So, I’m going to try the Bright Lines Eating diet. Both of my parents are willing to pay me $200 if I manage to lose weight. That’s great! But I’m worried about hunger with this one.
The book tells you exactly what to eat and how much of it to eat. Bear with my memory here, because my book and my lists are downstairs. But I think that on one given day, I might eat:
- An orange fruit
- A cup of rice OR five squares of Shredded Wheat cereal breakfast grain
- Two eggs (scrambled until they’re burnt, just the way I like) breakfast protein
- A pear fruit
- Nine shrimps protein
- Sauteed zuchini (6 ounces, I think?) vegetable
- Extra virgin olive oil for the zucchini fat
- Nine more shrimps protein
- Sauteed mushrooms vegetable (I’m the first to tell you that the mushroom is a fungus, but it’s in the book as an acceptable veggie–whatever works)
- Extra virgin olive oil for the mushrooms fat
- A cucumber salad (cucumber chunks with a vinaigrette) (six ounces again, I think?) salad/vegetable
I’m just wondering if that’s enough food, or if I’ll give into hunger. I can’t tell just from reading the list. I mean, there’s no harm in trying. The author of the book says that the hunger goes away after several weeks or months. Peachy, just peachy. I don’t deal with hunger well, but I do like how there’s some iffing (intermittent fasting) built into this diet. You’re not supposed to eat other than during the three meals. (I think you can loosen the rules if you’re traveling internationally or burning major calories by running a marathon, or that sort of thing.)
I like all the foods listed above, but under non-structured circumstances, you can’t get me to eat them. So my main concern is hunger.
One relief is that she says you don’t have to go off of sugar and flour altogether. In small ways, you can ingest them. This is a relief because: what if I want to take a liquid supplement that’s been sweetened to taste better? She says to make sure that sugar or flour are lower than the first three ingredients in something you eat, but I think she’d understand about supplements, too.
And also, I’m sorry, but all bets are off if I get a respiratory illness such as a cold, the flu, or the coronavirus. I need Sprite and sherbet during those times. I just do. But then I can go off the sugar again. If I can go off it once, I can go off it again.
About the shrimp, it counts as a “protein”, which you’re supposed to include in lunch and dinner. More affordable proteins would include unadorned grilled chicken, but yuck. To give myself the best odds here, I’m going with shrimp all the way. Because, why not? Who doesn’t like shrimp, am I right? (I’m sure I’ll vary the menu, but I listed my preferences in the menu above.)
I think I actually have a liquid supplement that’s supposed to help with hunger: olive. I should try it. Because I’d be a lot more confident if I weren’t worried about hunger here. I’m a total wuss when I’m hungry.
Onto tales from Meg’s life and advice! So, it’s Thanksgiving night, and it’s been a good one for me. The roofers showed up at 8:00 AM and disrupted the neighborhood. Our neighbor who lives in the third house, Neighbor Boy, told off my dad for having roofers wake him up at 8:00 AM on Thanksgiving. I can kind of see it from his perspective. My dad’s told me in the past that this guy (with whom I’ve never interacted) has anger issues. I looked out front one day and saw him hurl an egg onto someone’s car. I was like, wow, get out. And someone put eggs on my car back in 2006, so now I have someone whom I’ll refer to as Suspect #1, and he lives next door.
My dad’s going to pay him off to avoid his anger.
The noise was unbelievable. While in my room, where I spent very little time, it sounded like I was in a war zone. KABOOM. All the time. And the roofers were here for ten hours. They’re coming back tomorrow.
Ask Amy’s column today was terrible. Someone wrote in about how their newly adopted doggie growls when their eight-year-old son tries to hug him. So, they showed him a video Ask Amy recommended about having empathy for dogs. Here it is:
Dear Amy: We just adopted our first family dog and we’ve been having difficulty teaching our 8-year-old son how to interact with the dog gently. His desire to hug and kiss the dog is sometimes met with a growl.
Based on your recent advice, I played the stopthe77.com video for my son and it resonated for him in a way that our words did not.
He is now able to approach our dog with empathy.
— New Dog Family
New Dog Family: An estimated 77 percent of dog bites come from a family or friend’s dog. It turns out that, despite how much we love them, dogs do not like to be hugged. (c) Ask Amy
That’s great, but why get an aggressive dog, and/or a dog who doesn’t enjoy affection? Doesn’t it all defeat the purpose of having a dog, especially when you’ve got an eight-year-old?
I never knew this until years later, but our spaniel, Treble, had violent and aggressive tendencies before we got her. My mom got Treble in around 1991 when I was fourteen and my little sister was six. Treble was the most loving, gentle, sweet doggie ever. It turns out that she was expressing her unhappiness for being on the show-dog circuit. (She was a show dog before we got her. Very regal, very beautiful. And she knew it! After a session at the groomers, oh my, she’d strut her stuff.) So as soon as she was in our family, her aggression went away. I’d wager anything, though, that my mom hoped for a little drama with Treble when she bought her. Ha! Treble was an angel. A sweeter doggie there never was.
Anyway, how in the world can Ask Amy assert that doggies don’t like to be hugged?! I googled it, and the jury’s out, and/or some dogs don’t like it but some dogs do. But I don’t think you can make the blanket statement that dogs don’t like to be hugged. LuLu loves it, and so did Treble, and so did Echo, and so did Allister. Sammy Samson, though… God bless him. He had that spaniel rage disorder.
I just don’t think I’d be happy with a dog who growls because an eight-year-old wants a hug.
I get it. Dogs have feelings and boundaries. But Treble would literally let little-girl Ellen, my sister, tie her in knots, give her furcuts, dye her white fur purple, give her manis and pedis, and God knows what else. That dog was a saint. And we need more dogs like that, especially with kids.
I know a handful of people who’ve adopted dogs from shelters, and the dog wound up being violent. I think this happens all too often. The shelter workers somehow manage to fob off the violent dogs on unsuspecting people who don’t stop to ask about the dog’s temperament. It’s horrible. With pet adoptions, safety should be a number-one priority. You’ve got to know which questions to ask, or go with a purebred dog so you can study the breed. And as unpleasant as it is for animals to be killed in shelters, the violent ones need to be put down first and foremost. Not that that ever makes me happy.
So, yeah, if I can stick to this diet, my mom offered to buy me lots of new clothes from LL Bean in my new size. And she’s in Maine now at long last, which means that… oh my goodness… she lives within easy driving distance of an LL Bean brick-and-mortar store!! My mecca!! I have to subsist on their website and catalogues!! The store! She lives near the store! And she’s going to buy me new clothes there when I lose weight!!
Years ago, I was a medium in LL Bean. Yeah, wow. Now, I’m an XL. Well, wait. I’m a PL in pants (petite large–petite because I have short legs). Large is just one size over medium. But I need to lose so much weight. I’ve been thinking about investing at healthy wage’s website, but dare I? Maybe I’ll try the new diet for a few days and see how it goes. I don’t want to be financially irresponsible.
Uh, geez, Meg, have you forgotten your gambling problem? You don’t have a financially responsible bone in your body.