It's Monday and like a lot of other folks, I'm starting the diet today. Damn Lexapro, saving my sanity and killing my waistline.
But before starting the diet, I did what any other good American would do - I binged like mad last night, saying goodbye to all of the things I won't be eating again for awhile. Like pizza, potato skins, crab cakes, wine (oh, never fear, wine will be back in moderation one week from today).
To celebrate the occasion, Joe surprised me by making us little individual cakes. Joe's quite the cook, actually, but this was extra nice. He bought a baking tin, filled them with yellow cake batter and chocolate chips, baked, then smothered in caramel, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream. As you can see from the photo, these are heart-shaped cakes. Or, as Joe so proudly told me "I made you less than three cakes!" I do believe we have started a new tradition. They were delicious little cakes and much appreciated.
Also much appreciated is that Joe is going to try to tough out this miserable diet plan with me. He may not be able to stay on it because I don't think it will provide enough calories for his marathon training but he said he'll give it ago.
To jump start my weight loss, I'm following what's known as the "Sacred Heart Diet". Even though Sacred Heart says they have nothing to do with it. The short version is that you eat a whole lot of soup, supplemented with a few other specific foods each day (today is any fruit except bananas). You can eat as much soup as you like, but you get really tired of the soup. Or so I imagine, as I've only had it once so far.
I am lovingly referring to the soup as my Fat Ass Soup. It's not bad, actually. Just tons of veggies in chicken broth. After a week of Fat Ass Soup, I plan to move on to a more healthy eating plan that I can maintain regularly, plus add in exercise. This has worked for me in the past but mentally I'm really needing the big boost to get started.
I'm going to try to pre-blog as many entries as possible tonight so I can avoid cranky posts later this week. Also, I won't be blogging repeatedly about dieting but I tweeted a few times while making the Fat Ass Soup and wanted to explain myself.