Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I'm a Picker...

'Cause I'm a picker
I'm a grinner
I'm a lover
And I'm a sinner
--Steve Miller Band

Yes, I'm a picker.  No, I'm not talking about my nose.  This time anyway.

I eat off my boyz' plates when they are finished with their meals.

We don't need a dog!  Momma takes care the leftovers!

It's actually kinda pathetic.  And it's DEFINITELY a very bad habit.

Sandwich remains?  *snarf*

Leftover pasta?  *pickpickpick*

Pizza crusts?  *gobble*

I do this mindlessly.  Unconsciously.  Without any foresight or thought. 

And usually the food is cold and congealed.  Gross, huh?  I still eat it.

When my Mom was here for Easter weekend, I was kvetching about my weight and how Hubby has managed to lose 20 pounds but I haven't really lost any wahwahwah...

She asked me a sincere question that got me truly thinking:

"So then what would it take to motivate you to lose weight?"

I didn't have an answer.

Which means, apparently, that I'm not truly motivated.

So now I'm working on figuring out the answer to that question.  Hopefully acknowledging I have BAD EATING HABITS and then FIXING those bad habits is the first step.

Yesterday morning, I (gasp!) threw away Middle's half-eaten cream cheese bagel instead of stuffing it into my pie hole on my way out the door.

I betcha I can lose 10 pounds alone just by ending my reign as the Human Garbage Disposal!

We shall see.
This?  This is my freaking kryptonite. 
Just look at all that uneaten pasta sitting there...


Classy Fab Sarah said...

That pasta in the strainer would be in my mouth faster than you could say "leftovers."

Guess I lack the motivation too. Oops.

Rebecca said...

I do that too, but typically b/c it's so hard to see that food go to waste! It's expensive and I could be spending that $$$ on clothes if you're not going to eat you little children!

LoveFeast Table said...

The good news is, with all those boys, as they grow, there will be no leftovers! In fact you will have to stand watch over your own plate! Trust me! I have one teenager, a 12 yr old an a 10 yr old grocery budget is sick!

Jen said...

I am exactly the same way!

And I totally lack the motivation to change.


Serenityville said...

20 lbs? Wow, I'd love to see it. From your pics you look like you've lost some too.
I think it's also important to understand why we eat - like for me it's from boredom or for distraction....which begs the question, from what? What am I afraid of? Maybe too deep for the less analytical, but I believe through awareness comes acceptance and then finally change.

Rita Templeton said...

I DO IT TOO! It's crazy. Stuff I don't even necessarily want. Like a half-eaten Kid Cuisine? I'll snarf down a cold, cardboardy chicken nugget and think, "Wow, this isn't even good," and then eat the other uneaten one. WTF?

Heather Henderson said...

i don't have kids and I do it, too. It's the whole "clean your plate club". I realized a few years ago that it is better in the garbage than on your thighs.

MommyLovesStilettos said...

A lot of moms do that. I can't!! I don't know but I don't share food with anyone. It freaks me out. I'm such a germaphobe though. I'm always cleaning and wiping things down and disinfecting and not sharing cups, etc. I'm a nut about it. So what's my excuse for my extra 40 lbs I'm carrying? LOL

AZ Mommy said...

You need a dog. Sorry, they eat EVERYTHING

Life As I Know It said...

I do the same thing!

Dorothy said...

Start keeping a journal of everything you eat. When you know it is documented, you are less likely to eat it. After a few weeks, the food cravings should start to disappear and you won't have to document it.

NotJustAnotherJen said...

You've made the first step by admitting you have a problem. :) Now stop it. I often say a meditation/affirmation when I get the urge to finish their mac n' cheese. "Me - long and lean" and I try to picture myself that way, not with the spoon of pasta in the pan going to my mouth. Good luck!

Jerseygirl said...

I don't do this with everything, but God forbid they leave any pizza on their plates. Or dessert. Or french fries. I would lose 10 lbs. if they just ate all their french fries.

Jen said...

I could have written this. I am just now coming to the inenviable (and, I am learning, not at all unique) realization that I am going to have to put some effort (and restraint) into how much my body weighs. That third kid (yeah, yeah, it was worth it) combined with age and a more hectic schedule than ever, has left me with some serious work to do.

Anonymous said...

I do this all the time. In fact, sometimes I'll just fix the kids a plate and skip making one for me, and just eat the leftovers. I'm just that cheap sometimes.

(Unless it's macaroni and cheese...I hate the stuff. Fortunately that's one thing they're good about eating.)


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