01 January 2008

genius

I don't do the whole resolution thing. Why January first? What makes that special? Unless you're a thoroughbred--then your birthday is 1 January no matter when you were born--it's just another day.

I know that a lot of bloggerdom is talking about new weight loss strategies starting today. I am *always* struggling with weight. I think I have stumbled upon a plan that will confirm those suspicions of genius harbored on my behalf. Stay with me here--genius is often ridiculed in its early stages.

It has been often noted that pets resemble their owners and vice versa. My cat, Beazy, (after Beatrice in Much Ado) is a big cat. She was a scrawny little kitten who gained weight after she was spayed. Then, when I was living in England and she was in the US she gained even more. When we arrived in Russia, we both needed to shed a few pounds.

I did. She did too--but by getting gravely ill. When she recovered and adoption stress mounted we both put on pounds. My sensible eat-less-move-more plan didn't seem to be working for either one of us. So, rather than go to the move-even-more plan, I've now got my cat on a STRICT diet (Royal Canin light, 1/2 c per day). It's a cat's answer to NurtiSystem--pre-planned and pre-measured. And, I figure if pets DO resemble their owners, my weight loss should follow hers as a matter of course. Genius!

Now, this is not to say that it's an easy program to follow. There is a fine line between a happy cat and one who is hungry and mean. Beazy is a vocal cat and trills her complaints (she doesn't miaow) insistently. This invokes the response, "No, Beaze" from me which, in turn, makes me sing Dona Nobis. She tries to hypnotize me into feeding her more by staring at me intensely and then dashing for the food bowl when I acknowledge her or shift in my chair. She wakes me up at 5:30 every morning wanting to be fed. It's tough.

But, I really think this plan has potential. I'm off to continue watching season 3 of Lost (I don't know if I can manage to watch it stretched out over a season instead of in a marathon sitting.) after I give Beazy her snack ration. We've been on this plan for some time now and are seeing some slow progress. But, we all know that slow, steady weight loss is the best way to ensure that loss is permanent. I would encourage any of you who feel like you've tried everything to lose weight to give this scheme a try. I can use your testimonies in my infomercial when I'm back in the US. ;>

12 comments:

ourboysourlives said...

Kate....I have done them all even hypnosis...I am, and hoping all I know are, content with whom I am...I am not anywhere near slender in fact just the opposite...but I am good with me..so no testimonial from me....of course no pets other then fish right now anyway.

Lauri said...

Happy new year....


poor kitty, diets are no fun

Rachael said...

But I have a really skinny cat...now what? Will it work for me if I put my dog on a diet? Have you any experience with this? I'd hate to torture him for naught.

kate said...

hmmm...rach. i would think the theory would work with a dog. actually, people tend to say that DOGS resemble their owners more often than they say that other pets do. so, you will probably see results faster.

though i've SEEN you rach, and am not sure you need a diet. maybe the skinny kitty is the real you.

Kathy Friend said...

Kate - I've been lurking your blog for a while, and have to tell you that I've laugh out loud to your posts many times. THis one might have taken the cake...probably since I'm a certified cat person. The way we look at it - we're grateful that our cat (Jazz) allows us to live in our house!

The one thing I've learned about adoption (first trip was 38+ months ago...ya, over 3 years) is that weight gain comes with the waiting. I think it is our hormones that kick in - making us think we're pregnant.

Good luck to you! And, I look forward to more of your humor!

-Kathy
Pre-Adoptive-Mom to Anya in Shelechov (Irkutsk)

beckyww said...

Happy New Year, my friend!

chou-chou said...

i just don't know how you are going to survive on 1/2 c per day of Royal Canin light.

;-)

annmarie said...

I love you Kate. And I love Beaze too. I, for one, would adore 1/2 cup of kitty food every day.

Carrie said...

LOL Well, I'll give it a try! I don't make resolutions either, I just break them anyway.

Jenni said...

Brilliant plan! I feel for poor Beazy though. If she's anything like my Oona (and I suspect she is), that meow has got to be extra-shrill now-a-days!

Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy your Lost-a-thon!

Anonymous said...

It's a great plan! True genius. And your cat sounds like my one year old expressing himself rather loudly.
Love, Nif

Calico Sky said...

Cats on diets are not fun!

I just finished watching Lost, sigh! Isn't it wonderful?