2010-07-15 / Columns

Overcoming A Huge Weakness

Last Wednesday night when I was at the pharmacy getting my son’s prescription filled, I came across a whole side panel full of Ferrero Rocher, a candy made up of a whole roasted hazelnut, encased in a thin shell which is in turn filled with Nutella and hazelnut cream. The candy is then topped off with a coating of milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts, providing a unique and indulgent taste sensation.

Okay, so this is my absolute favorite indulgence right now. They had a value pack that had 24 pieces in it. I picked up the package, start towards the cosmetics and thought to myself, “Why did I pick this up? I am going to end up eating this whole thing tonight before I go to bed!” I was so frustrated with myself. I almost laid the candy down on top of a shelf, but I used to work in a department store and hated when people did that, so I continued to carry it with me throughout the store to put it back where it belonged.

When I got called back to the pharmacy to pick up my son’s medicine, I walked past the panel where I picked up my candy, and put it right back where I got it! Yay for me. Oh, and thank God I did too! The lady who checked me out at the counter was the very first person that contacted me about my column. How much of a hypocrite would I have looked like! To the cashier, you know who you are, you look fabulous! Keep up the great work!

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I have decided this week that I am going to try something completely different. Ha! Surprising, huh?

Everyone always says that you should eat at least six times a day. Why is this? Well, I did some research because, like a kid, I am never satisfied until it’s explained to me.

According to Buzzle.com, “Eating six meals a day will boost your metabolism, helping you to burn more calories all day long. In fact, by eating super-clean, high protein foods at each of your six meals, you will find that your metabolism goes into overdrive, becoming extremely efficient at burning off calories.”

Sounds pretty simple, but why am I just now considering it when I have known about it for some time? Well, I had a reader e-mail me, and he used the following to describe this six meals a day diet, “...how to think of this is thinking of it like a fire. If you want the fire to burn really vigorously, you put small twigs and things on a little at a time. You don’t throw a big old log on there and expect it to burn really hot. Your body is a furnace for burning food. Eat five to six times per day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks in between.”

Absolutely fantastic analogy! It make so much more sense to me now.

Another piece of advice my reader gave me is, “Eat as close to the earth as you can. If it grows in ground or above ground, it’s good. If it comes with it’s own wrapper (apple, orange, peanuts, fish) it’s good.”

Guess I need to start that garden I’ve been thinking about growing. I just hope it grows better than the dead flowers in my kitchen window!

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I weighed myself on Tuesday and found that I have gained seven pounds back. It makes me so sick to think of it. I had mentioned before that my clothes were starting to fit better and I could tell a difference when I put them on. Well, now they are way too tight. When I saw how much weight I have gained it re-opened my eyes. I started yesterday by keeping a better watch on what I am eating and how much I am eating. I know that I need to drink more water because I am not drinking near enough during the day.

Tuesday night a friend and I went for a walk. We probably walked around two miles, and it felt good. My body was exhausted, but I didn’t mind because I know that I am back on track and I am going to head in the right direction for awhile!

Until next week... wish me luck!

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