This Skinny Girl is Changing Focus

Obviously, the posts here have been few and far between lately. That’s because I haven’t had too much time to worry about my inner skinny girl. I’ve got something bigger to worry about…

I’m pregnant! So, now the  battle I’m having with the scale is simply trying not to panic as the numbers start to go up.

If you’d like to follow along, I invite you to visit my new blog. I’ll be writing about my pregnancy, my life and my job in advertising—and prob’ly some battles with my inner skinny girl as well.

See you there!

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Published in: on September 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Magically disappearing cravings.

So obviously, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I’m in a much better head space now—super skinny girls be damned. Why? Because I decided to focus on just being healthy, instead of getting ever skinnier.

And you know what? The healthier I eat, the less I crave junk! Seriously. At first it was tough—especially since I work in the middle of Snackland—but now that I’m on the wagon, I find myself going to the fridge for applesauce instead of ice cream.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still ice cream in my life. But it’s not the reason for my existence. Because I’m not dieting, nothing’s forbidden. And because I know I can have it if I really really want it, I don’t feel the need to reach for the carton every single night.

However, when Edy’s pumpkin ice cream comes out, all bets are off. I look forward to pumpkin ice cream season all year long. It’s one of the more wonderful parts of fall.

Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that Christmas is already creeping into the stores? I find that disgusting and wrong. It’s 90 degrees outside! And I mean 90 degrees here in Central Indiana – not Southern California.

Can’t we please go back to the days when Christmas didn’t start until at least Halloween?

Published in: on August 21, 2008 at 7:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Finally, a diet book that rocks.

Alright, so it’s not technically a diet book. But Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster really does rock.

You won’t find any recipes. Or diet tips. Or any real exercise advice.

She doesn’t go out of her way to try to motivate you. In fact, she spends the first half of the book giving you all the proof you’d ever need that diets are doomed to fail.

So why’s it so great?

‘Cause she tells it like it is. She’s funny as hell. And she gets it.

Dieting sucks donkey kong. But if you work it right, you can make it work—without declaring food the enemy.

Her rant on the cake haters at Weight Watchers meetings alone is worth the price of the book. Seriously.

So, all 10 of you who read this blog, go get this book. Because no, you can’t borrow mine. I don’t want this one disappearing on me—it’s one I plan on re-reading obsessively.

Published in: on June 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm  Comments (1)  
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Small Victories

Today was Scale Day.

Somehow I actually managed to lose a half a pound this week. This is particularly surprising because I had what you might call a Bad Week. It started with drunken karaoke-ing on Friday night. Continued with greasy hangover food on Saturday. Then Monday hit, along with a Mack truck loaded with stress (and brownies).

Like I said, a Bad Week.

Apparently, those five mile runs I forced myself to take as an alternative to drinking an entire bottle of wine each evening paid off.

And those endorphins? They really do a body good.

Hurray for endorphins!

Published in: on June 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Behind every great man…is a great ass.

Iraq.

Global warming.

A foundering economy.

A health care system in crisis.

These are just a few of the issues that we, as a country, are dealing as we head into the presidential election.

But apparently, we’ve got better things to focus on. Things like the size of our prospective First Lady’s ass.

In a recent Reuters article, we learn that:

“McCain posed in size zero jeans for the latest issue of Vogue. Obama, who has also appeared in the fashion magazine, was praised by style writers for the violet sheath dress she wore to her husband’s Democratic nomination victory rally…”

Really?

That’s what we need to know about the next presidential spouse?  That she can squeeze into a size zero? And look stylish while holding up the podium?

Really?

I feel like I should have something profound to say here, but I’m too pissed off about the whole thing.

Could someone please let me know when sanity returns to the planet?

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vending Machine Confession

It’s 10:30 a.m. and I just raided the vending machine.

I’m currently eating—make that I just ate—a whole bag of peanut m&ms.

And yes, I did have breakfast, just 2.5 hours ago. Whole wheat peanut butter toast and a peach.

And no, I wasn’t really hungry.

Just can’t seem to find my funny, and a deadline is fast approaching. Suddenly, chocolate sounded pretty damn good.

Guess I haven’t quite conquered that whole emotional eating thing.

Published in: on June 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Silencing your inner whiner

“But I want it!”

“I’m sorry honey, not today.”

“Pleaaaase, I really need it.”

“You got a (greasy hamburger/mocha latte/double fudge sundae) yesterday!”

“BUT I WANT ONE NOOOOOWWWWW!”

Sound familiar?

Chances are if you’ve spent much time dieting, you’ve had that same conversation with yourself more times than you can count. I know I have.

Don’t kid yourself. Dieting, by it’s very nature, demands a healthy dose of self-denial. After all, most of us got, um, overly voluptuous by giving in to our inner five-year-olds a few too many times.

So what should you do when you find yourself in this situation?

Different things work for different people. Some say that allowing yourself to have “just one bite” of whatever you’re craving does the trick.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s baloney. For me, that single bite turns into several, and before I know it, I’ve polished off the whole thing. I’ve found other, more effective ways to kick that craving:

“You can have (blank) if you (blank).” Fill in that second blank with an odious task—doing dishes, folding laundry, scrubbing the toilet…the possibilities are endless. Chances are, you’ll procrastinate long enough that by the time you’re done, you’ll have forgotten what it was you were craving.
Pull on those workout clothes and move. Yep, I know. That’s the last thing you feel like doing. But if you can manage it, you really will feel better. Plus, after working up a sweat, you won’t want to redo what you just undid.

Get out your fattest fat ass picture and stare at it. Keep staring until you remember why you started dieting in the first place.

Find a lower calorie substitute for whatever you’re craving. Personally, I’m a fan of the Smart Ones desserts by Weight Watchers…I’ll post more ideas another day.

And if, at the end of all that, you still want (blank), just eat it. It’s okay to fall off the wagon every once in a while. Just make sure it doesn’t leave you behind.

Published in: on March 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm  Comments (3)