Again? Really?

Yep.  260.



The good news is that I have a pretty good idea why.  Saturday my Lovely Wife and Sprightly Daughters and I had dinner at Chili’s.  The entree was quite good, and while fatty, not particularly bad – ribs with a dry rub.  The french fries on the side?  They were tasty.  But they were, you know, french fries.  And the pound or two of tortilla chips I ate before dinner, those weren’t even all that tasty.  But they sure were sabotage-y.

And then there was Wednesday dinner.  Institutional dinner at work, mostly flavorless, and generally not good for me, but I didn’t eat that much of it. The PB&J (actually PB and organic orange marmalade, which I like better than the garden variety “jelly”) I ate when I got home around 10 PM, that wasn’t smart.  Not the content, but the timing.  Fourthmeal just isn’t an option in this program.

Which brings us to Thursday, less than 12 hours prior to weigh-in.  Pizza night at the Girl Scouts meeting (Sprightly Daughter Number One is a Daisy Scout, you know).  Three slices of Little Caesar’s.  Have you eaten Little Caesar’s lately?  It’s like Wonder Bread.  I know better than to eat that crap.  But that’s what was for dinner, and I was hungry.

So.  While I actually feel thinner this week, I’m no lighter.

In related news, I’d been planning to jettison fried food – all fried food – for Lent (February 22), but it occurred to me that if I know I’m going to do it fairly soon, and I know my occasional fried food binging (see the tortilla chips reference above) is sabotaging my health, now is better than later.

Hasta luego, tortilla chips and all your greasy, salty deep-fried pals.  I’m done witcha.  Just like dessert.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Melissa Soos Richardson on January 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Tortilla chips are friend – devastated!


  2. Posted by Ed McCormick on January 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I know your blog is titled skipping dessert, but by skipping it usually makes you want it (dessert) even more!.. everything in moderation, it is tough after culinary school.. to go low-fat/non fat!! I go full flavor but just less of it!Your doing just fine, keep up the good work Harv.


  3. Posted by hlward on January 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Ed. That’s exactly the sort of rational advice I’d normally offer. Something I’ve learned is that every body works a little differently. For instance, my body doesn’t crave sweets … until I eat sweets. Then I can’t think about anything but eating more sweets. I’m blessed never to have had an substance abuse problem, but what I read about addiction sounds an awful lot like the way “dessert” works for me. I’m OK “on the wagon” until that first cookie. And then all my self-control disappears. And then, a bag of Chips Ahoy later, I feel horrible physically and emotionally.

    I expect that same approach to work for everyone, but that’s how it works for me.

    I absolutely agree with you that, when possible, moderation is a fine goal. And I think low fat/non fat is of the devil 🙂


  4. Posted by Ginny on January 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    The only was I can not eat chips and ice cream is to not let them in the house!


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