Wednesday, February 29, 2012
As I have passed Day 60 of treating the Sparky Nutrition Tracker as the Soup Nazi armed with a bayoneted machine gun, I had pause to reflect on the pronounced change in my eating habits since I launched my personal Spark Caravan (now accompanied by over 100 of you poor misguided souls)!
Nothing enters my mouth without being researched, contemplated quantified and tracked. My very next discretionary expenditure (they are few and far between - parent of very expensive teens!) will be a digital food scale. Tracking food, and the discipline it has brought, has vastly improved the quality and quantity of what I eat.
As of now there are 25 fewer pounds of me, blogging about this experience. Mathematically, I remain dead-on my personal statistical glide-path to weigh zero by Thanksgiving 2013. My goal is to turn sideways and vanish into a 2-dimensional line (like Lee Meriwether's character in the original Star Trek "That Which Survives" episode) or in other words, to cast no shadow at all.
Some years ago we were interviewing paediatricians, before "Thing One" graced our lives with her Type A eminence. The prospective pediatrician explained this to us, in response to "How do we protect our kids from the lifelong weight challenges we have faced?" His answer: "Avoid foods containing excessive fats, salts and sweets." Our perverse senses of humor found us riding home making lists of favorite foods that contained all three in excess!
We found that few foods on the planet contain fats, salt and sweets - all in excess. Donuts were the first food to flash in our collective minds, on our way home from that pediatrician interview. Needless to say, donuts sit with most pizza, chicken wings and apple pie a-la-mode on the never-ever-again list for us. Ditto just about ANYTHING at Applebee's, Chili's, Outback, Denny's, Chinese buffets...
What is on your personal never-again food (or restaurant) list? I don't mean in "moderation" - I mean never?!?