As the joke goes, Monday is the only day of the week you can start a diet. If you try to start one on Monday and you fail, OH WELL your sorry ass has to wait another week.
We all know it’s not true, and yet it’s the excuse for MANY of us that are serial dieters.
I really saw the irony of this when I shared with a few fellow teachers that I finally had an appointment set with the surgeon for October 23. They thought I meant for my actual surgery, and one commented, “Right before Halloween? That SUCKS!?” I reassured her that it was just a pre-op appointment, but it got me thinking…..whenever my surgery really does get scheduled it’s go time, and if it falls during a shitty time of year to be on a liquid diet then OH WELL.
When would a “good time” be? It’s a non-existent state of being of course. Because, if not Halloween, then…
Thanksgiving? The Holiday whose sole purpose is to gorge yourself and pretend that it’s in the spirit of being thankful?
Christmas? Where every damn day is either a Holiday party, lunch and shopping, cocktail hour, or fried fish feast?
Valentines? The ONLY acceptable day of the year where you can stuff your face with a whole box of heart shaped chocolates?
My Birthday? But my kids make me a cake!
Easter? Lamb, and candy, and egg salad…oh my!
Summer? (Which yes, this is a HOLIDAY all of its own, especially if you are a teacher.) BBQ food is so much healthier for you, and beer is patriotic!
…which brings us back to Fall, one of my favorite seasons. Fall means that it’s time to exhale, that the earth needs rest from growth. So no, the moral of my story kids is that there is no such thing as the perfect time of year to have weight loss surgery. I know the two week before and after liquid diet is going to SUCK. I know I will have many moments of temporary insanity. I know I’m going to wonder if I’m doing the right thing.
Then I will look in the mirror, I will hug my children, I will dance with my husband, and I will know. The right time is NOW.