March 11, 2014 | Review Period
The Pimsleur Diet
A plan to tour some languages and lose the winter pounds.
I have gained about 12 pounds over the past year, the majority of them during this unusually cold, precipitation-filled winter. This is not an acceptable development for me, and I am running out of zippable pants. Leggings keep working because they are stretchy, but even those have their limits.
My mind works better when the rest of me feels good.
Ducks on the Lake in Central Park, Favoring Ice Over Ice Water
To remedy this problem, I have decided to merge language-learning and fitness goals. A key objective here is to avoid having to shop for new clothes; the money I save can instead go to language products.
When I first started this language project in 2009, I immediately and inadvertently lost 10 pounds by doing gobs of Pimsleur on walks and runs. So here’s the plan: I am going to try it again. Do a bunch of Pimsleur lessons, ones I haven’t tried before, while getting off my bottom and exercising.
I have completed about 20 of Pimsleur’s available languages and dialects, but the company offers more than 50. So there are plenty to choose from, and I will see what I can get through while also removing myself from my language-learning sofa (yeah, I kind of have one!) and spending more time outdoors.
More vegetables, no ice cream, and languages from around the world—what could be better? And it’s nearly spring!
I have downloaded their Ukrainian and Cantonese lessons, but I haven’t yet decided what will be first. I am envisioning this as a delightful selection of appetizers rather than an intensive three-month binge per language. I am not suggesting this is a practical strategy for retention, but I think it will be fun for me and give me exposure to more languages that I really want to know at least something about.
So many languages possible! Ojibwe! Lithuanian! Finnish! Armenian! Twi! Vietnamese!
The list is long.
If anyone else would like to try the Pimsleur Diet, you are very welcome to join me. One language will suffice! The goal date for me to unload the weight is Tax Day: April 15th.