Monday, August 24, 2009

Avoiding The Feeding Frenzy

I used up the very last of my Seven Day Salad today; admittedly it was looking a little rough around the edges, but I think that’s because I pushed it an extra day and a half. I still have some fruits and vegetables in the fridge though so I won’t be doing another shop just yet.

Despite my less-than-perky mood this morning and the annoyance that I felt when dealing with fair food, I think I did pretty well with what I consumed. My biggest accomplishment though was not what I ate, but what I avoided. I passed by mini doughnuts, cotton candy, burritos, deep fried Oreo cookies (no, I am not joking), deep fried mars bars (still not kidding… these I have tried before; pardon me while I wipe the drool from my chin), elephant ears, candy apples (okay I had one bite of a friend’s, but I made sure to have more apple than caramel), ice cream, hot dogs, (did I mention mini doughnuts?), pizza, fudge (so tempting), and - oh, yeah – mini doughnuts. I am proud of me!

The best part of the day was that for some reason it wasn’t all that hard. I don’t know if that makes it less of a victory, but I am still really pleased. Maybe I am feeding my body such great, fresh stuff that it knows it doesn’t need the crap. Or perhaps I am simply getting used to eating better. What I think is really making the difference though is knowing that if I decided to, I could have something I was craving.

In the past, with my many attempts to lose weight, I have always made the mistake of being an all or nothing type of gal. Either I don’t ever have chocolate or I eat three candy bars plus twenty dollars worth of other junk foods. Either I work out every single day to the same routine or I sit on the couch like a slug. Either I succeed or I fail.

But this time around I have changed one crucial piece of thinking. This is forever and forever won’t happen without the occasional cookie. I will always have the opportunity to have another piece of cake, another bag of potato chips, and another McDonald’s cheeseburger. I don’t have to treat each temptation like it’s the last chance I will ever have of tasting that particular food again. That knowledge, coupled with the realization that if I do give in it doesn’t mean that the whole experience has been lost, has finally gotten me to a place where I don’t obsess about my cravings and feel the overwhelming desire to eat every bit of unhealthy food that I see.

Then again, those mini doughnut are still rattling around in my brain!

- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 1/2 cups of pineapple
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with honey ham, grated cheese, 1 cup of Seven Day Salad, calorie wise Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 cup of fried rice, 1 cup of fried green beans, and 4 fried shrimp in a Chinese food platter combo
- 1/2 cup of Crunchy Cinnamon Fruit To Go Apple Chips
- 1 small bite of a candy apple
- 2 cups of celery with 2 Tb. peanut butter
- 1 mug of decaffeinated tea with honey

- 15 minute walk
- 2 sets of 5 minutes of weight lifting with 2.5 lbs per arm
- 4 sets of 20 stomach crunches


  1. What I love about this - was when you said that you were proud of the food you avoided at the fair. Sometimes that's the hardest part of the whole thing - avoiding something we might really want!

    I hope your day goes well!

  2. I had mini-donuts at our fair for the same reason you mentioned: all-or-nothing thinking. I have always been under the influence of that trap as well.

    Our fair had the deep-fried Oreos, too. Yuck! Seriously, I never liked Oreos that much, but the thought of eating them fried? Ew. They also had fried Twinkies.

  3. Avoiding the inviting "Fair Foods" is the hardest part of going to the fair. You did a really good job of keeping to your plan. I did not...I had the peppermint ice cream, oreo crusted, fudge layered block of goodness. I do feel I walked a good portion of it off, tho'. :)

  4. Good job avoiding. It's good that you see the good things you do also. So many of us put ourselves down for the bad things we do, and don't celebrate the good. Keep it up, and never give up and you will always be a winner. Good luck.

  5. I love how you expressed the all or nothing syndrome, which I am trying to climb out of. Much as I hate to say it, I cannot STAND to eat exclusively good stuff all the time. I can go about two months and then, all the good stuff looks so bland and colorless. So I know I need to have some of the junk from time to time. That's a new way for me to look at it! Having a little junk is essential to my success! I really believe that!

  6. Well done! Just avoiding the bad stuff is half the battle.

  7. I totally agree that an all-or-nothing mindset is pretty tough when it comes to long term success. I too have a been a victim of it and am finding that moderation is such a much nicer way of doing things. Especially since it means I get a mini-donut or two. ;-)

  8. Wow! I never expected so many comments in response to this post. Thanks to everyone for all these great thoughts. I just love hearing all of your stories, tips, and insights... it really keeps me wanting to do a good job!

  9. I can totally relate to the all or nothing attitude. Everytime I tried to lose weight I thought the exact same thing. I even went as far as giving away all the "bad" food in the house so I wouldn't have any. Then when I did cave I would beat myself up so bad that I would just quit. I know this time that behaviour has to stop. Everything in moderation!