Thursday, August 20, 2009

Julie & Julia

My boyfriend and I take turns picking movies, and this was my weekend to choose. He would never pick anything unless there was tremendous amount of violence or an FBI plot. Me? I'm easy to please, "just a little romance" and I’m happy. This weekend we saw "Julie & Julia."

My recommendation is: do not spend $12 to see Julie & Julia unless you are looking for a two and a half hour superb imitation of Julia Child from Ms. Streep. Other than my adoration of her amazing acting skills, I knew I had to prepare myself to see this film. This is the kind of movie that makes me hungry — and, if I'm not careful, can lead me into the temptation of overeating. Since I knew it centered on food, I planned our dinner for after the show and included healthy options that I knew would fill me up.

Let me tell you, it has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point. In the old days when I was over 500 lbs., just a mere Burger King commercial could send me into the car to head for a drive thru meal or two. Today I know better.

Do you know what your temptations are? Do cues such as seeing culinary shows and movies send you to food? Can the smell of cinnamon buns piping into the mall or IKEA's meatballs send you into a food tail spin? In my case, the answer is YES, and it has proven over and over again in my life.

When I first started to lose weight I consciously flipped past the food commercials until I felt stronger. I'm not saying you should wear nose plugs in the mall or stop watching TV, but it certainly would not hurt to shop with a supportive friend.

It was around the time I had my gastric bypass that I started watching the Food Network. I would watch it with very good intentions. First I watched all the healthy recipe shows, then I would watch other shows and try to make fattening recipes into healthy ones on my own. Even with these good intentions, by the end of the show I always was eating. Although I was having healthy snacks like 100 calorie bags of popcorn, I was snacking nevertheless.

I think it's important to be aware that there are food temptations out there. The phrase "will power" does not just mean having the will to say no; it also means having the presence of mind to know when there is a situation you should avoid.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer and know I am wishing you as little temptation — and as much will power — as possible.

With love, Stacey

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