Monday is D-Day…Unless You’re Bin Laden
Ugh. Food/sun/pool/fireworks coma here. How ’bout you?
A few days ago, I decided to go on South Beach Supercharged. Except I refuse to do the Phase I/like Atkins induction. Of course, I blew the holiday weekend. I have to start over. Which got me thinking…what day of the week do you like to start your diet? My analysis goes like this:
Sunday = Optimal Day. It’s the beginning of the week, after all. Also, if I blew it on Fri/Sat, and am good on Sunday, I can convince myself that the weekend wasn’t a total wash (on the other hand…if I blow Fri/Sat, I often figure, “screw it, the weekend’s blown anyway, might as well eat, pass the honeybuns!”)
Monday = Optimal Day #2. It’s the start of the work week. The weekend is blown so I’ll start fresh. It’s always easiest to be good at work for me. I can pack my food and they don’t let me out for lunch so if I can make it ’til 5:30 I’m probably going to be ok.
Tuesday = A toughie. I’m still technically ahead of Hump Day. If I’m good from Tuesday on…I haven’t totally effed myself over for the week, but I am approaching critical mass.
Wednesday* = Uhh. Who the hell starts a diet on a Wednesday? Crazy people. Osama Bin Laden maybe, that’s who.
Thursday = Hey, it’s a day before the weekend. Probably Ghandi wouldn’t even have started a diet on a Thursday.
Friday = Look, I’m insulted even by the suggestion that it is permissible to start a diet on a Friday. How dare you? Er…me.
Saturday = Hmmm. At first blush, it would seem starting on a Saturday would buy me a seat on the first flight to CrazyTown. However, if I start on Saturday, I’ve given myself a real jump start for the week. I mean, maybe I could have a random Big Lunch Wednesday if I’ve been good since the Saturday leading up to it. That’s kind of cool. (Note: I’ve never actually been able to do the Saturday Start. It’s more of a theory, like Worm Hole Time Travel. It’s sounds cool and plausible, I’ve just never actually seen it done.)
*A potential exception to the Wednesday Start. If Wednesday is also the first day of the month, or spring or something, I could possibly buy the logic of a Wednesday Start. Nevertheless, I’m still pretty sure only terrorists start their diets on Wednesdays.
Thoughts? What’s your optimal Start Day?