So as you know by now, I was so into the awesome sharing that went on when we talked about our weight the other week. And thus, I’ve been brainstorming ways we can have more great conversations like that here on the blog. Because I really like talking to you. You’re so interesting and smart and pretty!
Shameless flattery accomplished, here is the plan: Every week (or thereabouts/when I can be asked), I’m going to pose a Check Your Own Pretty Price Question, hopefully inspired by some newsy price check bizness or maybe just my own internal musings. And you are going to answer and we are going to discuss!
So here we go:
A Wakefield Research survey* of 1,064 women revealed that 50 percent of women have tried five or more diets, while only 18 percent claim never to have dieted. I guess I’m not so surprised by this, because the women in my life are forever hopping on and off of diets, cleanses, what have you. But when I started trying to count up my own dieting attempts, I realized that I don’t fall into that 50 percent group — which means, maybe you don’t either. Or maybe you do, but I bet you have a pretty interesting story about the whys and hows.
Here’s my diet tally:
1. There was the sort of accidental diet that happened in the fall of 2005 when I left my office job to go freelance and suddenly had time to exercise and make my own lunch. Plus I was wicked stressed about self-employment and thus, burning some extra “Oh God, how will I pay the rent?” calories. I actually lost twenty pounds over the course of the next year, and another ten when I decided to run two half marathons in 2007 (though that was about running, not a diet) making this my only ever “successful” diet attempt. But I am going to be veryveryvery quick to emphasize that fear of eviction is not a dieting strategy I’d endorse today.
2. There was a five day cleanse that an old personal trainer talked me into during the summer of 2008, after I stopped running due to a stress fracture, gained those ten pounds back (plus maybe a couple of their friends) and got all up in my head about it. I cleansed for 1.5 days before I realized I was super f*cking hungry. I am just really, really not cut out for cleanses. Unless they let me have an amazing turkey sandwich from my local bodega for lunch. Which is how I broke said cleanse and immediately felt like a whole new human.
3. There was some pre-wedding closet diet attempts that quickly turned into deliberate non-dieting for the last month or two before my wedding.
4. And then there was the diet I started in January to lose my twenty pounds of beauty school weight. I lost ten-ish (some weeks it’s more like 12, some weeks, it’s more like 8) and I’ve called it a day. I’m learning how to practice Health At Every Size instead — because I think, in the long run, it’s going to give me better health and greater body peace at the same time — and I’ll have more thoughts for you soon about how that’s working out in reality.
So there you have it. Less than five, and three of the four abandoned in favor of turkey sandwiches and peace of mind.
Check Your Own Pretty Price: What’s your diet tally? And how do you feel about it — accomplished, exhausted, somewhere in between?
*Full disclosure: Wakefield Research is a PR research firm for whom I do some occasional consulting work. (As part of that whole “don’t get
evicted/foreclosed upon” strategy, see diet #1.) But I was not paid or perked to link to their survey — they just happened to post these stats and hello, they’re kinda in my wheelhouse. So that’s what inspired this post.