November 9, 2006
Weighty Political Matters
What? The Senate went to the Democrats?
(JP blinks bleary eyes, stretches, yawns, steps onto scale)
Holey moley! What have I been eating this election season? Everything in sight. It’s back on the diet. Apparently, not counting calories means I inflate like a balloon.
Posted by James at November 9, 2006 7:35 AM
Augh. I hear that. I'm at an unwelcome peak on my weight graph at the moment. The trays of goodies in the kitchen at work are too tempting.
And all this before the holiday binge. Bleah.
Yes, the Eating Season begins soon.
Tip no. 1: Take a small plate--you can always have more (whether you should is another matter).
Tip no. 2: It would also help the waitline if one were to attend holiday dinners where the cooking isn't so good.
Patti, if the cooking isn't so good, then I'm not going to that dinner. :)
My pants seem to have shrunk recently. It may have something to do with my beef, cheese, chocolate, and eggnog diet. (Apparently, adding pumpkin to eggnog doesn't make it any less fattening, since it's too delicious to drink in small quantities.)
My problem, I think, is eating fatty foods, and taking too many plates! :) But those are good tips.
Also, cooking. I tend to eat what I cook, and I like to cook stuff right (which usually means butter).
I'm not going to go on an extreme diet. I'm just going to start counting to stem the increasing waistline.
Sometimes, particularly when family is involved, one has no choice.
By the way, my comment was in response to Julie's post re: if the food's not so good, she's not going.
It takes me a few days to establish the positive habit of not snacking between meals but lately I keep cheating before that can happen. An upcoming high school reunion might be just the incentive I need to shape up again.
Of course it's 90% mindset, but if you want to diet and snacking between meals is a problem (I think that's a healthy way to eat), then you can try stocking really healthy snacks. For example, I (when I'm being good) require myself to have an apple and wait, then a yogurt and wait, before I eat anything else. At that point, I'm usually preparing dinner and I wait for dinner.
Also, this is probably a no-brainer, but having food that's healthy and easy to prepare hanging around is a really good idea. Having a bunch of junk that's easy to eat and having healthy food that's hard to eat is a recipe for disaster.
Healthy frozen dinners, while maybe not the best food ever, are at least a healthy, low-calorie alternative to fast food. If you stock up on your favorites when they're on sale, they're not that expensive, either.
Something else I've just started stocking is bags of frozen veggies. I just made myself a frozen-veggie omelet. When I was a kid, it was pretty much the crucifer mix or the peas and carrots mix, but I'm using a stir-fry mix that's really tasty.