Like a fat kid loves cake
Posted: Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Alyn Wharmby is an Ohio native turned middle school teacher and graduate student, currently earning a degree in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. She is beginning her new life with fiance Erik and chihuahua Bella on July 13, 2013. Contact Alyn here.
How do you identify women who have been eating healthfully or dieting for a while? Let me share a little experience with you to help. Recently, two of my close friends and I (all who are very diet conscious) made a stop at a local big box store to pick up vitamins (JUST vitamins ) and wandered a bit through the store in search of them. We came to the section of the store labeled Cake, Cookies, Bread, and Rolls, and knew that this enticing aisle would beckon us all. We veered quickly to the cooler that contained all of the sweet treats and ogled over all of the chocolate-covered delights that lurked there.
The game we played was a fun one. If you could choose any cake in the cooler and eat the whole thing, which one would you choose? Three shrewd, educated women, standing in front of a grocery cooler, debating about hypothetical cake flavors for a full five minutes. And no, in this hypothetical game, we werent sharing our cakes we were eating the entire thing. (In case you're curious, my imaginary choice was the Tiramisu cake).
Sometimes I feel that my life while Getting Fit is a bit like this. Im constantly standing outside of the cooler staring in. Always wishing for things I can't or shouldn't have. Dont let me kid you, there are foods that I miss eating while on a diet. A few of my favorites? Pizza (extra cheese). Ice cream (double fudge brownie). Sandwiches (Jersey Mikes Turkey and Provolone). Iced Frappacinos (with the whipped cream). Thats just the tip of the iceberg!
Sometimes its easy to live healthfully. Sometimes its hard. Im having one of those weeks where its hard.
My fiancé brought me home an iced cappuccino all the way from his visit to Buffalo (not on my diet plan) and Ive been really busy and slacking on making prepackaged snacks lately. I havent lost any weight in two weeks and Im feeling a bit stagnant and discouraged. What are these? All excuses to eat. Here I am, standing outside the proverbial dessert cooler, and giving in.
Get back on the wagon with me this week. Stop longing for the cake and get on the treadmill. And if youre looking for the other women on a diet, were in front of the cooler with the cake!
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