In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang is used to describe how opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities (such as light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water, life and death, and so on) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept. — Wikipedia
One natural duality greatly overlooked by Chinese philosophy is the diet’s twin and simultaneous attributes of success and failure. I am one week into Attempt #113 and I’m happy to say I have achieved success. I’ve managed to cap my daily caloric intake between 1500 and 2100 (weekends don’t count, of course). And (at one point, at least) I was down two pounds.
I’m also tired a lot, but we’ll discuss that at some other point.
It would be nice if the story stopped there. However, this seeming dietary success is laced with hidden failure. To demonstrate, I present my caloric intake charts, grouped by quarter days.
Simplified, here are the caloric averages:
Clearly, the only way to true dietary success is to sleep from six o’clock in the evening until six o’clock the next morning. Which, now that I think about it, isn’t a bad plan at all.