Monday, September 09, 2002

I love cabbage soup. I love cabbage soup. I love cabbage soup.

If I keep saying it, maybe I'll believe it. At least for 3 days.

After half-heartedly (more like tenth-heartedly) dieting all year, I find myself 5 weeks and at least 10 pounds from my goal weight for my marathon. I'm fairly confident that these 10 pounds could be the difference between a Boston qualifying time of 3:40 and a personal record time (beating my first effort of 3:55). I also just want to look and feel better. To that end, I'm embarking on a 3 day cabbage soup diet. This includes smoothies for breakfast (to keep me interested), cabbage soup for lunch and dinner, and as many other veggies in between as I need to keep my stomach from growling. I'm not even halfway through day 1, and am already craving carbs: popcorn, bread, salt 'n vinegar potato chips... By Wednesday, even melba toast will be looking good.

I've tried this cabbage soup thing about 1/2 dozen times, about half of which I stuck through 'till the end, and it's good for at least a 3 pound quick drop. Roll it into a more sensible, low-carb diet in the following days, and I could be 5 lbs lighter in a week. I'm just asking for criticizm of the short-term fix with no long term implications, but I think this will be the kick-in-the-pants to get me moving on doing the longer term habit changing stuff. The point is to break me away from my usual patterns (croissant for breakfast, chips at lunch, beer after work, etc) and give me some confidence that I can do this. Plus, I'm in a time crunch.

So, for the next 3 days, I love cabbage soup!


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