to Do with the Leftovers?
Okay, tell me if you've ever
done this: It's Monday late afternoon.
You decided yesterday that starting
today you were going to 1) eat
right, and 2) start to get regular
exercise, and 3) give up all your
bad habits. So, you're picking
things up around the house and
starting to notice all the little
bits and pieces of leftovers from
the past weekend. Namely, cookies
here, and small bits of candy
there. In my house today I noticed
I had three large shortbread cookies
(I'm overly fond of shortbread
cookies with icing), several bags
of the candy that resemble real
rocks which I keep saying I want
to put in a jar, but I haven't
found just the right jar (for
display, you know), and the leftovers
from the 4th of July picnic, which
in my case is about five pounds
of fruit salad - not bad in itself,
but I can only eat so much fruit
And Then There's
Of course, I had to buy some
wine at a tasting on Saturday
(I always buy it, don't know why
I think those wine tasting's are
such a great deal - they always
entice me to buy), and now there's
an open bottle waiting.
So, my thoughts are, "Do
I eat this, or not?" "Do
I throw it away and WASTE it?"
"Oh, my, dear no. That's
not a good idea," I think.
Oh, I just remembered there is
also an entire plate of large
cinnamon rolls (Cinnabon style)
I made Friday night. They'll be
stale soon. That's not good. It'd
be such a shame to throw them
all away, and I only ate one.
And so it goes. Do I talk myself
into eating up the last remnants
of the weekend, thus going into
Tuesday and possibly Wednesday
with the taste of weekend indulgence
still on my lips, or do I decide,
really decide, I've had enough?
It's time to eat better, like
I just said, last night. Remember
last night? It seems so long ago
What if We Just
It's interesting how easily we
talk ourselves right out of what
we had decided yesterday was such
a good idea. So what's wrong with
just starting tomorrow? What's
wrong is that tomorrow never comes.
It's always today, right now.
You'll never reach that elusive
tomorrow. Yes, the date on the
calendar changes, but you, standing
where you are, right here, right
now, are still here, in the present.
You can't live in the past, nor
can you live in the future. You
can only live in the moment.
Now: What Do you Want?
So if you want to decide, then
decide right now. What do you
want, really want for yourself?
Do you want to continue to indulge
yourself at every turn, or do
you want to exercise just a bit
more discipline and see if you
can get into better shape? It's
not about what you'll miss out
on, it's about what you
will gain. Better health,
more energy, endurance. You'll
feel better, you'll look better.
It's all about what you'll gain,
but in the immediate moment, it's
so easy to think only of right
now. Yes, but right now this would
taste so good, wouldn't it, and
there's always tomorrow.
I've found that when I make a
mental shift, a real shift, not
just a decision but a true change
in my thinking, then I follow
through, and not until then. All
the times I try to talk myself
into doing things that I don't
really want to do, are not successful.
Probably they're not successful
because I don't really want to
How do you get yourself motivated
and stay that way? I start with
a list. List all the reasons you
want to lose some weight. Think
in terms of a mini goal of five
or 10 pounds. Make it a one month
goal, not a lifetime goal. It's
fine to have long-term goals,
but if you really want
to learn to change for good, then
you need to make it something
you can live with. Incorporate
real change into your lifestyle
and you can indulge at a holiday
party without it making any difference;
without it throwing you off the
deep end. When you go on vacation
you'll come back maybe a couple
pounds heavier, but it won't matter.
You'll have eaten what you wanted,
you'll have had a wonderful time,
and not stressed yourself over
whether you're gaining weight.
- Why I want to lose weight
- What's my first mini-goal?
(1 wk to 1 month)
- What's my longer-term goal?
(1 month to 1 year)
- How strict must I be for this
to work? (Pre-planned or legalized
deviations works very well for
Sometimes, especially if you
use a plan that incorporates "legalized
cheating" then you'll end
up with some leftover food. Get
used to getting rid of it. Give
it away, throw it away, it really
doesn't matter. You're not doing
yourself any favor by eating all
the leftovers. So what if the
cinnamon rolls go stale? I ate
one didn't I? I enjoyed it totally
too. Others also ate some cinnamon
rolls, and even if no one had
any, did I make them to eat them
all, or did I make them because
I was in the mood to make cinnamon
rolls? Does eating them all myself
make any sense at all?
Sometimes I feel a little guilty
making goodies and then giving
them away because I think I'm
not making it any easier for others
to stick to their plans, but then
I remember what I do in that situation,
and I have to assume others are
adult about how they decide to
take care of themselves too. If
I decide I'm going to eat in a
more healthful manner, and someone
brings something unexpected, it's
not difficult in most all circumstances
to simply say, "No, thanks.
I already ate," or take some
on a plate for later.
Since I don't go on "restrictive"
diets, then I can incorporate
pretty much anything into my day's
food plan. I just eat it, when
I'm hungry. I find it so much
easier to base my eating on whether
I'm hungry, than on whether something
is there. Just because unexpected
people show up, doesn't mean you
use them, does it? Honestly, do
you think anyone is upset when
you leave a bit more for them?
I don't think so.
The Case of
the Missing Wedding Cake
When I was a teenager my mother
remarried and I offered to buy
the wedding cake. I had an ulterior
motive though. My favorite bakery,
Beaverton Bakery, was where I
intended to get the cake, and
I knew by ordering far more than
would be necessary there'd be
lots and lots of leftovers for
me to gorge myself silly on after
the festivities. Ha.
What happened instead is a blur.
I don't know really what happened
to the cake but I do know I not
only didn't get any leftovers,
I never even had a piece at the
wedding. I tend to get caught
up in the people and don't usually
eat at parties, so I paid it no
attention, and much to my dismay
someone else had bundled it up
before I got there to do so. Alas,
I was never to taste that cake
at all. Such a disappointment
- it must have been, I still remember
it now and that's been more than
24 years ago now! LOL.
Food memories stick with me for
a very long time. That day is
my prime example of how I would
not have minded one little bit
if more people had said, "No
thanks, I just ate," and
passed on the cake. I just wish
I'd been a little more alert in
setting aside a hunk for later.