Starting Weight Watchers tomorrow night. There is a meeting near my house at 7pm which is very convenient for me. I really prefer the Weight Watcher Centers where they have meetings all day everyday, but you take what you can get. The closest center isn’t close at all. I contacted the headquarters to get my Lifetime Membership Number. (oooh, ahhhh) So, I’m all ready to go. All except the dread of starting over.

The new outlook on food I’m cultivating is this:

  1. The POINT of eating is to put fuel in my body.
  2. The point of eating is NOT to provide pleasure for my body.
  3. The pleasure of eating good food is just an added plus.
  4. Thus, eating does not have to be pleasurable, it just has to be good fuel.
  5. Good fuel for my body is not provided when I eat empty calories from sugar and processed grains and such.
  6. High Quality food is full of nutrients and may or may not taste good. It doesn’t matter. What matters is getting the fuel in the body.
  7. Once in a while, having a little food that is pleasurable and not good fuel is okay. Just, not enough to live on.

I have been operating on the “I only eat food that tastes good” theory, and that theory has helped me to put on a lot of weight in my life. I am going to try to operate on a new Operating System: Eat to Live, don’t Live to Eat. If food doesn’t taste the way I like, I’ll eat less of it. Eventually my tastes will change and the sugared, processed foods won’t taste as good anyway. Higher nutrition content in food = less food needed to feel full and satisfied. If i could eat by taking a pill or get my nutrition from an IV every night, and never need real food again, sign me up.

The problem is I enjoy the social aspect of eating. I can still enjoy that aspect, it just provides a higher temptation level.
I want to be able to look at a box of donuts and say “ok, what in here will provide good fuel?” answer: “Nothing.”, and move on, past the donuts and on to the small bowl of oatmeal or egg or whatever.

Foods I do not currently eat that I would like to learn to either enjoy or at least tolerate:
Legumes in general
Cottage Cheese
Non-fat Yogurt
Whole Wheat bread
Watch me turn into a granola girl… you know the ones i mean.


9 responses to “

  • aledawithwings

    I feel good knowing I actually love all the foods on your list!Are you having weight issues too?Me too! It’s bad….

  • RegularGoy

    RYC: I know, I know–I was asking what is finished.

  • curtin_severn

    i can help you with this.i will send you lovely ways to love these foods. also, try spelt bread instead of whole wheat. your body will probably thank you for lessening your wheat intake.lentils? have you had dahl? lovely. we are going out the weekend after this one coming up, just so you know. rest up.

  • curtin_severn

    as my kid would say “you are your own person” (i hate it when she uses my words against me) so no, we don’t have to go out, but i thought telling you were were might erase any objections. but i fear i pegged you wrong. we should, though. we can drink vegetable juice and laugh. healthy and aerobic.

  • curtin_severn

    but i’m putting vodka in mine.

  • curtin_severn

    but what is Pandora, it not an opener of boxes?

  • Chicken_Pax

    I am also starting a diet, or a “new way of eating” regime, along with increased exercise: I want to lose quite a bit of fat weight (i.e., get down to 180-190 depending on muscle), gain some muscle (or at least not lose any), get in shape (e.g., be able to run 5K in ok time), and lower my triglycerides and LDL (just had my first physical and got some not-horrible-yet-still-bad news). So, like, we are in this together.
    Oh and try dal! It’s South Asian, made from lentils, and Extremely Good. Have it as spicey as you handle it. So good. Always eat something that goes with cottage cheese, like mellon or pinapple, etc. And never have plain tofu but rather have it with spice/sauce. It can be really good.
    I haven’t blogged or commented in some time. Catching up on your blog from this summer I want to say:
    -Congratulations on being accepted as a seminary student at George Fox!!! Wow. What do you want to do with your study eventually? be a  minister? a chaplain? a researcher? something else?-Million-Dollar Baby WAS intense and quite damned emotional, and I can see why it was controversial.-The Constant Gardener was very cool, well-made. I thought it was just a little too paranoid; not that drug companies might not do something evil, just I don’t think the conspiracy would unfold as they had it.-Both you and Melissa (picture from Saturday) have beautiful eyes; intelligent, there eyes.-I assume that your fall (not from grace but rather down 3 stairs) didn’t have any lasting effects; at least I hope not.
    Hoping your week is grand

  • Chicken_Pax

    I’m psyched to read about Weight Watchers. I might join them as well.

  • curtin_severn

    dearest you. if you have sag i will cut it off. never fear. we should have lunch if you work in portland. do you go to lunch? i mean, we can smell food and not eat it. also chris said you could send me his email privately. please? and thank you. (i am cleaning out my car for sug. i swear. if that man didn’t come and go i would never clean anything i didn’t have to.)

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