(yes...I know...It is actually Thursday here....but since Blogger was causing me fits and not letting me post anything that I wanted, I just said "pfffffllltttt" and went to bed. Just pretend that it's Wednesday, okay...and anyway...like the title says...."no ass" today! Sorry...explanation to follow!!)
According to one report....
Claims that a banana a day keeps the weight away has led to a shortage of the appealing fruit in Japan, reports CBS station KYW-TV in Philadelphia.The 'Morning Banana Diet' claims that having a banana and room temperature water for breakfast jumpstarts weight loss regardless of what you eat for the rest of the day.Following the launch of the diet in March, a many Japanese television programs hailed method leading to a sharp increase in sales of bananas. Many groceries in the country reportedly sell out by the afternoon.
On TV about a week ago, they followed one famous geinojin, ("entertainer") as she followed this particular diet. And by "followed" I mean she had a video camera following her from the time she woke up to the time she went to bed for about 2 months. She is an opera singer...and not a thin one (as they sometimes tend not to be)....and very rarely did she eat a home cooked meal...most of her meals were from restaurants, take-out, or picked up from convenience stores.
Every morning she would wake up and eat her one banana and drink her glass of tepid water. Then, as she went about her day we could watch as she ate pretty much whatever she wanted...and believe me...I can see why she had such a round figure to begin with.
Amazingly enough, she was steadily losing the weight. I think that at the end of the 2 months, she had lost about 7 kilos....(around 15 pounds). The weight loss is great...I wish we could all lose it like that...but....what did she learn? Did she change her eating habits at all? Was she careful about what she put into her body? Was she healthier than when she started? My guess the answers would be NO, NO and NO. But, she lost the weight and that is all that matters, I suppose. I also wonder how long that weight will stay off....I hope they do a report on her in a few months.
So now....even the little grocery store that I go to almost everyday is experiencing a rush on bananas. Where I could buy a small bunch for about 120 yen ( a little more than a dollar) a few weeks ago, that same bunch of 5 bananas is now over 200 yen!! On Sunday, I went to one of the bigger supermarket chains here in the city and by 3:00 in the afternoon....no bananas....not...a...one. I asked one of the staff about it and he just shook his head and chuckled...."Banana diet....", he said, laughing.
I'm not a big banana eater.....but my boys and the K-man are. Thank goodness the nashi (Oh My God Delicious apple-pears) are in season and we can have those in the morning instead. We are just waiting for the fad to run its course....I'm giving it another month or two...then we will be back to 'bananas with our breakfast at the Kuroiwa House'.
Here's something that I have realized that kind of surprised me....when I run into people who haven't seen me for a long time and they comment about the weight loss, they make the assumption that I am on the "banana diet"....because Lord knows, many people are....and that assumption makes me a bit pissy. "No...I'm on a healthy diet, but thanks anyway", I tell them....doing a bit of a superior dance (in my head) as I walk away!
A new kind of math equation.....
1 hairstyle in dire need of a haircut + a rainy, windy day =
a "something about Mary" kind of hairstyle.Good Lord I wish the cleaning lady would come and make my room more presentable! Organized chaos, folks, organized chaos!!!
5K Ass Update....will be posted sometime this weekend. I have a wedding to go to on Saturday and honeys, I'm gonna look gooooood! I have a really nice dress I bought from Spiegel about a hundred years ago but never wore because it was waaaaaay too small and now.....you betcha...it fits. I will try to get a good picture and post it! The wedding is of one of my students who graduated about 12 years ago....many of her friends from high school will be there and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and celebrating with them. Plus....I'm dressing up....high heels and all. So...now..I have some time before my class and I need to go and practice walking in those heels, 'cause friends, it has been a loooooong time since I have worn shoes like this!! I hope I don't hurt myself!! :-D