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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Why is it that the instant I decide to go on a diet, fattening foods suddenly look better than ever? I wasn't even craving those Twinkies that have been in the pantry for three weeks until now when I can't have them. 

Suddenly yummy food is everywhere. I smell donuts as I drive by a shop, McDonalds flashes their fried delights at every commercial break, and where did those brownies come from? Ok, so I made them, but still. 

I have a sweet tooth that gets me every time. I hear diet experts recommending a dessert once a week to curb those cravings. Once a week? Hello, that is so not going to work for me. Maybe I can narrow it down to one sweet a day. Maybe. On a good day.

My husband does the low carb thing. No bread, no sugar, no starches, no life, no thanks. For a girl who doesn't like veges much, not the plan for me. I just want to eat what I want and be skinny too. Is that too much to ask?
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:36 PM  
  Comments (15)
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At 10:31 PM, Blogger One More Writer said...

I'm so with you! I have tried the "eat one square of dark chocolate every other day after dinner" but then it becomes one after lunch and dinner, then two after lunch and dinner, and, well, it's amazing how one of those little bags of dark chocolate squares can get emptied!

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

It's SO unfair, isn't it, D? Why do some people get to eat anything and are thin? Life is unfair!

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

One square of dark chocolate a day is just torture.

My 16 yr old eats like a pig and he's skinny. So unfair.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Betsy Ann St. Amant said...

Hear, hear!!! After having a baby I'm having to be extra careful for the first time in my life. Frustrating. But worth it.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Wal-mart can be your friend:-) In the bread aisle, you'll find 100 calorie packages of your favorite treats, like Twinkies...and even if you ate the entire box, you would inhale as many calories as a three pack of the regular stuff! My husband loves the strawberry cupcakes, which are one point a package on Weight Watchers---so an entire box is 6 points, and that is so doable when you're trying to lose weight.

PLUS, we buy the sugar free Klondike ice cream bars...they're HUGE, taste like real Klondike bars, and are only 100 calories or 2 points on WW.

Just some "food for thought" LOL!

Father, help my sister Denise with her cravings and her desire to be fit and healthy. Give her extra energy and feed her with Your word and let her drink deeply from Your Spirit. Satisfy her in You above all else, and walk with her through this new challenge.
In Jesus' name, amen.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

HA! I can so relate. It can be done, but it's SO hard on some days. For me, it's better to go "cold turkey" on the sweets rather than doing the "one square" thing because one square may lead to two or I might consider a square to be the whole bar - after all a rectangle is kinda like a square, right? :)

Best of luck, Denise. Hang in there.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Girl, I got the high harmony with ya on this song. I'm the same way! Thus, the gym routine of my life.

I go to Weight Watcher but a diinner of just veggies to stay under my points just... is just so... I don't know... what? McDonald's is on the phone? Wait... but the veggies. Steamed squash... mmmm... or golden hot french fries? Well, how many points is too many points?

Suddenly, the fun food is way more tempting than it used to be. Especially sandwiches and chips.

But, we shall carry on! Solidarity my sister.


At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Ditto! I'm trying to eat healthier by telling myself that if I get into those ultra-skinny jeans in my closet, I can eat something really good and fattening (in the jeans, as a form of mockery of my metabolism). It's not so hard until my friend (who is built like a slender, figured stick) calls and tells me about the cheesecake and chocolate that she and her mom bought. Not fair!

At 4:01 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

What IS it about dieting that brings out the used car salesman in us?!! We negotiate...with OURSELVES!

"You can have a small treat if you make it through the day without snacking."

"Okay, you made it through the morning without snacking; a day is really pretty long. Perhaps you've earned a Hershey's kiss. But nothing else until 8 p.m."

"Didn't Oprah say nothing after 6 p.m.? That would negate the treat you've worked so hard for! It's 3 p.m. now and really, the day is almost over. Okay. You can have another 3 Hershey's kisses. But that's it!"

Pretty soon, all you can think about are those crummy Hershey's kisses! You can smell them. You can hear the foil crackle. The diet has turned you into someone you don't recognize...snarling, coveting, weepy, making promises you have no intention of keeping.

Not that I've ever been there...

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL! I see I'm not alone and you know what they say . . . misery loves company.

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm with you, Denise! I've hit that place in life where it takes three weeks to take off 1 pound and I only have to smell a dessert to put on 3.

Life ain't fair.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Carla said...

I agree! Honestly, the harder I try to "be good", the worse I am!

My hubby is one of those people who eats anything (and everything) and doesn't gain an ounce. Even when I'm dieting, I think I'm gaining the weight that he is not gaining. It is so not fair!

But I agree with an earlier Deena - those 100 calorie packs are lifesavers!

At 10:57 PM, Blogger marina said...

wait until you hit menopause then you really want chocolate everyday now that is bad and the worst part of it all is i make up some reason to have it and not excesice tell me is there any hope for me:( marina

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I just exercise when I need to lose weight because I cannot skimp on food for the life of me. When I hear people ordering a non-fat, no sugar skinny latte, I think oh shoot me now. Who wants to live that way?

I did Weight Watchers when one of my kids was born, and I remember a mocha was four points. I would starve to save those points. LOL Some of us are more motivated by rewards than others. LOL

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I know, it's really hard! My metabolism quit letting me eat anything I wanted about 5 years ago, so now I have to be really careful.

My secret to staying thin and off sugar is eating lots of fruits, especially pineapple and strawberries, and exercise. I also cut out white flour products. It's the only way I can maintain my weight or even lose a little.
The good news if if you can stick with the no sugar thing, you won't even want it after a couple of months.

As far as exercise goes, try to find something to challenge yourself. I recently completed a biathlon. You all know me, I'm a klutz! I'm not athletic at all. Yet, I wanted to do something to celebrate getting healthy again and that would be challenging. It was challenging all right! I finished last in my division, but that's ok. I know now that I trained wrong and yet my running time was better than I expected. Next year, I'll train differently. I'm also starting to train for a 5k. I'm not athletic by any means, but if there's a goal, it helps to keep you focused.

Good luck Denise, I'll be praying for you!


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