How are you doing? Are you still with me?
Theoretically we’ve been in this together since June 10, therefore on Wednesday we will have been on our regime for two months.
A recap of my progress: three kilos lost in a flash; another two took a little over three weeks and then at five, I plateaued. Very discouraging. This morning, with great trepidation, I gingerly stepped on the scale — I’ve never been one to hop on a scale lest it register an extra ounce for enthusiasm — and discovered I am down six kilos.
So that we all stay on message, and most important, in a positive “we’re all in this together” mind set, I’m turning our little journey into a series. Each day I’ll tell you more about what Madame Casanova has advised.
I’ll also share my slip-ups with you, one of which included an extremely indulgent dinner that involved three glasses of Chablis. Madame Casanova finds wine to be “empty calories” advising that it should be imbibed — if one must (we live in France for heaven’s sake!) during a meal so that it somehow sneaks into the digestive combustion process unnoticed. I have no idea if her warning has any scientific data to back it up, but I often like a glass of wine before my dinner for a tiny, ever so occasional, buzz.
I would say in the last almost two months I’ve had, counting above mentioned, four glasses of wine and that’s it on the alcohol front. I can definitely live without imbibing, but from time to time it gives me great pleasure. Why would I not in that case?
Remember we’re supposed to live by the pleasure factor, not the excess pleasure factor of course, because you know that slippery slope as well as I do. . .
The aforementioned dinner was a belated major anniversary celebration. Am I supposed to drink water? I don’t think so.
Speaking of water, Madame Casanova told me I must vary my water drinking, not just my beloved St. Pellegrino usually with lots of lime.
She recommended I drink three to four bottles of Contrex per week. The idea is that the more varied the waters, the more minerals we take in. Contrex for example features high contents of calcium and magnesium.
She has nothing against tap water, which I drink every morning with either lemon or apple cider vinegar. (Maybe we should have an apple cider vinegar conversation? It’s supposed to be a miraculous appetite suppressant.)
I would love to hear about your progress and any tricks or secrets you’ve discovered that help you move forward and keep you encouraged enough to continue resolutely as you move toward your goal.
*My Internet has been down for several days, that’s why I’ve been off the grid. Now I’m back(!)