How strict is strict enough?
We grade our own compliance using the same letter grade system used by the meanest, toughest teacher in the world. That teacher taught at our middle school. She was small, with a fair complexion and blonde hair. Outside the classroom, she was congenial, even kind. In the classroom, she ruled with an iron fist. She had no first name. In her presence, she was Mrs. Morgan. The moment she left the room, she became Major Morgan.
Major Morgan cut us no slack. She tolerated no dissent. Everyone feared her. We would occasionally find a student who had just left Major Morgan’s class crying in the hallway. Of course, if you survived her class with a decent grade you were, from that day forward, impossible to intimidate. Every other teacher you might come across and every other class you might attend seemed easy by comparison.
The goal of this grading exercise is not inspire guilt. As we have said before, feeling guilty burns surprisingly few calories. The goal here is to do an honest evaluation of your adherence to Drink Your Carbs.
We understand that 100 percent compliance is rare. Most of us do not prepare all of our own meals so we are often faced with choices that are less than ideal. The reason to continually evaluate your own performance is to keep noncompliance to a minimum. Regularly grading yourself allows you to make corrections before an occasional cheat becomes a permanent habit. You don’t want to let one bad meal become your new baseline.
Major Morgan threw a pop quiz weekly. At the time, we assumed she did this out of pure spite. As adults, we now understand that Major Morgan wanted us to regularly mark our progress so that we would be able to react quickly if it began to degrade. We suggest you adopt Major Morgan’s model and grade yourself weekly. When you grade your own compliance, feel free to channel Major Morgan if you do not have a teacher of your own to draw upon.
Major Morgan’s Grading Scale
90 to 100% compliance is an A. Congratulations. Take yourself out for a drink.
80 to 90% compliance is a B. Not bad. You are probably losing weight, but you could be losing weight faster.
Below 80% is a failing grade. You are not on Drink Your Carbs. If you’re losing weight while adhering to the diet less than 80 percent of the time, your pre-Drink Your Carbs diet must have been truly horrific. But if you are losing weight, we recommend that you continue doing whatever it is that you are doing, even if it isn’t technically Drink Your Carbs. When you stop losing weight, try increasing your compliance. We think you’ll be happy with the results.
Remember: you are not being graded on a curve. If all of your friends are failing, do not assume that automatically gives you a higher grade. In this case, some children will be left behind.