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So much (cal.s) for so little work!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Today I went with my mother to the doctor. As she doesn´t speak spanish I go with her as an interpreter. She usually "thanks" me in money. Today though she wanted to treat me to lunch.
From the hospital we went to the supermarket to buy some food. She suggested grilled chicken (phu! emoticon ) that´s really ok I thought.
But then she went for the cole slaw and the potato salad.
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Not as good...
My mother is one of those women who´s been dieting all her life and only ended up bigger than she was when she started. It´s not that easy telling her that I consider something she´s picking up for our nice lunch too fat. She know so well, but when she´s not on a diet she rock and rolls.

I remember when my mother-in-law only took ONE of my mothers buns fresh from the oven; my mother asked " are you on a diet"? My mother-in-law answered "no, but I watch what and how much I eat". It lead to a really embarrassing moment when these to worlds met, the "all-or -nothing" diet-thinking and the other naturally more healthy one.

Now my mother has gone home and I´m sitting here contemplating our lunch and what I´ve could have done or said to make today different.
It´s kind of infected this issue of weight and eating.
I don´t want to make her feel bad when she wants to give me a treat to show her appreciation for helping her. I ate, a lot of chicken, not so much of the salads.

Well the conclusion is, I think, that I got more work(outs) to do for the small thing I did for her today!
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    Interesting, I wonder how much of the attitude we inherit? My mother was overeating all her life and I think it was the most important factor in her death at 68 years of age.

    The other thing that I recognise was eating to behave... that you did not want to embarass your mother so you ate what she bought and tried to make it a little bit better by eating more chicken than salad.I do this all the time – eat things that I am rally not that interested in or eat too much because I find it too hard not to be polite...

    At our mroning meeting with Lucia I did have a bun and a gingerbread cookie. Nobody would have noticed if I did not but I do feel a small pressure to participate since they make the effort to arrange it. This would have been one of the easiest moments to avoid eating out of plan because there was really not much pressure but when I read your blog I realise I still have an idea that I am being impolite when I follow my own ideas...
    2116 days ago
    This is about healthy lifestyle, moderation, and balance. Don't punish yourself for going along with a nice offer. It sounds really like you think you must punish yourself for doing something nice for her, so that her act of trying to be nice was really something cruel toward you. Please avoid this thinking! Remember healthy lifestyle, moderation, and balance. I see that you choose to act as healthy as possible: you said that you did not take as much of the salads.
    2117 days ago
    Ah, Mothers, you gotta love them.
    Im glad you could eat some food,I think maybe if you steered her or actually picked out the foods you both would have a great lunch?
    You still cold? It was freezing here this morning.BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR emoticon emoticon
    2117 days ago
  • LEAROSE1986
    Maybe you could find ways to make healthy versions of the food your mom wants to buy for you and cook it together?
    2117 days ago
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