Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Over Forty (Pounds) And Counting!

I will be the first to admit that I have not been perfect on this diet...far from it. But I weighed myself today for the first time in a few weeks, and I'm down six pounds! Apparently "policing" myself is working, for the most part. By that I mean that most meals I'm consciously thinking about what I'm putting in my mouth, and making good choices more often than not.

Here's an example: last Friday at work, a woman (heretofore known as "cakelady") brought in a red velvet cake with chocolate frosting...all homemade, of course. The cake spent several hours on a table behind my desk, and my thinking process went from not going to touch it, to dang, that smells good, to when is that cake going to go home, to why don't I have a taste of what I really want (frosting). And that's what I ultimately did - got a forkful of the wonderfully homemade chocolate frosting, enjoyed it, and was done. Of course, cakelady saw me do this and said "why don't you get yourself a nice big piece of that cake?" but Hah! Not today, cakelady! It helped my motivation (and I admit that this is a bit meanspirited) that cakelady had been losing weight before I started my diet, but she gained it ALL back over the summer - sadly for her, she is an example of what I don't want to do. I'm trying to learn not only from my past failed diets, but others' as well.

Last night we had the usual for dinner - grilled Jenni-O Turkey sausage, couscous, and tons of grilled zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms and onions. I was so full after dinner and started feeling bad that I'd overeaten (and obviously I did, to be feeling that full), but then I realized it was mostly veggies that put me over the edge, which is a far cry from the days of eating tons of garlic bread or something else so filling with my meal.

Baby steps...


  1. Good going, just to have a taste of what you really wanted and be satisfied. Just have to watch what we eat for the rest of our lives, to lose it and to not gain it back. Congrats!

  2. Keep up the good work - so 40 lbs...how long did it take you? The same tactic works for me - yesterday I had guacamole salad while my husband enjoyed chicken enchiladas - I couldn't stand it so I asked for a small bite - he gave it to me and that was that. I was done - didn't want another bite...of course the folks in the restaurant may have thought they had been thrown into a scene from "When Harry Met Sally", because I'm sure that I made some pretty loud noises and some seriously funny faces too!!!

  3. It took me about 4 1/2 months - and I will admit that I've not been shaking it very often for the past month. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Hmmm. I think I have another name for cakelady. Starts with a capital 'B'. Nasty little temptress!
    That reminds me of this woman I used to work with, who was ALWAYS trying some new diet or another, and whenever she was dieting, she would buy doughnuts, or some candy, or something, and then bring it around to everybody in the office and say "I just can't stand not to have any, so I at least want to see other people eat some!" Then she would inist that you take one of her nasty doughnuts, along with her sabotaging attitude.
    Hmm. That was five years ago. Maybe I should calm down now. Anyhow. "Cakelady" was obviously jealous of your hotness, and wanted to put some amazing cake near your smeller just to watch you fall. Good for you!!!!


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