Physical, Emotional and Mental steps on my journey towards healthy living on every level

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


By Marsha Jordan

Are you the type of person who eats when you're stressed? I am. I eat when I'm stressed, when I'm sad, when I'm happy, and when I'm tired. I believe there's a food for every mood.

I eat for any reason at any time. I eat when I'm watching television, I eat while riding in the car, and I even eat while sitting at the computer. There are enough crumbs in my keyboard to feed a troupe of boy scouts. Every once in a while, I just shake it over the table and announce to the husband, "Dinner's ready!"

I eat too much, too often. Since I was a kid, I've had a weight problem. I could never weight for the next meal. I began wearing a girdle to school in kindergarten, and I've been on diets for most of my life.

I recently began yet another new eating regimen. Forbidden food groups include appetizers and desserts, anything processed or fried, and anything with meat or dairy products in it. I must also avoid all foods seen on TV commercials or restaurant menus. I cannot eat anything prepared by my grandma, Aunt Hildegard, my third cousin twice removed, or any other member of the family. It's called the Oriental Diet. I can eat all I want from the specified food list (celery, kale, bok choi, and those tiny ears of corn), but I must use only one chopstick.

This week, I've failed miserably at sticking to my eating plan. I've had an insatiable appetite for junk food. In addition to a dumpster load of Hostess Twinkies, I've devoured roughly eleven cases of raspberry Fig Newtons and eight and a half pounds of extra crunchy Cheetos. I can't be sneaky about it either. When the husband asks if I've eaten all the Cheetos, how can I look innocent when my fingers and teeth are orange?

Wouldn't you think that after stuffing myself with junk food all week I'd be satisfied? I'm not. In fact, the more I eat, the more I crave. If I continue this way, I'll need a front end loader to lift my carcass out of the Lazy Boy.

To make matters worse, I don't get enough exercise. But I really can't do much that's physical, because I think I pulled a fat cell. I'm barely able to crawl to the kitchen for six square meals a day.

I really need to lose weight. I want to know how it feels to bend over and tie my shoes without cutting off the blood supply above my waist and feeling as if my intestines are being pushed out my ears. It would be great to zip my jeans without fainting from lack of oxygen. So I must get back on track. I'll paste on my refrigerator door that old proverb uttered by some wise sage: "If it tastes good, spit it out."

From now on, I'll plan my meals around a main dish of parsley. Only nutritional foods will pass my lips, like rutabagas, spinach, and celery -- stuff that takes half an hour to chew. By the time I swallow them, my aching jaws will be too tired to munch extra-crunchy Cheetos or anything else. Now if I could only figure out a way to make veggies taste like turtle cheesecake.


Marsha Jordan is the author of "Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter"

Visit her official website.

I first read this on Mikey's Funnies


At 11:45 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

Hey, thanks for posting my article on your blog! I've been fighting the battle of the bulge for maaaaany years! I'm glad my stories can bring a few laughs to those who can identify. I just wanted to add that there are more sample essays from my book on my web site at
May they bring you giggles as needed!

Marsha Jordan
Peanut Butter Queen, humorist, and all around fun lady

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I Love it and can relate! I'm actually reading The Four Day Win right now by Martha Beck- it's sure to cure me.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger HarryPotterFreak said...

Loved the article!

I'm not feeling very motivated this week. I need to quit snacking and get back at it!

BTW-Claudia, I drove through our favorite restaurant today. The lady at the second window says, "Hi." :-)

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

Well, Harry Potter Freak, whoever you are, your comment cracked me up more than anything else has in several days....

At 7:12 PM, Blogger HarryPotterFreak said...

Hi Claudia-
I think you know who I am. :-) I'm glad I brought a smile to your day.

I'm hoping to make 20 lbs. at Weight Watchers this week. I'll let you know how I do on Wednesday.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

now you've got me very curious

At 6:30 PM, Blogger HarryPotterFreak said...

It's Wednesday and I'm baaack as promised!

I lost 2 lbs. this week. Total: 21 lbs. I'm about 5 lbs. away from goal!

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Claudia said...

OK, now I know who you are.

There's only one person I know who is only five pounds away from goal.

Enjoying your romantic lunch dates?

At 7:10 PM, Blogger HarryPotterFreak said...

A Subway sandwich.....5 points; a bag of baked chips......2 points; eating in our van in ten below zero......not exactly priceless!


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