NOTE: Courier-News freelancer Janelle Walker has signed up for the second round of the "Elgin's Biggest Loser" challenge. Participants weigh in Wednesday nights, and Janelle is blogging the experience exclusively for The Courier-News.
I hate "diet plans." They make no sense and don't tell me what I want to know in five minutes or less. I need bullet points and lists, not prose.
I've bought diet books before, including The Zone and the Atkins books. And they bored me to tears. Which is why I probably couldn't stick to them. They don't tell a single woman with a busy schedule how to do this without wasting my time. Sitting and reading your flowery prose means I am not walking or on the Gazelle or heading over to the Y for a workout.
I don't care about reading about the science behind your particular plan. I know. I have heard from people who've had success and the diet works. I don't want to know about your personal history and challenges. I have my own, thank you very much. Just like I delete most "inspirational" e-mail forwards, I will ignore your "inspirational" story.
More frustrations, after the jump.
Just tell me what to do. Give me a list of "go to the store and go buy this now." Then, give me a list of things to make for breakfast and lunch that can be done in five minutes. If you give me a recipe for my lunch, I will hit you over the head with it. Who has time to cook lunch? The night before? I am busy making the dinner, for Pete's sake.
So I am going through the website of a popular low-carb plan today and yelling at the screen. Not helpful! Not made for people who think like me at all.
So, instead of getting on the Gazelle and getting my workout in, I am on the computer trying to figure out how to do this darn diet. This is not going well.
-- Janelle Walker, Freelance Writer