I am starving. I don't mean I am hungry. I'm not. I am starving though. A few days ago, recognizing that I only have a few days before the next weigh-in, and also recognizing that I am going to miss my mark unless I do something drastic, I decided to fast.
I've heard about some sugar water diet, and some other thing somewhere else, but I figured you can't go wrong by not eating anything. I made myself some lemon water sweetened with honey, and that was my food. The first day, four bottles of it (and ten to fifteen sponge-bob shaped cheesits my kid left on the table). Around midnight, I gave in to temptation and ate four Romaine lettuce leaves with some cheese (I tried just lettuce, but it gets no traction in the mouth and ends up sticking to my teeth).
This first day did not go off without a hitch though. As it happens, I suffer from migraine headaches from time to time. Maybe once a year or so, they are on a level that cannot be put into words. Around 1am, one of these blockbusters hit, and as a result, I forfeited my lettuce and cheesits to the porcelain god. My wife woke up at the sound and said, "Mistah, is dees your new way of diet?"
Good thing about headaches like that is that they don't last the night. Day two, I was up and running and only drank one such bottle (we're talking half liter Poland Springs bottles) for the whole day. I also ate three link sausages dipped in Log Cabin maple syrup. Now, before you roll your eyes, it's not that i can't find something healthier to eat. It is almost new years, and as per Japanese tradition, my fridge is filled with stuff the Japanese eat at that time.
A little side note about Japanese New Year. The Japanese are known for the art of non-cooking, hence sushi. On New Years, they don't cook for four days. I'd liken it to Jews not using the electricity after Friday night at sundown, but this isn't religious and it isn't one day. So four days. One would think they eat a lot of potato chips and ice-cream then. I would. But no. No, they have a traditional set of foods that they like to eat during that time, and pretty much that time only. First, we have the shrimp on a stick. No, no red lobster commercial type shrimp with the butter and slow motion lemon squeeze, this is tiny shrimp, maybe an inch and a half long, whole, with shell and eyeballs and everything, candied. Want a side dish? How about large black beans big enough not to fit in my honey-lemonade bottles. They are served in a jet black liquid that is a little thick. These, and other delicacies are served cold, right from the fridge.
Now, being on a diet, I have made it a point not to keep too much food I like in the house. So in desperation, I scrounged up the sausage and syrup. OK?
Day three. My son got up early and ate breakfast watching the Japanese version of Pokemon (but I thought Pokemon WAS Japanese! It is, but this has the language in Japanese too). I slept in a bit after he was set up with food and beverage. When I got up to drive him to school, he announced that he was still hungry. I can identify with that, so I took him to Junken Donuts and got him a chocolate glazed. An apple juice for me, which he shared. Now that I am home, I'll make a bottle of the brew for the rest of the day. I have to have lunch with a friend, so I will probably have a salad.
Six pounds to go, and 5 days left to do it.