Me: 162.8 lbs
Charlie: 203 lbs
OUT TO DINNER
I had my first night out since starting this diet. I drove to Manhattan to have a good-bye dinner with some friends. We went to a very nice restaurant in the West Village called Malaparte, right around the corner from where they live. It's an Italian restaurant, so I was worried, but I in fact had a delicious meal, and didn't even tell anyone I was on the diet. I had grilled squid with rocket salad, a caprese salad with real buffalo mozzarella (if you're Italian you will know REAL mozzarella can only be made of buffalo milk, which is much fattier than cow's milk). Then as a main course I had a delicious steak with rocket. The only downside of my evening: I drank a glass or two of Prosecco, a glass or two of red wine, and woke up....with a headache. So did Charlie...
CHAT WITH COLLEGE ROOMMATE
I had a long conversation by phone with my graduate school roommate. She has often been on diets and trying to get her weight down, so I told her I was in the throes of an Atkins-style diet. She started laughing and said "I can't imagine anyone less suited to an Atkins diet." I would tend to be the cook when we lived together and was in the habit of coming home and cooking either spaghetti with broccoli and anchovies or penne with tuna fish, or risotto of some kind. That's all I ate, really. No meat. Anna has also tried an Atkins diet, but gave up after a few weeks, she said. It was real Atkins, i.e. even vegetables were discouraged, and she said that after a few weeks she never wanted to see an egg, or a piece of cheese, or meat again. She said she'd only come down to see me if I came off the diet, because diets make people grumpy (I'd confessed to her that I'd been being a bit grumpy to people). I told her no. I am trying this. I am very stubborn when I want to be.
Breakfast/lunch: Swedish meatballs and smoked salmon at Ikea
Late afternoon snack: Cottage cheese, tomatoes and caviar
Dinner: Coconut flour blinis with sour cream and caviar
Corn on the cob with lots of butter
Baby back ribs.
Creamed spinach with cumin seeds and almonds