Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It's who you know


I was just thinking today about how influenced we are by the people around us. My father-in-law, for example, has put on a lot of weight since he got together with his current partner, who is very obese. I don't usually notice or care about other people's eating habits, but I couldn't help noticing that she seemed to eat twice as much as I would consider average, pretty much constantly or whenever food was available. I guess my father-in-law has started to take on her habits, because he has certainly gained a dangerous amount of weight. What we see around us every day seems to us to be normal.

I either eat alone - so I guess I make my own "normal" - or else try to keep up with my husband who exercises vigorously every day and is a man and therefore needs a lot more calories than I do.

I need to surround myself with people who eat small amounts, mindfully! I guess that's why I spend time in the dieting blogosphere.

Report card:
Diet: Poor.
Exercise: Ok, I moved around a lot more than the past few days. Still some lingering abdominal pain so took it easy, but not "sitting watching TV all day" easy.
Water: Ok.
Sleep: Poor.
Mental health: Good, enjoying not feeling sick.

PS Brandon if you read this I'm worried you haven't posted for a couple of weeks. Check in so we know you're ok!


  1. I think it's just hard-wired into some folks to eat smarter; I once was eating lunch with a group and a young woman beside me was having a bag of chips. Not a really big bad, mind you. A smallish one, actually, but she ate half the bag, then wrapped it up and put them away for later. I was dumbfounded; I couldn't imagine a scenario where I wouldn't have wolfed down the entire bag, even if it had been twice or three-times as large. I didn't know if I had learned a valuable lesson or had finally seen what an uphill struggle I was facing.

    Thanks for your support over on my site, Natalie. You do a great job keeping our community's spirits up.

    1. Half a small bag? I've sometimes eaten 3/4 of a large bag, put them away for later - and later turned out to be in a about half an hour.

  2. Perhaps you can be the inspiration for others to eat better!