January 2. Day 2 of the South Beach Diet. Five years ago, before kids, we did Atkins to drop those excess college pounds, and I lost about 25 extra lbs. The Narrator picked up the South Beach book earlier this week and eagerly agreed to do it with me. Really, he doesn’t need to lose anything, he’s just being a great supportive husband. So now, here I am looking at extra baby fat that I can’t really claim as baby fat since T-Rex is now two! It’s just been laziness. These first 2 weeks are the most painful. I NEED CHOCOLATE!! And there’s half a bag of Dove dark chocolates in the pantry calling my name. So for dessert tonight, I made a cocoa-nut mousse that was in the book. Hopefully it will be just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. These kinds of low carb diets work for me because I am terribly terribly addicted to baked goods and bread and rice and sweets in general. These first 2 weeks break my cravings. I have to say that 2 days into it, I’m feeling pretty good – mostly because I feel good exercising my will power and resisting the urge to unhealthily and mindlessly snack.
And in a continuation of the New Year’s Resolutions, the kids and I went to our new library today. We have a shiny, new library with a million dollars worth of new books just a couple miles from our house. It is BEAUTIFUL! The kids area has beautiful paintings and gorgeous tables and rows and rows and rows of brand new books, that I’m almost afraid to let T-Rex touch. We’re most likely the first people to read the stack we brought home. So after paying my $12.80 fine (oops!) we came home and devoured a stack of books. And for me? I found a book containing ALL the novels of Jane Austen. After flipping through the book – I settled on Sense and Sensibility since it is the first book in the volume, and I have a thing about doing things in order. PLUS I promised myself to watch the movie after I read it. From there I’ll see how many of them I can read before I have expired my options to renew the book. I’ve read just a few chapters, but I already feel smarter just reading her words. My vocabulary is going to be richer after reading her novels. I can sense it already! 🙂
And now, I’m going to make a chili chock full of veggies!!