Monday 11/17 Food Journal

I watched the second episode of Ruby on the Style network last night—apparently it will only be 30 minutes instead of an hour like the first ep. But that’s a good thing, because her whining starts to grate on my nerves after a few minutes. One of the issues I’m having with this being a show about her changing her lifestyle so that she can lose weight is that the program she chose to do is one where she gets all of her meals pre-packaged. I know it’s not supposed to be a how-to show, but a show about how the life of someone morbidly obese changes as she loses the weight, but it’s a little more soap-opera and a little less motivational/inspiring than I expected it to be. Still, it does make me think about myself and my own relationship with food and weight, so I guess it’s helpful.

Then, after that, I watched Half-Ton Mom on TLC about a twenty-nine-year-old woman who weighed 840+ pounds. The show chronicled her decision to have gastric bypass surgery, which, as I’m sure you know, is extremely risky at that weight (any surgery would be). I was interested to see what her results would be—and was surprised to find out at the end of the program that while she was still in the hospital post-surgery, she went into cardiac arrest and died. I was surprised because I didn’t think they’d air a program where that happened. But they ended it talking about how the news coverage of the story has encouraged dozens of other super-morbidly obese people to get cut out of their houses and seek treatment.

After the WW meeting, Georgina and I usually go out for coffee (sugar-free/fat-free Caramel lattes!), but yesterday, both of us were hungry. There’s an Applebee’s just down the road, so we went there and both of us had their Weight Watchers French Onion Soup—only 3 points! (And that’s for people on flex, but I went ahead and counted it as 3, because of the bread and little bit of low-fat cheese on top–the soup itself lines up with the Core plan just fine.) Today’s challenge is that in a little while, I’m meeting Georgina and another friend (and fellow lay-off-ee) for lunch downtown. But it’s a restaurant Georgina is familiar with and she says there are lots of things on the menu that stick to program.

Lunch at Germantown Cafe:
I’m already well into my “cheat” points for the week. The restaurant where we were going to go originally isn’t open for lunch on Mondays, so we went to Germantown Cafe instead—where the menu is pretty limited. I ended up getting the soup and salad and opted for the French onion soup (yes, second day in a row) instead of the New England–style Clam Chowder, and the Caesar salad. I’ve done some research on Dotti’s Weightloss Zone (link over in the blogroll) and will count 5 points for the soup (for the bread and cheese) and 3 points for the salad (it was very small).

The good thing about that lunch, as it turns out, is that it was VERY filling. It’s now 7:15 p.m., and I haven’t felt the least bit hungry all afternoon. AND I managed to get all of my edits of Menu for Romance put into the computer and e-mailed the manuscript off to my editor a few minutes ago. In the past, I would have celebrated with food. But I’m not going to do that. What I am going to do is celebrate by treating myself to a massage when I get back to Nashville after Thanksgiving.

Supper:
Pork Chop (leftover from yesterday)
Broccoli & Cauliflower (also leftover)

“Dessert”:
Pomegranate

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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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