50 & Holding

The trials, tribulations and unexpected joys of being 50+

Control….Now I’m all Grown UP January 20, 2010

Filed under: aging,food,health,life,Uncategorized — assistingu1st @ 2:12 am
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Janet Jackson says that she is in control. So I started to ask myself – “Am I in control?” Far too many times I have left other things control me and what I ate – my job, my emotions, my family, Everything and everybody but me. I really started thinking about this control issue after I took a small quiz on Sparkpeople.com as to what type of eater I am. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was basically that I’m the type of eater who likes a lot of food and will keep eating, even when full. Damn, that hurt – I sounded like a pig.  But alas, there are things I can do to put me in control and on the road to continued weight loss.

First thing I need to do is learn portion size – supersizing french fries is out.   Matter of fact french fries are out for now – period.  Secondly I need to use smaller plates.  Sometimes we have to play little mind games to psyche ourselves out and stay in control.  Lastly, but certainly not the least,  is to stop eating when I’m full.  You  know I came up in the time when your mom told you to eat everything on your plate ’cause there were starving kids in Africa.  So that mindset is still with me today.  But today is the day that I take back my control.  These three weight-loss strategies start today.   I am the one who has control.  I got my own mind, wanna make my own decisions. Ooh baby, now that I’m all grown up I’m in control!!

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Betcha Can’t Eat Just One June 30, 2008

Filed under: food — assistingu1st @ 2:04 am
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I LOVE potato chips and anyone who really knows me, knows I love potato chips too! But lately they don’t love me. They are testament to my every burgeoning waistline. I’ve finally come to realize that at 50+, I can’t continue to eat like I did in my teens, 20’s, 30’s or even my 40’s .

As early as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with the sweet/salty syndrome. You know, eat something salty and then eat something sweet or vice versa.  The other day I was talking to a girlfriend and I suddenly remembered that I always ate potato chips and then a candy bar or cupcake. I told her that when I was a little girl and my mother or father gave me 25 cents, I would go to the corner store and buy a bag of Lays potato chips and a candy bar – more often than not it would be a Mr. Goodbar, or an Old Henry and sometimes a Payday. You know, back in the day 25 cents bought a lot.  Anyway, it seems I even liked the sweet and the salt in my candy bar.

But now that I’ve gotten older some of my bad eating habits still persist and that ain’t necessarily good for me. Don’t get me wrong, I cook quite a bit from all of the food groups; going to the fruit market once a week to stock up on fresh fruits and vegtables. I love the Food Network – trying out a lot of the dishes. I really like the Barefoot Contessa, Everyday Italian, Paula Deen, etc, but I still have a thing for junk food – mainly potato chips. My favorite ones are Lays. When they came up with the “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One” slogan, they must have knew me by name. I absolutely love them! I keep telling myself that I need to grow up and eat like an adult, but damn, a day without a potato chips is like a day without sunshine! I don’t even take the bet, cause I can’t eat just one and don’t want to.