The Diet Wrecker

When it comes to making goals to be more healthy, I can be my own worst enemy. Let me share a couple of examples of how I set myself up for failure:

Example 1: The last time that I went grocery shopping, I made a very conscious effort to only buy healthy foods (aka.. no ice cream to tempt me). I made it all the way through the store, but as I walked up to the check out counter, I saw that dang easter candy all shiny and bright. I saw the bag of whopper eggs, took a deep breath, and threw it in my cart. I tried to tell myself that it would last me the whole week, but I didn’t have to search very deep to know that I know myself better than that. The thing is, if I have junk at my house, I eat it…. like in large quantities until it is gone. I have very little self control… thus the reason that I know not to bring stuff into my house in the first place.

Example 2: I love to bake. The only problem with baking is when I have no major purpose to bake besides the fact that something sounds good. Again, I try to trick myself into believing that I will just freeze the part that I don’t want to eat and save it for a rainy day. Unfortunately, it is always rainy here, so it doesn’t take me long to bust the food out of the freezer (like, it may not even be frozen yet). My new goal is to only bake when I have a reason. For example, tomorrow a couple of mamas are coming to my house, so I feel very good about the Peach/strawberry crisp I will be making, because I know that I will only eat it with everyone else. I am actually quite proud of myself, because I soooo wanted to make some oatmeal raisin cookies today, but I refrained.

Example 3: Tonight I ate a normal amount for dinner (normal for a nursing mom I would say). I am a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I am totally guilty of taking bites of my kids’ leftovers when I am clearing their plates. Is there anyone else out there who will admit to doing this? This week, I am not going to eat off of my kids’ plates at all.

Okay, I’m sure that I could name plenty more bad habits that I have, but I think that is enough for now :). If any of you share any of these bad habits with me, let’s work on them for the next week. Next week we can start focusing more on exercise, but for now, let’ focus on and own our bad habits. Any bad habits you all would like to share? Oh, and on a bright note.. I have lost two pounds in the last two weeks. 2 down.. 8 to go!

nancy - March 31, 2011 - 8:11 am

I will do my best to prevent you from eating too much crisp today… by eating way more than my share. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. :)

kara - March 31, 2011 - 1:17 pm

Thanks for you help with the crisp, and luckily, there were enough people so no one was forced to eat more than their share :).

kelsey - March 31, 2011 - 7:55 pm

I totally know what you’re talking about – I have no self control either, and I ALWAYS eat food off my kids plates! One of my bad habits, I clean the kitchen cupboards out, meaning, I eat the last two oreos, the last graham cracker…the last of every little thing in the cupboard just so it can be gone and clean – however, it’s the only part of the kitchen I actually somewhat enjoy cleaning because I get rewarded in the process.

Angie - March 31, 2011 - 9:00 pm

My dear friend Kara. I was just wondering if you looked inside my life before you blogged your bad habits. It was like I was reading about myself, sigh. Please know I am guilty of all of the above. Love your old friend, Angie :)

kara - March 31, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Kelsey,
You must be able to get away with your cleaning binges, because you look amazing!
Angie,
You also are a major babe, Ms. mama of 4 :). I’d be interested to hear what your diet/exercise routine was when you had those buff arms :). I know it couldn’t have been from just lifting kids every day, because my arms don’t look like that!

Angie - April 1, 2011 - 11:02 am

Kara you are awesome. I love this blog! Trust me I do not look like those pictures right now!! I have a lot of weight to lose (again), it’s hard not to get discouraged but I know I’ve done it before so I can do it again. I was working out A TON when those pics were taken. I was very diligent about my diet and hit the gym about 2 hours a day and 5-6 days a week, which let’s face it, is not realistic these days. You my dear, look amazing. I am so inspired by you. I only wish I could live closer to you so I could hear you say these hilarious things instead of reading them. Oh well, I’ll be thankful for what I can get :)

kara - April 3, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Angie,
We will have to hang in Klamath in the sun with the kids when the weather is nice this summer!!

Adrienne - April 13, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Hilarious, I totally have the bag of Whopper eggs hiding in my bedroom! It never fails that I pop one in my mouth and then one of the kids need to talk to me, right close to my face and I pray they can’t smell the candy…