I’m getting desperate. I’m stuck. To completely control my diabetes I know that I have to control my weight.
Like Robert Frost, “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.”
Today I make these promises to myself:
I promise to take or accept no snacks at supermarkets or my barbershop — not even meat or cheese.
I promise not to buy any food that doesn’t fit my eating plan.
I promise not to buy any food, no matter how good for me, that I can’t resist eating too much of, like macadamia nuts.
I promise to eat no more than I usually eat at home when I eat a meal out.
I promise to drink one liter of water before every meal.
I promise to eat dinner at least three hours before bedtime.
I promise not to eat anything after dinner.
I promise not to eat any dairy (except for the one container of Greek yogurt now in my refrigerator).
I promise not to eat any grain or potatoes.
I promise not to eat any sucrose or fructose — not even spicy chai sweetened with honey (except the fructose that occurs naturally in up to one serving of fruit per day).
I promise not to use any oil with an unfavorable omega 3:6 ratio (except extra virgin olive oil).
Each of these public promises is binding on myself, David Mendosa, at least until I have lost the six more pounds that I want to lose so that I can get back down to a BMI of 19.5.
I promise to report back here when I have reached my ideal weight and that I kept these promises to do so.
Do you want to make any promises — either public or private — to help promote your weight loss and better health?
HealthCentral published an earlier version of this article.