Monday, November 14, 2011
Dr. Phil came out with a weight loss book more than a few years ago, and for no reason other than I needed something to distract me from watching the numbers on the elliptical trainer, I opened it up and began reading.
"Replace emotional eating with habits that prevent unhealthy eating." Sounds good. A few cigarettes in place of the family size Captain Crunch late-night nosh works every time.
"Exercise as a matter of habit." I love Dr. Phil - don't get me wrong - but really? I'm at the gym at 4:30 a.m. in gym clothes that I slept in so I wouldn't skip going and this is the best you've got? Note to self: Google "Guerrilla warfare tactics on losing weight after 50."
I don't know about you, but it seems once I turned 50 the weight no longer comes off like it used to. I have to fight for every .001th of a pound that comes off. Stuff like putting my food on a smaller plate to trick me into thinking I'm eating more - that might have worked 20 years ago, but not today.
"Try eating with a smaller spoon." Dr. Phil, please. I've tried eating yogurt with chop sticks to lose weight. All that did was make me really good with a pair of sticks.
So this morning while packing my 60-calorie Carbmaster yogurt and 110-calorie string cheese for lunch, I had forgotten all about Dr. Phil until I reached in the pantry for a plastic spoon and remembered what he said about smaller spoons. No spoons, but plenty of plastic knives.
I packed the knife and am now eating yogurt with it, and guess what? It works! It's darn near impossible not to pay attention to every bite when it's wobbling at the end of a knife.
Note to self: Next time you eat yogurt with a plastic knife, watch out for the serrated edge and bring an extra napkin.