I am eating a plate of red pepper and cucumber with some Italian dressing drizzled on top. It is 9pm and I also have a cup of water. With ice because we are now fancy people, I suppose.
I have no answers as to how, truly, I will make this time different than others. I do know that it is late at night and there are chocolate croissants in this house and as much as I want them, I don’t want them more and so they remain on the counter. And I am, still the girl who hates vegetables with a rabid, instinctive passion where I find them selectively invisible when I open the refrigerator door no matter the fact that I bought them just hours earlier. Bought them because I think I should.
Now I am trying to eat them because I think I should. So I can buy more at the store and not feel like shit for letting them decay to ooze in the front of my eyes. To have consumed some nutrients, some balance, some cheap gesture to this idea that I don’t just need to lose weight, I need to gain health. And that’s as good as I can do. I don’t think it will ever fly in the confines of my mind to just adore a sprig of asparagus. But I have to do things I don’t want to do to get past the circle jerk, the circle of farming implements I keep stepping on and cracking myself in the face with. Adulting.
It’s strange, because I was so irritable today and I think it’s only because I decided in my excitement to do a bit of a pre-weight loss check of the scale. I saw it hadn’t really moved. I was given pause, but there’s enough in my mind to keep me busy and I didn’t think I really processed it. But it bothered me, I guess. All the live-long day, a rage face. The old cycle, the muscle memory that I can’t seem to shift out of. I needed to eat, but even then, as you slouch toward Bethlehem, the whole reason feels obscured.
It’s not obscure. It’s not two weeks ago that me myself and I had been on an epic binge. Plates of cookies meant for whole squadrons went down my gullet, popcorn balls oozing with Karo syrup, waffles upon waffles soaked with maple syrup. Anything sugary and sticky,…Starbucks beyond counting. Pizza, and oh, word, the Chipotle. It was extensive and out of control. If they had been booze bottles, I’d have been dropped in some kind of detox facility. Like a hungry fire no amount of wood could sate.
It was both typical and extra-intense. It needed to be dealt with.
Now, I have to shift vision. I have to give myself some joy and not fall down on the job. One monthly celebration worthy of a party and a night out. Not lots of penny-ante wastes.
I can do this. Just get me through to morning.