LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Last week, I jauntily wrote about the success I was having with my diet, an effort that involves losing 10 pesky pounds that crept on over the summer. In a tone that might easily have been mistaken for boastful, I talked about how I was in Week Three of my weight-loss project and how I had started to feel wholly in control of my appetite. I could walk past the fridge without feeling weakened by it, could run on the treadmill and not feel like dying. I had lost 5 pounds and could see the light at the end of tunnel, a light that showed that I was slim, marvelous, a little smarter, funnier even, perhaps suddenly ambidextrous, fluent in a new language.
Oh, the trickster that is Week Three. Here I was, so confident, so sure that this three-week-old approach to food was my new permanent approach and that I could face any threat to my resolve. But then Labor Day weekend struck and everything went to pot.
In talking to my girlfriends this morning, I’ve become convinced Labor Day weekend is Enemy No. 1 for people who are trying to lose weight. You might think that title would be reserved for Thanksgiving or Christmas or even Halloween, holidays that celebrate rich food traditions. But I argue that at least the dieter knows what he or she is getting into during those food-based holidays - and magazines and blogs offer tips and support for how to get through those days with your diet intact. Labor Day weekend, by contrast, seems completely innocent. I mean what, after all, could happen on a day that is simply a celebration of the American labor movement? What could possibly be delicious about that?
A lot, I discovered. My husband and I decided last minute to head up to Louisville for the night in part to try out MilkWood. It is the new restaurant by Chef Edward Lee, who also runs 610 Magnolia and has become rather famous for his participation in “Iron Chef” and “Top Chef.”