Sunday, February 11, 2007


Thanks, Anne, for the kind comment yesterday. I think I'm done pouting now. If I don't find my Dream Job this year, I will have to spend the next year working on making myself a better candidate. It's just that after my master's graduation, I had no job prospects either. I was the best-educated employee at Target for a while, and then I was a part-time composition instructor for three years, which paid less per hour but at least sounded better to friends and relatives. So I'm hating the thought of another graduation where I'm listening to the speeches and looking forward to a year of underemployment. Still, that's life. Get over it.

Yesterday, between my disappointment at the rejection letter, a day of being alone in the house with my dissertation, my semi-bare kitchen cupboards with no fruit or easy-to-grab veggies (I don't tend to snack on broccoli), and a card party that had all kinds of snacks that I don't allow in my house, I ended up eating (brace yourselves):


Out of 28 available. So yes, I almost doubled what I should have had. Yikes. I guess I had my Super Bowl Sunday a little later than everyone else.

I'm sort of bemused by this, but I'm not feeling inclined to beat myself up about it. I am sure I have done much worse on days where I wasn't committed to recording and counting up the damage. The weird thing is, when you count up what you had, sometimes it's not as bad as you think. I would have guessed it much higher, but I tried to err on the high side and still came up with 51. Again, guesstimating 50 calories per point, that's 2550. I stuck to the Usual Suspects: cookies, crackers, cheese, Frito Lay products. Fat, starch, salt, and sugar. What an unholy four-part harmony.

By the way, Lori and I were discussing this. What would the love child of Little Debbie and the Frito Bandito be? I came up with the lame-o answer of Baby Ruth but I know that you can do better than that.

So I'm going to my parents' house (bad food things happen there) today. But I refuse to have two 50+ points days in one week, so I'm going to try to keep it reasonable.


  1. So you had 51 points. Big whoop. That was yesterday and you got it out of your system. What matters is what you do today and tomorrow to get back on track.

    The Usual Suspects are oh so tempting which is why I try not to have too many of them around - or portion them out and hide the rest so I can't find them when I grab. I've had mild success lately recording everything as soon as I eat it - somehow actually seeing the number come up on my points tracker (which also deducts so I can see my total used/total left) is a wake up call.

  2. Anonymous5:11 AM

    Hey you've lost 5lbs. That's something to be proud of. And you will lose another 5. It just takes practise...I know. I'm done WW before (and succeeded) but I'm back on it now. Day 2 of about 24lbs, however long it takes. ZZZZZZZZzzz how boring. I'm doing Core. I came across your blog today and I really like it.

    I can especially relate to what you said about underemployment - that's me! 2 degrees (Education, Information Systems) and I'm in a boring underpaid admin job. Because I lack ambition and job confidence. I'm 38, have a partner and two little boys and live in Tasmania...

    Anyway, I like your goals and I'm looking forward to seeing you progress through them.



"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07