Friday, January 15, 2010

Sisters, Socks, and Salad

"The belly rules the mind."  ~Spanish Proverb
Well, I said that I will concentrate on whatever of "the ten" comes to me in need. This darn diet/health/appearance/body thing just won't leave me alone. I can't seem to escape catching a glimpse of myself every time I pass a mirror in the house. Or hearing voices screaming "help me" from the bottom of the deep freeze- where I've hidden the Little Debbie frozen oatmeal cakes for future consumption.
And, it sure didn't help one bit to spend yesterday shopping for clothes with my little sister. And I do mean little. Makes me just want to take her thin little neck and choke her...
In a good way, of course.

"Jealousy and love are sisters."  ~Russian Proverb

If she had been someone else's sister trying on those small clothes, I wouldn't have noticed. But to realize that our blood and genes are the same- it seems totally unfair that our size charts differ so extremely. 
And to make things worse, I was almost her size just two short years ago.
Until I loaded up on two years worth of food and made slothfulness my little friend.
The cookies and cakes and extra cheesy nachos were not that good. Not as good as it would have been to be trying on fun clothes and having a bit of sass in my step.
Special K with berries: $2.99
Cobb Salad with fat free dressing: $7.25
Grilled chicken with asparagus and baked potato: $10.00
Being able to wear yoga pants without looking like a giant bag of marbles: Priceless.

"A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed. " ~George Rosenbaum   
I know that the main problem with my diet is that it keeps being postponed. It is always going to start tomorrow, or Monday or payday.  But just like a tiny hole in your sock- if you don't mend it immediately, it finally spreads across the entire heel and toe until it's past fixing.  

I'm a dead sock.
"Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels.  There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled. " ~Frederic Raphael
I don't eat out much. And if I do, it's usually a special occasion or a vacation or a holiday.
(Hey! Isn't Monday Martin Luther King Day?)

The problem with smorgasbords is that they are the only restaurants where you can help yourself to seconds. And thirds. And the entire bakery.
I always lose weight whenever I am a patient in the hospital . No one there ever asks to have seconds of corn flakes, warm milk, applesauce and stiff meatloaf.
"A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.  "~P.J. O'Rourke
I  love vegetables. Cabbage, sprouts, squash, spinach, beans, tomatoes...But why is it that they taste a hundred times better drenched in sauce, dressing, cheese or butter? Life is totally unfair.
I realize that I am not doing a single thing by writing all of this. My blog is supposed to be about changing and how to go about it.
I really don't know. I suppose I have to start by making the right choices today. To not put things off. To get up and move. To get my mojo back before I turn into a fat old lady with stretch pants and a HoverRound.
Please- listen and learn. If you are sick and tired of multiple chins, a python waistline and those butt puppies fighting in your pants- then it's time to put down your fork and start today!
I choose to count points. It worked for me before.
I just don't know when I crossed the point of no return. Didn't see that one coming.
"When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
                        ~Author Unknown

We must have hope. Vision. A good scale.
We must be able to look ahead to see ourselves as we want to be.
I want to be thin and tan and even have cute toes.
I want to run.
I want to play.
I want to live life to the fullest.
And I want to love shopping with my little sister.
(Without wringing her neck). 

"Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. " ~Author Unknown
Today's Five Grateful Things
1. sock monkeys
2. photographs
3. water
4. smooth rocks
5. Blue jays