A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I hate that saying. My sister always says it to me. My sister, who is 5'2" and has been tiny her whole life. My sister, who had twins and has still always been smaller than me. My sister, who was helping me get onto one of her horses and my foot went through the milk crate. Because I was so heavy. Did I mention that was the day my boyfriend dumped me? But I digress...

I mention this because "A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips" has been crossing my mind lately. I'm trying to be better at thinking before I eat. Now if I could only think before I speak, I'd be in great shape.

Last night I went to the store. If you want to know the reason, it was because I bought a copy of Twilight at Meijer for $23, but it was at Wal-Mart for $17, so I got the one at Wal-Mart and took the Meijer one back. You say, "But Rachel, aren't you a little old for Twilight? You're nearly 30!" I say to you: Shush. You're only as old as you act, so I'm pretty sure I'm still a 13-year-old girl.

Aaaaaaaaaaanyway. While checking out at Wal-Mart, I spotted amongst the candy my beloved PB Twix. Well, I didn't really "spot it" so much as "check five aisles till I found one that had PB Twix." They're super tasty. Kind of taste like the peanut butter Tagalongs the Girl Scouts sell. Mmmm...

So I bought the Twix. Only 64 cents. Not the king size or anything. Not a crime. When I got in the car, I looked at the nutritional information, and I about had a heart attack. Seventeen grams of fat?!? Where am I supposed to put THAT?

I resisted. I set the Twix on the seat next to me as I finished my errands. Several times my hand reached for it, but I maintained my composure and left it alone. When I got home, I ran in to find my husband. I said, "Dear, sweet husband of mine. Will you do me a favor?" He said sure (because he's just that nice). I said, "Will you please share this PB Twix I have here? I want some, but I don't want all of it. Share it with me? Please?"

And what do you know? My darling husband shared that candy bar with me. Martyr, isn't he? He threw himself on 8.5 grams of fat for me. What a saint!

OK, so that was overly dramatic. But I've learned that sharing really isn't that bad. When my eyes are bigger than my stomach, my husband shares with me. When we go to Cheeseburger in Paradise (one of my favorites!) we share a platter and we both get plenty to eat. When I want dessert but know I'll inhale it if left to my own devices, I call for his help and we eat it together.

As much as I hate "A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips," it's actually coming in handy. I say that to myself and I rethink whatever it is I want. If I still want it, I see if someone will share it with me. If no one will share it with me, then I have to rethink it again and decide if having those calories right now is going to be worth all I'll have to do to remove them from my booty next week.

Plus I can rest assured in the fact that it's not "Forever" on the hips. I've been doing a great job of staying motivated and finding fun workouts. So maybe a few days on the hips, and then those tasty snack calories are toast.
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    Great job! And good solution to the chocolate bar. Isn't it great to have someone to share with.
    4427 days ago
    I loved this blog! I used to work with a girl who was back into her size "0" jeans ONE WEEK after having her daughter.
    I'm also slowly getting better at having a "little bit" of something I'm craving rather than eating the entire package. And what a sweet husband, eating part of that Twix for you, ha-ha.
    Anyway, great job!
    p.s. I have the entire Twilight series too.....that and Harry Potter. emoticon sometimes, we just need to relax like little kids....ha-ha.
    4428 days ago
    Wow, I loved your blog. Your way with words, and ideas about sharing foods that are what you want but maybe too much for a healthy food, great idea. I will carry your message in my head with me to help me through those same candy bar urges I get at the check out. I can go for months and have no craving for candy, then BOOM it will hit me and I WANT IT!!. So, your plan of not resisting, and sharing the calories are good. I can also think of another way to deal with it. Split the candy in two portions and plan to have it twice. I have been keeping real chocoate in my cupboard just for those times.
    4429 days ago
    Sharing is always great. Half the Calories all the Fun!! We really don't need but half most times anyway. You're lucky to have someone to share your dessert though. My husband is diabetic and I have to really , really want something to get it. Because I know I am going to eat the WHOLE THING.(sooner or later) So it has to be really worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon Donna
    4430 days ago
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