Food Beast

Archive for April 2009

Tonight I went back to my Tuesday night regular Weight Watcher meetings.  This was the night that I had originally signed up for and I really like the leader, as well as, the people that regularly attend this meeting.  I was also feeling a little left out that all these women from work were going and I was missing out on all the fun.  How much fun can a weight watcher meeting really be you might ask?  Well, WW Buddy and I usually sit in the back and talk the entire time and I love a good bullshit session as much as the next person.  Tonight, WW Buddy 2 (another friend from work who joined) sat with us and we all enjoyed the meeting as we sat eating our free samples listening to our leader, Anne, run the meeting.

Oh, yes my friends, you read correctly!  THEY ARE GIVING OUT FOOD AT WEIGHT WATCHER MEETINGS!

You can bet your butt I'll try the free sample!

You can bet your butt I'll try the free sample!

Have you ever heard of such a thing?  Giving out food to women who are there to try to lose weight!?!?  Well, it’s not like they are giving out pieces of chocolate cake or mint chocolate chip ice cream.  They were passing out their Cheddar Twists Baked Snack and on the bag it said to “please enjoy your complimentary sample.”  You bet I will!  I was pretty excited about this because it was 5:30 and by this point, if I were at home, I would have had at least two snacks by this point.  Once you got weighed in, you got your snack.  I was happy with my weigh in today because I was down a pound.  As soon as I got to my seat I got myself organized and ready for the meeting.  WW Buddy sat down next to me and we both ripped into those free samples as soon as we could.  WW Buddy 2 sat on the other side of me and she was eating her bag of cheddar twists also.  As I looked around the room, I noticed that we were the only three chowing down on our free samples.  HELLO people, it is two points.  Eat the damn bag.  At one point, our leader Anne, was talking and looking directly at WW Buddy and I and we were just munching away on our snacks chewing in the poor woman’s face.  She must think we don’t have any self-control…and she would be correct.

I feel like when I get home after my weigh in on Tuesday I can cheat to an extent.  I mean, tomorrow is the start of a new week and I have the whole week to lose.  I think I really over did it tonight.  I had a brownie, as well as, two samoa cookies.  Really, who can have one cookie and if you love samoas as much as I do, you know what I am talking about.  Also, this week I am hosting a visit from Aunt Flo and I feel like when she visits, I am a bottomless pit.  I could eat all the time and never feel full.  Oh, to be a woman on a diet!  What a wonderful thing : )

For those of you who read about my cupcake brownie consumption, you knew I was feeling really bad about eating them.  I talked to my friend Deb and told her how I was attacking the brownies that she left at our house.  She told me that she made the brownies with low fat brownie mix…woo hoo!!  But there is still a Reese’s peanut butter cup in each…so that just added fat back into them.

I ate one today….and microwaved it so the peanut butter in the middle melted!  It was DAMN good.  I still have two left and I plan on having one tomorrow and one on Sunday.  After that, at least they won’t be staring at my on the kitchen counter!

Alrighty….so Saturday night my husband and I hosted a party.  I loved to have themed parties and Saturday’s theme was game night.  It was really fun and there was a lot of good food, as well as, sangria.  I drank a lot of sangria on Saturday night and really paid the price on Sunday morning.  When I have a hangover, I truly believe that stuffing my face makes me feel better.

So, I started the day off with a brownie cupcake that had a Reese’s peanut butter cup baked in the middle.

A replica of Debs famous brownies!

A replica of Deb's famous brownies!

My friend Deb made them and I am convinced she is the devil.  Why is she the devil you ask…because she did not take the leftovers home with her and instead she left them here at our house.  I had the leftovers in a Ziploc bag on my counter in the kitchen and I felt like they were staring at me and calling my name.  (I could not remember the last time I had a Betty Crocker brownie, or any of her delicious desserts for that matter.)  I was really proud of myself because I brought those suckers to work yesterday and made sure that I tried to give away as many as I could.  Although, I saved one of them to eat today after I got weighed in.

Back to Sunday.  After the brownie cupcake, I then ate a buttered bagel, which I have not had in what seems like 839,743,994 years.  In the afternoon, I then attacked the leftovers from the party, including some brie cheese…with crackers.  Did you know that one ounce of brie cheese is THREE POINTS?!?!  Well, I now do and I am pretty sure I consumed abut 432 points of cheese on Sunday.

Today was weigh-in day.  Knowing that I had gone overboard on Sunday, I basically starved myself Monday, Tuesday, and today.  Starving myself means eating the 20 points that I am allotted on weight watchers.  I thought that I was going to stay the same this week, which I would have been happy with, since I did eat like the food beast that I am this weekend.  The scale I got on at weight watchers said I had gained .8.  I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but I thought that was somewhat weird since I knew that when I got on the scale this morning, I had lost weight.  I am pretty convinced that it was my jeans that weighed me down, but we shall see what happens next week.  (No, I am not crazy…I had on denim trousers and I think they are pretty heavy pants.)  I was pretty upset about the gain so as soon as I got in the car I inhaled the brownie cupcake that I had saved.  I also opened a box of samoa girl scout cookies and ate two cookies.  This was not a good thing….but I figure I have the rest of the week to work it off.

Also, since I have started guitar lessons, I am not able to go to weight watcher meetings on Tuesdays.  I am kind of bummed because now two other friends from work are going to the meetings.  ARG…WW Buddy and I started a revolution and now I can’t even be a part of it!  I have gone to get weighed in the last two weeks, but didn’t get a good vibe from the women there, so I didn’t stay for the meeting.  I think this could also be part of my problem for why I am not sticking with things…I have not been attending meetings.  I am going to try to get back there next Tuesday before my guitar lesson.

Here’s to hoping the girl scout cookie are not eaten in the next week!

For those of us that ordered girl scout cookies…those cookie orders are in!  I had gotten a box of thin mints during lent and they immediately went into the freezer.  My husband and I have yet to open them and I was really proud of us.  Well, today at work I received three boxes that I ordered a while back.  Some of the girls in my office also got their boxes and we were figuring out how many points each cookie has.  Here is the low down as far as point are concerned.

I got another box of thin mints because let’s face it, you can never have enough thin mints.  These cookies are only one point each…not too bad.  Although, once I open a sleeve of these cookies, it is hard to not eat half a sleeve in about 5 minutes.

The next box of cookies that I got were samoas.  These are the chocolate, caramel, and coconut cookies.  I know that not everyone is a fan of these cookies, but I love ’em.  I usually put them in the freezer and I think that this is the best way to eat them.  To each their own!  These cookies are awesome and I love them.  These cookies are two points each.

The last box that I got were dulce de leche.  I have never gotten this kind before and I like to try the newest flavor that is offered every year.  These cookies have caramel chips and stripes.  They look really good and I am dying to try them.  Each cookie is a little more than a point and a half each, which means that three cookies is five points…THAT IS LIKE A MEAL!!!

My friend at work got two other boxes.  She got the sugar free chocolate chip cookies.  For three cookies, it is 4 points, which is a little better.  The second box she got was trefoils, or shortbread.  These seem to be the best bet as far as bang for your buck cookie.  For five cookies, we are looking at only four points.  I only wish I had ordered a box of these cookies.

For those of us that order our girl scout cookies from various girl scouts, there are two different brands.  This is new information to me, so I thought I would share it with my readers.  One company that bakes them are the Little Brownie Bakers.  The second company is called ABC Bakers.  ABC Bakers calls them by a different name.

If you would like to check out the nutrition information for a box that I have not mentioned here, you can click here and check it out for yourself.

Last week, as you know, I was in London.  For some reason, when I leave the country, my body tends to shut down on me.  I do not know why this happens and it bothers me that is happens because I continue to have food entering my body, but there isn’t anything exiting my body!  Folks, this is a problem.  Since this happened last year when I was in Paris, I had a feeling I would be experiencing a repeat performance this year while in London.

Well, I was correct.  Since I was eating out a lot, I was not consuming my usual amount of fruit and veggies which was part of the problem since those have built in fiber. Reason number one of why I was not pooping.  I was also consuming a lot of cheese.  There is just something special about the cheese in Europe and I can’t seem to get enough of it.  In case you didn’t know, CHEESE IS BINDING!  Which I believe is number two of why I was not pooping.

Needless to say that by the time I left London on Sunday morning, I was so bloated I looked like I was 4 months pregnant and I was in such pain that I thought my stomach was going to explode.  By this point I had filled my husband in on what was going on and every time I went to the bathroom he was ask, “Did you go?”  My answer was usually, “No.  But thanks for asking.”  By Sunday, Dave said to me, “This is incredible.  I can’t believe you have not gone all week.”  Well, believe it buddy because it is happening.

On the flight home is when my body finally decided it would release all the food I had been eating the entire week.  How glorious for me since I hate to poop in PUBLIC PLACES!!!  I truly believe that is was when we passed over the time zone area and were getting closer to the United States that my body realized we were close to home and that I should now remove the toxins from my body.  Let’s just say that every time I went to the bathroom from the plane ride on, I really WENT to the bathroom.  It was not pleasant, but I could not have imagined another minute of pain or a stomach full of crap…literally.

Here is a lesson to you for all of you travelers.  PACK the Benefiber on your next trip!

Eat a hamburger, Keira. You are giving the rest of us a complex!

Sorry that I have not blogged in a week.  I was away in London since Monday with my husband.  I was a little anxious about leaving and being away while also being on weight watchers.  I knew that we were going to be going out to eat for every meal and I had also heard that the food in London is very starchy.

Well, I sure did eat like the food beast that I am, but only really for dinner.  Since we kind of slept in every day, we started the day with brunch.  I found myself eating a lot of soup or cheese and bread.  The cheese was AMAZING and I so desperately wanted to bring some home with me.  I was not allowed to bring the cheese home because it probably would have been taken away from me in customs and I also did not want it smelling up my entire suitcase.

(While in a cheese shop in London we saw Keira Knightley.  It is clear she is not a food beast.  In fact, she is insanely skinny and probably was not buying cheese for herself because I doubts she even eats cheese…it is too fattening.)

Some other things that I ate while in London were fish and chips…very good, french fries (which I had not had in a few months…and they were damn good), as well as, many pints of cider and many glasses of wine.  We seemed to have been drinking more than we were eating. I now know why there is a pub on every corner in London. Those Brits really like to drink.

Now, for those of you who have been loyal readers, you know that I gave up chocolate for Lent.  Well, on Saturday night as we were leaving dinner, we passed a tiny convenient store.  It was about 11:00 p.m. and I spotted a bag of Cadbury mini eggs.  OK people, how in the hell was I passing those up.  You can bet your ass that I bought that bag and opened them at midnight in a casino and passed those puppies around to everyone I was with.  CHOCOLATE….is was mine.  ALL MINE and it had never tasted so good.  I proceeded to eat a fair amount of chocolate on Easter Sunday, including those mini Crunch eggs, as well as, Reese’s peanut butter eggs.

I was so scared to get on the scale this morning, knowing that I had really stuffed my face over the course of the week.  I am happy to report that I was the same weight I was when I left.  I think it could have something to do with the fact that I walked about six hours every single day we were in London!  I think it is safe to say that I really worked off everything I ate while I was across the pond.  I am going to be weighed in on Wednesday, so we will see what the scale says there.

There is only one more week until Easter Sunday.  That is when I can have chocolate again!!  THANK GOD.  I am dying here people.  I think it was for the best that I gave it up for Lent because I think I would have died if I had tried to do weight watchers and also had to control my chocolate addiction.  This has been a long Lenten season and I have a secret to admit.  I ate chocolate today.  I could not resist and I went back to that old school rule that you can have what you gave up on Sundays.  I know, I know, I am a horrible Catholic, but I cannot resist a chocolate egg when I see one staring me in the face.  I did feel good about the fact that I controlled myself and did not give in to the Cadbury Mini-Eggs that my mom and dad gave to my husband and I in our Easter basket tonight.  (Yes, we are 28 years old and are still getting Easter baskets.  And why the hell not, they are awesome and filled with chocolate bunnies, peeps, and jelly beans!)

Anyway, I love Cadbury Mini-Eggs!  I am convinced there is crack in the crunchy outer shell because once I start eating them, I can’t stop.  There was one year when I was still living at home that my dad thought it would be a good idea to get a three pound bag of these at BJ’s.  OK, a three pound bag of chocolate is never a good idea, especially of those crack eggs.  Needless to say, between my dad and myself, the bag didn’t last very long.  I am so excited that in one week I will be devouring those little chocolate eggs.  At our weight watchers meeting last week, we discovered that in two ounces of ham there are 3 points.  I have decided that whatever points I would have eaten in ham, I will now eat in Cadbury Mini-Eggs.

My favorite Easter candy
My favorite Easter candy of all time

I feel like the more I talk to people about my food intake problem and whisper to them that I am on weight watchers, I find that more people than I thought are on weight watchers. Why is it that weight watchers seems to be the “go to” diet (it is a diet people…let’s face facts here) that people rely on when they want to/need to lose weight?

One woman that I work with says that weight watchers is basically controlled starvation. SHE IS SO RIGHT!!! (And she obviously knows what she is talking about because she has lost 12 pounds and looks great!) Weight watchers is basically starving yourself based on how many points you are allowed to consume over the course of a day. I have 20 points per day and I feel like I have to use those points very carefully as the day goes by. I find myself often saying, “It’s not worth the points.” How sad is that…I am denying myself food! And food is something that makes me happy. I am not the type of person who has to be hungry to eat. I love food and can eat whenever. The majority of the times I am eating, I am never actually hungry…I just like how something tastes and I want to eat more of it! At a weight watchers meeting I was at, the leader said that when you are eating something that you would want a lot of, to take a taste and pretend it was the last bite. THAT is hard to do when you know there is still more of whatever you are eating and it is staring you in the face.

Remember those cupcakes that I made last week and how I only frosted a few. Well, that plan came back to bite me in the ass…and will probably be showing as fat on my ass. I put the tub of cream cheese frosting in the refrigerator and this week I have started eating tablespoons of it. I am convinced there is crack in the frosting because I can’t get enough of it.

Whipped cream cheese frosting...yummers!

Whipped cream cheese frosting...yummers!

One tablespoon is only one point, but this has become a problem because I find myself eating one tablespoon then going back in for another one. The sad thing is that it is not even chocolate because I gave that up for lent. The good thing is that there is not much frosting left and I am hoping that once I finish off the tub, I will be done with that bad habit for a while.