Diet Delites

Sunday, June 12, 2016

23 Years and Counting!!

I was just reminded by someone's comment that this blog still existed. I have been rereading some of my posts only to discover that 8 years ago I weighed the same as I do today. Nothing has changed. I'm still trying to lose 25 pounds and am still nowhere near my goal.

I am reminded every time I go to happy hour with friends just how much I am addicted to good food. At one of my favorite Greek restaurants on Friday, Greek-style lasagna was the happy hour specialty. I could have ordered meatballs, but the lasagna sounded so much better. It was a toss-up between the lasagna and mussels. Of course, I opted for the lasagna simply because I starve myself of bread, pasta and other heavy carb meals all week long. Not only was the lasagna magnificent, but the owner/waitress of the restaurant brought me a side order of mussels as well. I proceeded to eat it all. I was having a mind-blowing, orgasmic food experience and I didn't want it to end. I was hungry, and the food was consoling my taste buds.

As I waddled out of the restaurant, I vowed never to do that again -- but, of course, I will and I know I will. Why do I keep trying to fool myself. It's a good thing it was only happy hour. The portions are small, so I didn't eat as much as I could have. They were also relatively expensive compared to many of the happy hours I go to. Happy hours keep me from overeating, but they doesn't keep me from opting for foods that aren't good on a diet. I eat enough rabbit food when I'm home; I don't want it when I go out to eat. I indulge in single portion wood fired pizzas, juicy lamb burgers, halibut fish and chips, a couple glasses of wine - need I say more. Of course, I don't do this every day, but I do go to happy hour a couple of times a week - certainly enough times to derail any diet.

I will, however, get up tomorrow morning and start the dieting process all over again. Maybe I'll lose a couple of pounds before I go to my next couple of happy hours and gain it all back. Maybe if I spent a month or two hiking the Pacific Crest Trail I could take it all off. I'm pretty sure I have to be kept completely away from restaurants, friends, grocery stores and any other temptation that might befall me. Wilderness hiking sounds like to good bet except for protein bars and water.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Diet and TV Commercials

I did well today. Walked for a little over a mile this AM. Did some trimming in the garden before the sun came over the rooftop to broil me. Temperatures yesterday were near 100 degrees. Today was a bit better, only around 90 degrees. Needless to say, I spent most of the day in my air-conditioned home.

When I sat down for dinner this evening, I didn't think much about having the TV on. It's the time of day I catch up on the breaking news. I didn't think about it until I remembered that when I watch TV at night in bed, the minute a commercial comes on, I get cravings for food -- any kind of food -- even if I just finished dinner. I can usually control these cravings because I know what's causing them. I simply hit the ute button until the commercials are over.

It didn't occur to me that the same thing was happening when I watched TV during my dinner. If I watch public broadcasting, I don't have a problem -- no commercials. But network TV is lethal to my diet. Mind you, the commericials can be about anything; they don't have to be about food.

I'm sure the origin of this quirk in my psyche would be very telling, but I don't have the time or the inclination to discover what it is. Suffice to know that I can eliminate the cravings with the click of the mute button.

Chow for now,

The Undaunted Dieter

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sufferin' Succotash

I just finished breakfast -- scrambled Egg Beaters with salsa, turkey sausage and grated romano cheese. Total calories -- 175. Yes, I do breakfast very well each and every day. I don't crave anything for breakfast, so eggs, yogurt, even sliced cukes and tomatoes can be satisfying.

I've gone to eating vegetables for lunch. I keeps bags of frozen broccoli, spinach, green beans, brussel sprouts, corn, peas, lima beans, turnips and cauliflower in the freezer. Yesterday, I fixed one of my favorites -- succotash -- a mixture of corn and baby lima beans. Add a little olive oil, dill weed and a sprinkle of grated romano cheese (yes, I use this on almost anything) and yum, yum.

The difference between yesterday and other days that I've fixed this same dish is that I looked at the nutrition facts on the back of the package. I would fill a 2-cup Corningware dish with half corn and half lime beans, zap it for 5 minutes, add the remaining ingredients and dig in. Thinking I wasn't eating much more than about 150 calories, I wasn't concerned with measuring. To my surprise, I discovered that 1/2 cup of lima beans has 110 calories and 2/3 cup of corn has 100. See where I'm going? Instead of the 150 or so caories I thought I'd been getting away with, I actually piled up 346 calories and that doesn't count the olive oil and grated romano! Teach me.

Needless to say, yesterday I measured everything and learned a valuable lesson. No matter how much you THINK you know, it doesn't hurt to double check.

Dinner was almost a success yesterday -- 6 oz. of extra lean roasted pork loin and 2 cups of green beans with 1 tsp. of olive oil and sea salt. Unfortunately, I topped it off with who knows how much Breyer's Fat-Free Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream with Hershey's syrup. But I did take my 2-mile walk yesterday AM.

There is a story behind this. I was craving ice cream -- one of the few things I do crave. I drove over to McDonald's to get one of their dollar sundaes. The line was too long, so I went across the street to Baskin-Robbins. No place to park, so I popped into Albertsons where they only sell ice cream in bulk. Patience is not one of my virtues.

Have a great day,
Candee Lynn Wilson

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