Popcorn and Beer

8 Sep

caught myself doing it the other day.  That stupid emotional/bored eating thing again.  It was my daughter’s first day of preschool, her father wasn’t home to see it and I was subconsciously (and consciously) upset.  She wanted to take a nap and while she was sleeping I pulled out a book I wanted to finish and wound up eating three bowls of Frosted Flakes just because I wanted something sweet and my hands weren’t busy *sigh*.  I realized what I had done when I went and put the bowl in the sink.  I also 1) found a trigger and 2) told myself that there have GOT TO BED better ways to handle downs like that one.

I started to do it again today.  I was bored, we had just gotten home when she asked for a snack.  I looked at the cabinet and thought of the Froot Loops I had bought her; then I changed course.  I popped us a bag of OR natural popcorn and we split that.  MUCH BETTER.  Until I realized that I was tired of drinking water and grabbed a beer instead.  Oh well, one good choice at least.  It could have been cereal and beer.  :-X

One step at a time folks, one step at a time… It’s replacing that 160 calorie bowl of cereal with the 30 calorie popcorn.  Next time I’ll swap out the beer for a seltzer water (if I ever remember to buy some).  Once the diet is mastered, the exercise will follow.  My BP numbers have already been looking better and so are my clothes.  Making changes that can be sustained even after my husband is home.

Being a military spouse creates such a chaotic marriage (and general home situation) that I can totally see how many military wives wind up as overweight as they are.  You put on weight when your husband is home (and that’s most married couples, wives will match husbands calorie for calorie without realizing it) and then adopt a new eating style when he leaves to lose the weight; only to pack it back on when he’s home again because you didn’t learn how to deal with the food problems you have when he’s home.  Having children makes it hard too, how many have an inclination to pick off their child’s plate or finish their food?  Not to mention children don’t always like the healthiest foods and leftovers are usually chicken nuggets, mac and cheese or hot dogs with some vegetables.  If you have more than one child, you can eat a whole extra meal without realizing it by cleaning their plates.  Ugh, MORE obstacles.

Now to conquer the cupcakes I promised little one we would make.


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