Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fat sparrows can't fly

I never met a carb I didn't like. I am also blessed with a fabulously efficient metabolism. I could survive in the wild for weeks and weeks without eating bunnies and berries.

As a result, I have shamefully gained 12 pounds in the last month just from birthday parties, family picnics and going out to eat. What is so annoying is that I can easily gain back in a month all the weight it took many months to lose. And it's not for lack of exercise. I've been more active recently than I've been in a long time.

This really worries me. I love to cook and I love to eat but I hate having to plot and plan for everything I put in my mouth. I often think that the worst thing about dieting is that it requires you to think about food all the time! That just seems counter-productive to me. I'm a go-with-the-flow kinda gal. I love leftovers, spontaneity and other people's cooking--whatever.

My busy "social season" should slow down to normal in a couple weeks so then it's back to vegetable soup and diet Jello again. I do this out of fear, however, because hardly a day goes by that I'm not informed in some fashion that I'm eating myself into an early grave (figuratively).

I want to see my three great-granddaughters growing up and my grandkids graduating from college and getting married. I have a lot of stuff to hang around for!


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I think you are so right about diets actually CAUSING some overeating or unhealthy eating. In fact, I bet if the onus of cooking were off yr shoulders, you'd find it easier to lose weight -- I know I would!

My new plan is to "give up" on the dieting for a bit, and increase the walking/moving. But there again, there are boobytraps -- the excess weight has my ankle swollen, my knees hurt, and the weather is not cooperating!

Good luck to both of us!

Ms Sparrow said...

Penniwig, I wonder if the summer heat and humidity don't make the joints painful. I didn't have trouble with mine all winter but I have been creaky this summer. Could it be linked to alergies?

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I do wonder about the allergy angle! Because this swollen up ankle business is new! And so is having itchy eyes! (I sound like an allergy commercial!) The eye doctor recommended to take Omega 3 capsules! More FAT but I guess it's the good kind, might as well try it!