Yesterday morning I got a text message from Ann asking if I were going to be in town that day, and if so, could I stop by her and her husband's store in the mall and pick up something. When I got there after my class in the evening, I almost dipped into the Borders book store which is right next to their shop to get the new South Beach book. I had planned to get it earlier in the day at Barnes & Noble, but when I arrived at that store it was much too busy for the time I had available before class, so I decided to hold off.
So now I was walking past Borders and had a thought to go in, but said to myself, "No, let's go pick up this mysterious thing from Ann first."
I walked in the store and told the people behind the counter what I was there for, and they handed me a beautifully wrapped package that looked suspiciously like a book. "Hm," I said to them, "I guess I'd better open this before I go to the bookstore, eh?"
Ann and I had been in touch over the past few days when she read in Facebook that I was doing the South Beach diet. She has had wonderful success with it, and was able to direct me to some recipes and helpful tips online.
THANK YOU, ANN! I wish I'd tried this diet two years ago. I have been struggling to lose 10-15 pounds and nothing else has budged it, in spite of my most sincere efforts. I've tried calorie-counting, I've tried increasing protein and reducing carbs (but clearly not enough), I've tried The Zone. I thought I was doomed to accept this new, heavier version of me.
Now, as of yesterday morning I had lost six pounds in four days. SIX POUNDS IN FOUR DAYS!!!! Some people will undoubtedly get all up in arms about "crash dieting," etc., but I gotta tell you, if you don't see some real results, it is damn hard to stay focused. These quick results, all while I'm feeling full and satisfied, (albeit wishing I could have some dried fruit or a big fat chocolate cake -- I AM human, ya know!) give me the boost I need to keep it up hopefully till I meet my goal, and sooner rather than later.
Anyway.... 'nuff said. Thank you again for the book and the encouragement, Ann!
As I was writing this post and looking at these photos, I remembered a gift that I received -- OMG -- 15 years ago. (How can that be?)
I went down to my kitchen to pull it out:
I'm laughing myself silly at the similarities (and yet stark differences) in the inscription, and even the handwriting. This was a Christmas gift from my dear friend Andrew in London. I was 20 pounds lighter in those days, and the word "diet" was not really in my lexicon -- however, I was always concerned about healthy habits -- eating and exercise -- which the British thought made me slightly wacky. All except Andrew. He and I were gym buddies, but at the same time, also pudding buddies. We'd get together on a Friday evening after we had gone to the gym and make rich steamed English puddings together, then sit on the couch with two spoons and eat the entire thing while watching the telly. I've made many a Delia Smith Christmas pudding from this book in the intervening years, too.
But I won't be doing that for a while now. I've got a date with a camera coming up soon, and I'd just as soon not share it with this extra tonnage, thank you very much.