Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ben & Jerry's or Wet T-Shirt Contest?

So apparently the planets have aligned and decided to throw me off of my "Onderland" high horse. I swear it seems like there is a sabotage sign on my back this week. A colleague of mine has just resigned, so logically we must celebrate their departure with cakes, cookies, pizza, ice cream etc... etc.. Well I am always up for a challenge and I did not indulge whatsoever. Ha, take that planets! I love how others try to bring you down with them. I can't count how many people at work are on some sort of diet now. The sad fact is that when others want to give in, they want to take you down with them. There's the " you know, you can have sweets. It's his last day". Like what, by me not having a donut somehow he'll leave the company angry at me for my donut decline? He didn't bake them, he didn't buy them, he doesn't care. Simple right? Then there is the second sabotage line " You've done so well, just have a piece of cake, it won't kill you". No, you're right, it won't kill me, but I'd like keep doing "so well". Misery loves company doesn't it?

I haven't had an " I can see it in your face" moment for a while- until yesterday. One of my colleagues stops me in the copy room, and decides it would then be appropriate to pet at my waist line. " Wow, it's really starting to show". What is starting to show I wonder? Do I look pregnant??? No, she means my weight loss is starting to show. Then, my second favorite " How much have you lost now?" I'm tired of telling people how much I've lost. At the beginning I was thrilled to brag, and now I'm more embarrassed. By telling people how much I've lost, it gives them an idea as to how much more I have to go, and what a mess I was in to begin with. Now because this woman is overweight as well I feel that she could relate, I murmur " oh, about 50 lbs". And then it happened " Yeah, I can see it in your face". My face you say? HAHAHA!!!
We went from grabbing my waist to telling me that the 50 lbs shows in my face, and that it's only NOW starting to show. I know, I know, they were trying to be nice, but those types of remarks really leave an imprint on my mind. Could we not just talk about the fax or photocopy machine or better yet, the water cooler?

Ben & Jerry's are out to get me. Call me paranoid, but there are just too many coincidences:

On my way home, it starts to rain. I didn't have an umbrella, and it started to rain hard. I had to run for cover. The only option available - that's right, you guessed it : Ben & Jerry's. I walked in with full confidence: I'll just pretend to look at the ice cream flavors, and when the rain calms down I will leave. Well, I swing open the door, and the smell of freshly made waffle cones hits me. I had no choice but to run out of there as fast as I could. By the time I got home, my blouse was transparent, and would have won a wet t-shirt contest hands down. Zero competition.

I was out of popcorn, and had to stop by the grocery store. As I make my way down the aisle, something sparkles out of the corner of my eye. And there is a 6 foot poster with the words " four pints of Ben & Jerry's for $9.00". SHOOT ME NOW. Again, I bee-lined out of the grocery store. HA HA! I feel like some sort of super hero with all of the food villains out after me.

I just got back from the store, and my friend calls me to say " Hey, it's free cone day at Ben & Jerry's and I could die for a cone right now, are you in?" I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs. For the love of God, may the evil ice cream devil leave me be!

I am happy to say that I declined. Let's see what else gets thrown my way tomorrow. 1 more day until weigh in.

To all those that commented on my ONDERLAND post, thank you ever so much! It really means a lot to me to receive such fantastic feedback.

Butterfly has left the building.


Christa said...

Oh Ben & Jerry's is the work of the DEVIL! 4 pints for $9--that's crazy. Where I live it's 6.99 for 1 pint--good thing or else I would NEVER lose weight.

Your committment is strong and I'm very envious of that.

Chellie has Issues said...

I have found that most of our coworkers don't mean harm, but it's almost like they're not exactly with us therefore they're almost against us. I am a Lifetime @ goal Weight Watcher and I get it all the time. You can eat this now, why are you still watching what you eat, ONE piece f cake won't kill you. It just might OK??? Keep it up. Those milestones are AMAZING aren't they. Keep it up girl, you're doing great.

SeaShore said...

Good for you resisting all of that temptation!

I haven't told people at work I'm losing weight, and so far only 2 have noticed or said anything. They commented on my collar bones, lol.

butterfly said...

I pray that the special on Ben & Jerry's pints ends soon or else I'll have to go into isolation to avoid stocking up LOL!

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

Good luck in advance on a successful week!

Amy S. said...

Holy cow, it was the Ben and Jerry Devil following you. Those guys are so evil in such a wonderful way. I'm so impressed and inspired by your choices and determination.

And the whole comment thing, I totally agree. A lady at the gym did that to me this a.m. She stops and says, "You know, you really are starting to slim down" WTF? Ya, I was really starting 30 lbs ago, now I'm at 47 you crazy broad. But she did have good intentions, so I politely thanked her and moved on. Have a good weekend!

Blubbery Blogger said...

Good girl! Your resistance is amazing. Good for you. I am not so sure that that smell of fresh waffle cones wouldn't have lured me in and pulled me under.
And, congratulations on your new residence in Onederland. That's awesome! I have 66 pounds before I am there...*sigh* much further to go.

carla said...

KUDOS TO YOU as B&J, new yorksuper chunk fudge most of all---but ANY sans strawberries, is my friggin downfall.

how dare they put it on sale!


Jim Purdy said...

You said:
"Misery loves company doesn't it? "

Maybe, but I think instead that we might say that guilt wants company. In other words, if they can get you to eat the same way they do, then they won't feel quite as guilty about their choices. But their guilty feelings are their problem, not yours. Just ignore them.

Anonymous said...

Major props on "running" aways from B&J!! That definitely takes strenth! Good for you!

People are always offering me stuff at work too! Instead of saying, "No, I can't", I simply say, "no Thanks. I really don't want any." In all reality, its the more honest reply, and seriously, why would they keep asking after that.

Keep up the great work!

Jordanna said...

Well done on avoiding Ben & Jerry's...I would have justified it as the ice cream gods needing me to make the sacrifice for sure :)

Carolyn said...

I'm not that strong!!! At ALL! But I'm tryign my best to be good the rest of the week.. fingers crossed!

YEA FOR ONEDERLAND FOR YOU!!! I am very happy that you've made such a goal come true! Your co-workers, especially if they've never been obese, have NO CLUE what we're going through - none at all. Just take one day at a time with them, and even maybe explain how annoying those comments can mean... they honestly hav eno clue! but if they're embarassing you, and you tell them taht, they mgiht get it... they'll feel like an A$$, but they might know for next time...

CONGRATS!!! My demon is chocolate... ohhh sweet chocolate...