Friday, March 25, 2011

Truth and Awareness

Truth is always the same; honesty changes with awareness.

I am working on being aware of eating behaviors that are not conducive to a healthier me. You know what I mean: licking the serving spoon, grabbing an extra piece from the bag, trying a taste of what is on your partners plate. . . . 

One of these is scraping the cooking pan for another taste after I have already doled out the weighed/measured portion. Yesterday I was cleaning up as I plated a chili dinner. A lot was going on in our home and I was not fully aware of what I was doing, as this story will attest. I put the pan in the divided sink. On the opposite side I ran the water so it would get warm enough that I could put it in the pan without spattering. At the same time I was listening to a phone conversation between my husband and our daughter and monitoring something else on the stove. 
Without thinking about what I was doing I put the wooden spoon from stirring back into the pan and scraped some of the remnants on to the spoon and then put the spoon in my mouth. Immediately I was aware this did not taste like chili. I forgot I had squeezed Dawn dish washing liquid into the pan when I put it in the sink. The taste was not pleasant and I spent the next few minutes literally washing suds out of my mouth and throat. 

Many years ago, in an effort to curtail such eating behaviors I learned to add soap to food containers so that I would not be tempted to have just another taste. I appreciated this reminder that I am not immune from the behaviors that once brought me to 385 lbs. Happily, I am not above learning from this experience. Bites, licks, tastes . . . they all can add up to pounds. The kind of pounds that shock the hell out of you on the scale because "I only ate my weighed and measured food" is all you get on the scale. 

Being aware of my behaviors is an important part of keeping the pounds off. I have to make the effort, no*matter*what,* to refrain from putting bites, licks and tastes into my mouth when they are not part of my weighed and measured plan of eating. It is hard to be aware at every moment, so I am glad to have the help of Dawn! The Deterrent Detergent! 

Are bites, licks and tastes hindering your efforts at keeping the pounds off? 


E. Jane said...

Yes, bites, licks, and tastes have had an impact that has created a slower weight loss. The slower weight loss creates a lot of frustration, so I'm working to stop that behavior. Great idea about the dish soap. I used to do that, but in that past couple of years seem to have forgotten about it. I'm putting it back on my list of strategies.

Jane Cartelli said...

I would love you to share your list of strategies. I would love some new suggestions.


shameless bliss said...

well, yes. but not only bites, licks, and tastes. it's entire servings that i'd never intended to have.....such as the office snack of the day, or someone's birthday cake, or the left over portion that i'd been saving for the next day. =( i need to learn to stick to my plan!

Cenandra said...

Yuk! That would have been a rude awakening! It is sad that we have to do things like that, my extreme is I don't buy the things I love much anymore because I would take 2 extra and count them as a serving even though I am eating over.

We must do what we must to keep that weight off I never want to go back.

E. Jane said...


It's the "other Jane here--again." I was looking at your food plan, and I see that you have not yet shared the dinner part of the plan. I would be interested in learning about that, as well as the 12-step program you work. I also have some experience with that type of program, so I know there are different kinds of meetings. Have you found one that works better than others?

I'm sorry for all the questions. I'm really serious about my weight loss program, and I'm trying to learn as much as I can from those who have been successful. Perhaps I'll email you.

Jane Cartelli said...

Thank you for pointing that out. I forgot to finish it. Going back there now.

To maintain the integrity of the traditions of my program I am happy to answer your questions via email.