT, I don't really care if it has sugar on it. I'm not going to sit there eating a whole box. So this, too, works for me: if I have to count the frosting, I won't eat the shredded wheat and will instead lose control with a bag of chocolate chips; but if I DON'T have to count the frosting, I'll eat the cereal and pull through the hard times. I'm not in this diet for UTTER RIGHTEOUSNESS.
I think the idea is that certain foods give some people problems, so Weight Watchers has made sweeping rules for that. But there are a lot of foods that I know are not problems for me (my problems are sweets and sweet fats, not potatoes and whole wheat bread), so I change it.
Right NOW, though---I mean, I am eating out of a bag of chocolate chips AS I TYPE. There are chocolate chips IN MY MOUTH. And I don't think I can call that a "modification." I'm finding that with the diet, as with any relationship, I have times when things are going well and times when things are not going well. "Hang in there anyway" is one of my mottos for this diet. Yes, I am eating chocolate chips right now, but I don't have three bags of candy waiting for me in the other room. SOME improvement is better than NO improvement, and perseverance is still worthwhile.
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