Wednesday, February 6, 2013

To think that I shall never eat another M and M...

It makes me sad to know
That I shall never eat
Another M and M
That preciously sweet treat.


     There, that’s my poem for the day! You didn't know I was a poet now did you? A sweet lament to the fact that there are so many sweet treats that I can no longer enjoy.

     Imagine knowing that for the rest of your life you can never have another M and M, Butterfinger bar, Skittles, Pixy Stix, Licorice Whips…ahhhh. And don’t even get me started on ice cream and cookies and cake..Oh MY!

     See, I know that my body does not process carbohydrates well. I’ve blogged about it before here and again here! But do I listen to myself when I blog these things? No! I don’t know why I don’t listen to myself when I totally expect everyone else to listen to me!

     Once upon a time, almost two years ago, I began eating healthier and exercising and riding my stationary bike every morning for 7 miles and every evening for another 7 miles, I was even contemplating training for a 5K Run. I lost almost 30 lbs and felt great.

     Then for one reason or another I slowly began slacking and eating a few things here and there that I shouldn’t, like the M and M and chips and salsa…oh and Cheetos too! Of course that meant that slowly the weight started coming back on, but always in the back of my mind I told myself “Don’t worry, you will be good again tomorrow.” But of course we all know that I don’t really listen to myself so that little voice did me no good at all.

     Well now, it’s not my own little voice telling me “Hey dumb-dumb, stop and listen to yourself!”, nope…now it’s a bigger, scarier more important voice telling me that. It’s the voice of my doctor who told me yesterday at the appointment to go over the results of my recent physical that I need to STOP!! My cholesterol is too high, my blood sugar is too high, my weight is too high…everything is too high except my salary! (But that’s another story for another day!)

     So she threatened me. She gave me two months to get myself under control or else she was going to have to prescribe medication to lower the cholesterol and she was going to have to put in my “permanent record” that I am now officially a diabetic. I remember in grade school and high school how fervently I guarded my permanent record!! And now to have it threatened in such a way…oh the agony.

     So if I am going to be healthy and happy and look cute in dresses again. If I am going to make my doctor happy and keep her from ruining my pristine “permanent record”, I am going to have to check myself and realize that I am not 21 years old anymore. I can't eat whatever I want, I do have to get off that couch and become more physical and I have to do it now as I only have two months to turn this pumpkin into a Princess...I know, I know, in Cinderella the pumpkin turns into a carriage, but I want to be a Princess!

     So I'm going to go back to eating low-carb and high-protein and I'm going to start exercising again and getting up earlier each morning to ride my bike. And maybe, just maybe, someday...when I reach my goal weight and I no longer have the threat of having my "permanent record" destroyed forever...I just might sneak an M and M or two or three...who knows.

     I actually began eating healthier and exercising on January 3rd, unbeknownst to my doctor. I've lost eight pounds but then had my little bout with Sciatica and I gained back two. But recently I found this awesome recipe that I want to share with you. Even if you aren't dieting, this dish is to die for! Yummy, spicy, addicting ..that's why it's called Crack-Slaw, it's as addicting as crack.

     So help me out. What do you eat that's healthy?    



  1. Oh dear, I am afraid to visit the dr in case I get the same news.

    1. I know! Why is that? We think that what we don't know won't hurt us, but doesn't always work out that way :)

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca!

  2. Damn doctors ruin more life styles. But yes, you get to that magical age and you have to start worrying about diabetes all that other crap they find floating around in our blood. I have to get off the sweet wagon myself.

    I don't how healthy it is but my wife is a vegetarian and she makes all sorts of goodies using Morningstar Farms Crumbles instead of ground meat. She makes chili, stuffed peppers, tacos, sloppy joes, a meat pie, and nachos using this stuff and we love it.

    Its some kind of soy meal, once you get used to it, its pretty good. Their fake chicken products are good too, although I don't like chicken, but this stuff seems less creepy to eat. The burgers are OK, no one is going to confuse them with a real burger.

    If you don't make your deadline, refuse the medication and demand more time. I am not saying to slack off, I am saying you may need more time than your doctor has given you. Stay the hell away from prescription drugs as much as you can. These doctors are not gods, and I question their objectivity when it comes out to handing out Rx for their buddies in the drug business. You only get one liver and Pfizer, Lilly, Astra Zenica, Merck, Bayer, et al are bound and determined to load it up with everything under the sun.

    Doctors! As the elderly lady that lives next to my mother in law once told me. "Thank God, that we don't have any more holes in our bodies. Just think what the doctors could find in them."

    1. Well the funny thing is that my doctor doesn't really want to give me any medication. She's been bugging me for years to lose weight so that I don't have to take meds for diabetes. And I told her to give me meds for the cholesterol and she said no, you can control it with your diet. She is really a good doctor and the one that found my thyroid cancer so I have a lot of faith in her.

      But I do know what you mean. I went once to a doctor that asked me if I ever felt depressed or sad...I mean who doesn't? So I said yes and she wanted to give me prozac. I told her no!

      I'll have to check out that morning star stuff. I have never eaten soy anything...well soy sauce, but I bet that doesn't count huh? And I did not know that your wife was a vegetarian. How interesting! I was just watching a youtube video of a vegetarian lady making kale chips.

    2. Kale is supposed to be really good for you. Kudos to your doc! You got a good one. Most of them just want to write the Rx.

      Here is a diet that I wished I had the ambition to follow, except the damned organ meats:

      It was on my blog this time last year, you commented that you wanted to check it out. With my MS I should really eat better than I do. The MS hasn't acted up in years though. If I sent you this before forgive me, old memory shot with MS.

      I tried kale, it tastes sort of like broccoli but is real chewy. I only had mine raw in salads. My wife didn't care for the chewiness of it.

    3. I've only had kale in a soup made at Olive Garden, Zuppa Toscana and I really loved it. It was kind of licorice tasting, the black licorice. I'll have to pick some up at the store, it's supposed to be like a super food, tons of nutrients and antioxidants and stuff like that. I'll check out that link for that diet. I find if I just quit eating carbs (no more than 20 to 30 per day)I can drop weight like crazy. But carbs are soooo darned good, very hard to give up :(

  3. Your doctor is right. Weightloss frees you of most of the troubles caused by overweight. No need for medications.

    I know of only one efficient way to loose weight - calorie count. For females - 1,250 calories per day to loose 4 to 8 pounds per month; slowly but steadily.
    Get used to not putting anything in your mouth if you don't know its caloric value. All the other methods are myths and a waste of time and money.
    Good Luck!

    1. Thank you Duta! So good to hear from you. I miss your blog posts. I hope you are doing well and just busy traveling and enjoying life!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, always a pleasure :)

  4. Alicia, I'm still laughing over your "permanent record". At least you can joke about it, but the loss of M&M's would put me into a real funk! Good luck with your weight loss. laurie

    1. M&Ms are so delicious aren't they? I especially love the peanut M&M's. Once I reach my goal weight I plan to allow myself anything you want Sunday. A long time ago when I lost a ton of weight I did anything you want Sunday and the way it worked was if I saw something during the week I wanted, like chocolate cake or a vanilla milk shake I would promise myself that I would have it on Sunday. By the time Sunday came around I would usually forget about most of the goodies I craved during the week but would allow myself a nice treat, like chips & salsa, or cake or ice cream. That way I knew it wasn't forever that I wouldn't taste something filled with carbs and delicious!

      Thanks for commenting and glad you enjoyed my permanent record joke. I do remember how much they threatened us in school that if we didn't behave it would go into our permanent


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