The perfect day

Diet now? “This is the worst time to try and diet. I have a retirement party coming up and two weddings.” “My kids are home with all their snacks. I can’t get to the gym. This is impossible!.” “I’m going to Disneyland … ”

There’s no doubt about it; summer has been a trying time for anyone looking to eat a little less and cut back on high-calorie foods. So I headed to our family refrigerator calendar to see if I could find when the perfect time would be. Surely there must be a lull, some sort of break from food-focused festivities in a 12-month span.

Summer’s lack of routine, school and discipline, with its never ending picnics and cookouts. Summer vacations. Summer ice cream cones. Finally, summer ends with the biggest picnic of them all — Labor Day.

People sigh as children head back to school and parents head back to the gym. But retail establishments selling back-to-school supplies are also featuring early Halloween specials. Every candy bar ever made appears in individually wrapped miniature form. Simultaneously with Halloween candy comes the makings of pies and pastries. The day synonomous with bounty — Thanksgiving. Let’s not even think about December.

Then comes New Year’s, certainly the highlight in the weight loss calendar as Americans flock to renew gym memberships and purchase diet supplements that boldly promise “Lose 10 pounds in 10 days.” But after that? There’s usually a week or two before retail shelves are inundated with red hearts and pink satin bows secretly covering pounds of decadent chocolate. This time of year also brings mid-winter vacations, hot chocolate in the ski lodge and cruise line specials. Winter weather also curbs outdoor activities and motivation lags in the long nights and short, cold days.

Once vacation season wanes it’s time for Easter. Candy, egg hunts, feasts. Although Lent could be a nice segue into a diet. And with bathing suit weather right around the corner there’s more incentive to trim away the winter pounds.

Then there’s the rounds of graduations, weddings and showers. It almost seems as though the parties will never die down when Memorial Day kicks off summer. And we’ve come full circle.

There’s more … there’s all the other once-a-year events, like birthdays and anniversaries. What about stresses like break-ups, new relationships, moving, new homes, new jobs or no jobs. Deaths. Tragedies. Health issues, being laid up or being laid off or being unexpectedly layed over. What about all the millions of other holidays and celebrations and joyous or sad occasions that drive us together or pull us apart and in the center of it all ... there is food.

Discouraged, it dawned on me that there was really no convenient time to start a diet. Then, as I let the pages fall back into place I found it ... The Day … the perfect day to work on my diet ... it’s today!

Kim Bensen, author of ‘Finally Thin’, was a lifetime yo-yo dieter who lost 200+ pounds and has kept it off for more than 10 years. She owns the Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center and Kim’s Light Café and Smoothie Bar at 405 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. For weight loss tips and recipes, visit