Thursday, January 8, 2009

Food for Thought

I love food and I love thought. Combining the two-fantastic.

Mark Salinas of http://blog.marksalinas.com/ really hit the nail on the head for me this morning. I wish I was had seen this quote yesterday to use as a rebuttal when a colleague commented on my food journaling.

I'm all about self-improvement. Notice the word self. Tracking what I eat is a necessity for me. It keeps me accountable and aware of what I'm putting in my mouth. "Forgetting" what I ate is what led me to become 100 lbs overweight to begin with. If journaling helps me stay on track, who's business is it but my own? One of my colleagues (who knows everything about weight loss since she lost more weight than I have in a shorter time frame on the Smart for Life Diet), once again had her two cents to give on what I'm doing. She peers over my desk at lunch hour and says " Oh wow, you still write down everything you eat. Don't you get tired of it? See that's why I didn't do Weight Watchers. It's too much work all the counting and writing down everything. I prefer to just eat and not have to think about it". I retorted with a simple " It's part of the plan and I like to be accountable".

"Oh, that's just too much work for me. It's crazy to be obsessed like that with writing everything you eat". She replies. Well then.Normally I'd have something to reply to that, but this time I just turned around and said nothing. It's not worth it. One of the most evident changes I've noted in myself is my self-worth. I don't look at taking care of my health as "too much work for me". I need my body to be in tip top shape to do the things that my brain wants me to do. I don't want to be held hostage in a body that can't keep up with my mind.

Mark's quote said it perfectly: "Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe dedicated." Had I had this, I might have said something instead of replying with silence.


Next time I'll tell her to keep the change.

11 comments:

Jen said...

Ooohh, I like that quote - may have to use it myself sometime.
Track on, and let no one stop you!

Natalia said...

Like the quote! I'm with you on the tracking...it works! :) Smacking your co-worker in my mind!

A True Heart Girl in Jersey said...

Too much work for HER. Not too much work for you. Not too much work for me. Different strokes for different folks. What a biatch for putting that on you like that. She needs to mind her own business or be supportive and realize it is a different journey for everyone. Stick to your guns sugar.

Karyn said...

That would have been the perfect comeback!

And good for you to continue with the journaling. I plan to keep a food diary for the rest of my life! Being aware of what goes into my mouth will help to keep the pounds off, once I lose them. :)

Amy S. said...

Very very nice. I think I'll write that quote on the inside cover of my food journal!

Katie said...

Just happened across your blog, and agree that tracking is very helpful. Good luck with your continued health and weight loss.

Mark Salinas said...

Have a fantastic weekend! YOU deserve it! :)

SeaShore said...

That is a great quote. Thanks for sharing it.

LAURIE BEEBE said...

I am so glad to hear you are keeping up the hard work with your food diary because it's working for you! It really IS a lot of work--it's just worth it to you and not to your co-worker... I'd like to know who has kept the weight off 6 months from now--you will have the last laugh. Ha Ha!!

Camevil said...

Ok, I was beginning to think I had a hot case of OCD with the calorie-counting, food journalizing and stuff. Man, am I relieved that I don't need to seek help. *whew*

"Dedicated", not "obsessed." I like that.

Sara said...

I'm late to the party, but I gotta stop in and drop and "Amen!"

Dedicated, indeed. Glad I stopped by!