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Do you remember the Dieter's Prayer? The line that I remember most is

"We Are What We Eat," said a wise old man!
Lord, if that's true, I'm a garbage can.

That was me the past week. And once I get like that, all good eating habits fly out the window. I cannot for the life me understand why I was so hungry! I did not change anything, add intensity, or add heavier weights. I just don't know, but it happened. Fortunately that was last week, and this is a new week, so I'm starting over again on a good foot and have spent the last two days eating well. What damage occurred will be reversed, etc. So, it's not that big a deal - just a bit frustrating.

But one thing I did realize is that when I eat like that, several things happen.

1. Once I start eating badly, it's tough to go back to healthy eating. It takes a real conscious effort and a flat order to myself that we WILL do this.
2. I had a major loss of energy - almost a lethargy - come over me. I usually workout hard for 60 minutes 6 days a week. I did that, but it was tough this past week.
3. I felt horrible! Bloated, gassy - heck my tummy jiggled when I did step aerobics or ran. ICK! I haven't had that for a while.
4. I realized that I LOVE the way I feel when I eat right.

I wonder how many people in the US go through life feeling bloated and gassy, suffering from heartburn because they insist on eating things that may taste good but are so bad for them. I think it's a vicious circle. Once you get there, it takes so much energy to climb out. With so much of the bad icky food out there, it's no wonder so many people are overweight. Oh, I slip every now and again like I did last week, but honestly, what keeps me on the "straight and narrow" is knowing that there is not one dish in the world that tastes as good as the way I feel when I'm at the top of my game. That is what has helped me get my determination back and make the right decisions about my diet.

And incase you were wondering - here's the Dieter's Prayer in its entirety. Enjoy!

A Dieter's Prayer

Lord, my soul is ripped with riot
incited by my wicked diet.

"We Are What We Eat," said a wise old man!
Lord, if that's true, I'm a garbage can.
To rise on Judgment Day, it's plain!
With my present weight, I'll need a crane.

So grant me strength, that I may not fall
into the clutches of cholesterol.
May my flesh with carrot-curls be dated,
that my soul may be poly unsaturated

And show me the light, that I may bear witness
to the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
And at oleo margarine I'll never mutter,
for the road to Hell is spread with butter.

And cream is cursed; and cake is awful;
and Satan is hiding in every waffle.
Mephistopheles lurks in provolone;
the Devil is in each slice of baloney,

Beelzebub is a chocolate drop,
and Lucifer is a lollipop.
Give me this day my daily slice
Cut it thin and toast it twice.

I beg upon my dimpled knees,
deliver me from jujube's.
And when my days of trial are done,
and my war with malted milk is won,
Let me stand with Heavenly throng,
In a shining robe -- size 30 long.
I can do it Lord, if you'll show to me,
the virtues of lettuce and celery.

Teach me the evil of mayonnaise,
And of pasta a la Milanese
and crisp-fried chicken from the South.
Lord, if you love me, shut my mouth.

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