Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Food Interruptus

A funny thing happened on my finger’s third adventure around the edge of the bowl of soon-to-be-truffles goo yesterday: I couldn’t lick. My head was saying, “You reserved the Points! Eat it!” But my stomach was saying, “Put that sugar crap in me and I promise you’ll be seeing it again real soon.” So I rinsed my finger(s) and made the truffles and washed the bowl without another taste.

It’s 9:15 and I’m still in my pjs. I plan to still be in my pjs when I head to the kitchen in a minute and make a batch of Peanut Blossom Cookies and Puppy Chow, both laden with chocolate and peanut butter, but both way too sweet (like the truffles) to really tempt me. I do plan to have for dessert later a piece of Hungry Girl’s 1-Point fudge with a scoop of Breyer’s double-churn fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Also on the menu tonight: ham and scalloped potatoes. My food strategy this year seems to be to mostly make stuff I don’t like or no longer eat. It was not something I did intentionally, but it’s working like a charm. Besides, there will be enough cheese, almonds and homemade bread to make me squirm in my seat later. Ya’ll know how I love me some cheese, almonds and bread more than chocolate and peanut butter (except PB2) any day.

While making the truffles yesterday, I had a moment where I really missed the days of mindless eating. When eating a truffle or two was nothing more than a precursor to the real dessert. When unwrapping Hershey Kisses for the cookies was a “one for the bowl, two for me” game. When cheese, crackers, nuts, and bread would just “hold me over” until dinner. I was lost in these thoughts when the UPS man delivered the sweater I ordered from Macy’s, a very clingy cardigan that I thought would look nice with my gray leggings and black boots. I took it out of the package and tried it on. Yup. It was clingy alright. Hugged, and I mean hugged, every inch of my mid section and butt.

As I looked at my body in the mirror, I realized I could miss the days of mindless eating all I wanted, but I was never going back there. I’d rather eat light and look like I look now than eat whatever I want and hide under layers and layers of clothing. Food doesn’t make me happy. A strong healthy body that accommodates a clingy cardigan does. (Just so we're clear, I really am wearing a camisole under the sweater. I'm not THAT daring :))

So take that cheese and almonds and bread and truffles! I’ll try you, taste you, enjoy you in small bits for short moments, but I’ll enjoy my sweater for a long, long time.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyous Kwanzaa everyone! Eat smart. Be well. May you be surrounded by peace and love this evening and always.

10 comments:

debby said...

Merry merry Christmas, Lynn!

I love the post title! That is exactly how I feel now. Indulged a bit too much in the breakroom at work. But at some point, my stomach also rebelled, and I am really craving all my favorite healthy low-cal goodies!

Thanks for all the inspiration!

Lyn said...

You look fantastic!! I really hope I get to wear something like that again someday.

Blooming Orchid said...

Your positive attitude is contagious. You look amazing, BTW in that clingy sweater. Thanks for the reminder - nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

I'll use your thoughts to carry me through Christmas dinner tomorrow and I'll be much more selective as I think about those size 16s I desperately want to get back into.

God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Tee said...

I've been reading your blog for quite a while now, but this is the first I've ever commented. I just wanted to say thank you! For this particular entry (because its just what I needed to hear right now) and for just being an inspiration in general. Have a joyous and wonderful holiday :-)

SeaShore said...

Merry Christmas!

Vickie said...

VERY CUTE pictures!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

Natalia said...

Merry Christmas! You look just great. I hope to wear one someday! :)

MizFit said...

da*m woman you DO look so fantastic. and are so FANTASTIC inside as well. generous loving smart and caring.

hope you had a merry merry.

Mara said...

Merry Christmas Lynn - Love the photo!

Mara
http://24stepstogo.blogspot.com/

deanna said...

The sweater looks great, and I love your outlook on food, that's the real success overcoming the emotions that are associated with stuffing our pie-holes, still working on that one, and your posts help A TON!!!!