I realize that the focus at the wedding will be on the bride and groom, and no one is going to bar me from attending if I’m not totally svelte and fit. I guess, in part, I'm caving in to the societal expectation that everyone is supposed to look perfect. But it’s also a normal and healthy desire to want to look my best. Living alone and isolating a lot of the time doesn’t exactly expose me to public scrutiny very often, so I’ve gotten out of practice at trying to make a good impression. My cats accept me even at my worst.
So, anyway, I want to be suddenly thinner and fitter. What am I to do? I’m a firm believer that slow and steady wins the race. No crash diets of 800 calories or less per day. No "daily double" workout sessions and no wearing of those special suits that are supposed to make you sweat your weight away. And absolutely no diet pills or powders or other pharmaceutical concoctions that trick your body into some maladaptive function to make the weight peel off and leave you looking emaciated and feeling ill. Nope, those aren’t the answers.
The answer is going to lie in taking my health seriously and doing what I already know to do. I will avail myself of the CrossFit workouts that my daughter graciously coaches me through, and eating a Paleo diet because I know it works and I’ve researched it well enough to believe it's safe. I know I will be healthier – even after only 27 days – and it doesn’t matter if I don’t look pencil thin or if I can’t deadlift the groom. I will feel better about myself and it will show.
So wish me luck in my endeavor. Surely I can stick with it for 27 days, right? And after that, I’ll consider the plan for the remainder of my lifetime.
Broccoli, anyone? With a side of ring dips? I’m off to the “box.”