You may have noticed that yesterday’s post was recipe related. I find that when there is too much going on in my life, I try to find things that are more comfortable to talk about–like food! Food is comforting, non-threatening and doesn’t ask me for answers. It demands very little, other than to be well prepared and enjoyed. Oh, and did I mention that parts of it never leave you? Yep, this fixation I have with food has caused me to really pack on the pounds in the past year or so.
I identified myself years ago as a “stress eater.” I’m also a “boredom eater,” a “celebratory eater” and a general “social eater.” The truth is, I don’t need much of an excuse. I have a really hard time dieting because my family likes to eat and they like for me to cook. I have always been surrounded by a bunch of tall, skinny kids (not from my genetics). If I wanted to diet, I really had to prepare a special meal for myself because the rest of the family needed more calories. Have you heard enough excuses yet?
I have to take this in hand. My strategy of making everyone around me fat so that I appeared to be thinner doesn’t seem to be working. The only one who has taken the bait has been our dog, Lucy. Somehow, having a fat Jack Russell doesn’t really help me that much. I’m still bigger than she is. Sigh…
So, what’s your motivation for starting a healthier eating program and sticking with it? And, no fair if you’re single and don’t have to cook for anyone else!