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Monday, 26 June 2006

Raging Hormone Woman Strikes
Topic: Age & Weight Loss

Saturday evening my body was inhabited by an alien being, who used my mouth to say things like “Why don’t we just get a pizza?” and to eat two servings of cookies for dessert.  The next morning, when she was gone and I was left assessing the damage, I realized I recognized the alien. It was Raging Hormone Woman. RHW has taken possession of me before.  Usually I can placate her with occasional offerings of chocolate, but occasionally she takes over and does things counter to my best interests, such as stuffing down vast quantities of foods I normally avoid, screaming unkind words at my husband, or bursting into tears at a song on the supermarket Muzak.


In this case, I figured she’d pretty well undone any chance I had of hanging onto my hard-won half-pound loss from the week before.  I gave myself the usual morning-after pep talks (it’s the long-term that counts; all that healthful eating of the past two weeks was good for you even if you don’t lose weight; when you slip up just keep going, blah, blah) and got right back on program.


When I weighed in this morning, I had managed to hang on to my loss from last week.  I felt relieved for a few minutes.  Then my inner teenager began to pipe up. “Well, how about that? We got away with it!  Note to self: you can eat three slices of pizza and two servings of cookies and milk, and not gain weight.  We’ll do that again!” 


NO, NO, NO!  That is not the take-home lesson here.  The thought I’m trying to hold on to is that the goal is to lose weight and eat healthful foods, not to maintain weight and eat junk.  I’m trying to remind the inner teenager that just because you got away with something once, doesn’t mean it’s a good long-term strategy for health.  I’ve got my fingers in my ears, singing “La, la, la, la, la, la...” to try to drown out the sound of her saying things like “Let’s do it again!” and “Hey, I wonder what ELSE we could get away with?”


It’s hell being in the sandwich generation.

Posted by whaledancer at 3:17 PM PDT | Post Comment | View Comments (4) | Permalink

Monday, 26 June 2006 - 4:26 PM PDT

Name: "Connie"

Welcome back!  It's good to see your commenting regularly again - your blog has always been very inspirational to me.

Oh and by the way, wear those shorts PROUDLY, girl!

Saturday, 8 July 2006 - 11:04 AM PDT

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