Eating fruit is hard. I can't just push it into my mouth and gulp it down and be done with it. It must be chewed. It demands to be peeled, or sliced, or pitted. Fruit likes to make itself difficult.
I'll be happy to reintroduce bread to my life this week, but it won't be making a full on, Madonna-like comeback.
Indeed, bread is back, but it's back like visiting relatives.
Maybe it will roll though town once in a great while, and maybe I'll go see it and have a great time, then I'll laugh about how we should get together more often, but I won't really mean it.
Bread makes me exhausted in the afternoon, sluggish, hot when I'm trying to sleep, and um...fat.
Well, not really fat, but puffy. Puffy like a puff pastry
After seven days of no bread, here are my measurements compared to last week:
- neck: 12" ------> 12"
- bicep: 11" ------> 11"
- bust: 36" -------> 35.5"
- waist: 30" ------> 28"
- hips: 37" --------> 35"
- thigh: 22" ------> 22"
- calf: 15" --------> 15"
The running regiment hasn't suffered at all from the reduction in flour. I'm still trudging along at 8 minute miles for my one hour runs, and averaging 9:30's for my two hour training festival of fun.
I even managed to make it through the Spokane Interstate Fair without feeling sugar-sick or being mistaken for a bovine. Don't worry though, I spent plenty of time chewing, I wasn't out of place. Instead of my typical Fair food favorites like fry bread, onion petals, pizza, mini doughnuts and gyros, I enjoyed a corn on the cob and a caramel apple. Believe it or not, that's still a vegetable and a fruit, even when coated in butter and sugar. Better still, I feel completely satisfied with my Fair experience without also feeling completely regretful.
Check out this list of calorie content in common Fair foods from an article by John Brewer about the Minnesota State Fair
Soooooo, for those who are like me and look at numbers like they are beautiful poofy clouds in the distance...so pretty, but not able to be touched...let me break this down:
Selina's regular Fair Fare: 2,054 calories for a funnel cake, doughnuts, and fried onions
Selina's reasonable Fair Fare: 526 calories for corn on the cob and a caramel apple
A savings of 1,528 calories.
To recap: still The Fair, still fun, still smelly like horse poopy...minus the 1/2 pound weight gain.
Mutton Bustin' - children dressed as tiny linebackers clinging to stampeding sheep
Corn on the Cob...not nearly as terrifying as I've made it look
This week the hammer is coming down. Hell and wallets are freezing over. The bank of Selina is shutting down. Cliches are coming down like mana from heaven.
A big part of this weeks' "without" will be determining where my money goes, if I really buy things because I need them, and if my spending habits are affected by the company I keep.
I'm hoping to come out the other side of this seven days with my new, smaller waist intact (no purchases means no restaurant eating), a budget for the remainder of the year, and a new appreciation for the things I already own.
Wish me luck and dollars.