Friday, April 3, 2009

I'm Free..........

Free as a bird this weekend! My husband has flown the coop (literally) - he's gone to California for his Grandma's 100th birthday party (you go, Grandma!) and except for working 10 - 2 on Saturday (which will be very quiet - I'm bringing a book) there is nothing that I have to do and no one to answer to!

Now, I feel pretty confident that I will behave myself eating-wise this weekend, but that was not always the case. Previous "free" weekends guaranteed me stopping at the grocery store on Friday after work to stock up on junk food, and then hitting either Taco Bell, McDonald's or some other fast food place for a bag o', dinner. I would eat myself silly, sleep horribly, wake up full of regret...and do it all over again on Saturday. Except that I would usually order a pizza for delivery - why bother leaving the house?

Those of you who can relate to this know that I would have had to dispose of all the food and wrappers before any sane human returned home - thus I always got a big garbage bag and threw in all of the evidence, plus I emptied every trash can in the house into it - oh, and cleaned the cat box as well. I looked very industrious, when in reality I had spent the weekend eating myself into a food coma!

I'm not going to do that to myself this weekend. Instead, the ideas swirling in my head include: making a faux McMuffin for dinner using an egg ring and a real egg (I know...exciting!), reading the latest issue of Cooking Light magazine, doing some crunches with my Swiss ball (but only on Friday and Saturday - I don't dare do them on Sunday for fear that I won't be able to keep up with my workout on Monday), race Paco around the street on my bike, clean out my closet of yet even more clothes that are too big for me, and read Dr. Oz's "You Shut Your PieholeOn a Diet" that I bought earlier this week.

Why am I so motivated to stay on this healthy living path? Well, let's see. I've been seeing results - I am wearing smaller sizes and it's fun to get dressed in the morning! I feel good - I was not sick AT ALL this winter which is a first for me! No stomach troubles, either, because I am not putting junk into my system. I like feeling this way. I can laze around because I want to, not because I don't have the energy to get up and do anything. More often, though, I am up and doing stuff. What can I is good!

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  1. Shelley you are doing so well!! Sounds like you have an awesome weekend planned. Enjoy it!! I have done the no-one is home binge before. Ugh. That's all in the past now!!

  2. I love those weekends were you can do what you want. Sounds like you are going to stay healthy this weekend, good for you. It is nice to have the energy to do something, instead wanting to, but not being able to. I like having the option. Thanks for your inspiration

  3. I just found your blog and I love, love, love it!

    I used to hide the evidence of chips and dip before my boyfriend got home. For me, it would be better if I was caught cheating with another man than cheating on my diet with some carbs LOL.

    Ok, Im off to read more posts by you!

  4. Great post Shelley, and I can relate wholeheartedly! If no one saw you eat it, it didn't count!

    Love your new found attitude, its rubbing off on me!

    Here it is, a Friday night, and I am drinking a mocktail!

    Thanks for the shout out too!

  5. I can soooooo relate to what you are saying... for many years I really felt like my spouse was my "food warden" or something and when he wasn't around I took the opportunity to just eat everything I knew he wouldn't "approve of." It feels so good to be finally off of THAT ride.

    Hope you enjoy some lovely, quiet solitude... maybe a good book or movie?

  6. Oh my God - you so reminded me of my weekends alone with the entire time mapped out of what I would eat and how much. And then hiding the evidence before he got home. I thought I was the only one! I got a good laugh out of this post.

  7. I definitely can relate to that old feeling that the most important thing about any block of time was the food . . . it's so nice to be free of it in favor of new smaller clothes!

    I hope your weekend was great :)

  8. Hope your weekend went according to plan!

  9. I used to do the same thing! Free weekends or an evening at home usually equalled a food binge party, where i'm the only one invited!

    Your post is an inspiration.


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