Wednesday, May 03, 2006

My guilty little secret

I don't eat dinner on Tuesday nights.

Yes, I know I've told you how wonderful the eDiets menu plan is and how easy it is to follow and how I don't have to think about food because it's all there in black and white.

I do a volunteer gig at Alderson Federal Prison Camp on Tuesdays, and I have to leave the house between 5:30 and 6 to get there on time. That's a little early for me to eat dinner, although I tried doing so when I first started eating according to plan. One night, though, I left the house without eating and came home and made ... popcorn! Not the microwave stuff, either. I mean real Orville Reddenbacher White Popcorn made in a heavy pan on top of the stove.

I love, love, love popcorn, but it's so not a low-glycemic-index food. But I measured the oil [canola] and measured the popcorn kernels [who does that?] and truly enjoyed eating a reasonable serving while watching House, just like a normal person.

And I've been doing that every Tuesday for a couple of months now.

Every other moment of every other day I'm on this mission, you know? Have I eaten enough, or too much? How much exercise did I do, and how much do I have left to do this week? Did I miss anything? What about the water – did I drink all four bottles I put out on the counter this morning? There's usually some daily scale drama, as well. I try not to weigh myself more than once a week, but sometimes I stand there waffling [hah! Waffles! Wonder if I'll ever eat those again ... ] about whether to check or not.

So I look forward to Tuesday nights, when a bowl of popcorn and some interesting television can make me feel less like a person working on a project, and more like just a person.

And finally, what do you get when you mix a rain shower with sunshine? This:


Marilyn B. said...

Well, there is just one more way that we are alike. I almost NEVER let a day go by without popcorn. I don't have it as much when I travel but do have a little bag almost every evening at home. Not on Sunday night since I weigh in on Mondays. I too have occasionally had only popcorn for dinner.
By the way, I only lost 0.2 lbs. this week but that is better than a gain while not at home.....right?

Debbi said...

Any loss is better than a gain! You'd have been thrilled to stay the same, or at least I know I would have been. I can't imagine eating popcorn every day ... I feel like I'm getting away with something having it once a week!

Beth said...

You know, I wouldn't worry too much about the popcorn. It may be high GI, but it's actually a pretty good when you consider glycemic load -- it's pretty much a low-GL food (see

Debbi said...

Thank you, Beth, for reading, for commenting, for enlightening! The guilt probably comes from the fact that Tuesday night's dinner has never been three tablespoons of popcorn popped in one tablespoon of oil. hehehe

Mar!a said...

OMG, I know what you mean about being on The Project all the time. Sometimes I just want to do what I want to do! I don't mean I want to binge or doing anything extreme, but I want to just not have to think about it all the time.

I volunteer at a museum a couple times a month, and I have to leave the house around 12:15, so I don't eat lunch on those Wednesdays. But I bring a baggie of Shredded Wheat and Bran with walnut halves. I don't like it as cereal with milk, but this way I love it!