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    Monday, March 2nd, 2009

    Because there are other things on my mind, I will post later about something other than DIE(t)ing, as this past weekend showed a lack of regard for my newfound philosophy of mindful eating. I did, however, manage to run/walk 3.3 miles on in 43 minutes on Friday, and I didn’t feel wiped out. Success.

    I’m sure that pace is shameful for any exceptional readers who can run a 6- or 7-minute mile. And if that’s the case, then this above-average blog really isn’t for you. Move along.

    Day 5, and some retrospect

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    I went into a tailspin yesterday around 9 o’clock. This occurred after I recorded my dinner and found myself nearly 400 calories over budget for the day.

    I will not type the vile reaction I had upon calculating my caloric intake — which, despite the expectation of grand failure earlier in the day, still upset me immeasurably — out of respect for my mom.

    But you all are an imaginative bunch.

    So, back to my tailspin: Three words: Girl Scout cookies.

    Jesus Christ, they’re everywhere, like ants after heavy rainfall. And yesterday I was reminded that Ben and I each ordered two boxes months ago to support our co-workers’ kids.

    Anyway, had I not adopted an “Eff the World” attitude last night, I could have easily resisted the Tagalongs, but because I had already failed, I indignantly mowed through a row of cookies, adding 300 more calories. And I hadn’t even exercised. Go ahead and do the math.

    That was yesterday. Today I’m in a funk.

    To be fair to myself, I have done remarkably well with my diet today — just 570 calories thus far, at 4:15 p.m. This success is likely related to aforementioned funk because a bad mood dulls my appetite. We’ll see how I do with dinner and exercise later on tonight.

    But Week 1 has seriously driven home the principle of conscious eating. In other words, I could snack on a chocolate bar, but, unless I’m ignoring my diet, do I just want scraps for dinner?

    In retrospect, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was consuming close to 2,500 calories for the past three years. Pair that with my ass perpetually on the couch and suddenly the 35 pounds of excess flab isn’t so mind-boggling.

    Revelations are good. And, in this case, very bad too.

    Until Monday…

    Why bother?

    Friday, December 19th, 2008

    Aside from the slices of cantaloupe (and honeydew melon I had already consumed), my holiday plate was full of delicious rubbish consisting of:

    1. fudge
    2. brownie
    3. macaroon
    4. pecan pie

    It’s likely there was a cookie on here, too. But I must have nibbled it up before this shot, which was taken after I realized that today’s 50 minutes of stinky cardio will not be worth a damn.

    copy-of-holiday-plate1

    DIE(t)ing: The end

    Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

    Today marked the end of my two-week diet. To celebrate, I ate┬ámaybe┬ásix Sour Jacks, which were so intense I think they burned the inside of my cheeks. I still have a bagful if anyone is interested. Otherwise, they’re going up on eBay as “Candy that will kill you.”

    DIE(t)ing: Day 9

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    So, contrary to my fears of dying over this diet, I am still alive. And I am still succeeding. Put your shock aside for a second because it blows even my mind to know that I haven’t consumed any sweet snacks or desserts for nine whole days.

    How did this happen? Where did this focus come from? Who’s that girl who lost 1.3 pounds in the past two weeks? Oh wait, it’s me. ­čÖé Hey, you! Write this down: I rock.

    Why? Because I went to celebrate the birthday of a Mr. DJ Crucial over the weekend where his equally musically inclined wife, DJ Agile 1, made cupcakes. And not just any kind of cupcakes, oh no. She made yellow-cake-mix-with-chocolate-frosting cupcakes. Does anyone know how much I L-O-V-E the yellow cake with chocolate frosting? It was rather depressing to watch 15 others treat themselves to heaven. While I was in hell. Hungry.

    Why else? Because Ben baked chocolate chip cookies the day after the birthday party, and I had not a one. Talk about progress.

    Also, to add to my lifestyle change — or perhaps my unstable state of mind — I have signed up for a fitness challenge at work. It starts March 19 and lasts for 10 weeks. My goals are both in the nutrition and fitness departments. So, that means continue on this no (or maybe low) sugar diet, and work out for at least 30 minutes a day. I may even win $1,000 in a contest the company automatically enters participants in.

    If I win, the money will go toward a lifetime supply of yellow cake with chocolate frosting. The end.

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