P’s 10/19/2014 Plan for an Attitude Adjustment “extremis malis extrema remedia”

“Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

Per Wiktionary:  This phrase likely originates with a saying of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, which appears in his Aphorisms: “For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.”[1]. A similar phrase occurs in Erasmus‘s Latin adage “Malo nodo, malus quærendus cuneus” (from his 1500 book Adagia, which was first published in English in 1545).[2] Another similar Latin saying, “extremis malis extrema remedia,” appears in print as early as 1596.[3]

It is currently used as a Proverb that means: In adverse circumstances actions that might have been rejected under other circumstances may become the best choice.

Due to my inability to stick with The Plan, my unsettling trend to eat whatever comes my way, and the fact that I now weigh 152.3 pounds – I am taking action that I would have rejected under other circumstances.

You read everywhere about people doing various types of “cleanses”.  I know people who have recently “cleansed” for 10 days or more days by the following methods:

  1. Eating 500 calories a day, which must include at least one grapefruit + “weight loss” drops of sorts;
  2. Eating only leafy vegetables with a chicken breast 3 times per day (plus I think some proprietary expensive supplement of sorts);
  3. Eating only fruit, vegetables, and “Juicing”, + vegan protein powder.

They suffer through it for a few days, then get the hang of it and are able to complete the ten days (or three weeks) – they all lose several pounds and it seems like they, ultimately, like the feeling of control and rising to the challenge.

I have never liked the idea of “magic” drops or supplements, nor not eating any fat (it’s good for the brain and skin), and, honestly, maybe I am afraid, deep down, that I do not have the fortitude to last through this type of eating restriction – or maybe I worry what others will think.  But, I do like the idea of the really challenging challenge – something that is structured and needs little thought and little preparation on a daily basis to follow.  Especially since our kitchen is in the middle of being renovated and I can’t cook:


So, I have decided that this is a perfect time to implement “desperate measures” – meaning – to do my own “cleanse” for at least 10 days.  I am making it a “protein cleanse”.  I decided to eat (or actually, drink) my Strawberry Yogurt Protein Shakes for the next 10 days, 3 or 4 times a day starting today.  The basis for nutrition is Lien Pro Matrix, which boasts having numerous vitamins and minerals, 34 grams of protein and “digestive enzymes”.


In addition to strawberries, I will also use blueberries or other berries in order to provide some variety.

Oh yeah – implementing a gym routine is part of the 10-day plan as well.  So, I am off to the gym……

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