Posts Tagged ‘diet’


    Thursday, October 29th, 2009

    My brain turned into mush around 2 p.m. because I had the bright idea this morning to clean out my Inbox at work.

    So yes, it was one of those days.

    Determined, I managed to organize and purge three-fourths of the way through the mailbox (translation: about 900 e-mails) before my eyes rolled to the back of my head and my tongue stuck out the side of my mouth.

    People were staring at me. No joke.

    OK, joke.

    As a reward for my diligence, I allowed myself to consume a King-size Reese’s, two white-chocolate-and-macadamia-nut cookies and a pumpkin-spice latte. All of this even though I haven’t hit the fitness center in three weeks.

    I am chock-full of accomplishments today. And I think I’ll stop writing now.

    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.


    Carbs will rock you

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    My spiral into carb gluttony began this morning, when I remembered that there still was no milk in the refrigerator. For me, milk is breakfast. Its necessity is symbolic. Without it, I lapse into diet doldrums. It matters not that I consume milk while breakfasting (which commonly involves cereal), but it’s imperative that it’s an option. It’s my motivator.

    So today, I set myself on a crazed binge that โ€” eight hours into my day โ€” I still cannot break.

    My diet (thus far) for Sept. 7, 2007:
    53 Parmesan & Garlic Cheez-It crackers
    4 slices of homemade cinnamon-sugar toast
    2 of Gus’ handrolled, salted pretzels
    2 tablespoons of mild cheddar cheese dip

    As I write this blog entry, my cousin, No. 1219, informed me that she’s lost 20 pounds since March. The irony.

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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