The Bathtub Diet (revisited)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Permalink

You probably know (as a devoted reader of my blog – and why wouldn’t you be, after all?!)Β that one of my FAVOURITE things to do is loll about in the bath as if I have nary a care in the world. It’s not true of course (the nary a care thing, not the love of baths thing), but once ensconced in the warm clean water, it feels a bit like that.

I have long been a bath-lover and find showers really quite unfulfilling. I’m sure Freud (or other long-dead psychiatrist / psychologist) would have something to say about it being akin to being swathed in the womb or something… however, I don’t really care WHY I love baths so much. Just that I love them. I’ve coped without for long periods of times before and – strangely – survived, but in the same way my avoidance of carbohydrates leads to an over-consumption, when I come across a bathtub I go overboard. When I’ve lived overseas (in particular) with access to only a shower and gone away for a weekend, I’ve often made up for it by having 3 – 4 LONG baths a day.

I’ve just arrived back at my own house after a week or so at my parents’ place (guess I will need to start saying mother’s place –Β though not yet) and as I lolled in the bath to consume 1.5 novels last night I became conscious of one thing as I lay back and let the day (week) wash away… It isn’t as tight a squeeze as it was a few months ago!

vim_strip1267.gifIn my Bathtub DietΒ post, before I started this weight loss program and when I was still contemplating lap band surgery, I commented on the fact that it felt like SUDDENLY my backside had grown and was even more tightly wedged into my bathtub than normal. Strangely it played on my mind as much as the numbers on the scales because the place I once felt supported and contented (in my cocoon of water) was a constant reminder of the thing I most hated about myself and my life. No amount of champagne (delicately sipped while lolling) or entertaining reading could take my mind off the distracting fact!

But… although my butt is still rather large (!!!), some of the 25kg I’ve lost must be from the nether region because, although it’s not (read: far from) roomy, I don’t have to lather my backside up before sliding into the tub for fear of getting stuck.

It’s a pleasant and unexpected reminder that I’ve come a long way (physically and hopefully mentally) since I wrote the Bathtub Diet post in March. At that time I was about to embark on my own calorie-counting diet. It must have failed. Obviously. I have to admit I can’t even remember starting it, let alone feel any dismay about its lack of results.

My motivation / commitment to continued healthy eating has been seriously tested over the last couple of months and even now, I struggle to remain on the straight and narrow. But it’s reminders like this (ie. the fact that my favourite place in the world is again comforting, not confronting) I need to keep me focussed.

16 Comments
  • Liz@LastChanceTraining
    November 1, 2011

    Hooray for bigger bathtubs and a smaller you!

    • rockafellaskank
      November 1, 2011

      I know!!!

  • Marion
    November 1, 2011

    I also *love* baths! And then fruity body butter to be soft afterwards.

    πŸ™‚ Marion

    • rockafellaskank
      November 1, 2011

      I must admit to a lot of soap wastage as (rather than buy oils/gels) I buy nice soaps & just let them melt in the bath a bit each time. I go through a fair bit of soap but the water & room smell beautiful!

      Deb

  • Miz
    November 1, 2011

    LOVE LOVE THIS:
    comforting not confronting.

    • rockafellaskank
      November 1, 2011

      Thanks, me too… And it is now: comforting – how I need it to be!
      Deb

  • Karen@WaistingTime
    November 1, 2011

    What a great NSV:)

    • rockafellaskank
      November 1, 2011

      Thanks Karen – yes, it is somewhat different to the ‘fitting into clothes’ scenarios… πŸ™‚

  • Julia
    November 1, 2011

    Baths are wonderful. I’m glad you found some time to recoup and relax when you got home.

    • rockafellaskank
      November 1, 2011

      Thanks Julia. Have done some reading (which I hadn’t for a while)… read 3 books in the last day and a bit! (Sadly, back to work now!)

  • Mel
    November 2, 2011

    I’ve never understood the bath thing. Maybe because I have to clean {no, scrub. Vigourously scrub} ours before it’s fit to get it. Thanks to the grotty males in this house. But I do love to loll around with a book. Usually on the bed with the sun streaming in during winter, a cup of tea or glass of wine and the door firmly locked. Oddly whenever I am away I always request a hotel room with a bath. Even though I rarely use it.

    And congratulations by the way πŸ™‚

    • rockafellaskank
      November 2, 2011

      Thanks Mel. I have to admit I’m a bit fussy about bath products because many are oil-based and leave grime around the edges, making them hard to clean. I think I commented to someone else that I often use soaps (leaving them melt as I loll in there) and that’s mostly because the ones I buy don’t include oil to leave residue.

      PS. I’m partial to a wine or two while reading as well (though… that’s usually while I’m also in the bath!)

      Deb

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    November 2, 2011

    You know whats funny? I was reading a mag earlier and it said something about baths beign good for you bec it sparks feel good sensations relating to the warm, cocooning feeling of infanthood. LOL

    Either way, YAY for progress and a positive way to let loose stress and emotions. πŸ™‚

    • rockafellaskank
      November 3, 2011

      I have to say I do feel quite comforted when cocooned in the warm water! (Will try not to analyse that TOO hard though… may get ‘icky’!)

      Deb

  • beanfruit
    November 5, 2011

    Great post – I have a love affair with bathtubs too! Especially when sick. I could literally spend the whole day in the tub when I have the flu. (If only the water would perpetually stay nice and toasty.)

    • rockafellaskank
      November 5, 2011

      I have a TERRIBLE confession: I sometimes empty the bath and refill while in there. If I’m reading a long book (and read it all) I have to do that a few times… very wasteful (and not very environmentally-friendly) I know!!!

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