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Monday, July 13, 2009

100 Calorie Snacks

Now that I'm back on the wagon, and committing to exercising, the next step is addressing what and how I eat. I will not lose 10 lbs. by exercising alone.

I'd say we (my family) eat pretty healthy. Fruits and vegetables are a large part of out diet. Although I'm not a MAJOR snacker, I do have my favorites. This year I've learned, that I can be an emotional eater.

Last week I heard Dr. Ian Smith, of the 50 Million Pound Challenge, and the author of The 4 Day Diet on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Steve told Dr. Ian he needed to lose 12 lbs. before the Hoodie Awards in August. Dr. Ian said that was not problem, and could be easily in a months time, with The 4 Day Diet.

Right away something went off in me. If I were a dog, my ears would have stood straight up, and my tail would have been wagging. He had my attention. (Now I'm thinking... Was this rehearsed for suckers like me?)

I remembered, my cousin has a copy of the book. I was hooked, on the line, and was pretty much reeling myself in! We went over the first two modules. The first being a detox, where you're eating only fruits and vegetables, a little yogurt, but no meat. I could do that. That was Thursday. I had plans to shop for groceries on Saturday, and start the program on Monday. Monday is the Official start day for diets. Don't know where I heard/read it, but it's so.

While preparing my grocery list, and menu for the family I started thinking. The meals I'm planning, Blackened Tilapia, Shrimp Etouffee, Chicken Marsala... Do I really want to cook that, then eat fruits and vegetables?! In the immortal words of Whitney Houston, Hell-to-the NO! I told you before, motivation is hiding from me. I believe she has packed up, and left the country for more pleasant prospects. I just wiggled off the hook.

Like I said, I was thinking. I don't fry, unless you're talking about those green tomatoes, Saturday. We generally, bake, broil, boil and grill. I came to the conclusion that I will watch my portion sizes, eat small meals more frequently, drink more water, and not eat after 7p.m. There, my own plan. It sounds a little like something I've read/heard before, but I can live with it.

I had another bright idea... Buying the 100 calorie snacks would be ideal! That way I could better control my snacking.

While in Wal-Mart shopping, I got to the snacks, and started thinking again. It would be a waist of money to buy the 100 Calorie snacks. It's a marketing trap. We're paying for the trend, and convenience. I'll not fall for it. I can figure out 100 calories of the Tostitos, pretzels, and Lays Kettle Cooked chips that were in my basket. Surely, I can do that!
I have one question. How do I figure out 100 calories of the Rice Crispy Treats my girls made, and the sugar loaded cake I made for my son?


Chaotically Calm said...

Monday is the start the diet day, it just wouldn't be right mid week or on the weekend. And you're right those 100 cal snacks are a racket we can measure our own servings of course with home-made goodies I always use the one handful rule. If it can fit in your closed hand that is the appropriate portion size.....of course you can't take my word for that I believe I read it somewhere but I could also be making it up...not sure.

Looks like Motivation did a drive by!

Wifey said...

I love it - "Hell-to-the-No!" LOL. I don't want to cook things I can't eat when I'm on the wagon either. My trick is to keep things (temptations) out of the house when I don't have self control. Good luck!

Winks & Smiles,

mr. nichols said...

It looks like motivation left some of her belongings behind for you to snatch up! It's good to hear that you've committed to exercising and eating right. And yes, you were wise to avoid those dieters marketing ploys. I don't know why they try to act like people can't count.

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