Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 54

What is it about snowy days that makes me want to comfort eat? Most days I am fine with the idea of a turkey sandwich on multigrain bread, but today that just doesn't sound appealing, but a greasy cheeseburger or steak and cheese with fries sounds wonderful... And a salad really isn't sounding good. Soup, maybe...

Next weekend the husband and I are taking a much-needed break from the kiddos. Unfortunately, when we usually get away (not that often), it almost always involves eating something rich and special. But not this time. So, we're going to this lovely resort not too far from the house, with a spa and a pool and a nice, quiet, kid-less room and no wakeup calls...but we are skipping the decadent Sunday brunch, which is really one of my favorite meals in the world. (For example, the Westin on Grand Cayman Island has probably one of the most amazing Sunday brunches I've ever seen!) I recognize that even at my "goal" weight I may be able to eat treats like pizza or cake occasionally, but I'm not sure a full-out Sunday brunch will really be a good idea, ever. Yet another adjustment in attitude, perspective, and planning. And I know we need to find other rewards and activities to share that don't involve food, but oy, that's hard when you have focused so much of your entire lives on food-as-celebration/treats/solace/comfort/etc. (And how not to pass that onto the kids - THAT's a topic for another day!)


  1. i so miss pizza! lol it is definitely an adjustment of the attitude, perception, and all around way of living. we can do it girl!

  2. Sounds like a lovely weekend away. What about instead of a full-on brunch, ordering room service and having an egg white omelet and a big fruit salad? Maybe not as much fun as brunch, but still a nice treat! I love omelets, though, and have been craving fruit lately.

    I'm really proud of you, Jen. 20% of the way to your goal is wonderful. I know the attitude adjustment is hard, but I do think it's smart to think of the now separate from the future, when you can incorporate some things in moderation. I was a little worried when you said you could never have pizza or cake again. Figuring out how to "do" moderation is probably the hardest part - maybe even harder than losing it in the first place. But you gotta lose it first before worrying about that. I think that for those lucky people who only have to lose 15 pounds, they might be able to go straight to moderation and lose slowly. Not me.

    Have a good weekend and enjoy the snow!

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    My name is Diana. I am 58 years old and weigh 225 lbs. I live in Ontario Canada. I am married and have two married boys and 2 grandsons. I have had a battle with my weight since I was 8 years old. I have done it all to try to lose weight. My highest was 245. Over the years I have used diet pills, Weight Watchers, Tops, Overeaters Anonymous,Church Groups, Fad diets, laxatives and my own inventions. I have lost and gained weight a million times. I saw you on Dr. Oz. Watching you I realized that I am a stress eater. I am in this with you. I finally see a glimer of hope. It is an everyday struggle. I have long given up the notion that there is a magic pill out there that will make me thin and healthy. I feel that if I can find a way to cope with my emotions without using food the weight will come off. I haven't read all your blog yet. I will and I have been doing some reading on Dr. Albers site. Enough about me. Don't give up. The struggle is worth it.

  4. Hi Diana - So nice to get your message! It's great that you're down 20 pounds from your highest weight! Remember that. It's so helpful to me to hear about other people struggling with the same issues. It really helps me redouble my focus on taking things one day, one moment at a time. Please keep me posted on your journey too!