I’ve lost another pound. I don’t think that losing a pound a day is real weight loss (it’s water or something, right?), but I’m not complaining.

Well, yes, I am complaining, but only here. I actually didn’t avoid “the evil 6” for even one full day. I’m giving myself till the first to accomplish this, scheduling Januray 1-21 for the full Ignite experience. The website has a list of 5 things you must do before you can be officially on the program, and one is going grocery shopping, something I haven’t yet done. Another is throwing out all foods in your home that contain “the evil 6.” A third is taking “before” photos and measurements.

I did watch the video and download the app, so I’m not a total slacker, but I think they’re right that having the forbidden foods handy is not helpful. I actually ate crackers, a food which I would agree should be on the “evil” list and something I don’t normally keep in the house. I ate these evil things along with some delicious and non-evil spicy beef stew, and I seriously enjoyed them.

Here’s what else I’ve enjoyed: the workout videos, which are very good, and the Ignite app, which just has you snap a picture of your meal while reminding you of “the evil 6.”

So let’s consider the evil 6:

  • artifical sweeteners: I agree on this one, and as it happens I am among the people who do not find the taste of artificial sweeteners sweet — a genetic oddity. I never use these, so I’m ahead.
  • soy: I do use soy sauce, but apart from that I’m fine with avoiding soy. I’ ve read convincing arguments against it, and I never find myself craving tofu.
  • alcohol: I never have been much of a drinker, and I gave alcohol up entirely back when my triglycerides were worrying my doctor, so this isn’t much of an issue. It wouldn’t be an issue at all if it weren’t that I have half a bottle of Robert Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc in the kitchen. I don’t want to waste it, so I think it will be a stand-in for champagne for New Year’s Eve.
  • dairy: okay now we’re reaching the issues. I’m not lactose inolerant, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with nonfat yogurt or nonfat cottage cheese. I also love cheese and butter, and as a person of French heritage I consider these essential for cooking. However, I think I can give them up for 21 days.
  • sugar: I agree that sugar is not good for me and that I should give it up. I also have a sweet tooth, and I know that this one will be difficult. Getting all holiday sweets out of the house is probably the key.
  • gluten: this is the hardest one. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with whole grains, I have no sensitivity to gluten, and I don’t feel as though I’ve eaten if I don’t have grains. Brown rice and quinoa are the allowed grains on this program, and I think I will be able to live with that though I may have to complain. Since oats don’t contain gluten, I think they should be allowed.

And this brings me to the question of breakfast. Ignite recommends drinking a shake for breakfast, a shake made of powdered protein and coconut milk. That is simply not going to work for me. I don’t think that Ignite is magic, so I think I will have oatmeal (no gluten) rather than powdered protein.

Yesterday #2 son and I hung out watching movies and (on my part) knitting. This is my plan for today, too. #1 son and #1 daughter and her beau all came by, too, so that was nice. I did some work yesterday and will have to do a little today, too, but mostly I’m taking a long weekend. I plan to do some deep thinking about goals and plans and the past ear and the upcoming year and all that, and I’ll fit some housework in as well, but I think I really need a little time off. More even than I need bread and cheese.