Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I've Gobble-Gobbled Long Enough

Last April I decided I really wanted to lose weight! I was on my way. I lost 39 lbs by mid-July. I was excited. But then something happened. I plateaued. I got frustrated.

Then summer happened, and I used "vacation" as an excuse. And then Big-D had to go and tell me he thought I was "fine" the way I was, and he had to go and say that I wasn't fat, just a little "soft" and "who wants to hug a bag of bones anyway, right?" So, we all agree: Big-D is to blame, right?

Just kidding! Of course no one is to blame but myself. But I gained about 15 of those horrid, awful pounds back. I whined and complained about it. My jeans grew "tighter". Ugh! So, I decided to do what the experts suggest and keep a food diary. They say to write down when you eat, what you eat, and every time you FEEL like eating. This is supposed to help you "diagnose" trigger-points that invoke cravings. I decided I'd give it a shot. So, here is Day One of the "food journal".

7:00 am - woke up. got ready for work.

8:30 am - arrived at work. Starving. Wanted to make healthy whole-wheat toast. But first, had to warm up the Otis Spunkmyer Cookie Oven (yes. the cookies have their own oven) so we could make our daily cookies for clients. And you can't run the oven, the toaster and the microwave in our office at the same time, or you'll blow a fuse. Not my fault, right? and I WAS starving, and one little-bitty-blob of frozen cookie dough couldn't be that bad, right? Popped one in my mouth. yumm-o!

9:00 am - have aforementioned toast.

10:30 am - hungry. eat fat free yogurt. I like this brand, so it's all good.

12:30 pm - starved but in the middle of something and don't want to stop to heat up my soup for lunch. But hey! looky there! the candy basket is RIGHT THERE! Toss a few peanut butter kisses in my mouth.

1:00 pm - have tomato soup for lunch with whole wheat crackers. not so bad. pretty good actually. AND I bought the soup during a case lot sale, so it only ended up being like 20 cents for the can. score!

3:20 pm - leave work to pick up kids from school. Daughter gives me her cookie she saved all day just for me! Awww... how can I turn that down? I didn't want to break her heart.

4:00 pm - gosh! is it only 4 pm? Feels like it's almost dinner time, darn the whole daylight savings thing. I blame the early dusk for making me hungry. HAVE to have a bag of microwave popcorn to keep me tied over till din-din, right?

5:30 pm - making dinner. Mmmm...skillet enchiladas. Nibbling on Chips & salsa while I cook.

6:00 pm - dinner time! whoo-hoo! 2 enchiladas with sour cream, (low-fat of course).

8:00 pm - had to have a bowl of sweetened cereal to knock that mexi-flavored din-din outta my mouth. you know what I mean.

9:00 pm - looked over the day's food journal. Wow! I'm a pig! No wonder I am a fatty-fat-fat!

Oh - and I decided I HATE food Journals! I am not doing another page! I'd rather write "Put the food down! Step Away from the Fridge! Don't be a Fatty-Fat-Fat" on posters all over the kitchen instead. So there you have it. The truth hurts sometimes, doesn't it?

Before when I lost weight it was because I chewed gum. Even though I HATE chewing gum, I am going to go back to it. Chewing mint-flavored gum in between meals helps me not to eat the things I shouldn't.

That being said, I am taking liberties this holiday weekend with THREE DAYS OF BINGING (yes - you heard me) and then back on the wagon!

Or is it Off the Wagon? No. It's On the wagon- I just googled it. Anyone out there want to hop on the Bandwagon with me? hee hee! All right, I've carried this whole "wagon" metaphor a bit too far, haven't I?

Hope all of you have a Blessed and Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

15 comments:

Yaya said...

Maybe I'll try chewing gum. I'm not a fan of it either, but I gotta do something! I keep putting on weight and my counselor suggested I do a food journal, but I'm not too excited about that idea....

Tiffany said...

Been there!!!! The gum trick does work, except sometimes it makes you burp a lot. Swallowing all that air, you know. I lost a ton of weight on Weight Watchers a few years back and had to write down everything I ate.....it is a chore.

Ashley said...

I, too, did the WW thing and wrote down everything I ate and all my exercise. The accountability of that was good b/c I didn't want to have to write too much bad stuff down.... but that was for wedding prep and now I'm married so who cares, right? Haha! No... I lost a little over 20 pounds for the wedding and have gained 10 - 15 pounds (varies on any given day... isn't that weird) over the last 2 years. I definitely need to nip these pounds off. Chewing gum works.... Also, drink lots of water. Water is good for you and it makes you feel more full. I think water is what helped me most.

Kim & Danny said...

I think your food journal wasn't too bad. I'd be in trouble if I did that. I eat a lot more junk than actual food. I've been trying to lose weight for the last 2 years I'm just too dang lazy to do anything about it. I keep telling myself I'll do it one of these days.

Betty said...

I hate hate hate food journals too! But I don´t like gum either. I always want to swallow it, because if I´m chewing it should go down, right??
Anyway good luck with that diet and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Ruthykins said...

i want to want to lose weight. i'm not committed to losing weight, i'm committed to cake and candy.

hollibilly said...

I'll jump on the bandwagon with you!

Tamie said...

the only way that i am feeling good about all the eating that i'm going to be doing (and started doing last night at our family pizza party--homemade pizza and ice cream!) is working out....i might not perhaps be loosing weight, but i am (hopefully) keeping the wiehgt from attaching itself to my thighs and butt!
good luck next week :) and chewing gum actually does help!

purplehaze said...

Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Vickie said...

I have been trying to lose weight for 2 1/2 years now. Food and exercise are my enemy. I am so lazy. I am so bad with gum. If I am chewing it and I want to eat something, I just throw out the gum to make room. Oh, I wish.....

Susie said...

Have a Great Bing-giving and good luck getting back on the wagon:-)

sandy said...

I have decided that after the "pig out" holiday weekend, I am going on a diet. I can't do food journals. They are too depressing.

RhondaLue said...

fat sucks. I should know...I got me a LOT OF IT! Oh well. I'm with ya on Sunday..it'll be a new week and I'm so ready. I was doing good till our weekend trip and now I'm terrified to even step on the scale. I'll wait till I've been on the wagon for a week or so first.

Have a great Turkey day!

RhondaLue said...

Oh how I WISH that car picture was the last of the marker problems. I'll be posting another mishap soon. People have to be totally bewildered how this keeps happening but I have a husband who needs markers for his work (professional preschool student, j/k!!!) and no matter where he hides them or how high he puts them the kids find 'em. And then there's always the, "Oooops. Forgot to put them away last night." grrrr

Anna said...

Well... before I read your post I had already commited to jumping on the wagon, and well, ya know... I opted not to get up for the gym today and I ate a pretty heftypiece of left-oer apple pie with lunch... not even for lunch but with it. and last week... Well, I'm pretty sure I gained more weight last week then in the last year. When I miscarried my relief socitey president brought me a ton of brownies... One of my YW counselors brought me brownies and my mom brought me my very own cheesecake. So, I was depressed and it would have depressed me even more to let good dessert go to waste and I don't want my kids to eat too many sweets so you better believe that I took care of all of it pretty much singlehandedly (is that a work?) so, maybe I will start tomorow! :)