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The Dreaded Christmas PotLuck

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We had it yesterday, and I made up my mind to watch how several of my thin co-workers eat:

1. THEY DIDN'T FILL THEIR PLATES WITH EVERYTHING. The thin people did NOT fill up their plates with a helping of everything like it was their Last Meal on Earth. They took small portions and skipped over many of the most fattening dishes.

2. THE THIN PEOPLE MAY HAVE GOTTEN SECONDS BUT ONLY ON ONE OR TWO THINGS. They either went back for a sample of something they liked the first time, or for one or two tastes of something new. They did NOT have a second full plate.

3. THE THIN PEOPLE TOOK THEIR TIME. They didn't race into the room, fill a plate to overflowing, wolf it down and head back to the serving tables. They meeted and greeted, circled the food table before they put anything on their plates, and took their time eating. They continued to sit and visit after their food was gone. The food was NOT the main focus.

3. THE THIN PEOPLE DIDN'T FEEL OBLIGATED TO EAT DESSERT. The overweight people moaned how full they were but ate a plate full of dessert anyway. The thin people were able to deflecting pressure, by saying things llike, "Oh that pecan pie does look so good, but I'll have to let my meal settle a bit." Or, "I think I'll have a piece of that later."

I have not been great this week, but I got on the scale this morning and I am only up a few pounds. I have 3 finals today so another long day, then a mountain of grading, and the big staff training on Tuesday that I haven't even thought about yet (much less know how to do what I'm supposed to be teaching).

After that, things should settle down a bit. I'm giving myself credit for what I have been able to do. Last night I knew I'd be home late so I put turkey legs into the crock pot instead of stopping for pizza.

Here's a paraphrased quote that sums up the way I'm feeling! " I ain't what I could be, I ain't what I should be, but THANK GOD, I AIN'T WHAT I USED TO BE!"
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  • COFFEE666
    Great observations of people eating normally. And good job for planning ahead of time (I love my crockpot) and giving yourself credit for that.
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  • NANCY-
    Wonderful observations thanks for sharing them.
    That approach would work well for any type of party. Being selective does make a difference.

    3967 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5047507
    Great blog, going to a party tonight will use the thin people approach.
    3968 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Glad you're alive and holding your own. Great blog! I loved your observations.

    Got to keep this short - the CEO just called a meeting to announce some major restructuring. This is such a fun place to be right now!



    3968 days ago
    Linda, you have inspired me. My best friend and I have lunch after our yoga class and when it's her turn she always picks the Chinese buffet and I dread it. I'm one of those who likes to get her money's worth, but now I'm going to follow your lead and just have a few "smart" items. Thanks.
    Judy in Austin, TX
    3968 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Giving yourself credit and rewarding yourself are great ways to succeed on the journey to losing weight and gettting healthy . .
    I eat like a thin person because of health reasons and if I didn't I would weigh 300 pounds instead of what I do half of that 149 lbs .. I went to a Chinese buffet yesterday I sampled alot of the foods that looked healthy and skipped the ones that looked liked they were deep fried with coating on them . I felt content and full but not stuffed. I know I probably didn't get my money's worth at a buffet but I got alot more the satisfaction of being able to eat healthy and stop when I was full .My daughter did the same thing .I was proud of her . Hope you have a great week . God bless .
    3968 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2009 9:50:30 AM
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