Tuesday 11/11 Food Journal

I slept in again this morning (accidentally), so the day once again started off with lunch instead of breakfast.

Homemade vegetable-beef soup
Oyster crackers (1 point)

WW Yogurt (1 point)

3 p.m.
One of the things that our leader talked about Sunday is using touchstones (WW calls them Anchors)—something physical or mental to use when we’re tempted to stray, to overeat, to binge, or whatever. That’s one of the reasons why I started this blog—for moments just like this one when I am so tempted to break into the bags full of goodies that I’ve picked up for my niece and nephews for their gift-a-day Christmas presents (they get one small thing to open from me each day in December leading up to Christmas). I’m having a really bad sugar craving right now. Gum isn’t helping. I went outside and played with the neighbor’s dogs for a few minutes, that didn’t help.

This is one of those very physical cravings that really is proof that what I have is a food addiction, because I’m starting to get the shakes because the craving for the sugar is so strong and I’m resisting it so hard. So my touchstone, the thing I’m going to turn to, to cling to, to get me through this is by reminding myself why I’m not giving into that craving. Why I need to break the sugar addiction. And that is to be healthy and happy with my physical appearance; it’s also reminding myself that my body deserves better nutrition than the empty calories that give me a momentary sense of satisfaction, but then leave me tired, dragged out, and feeling worse than I did before I ate them. So I’m going to go eat an apple and then get back to work.

10:40 p.m.
I withstood the sugar craving! Yay! I had the apple as a snack, then got back to work and regained my focus on that instead of on food. Here’s what I had for supper:

Green beans (1 small can, drained & rinsed)
Edamame (1/2 cup shelled, heated from frozen)
–Marinade: 2 tbs. light soy sauce, 2 tbs. mandarin orange juice, 1 tbs. Splenda brown sugar (1 point), 1.5 tsp. garlic-chili sauce, 1/2 tsp. sesame oil (Even for a very large salmon fillet, I used less than half of this marinade). Pan seared, splashed with lemon juice after cooking.

Then for a “snack” an hour ago, I fixed a cup of decaf hot tea (in a large mug) and added about 1/4 cup of lemon juice, then sweetened with Splenda for a sort of lemonade-tea taste.

I calculated that I ate 6 points’ worth of food not on plan yesterday, combined with 3 today, that puts me 9 points into my 35 extra points for the week.


About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator. www.kayedacus.com
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3 Responses to Tuesday 11/11 Food Journal

  1. PatriciaW says:

    Go for it, Kaye! “Fabulous by Forty” reminds me of my old mantra, that I would be “Fit, Fly, and Fabulous by Forty”.

    Didn’t happen for me but I’m sure it will happen for you. You’ll make it so. With God’s help.

    Pray for me. At 45, I’m still struggling with this issue. I’m working on a new slogan for 50!


  2. Kaye Dacus says:

    How about Foxy by Fifty?


  3. CJ Kennedy says:

    Thanks for the tip about the touchstones. Usually I give in to the cravings. I’ll just have to find something fun to do that won’t feel like being punished.


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