Sunday, June 24, 2012
Something has happened to the world over the 6+ decades I have been alive. People all want More rather than Enough.
If one pair of shoes is good, are 20 pairs better? If 10 rooms is good, are 15 rooms better? If 1 cup of pasta is good, are two cups better? If one drink is good, is the whole bottle better?
I watch shows on TV where people are constantly having to buy bigger homes to house their increasing amounts of stuff. Are they better off? Do the kids really need a thousand toys? Do you need all the clothes that require a closet the size of the bedroom I shared with my sister growing up?
Do super sized portions really make us feel better than the old portion sizes did?
When did we go from wanting "Different and New" to "More of the Same?" Just because we CAN have it, does it mean we should?
Maybe it's a new disease. Alas, the cure is an inside job.
Friday, June 08, 2012
I guess this is a followup from my last blog, but I have to share my amazement at what I saw at Costco yesterday. There was a woman pushing a cart full of Costco sized snack foods......and Sensa. This poor woman evidently believes the ads, that you can eat anything your heart desires and lose weight as long as you sprinkle Sensa on it.
I guess desperate people will believe anything that makes a daunting job seem easy. It's like the woman I met decades ago who drank a can of Metrecal with every meal and was upset that she wasn't losing weight. (For you younger folks, Metrecal was a meal substitute like SlimFast.)
There is no substitute for eating less, for some, a LOT less. If there were a magic, easy solution, someone would have found it by now. And be a gazillionaire.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Yesterday I read in the paper about another study that found yet another gene that may cause an overweight person's difficulty in losing weight. I see overweight people walking through the grocery store piling their carts with snacks and frozen entrees, even healthy ones.
Yet I know that they eat more than I do. They may exercise more or order "lower calorie" items off a menu, but they are heavier than I am because they eat more.
I learned long ago that I have to eat less of everything and none of some things. It's tough sometimes, but that's what I have to do if I wanted to lose that weight and keep it off. I used to think that when I saw a thin person, that she had found the "secret", the foods that she could eat in large quantities or the perfect "fat-busting" exercise that would enable her to eat everything her heart desired whenever she wanted to. Alas, they simply eat less. Once I absorbed and accepted that, I was able to do the same. It isn't easy; as a matter of fact it's sometimes the hardest thing I do. But I eat less than they do every day, no days off.
In the end, the "secret" wasn't so secret after all.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I was at Costco today, and had to maneuver around the crowds at the sample purveyors. One was for a frozen eclair. I actually wanted to get to the shelf behind the crowd, and one woman in the line asked me if I was waiting for a sample. I told her, No, I'm not much on samples because I feel guilty if I don't buy the item being sold. She said that if she were as thin as I am she'd eat the whole box.
Actually when I first joined WW to lose weight all those years ago, I had the same goal: get me to my target weight so that I could then eat whatever I wanted. Once I passed the "maintenance period" that WW used to have, I realized that I am thin not SO THAT I can eat those things, but BECAUSE I DON'T eat them.
Let me never forget that, no matter what temptation is presented to me!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I hear a lot about some people being genetically programmed to overeat, that it is their destiny. They just sigh and eat everything in sight because that is their biological fate. But if your husband slept with every available woman because men are biologically programmed to mate constantly to propogate the species, your wouldn't tolerate that excuse for a minute. (I hope!)
Fortunately we don't need to cave to any genetic imperative to eat beyond the food necessary to maintain health. There are many who have found ways to defeat the initial call of the Cheetos. Or the Reeses. And they DO call! My biology is not my destiny. I have trained myself and now my training is my destiny, as long as I keep up my training regime every day.
Take that genes!! I win!!
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