Unpack the Extra Pounds You’re Packing On

I know, Buttercup. This is the only style that covers up our rolls. I just don't know if the polka-dots work...

I know, Buttercup. This is the only style that covers up our rolls. I just don’t know if the polka-dots work…

Let’s face it People, bathing suit season is behind us (unless you live in one of those places that’s always freaking hot and sunny).

That means it’s time to bundle up, which means it’s time to cover up, which means it’s easier to camouflage those few extra pounds your body has been aching to put on.

And the packing begins.

Heck, we’re getting into prime pound-packing season:

1. Oktoberfest (when everyone is German, has sausage breath and is drunk)

Notice how fleshy these women are? It's awful, huh?

Notice how fleshy these women are? It’s awful, huh?

2. Halloween (when candy is its own food group)

3. Thanksgiving meals (when you know you’re finished when your clothes start to explode)

Yup. I'm done. For now.

Yup. I’m done. For now.

4. Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus Super-Calorific partying, and New Year’s Pre-Healthy-Resolution alcohol and hors d’oeuvre megabinging (no explanation necessary)

Well, People, I’m here to help. Yes. That’s just the kind of selfless, party-pooper I am.

I have discovered seven, count ’em, seven reasons why people “mysteriously” gain weight.  Well, I read about them in one of my handy-danderific daily AARP news alerts meant to inform and scare me straight. I’m just passing along the article that caught my attention: “7 Reasons You May Be Packing on the Pounds.” 

If you’re serious about not schlepping around more of yourself than necessary, here are seven things you might want to keep in mind and/or out of your mouth:

1. Avoid All-You-Can-Eat Buffets. There are two problems with these panoramic food orgies. One is that we’re hard-wired to “get our money’s worth, dag blammit!” So we’re gonna make sure that restaurant doesn’t make any profit from us! Of course, the health care industry will profit from our over-indulgences, but we’re not generally thinking about that. The second problem is the layout. We don’t want to miss anything, so we take everything. Even the Jello. We lose all sense of discretion and dignity when we queue up at a buffet line.

It's cafeteria-style food, People, not Mount Everest. You don't have to conquer it just because it is there.

Show some restraint…and some plate.

2. Avoid Stress. Yeah right. I know the theory. Stress leads to seeking comfort and nothing spells comfort like c-o-o-k-i-e-s, c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e, c-h-e-e-t-o-o-e-s, or any number of c-foods. So avoid stress by asking your doctor to put you into a chemically-induced coma. Short of that, cope with stress in non-hand-to-mouth ways. Walk (not to the bakery), learn a hobby (not cooking), volunteer (not at a food shelf), journal or blog (not about food). You get the idea.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep. Supposedly this has something to do with brain chemistry and hormones, but I think that the more hours you’re asleep, the fewer hours you have to stuff your face.

4. Just Say No! Well, Nancy Regan thought it would work for drugs, and some foods are as addictive as heroin or “Pawn Stars”. Adding extra salt to chips and extra sugar to everything turns “family sized” packages into “single servings.” We just can’t stop. It’s a brain chemistry thing. The only way for me not eat a whole bowl of nuts is to stay away from the nuts, which, is all-around good advice.

I love these single serving bags!

Single serving snack and endless entertainment! I’m addicted.

5. Just Say No Way! Think about what is on the menu. Really think about it. Who is the sick, but admittedly creative, turd that thought putting two bacon cheeseburgers on a glazed donut was a good idea? And isn’t a vanilla milkshake sweet enough? No! Let’s add a big wedge of apple pie to it and call it a Big Apple Shake (Johnny Rockets restaurant). Then there is the ever popular deep-fried butter balls and chocolate covered bacon at your nearest state fair. (At least local gastroenterologists, cardiologists, and, alas, morticians have job security.)

Good idea! Cut it in half and only double your chances of a coronary! Such a deal...

Good idea! Cut it in half and only double your chances of a coronary!

6. Banish All Straws. Yes, you heard me and the AARP. Drinking from straws can make you fat. There is a caveat. If you drink only fresh water from straws, I think you’re okay. You might feel a little bloaty, but wait a while. If you’re drinking juice or anything with the words “soda” or “pop” associated with it through a straw, however, you may be in big trouble. There are actual studies that show that people drink more when they drink with a straw. So, for pity’s sake, don’t drink beer, martinis, or whisky with a straw, either.

Quick! Someone take that straw away from that man!

Quick! Someone take that straw away from him!

7. Eat Backwards. I don’t mean sit with your back to the table, although that would cut down on your food intake. I mean reverse the amount of food you consume throughout the day. Most people skip breakfast or have “a little something.” Then they have a “light-ish” lunch because most employers get miffed when you nap on the job. The biggest meal is usually dinner. Heck, most people eat non-stop until bedtime. If you want to lose weight,  you have to pull a switcheroo. Strap on the feed bag in the morning. Go to work with a full belly. Burp and fart all morning if you have to.

You'll be surprised how much work you'll get done because no one bothers you.

You’ll be surprised how much work you’ll get done because no one bothers you.

7. (cont.) Eat a normal lunch. Go ahead. It’s all right. Skip right past the “Salad” section and explore other areas of the menu you never knew existed. The hard part will be dinner. This is where the salad is appropriate. Eat lightly then STOP! You’ve already consumed your calories for the day.

Gaining weight is easy (for most of us); losing it is hard (for most of us). But it’s not impossible. All you have to do is change everything about your life and routines. But think about all the new clothes you’ll get to buy when your old wardrobe gets too baggy on you…and your health will improve, too.

I think it's about time for a new coat, don't you?

I think it’s about time for a new coat, don’t you? But I sure do feel great!

~ by Lorna's Voice on September 18, 2013.

23 Responses to “Unpack the Extra Pounds You’re Packing On”

  1. Yeah, Buffets = hate for Izzy. I got it! But Oktoberfest is coming up, so get your stein ready for some beer and your tummy ready for some heavy German goodies!

  2. hahaha … I’m getting my laughs in today. This is hysterical. I must admit – I hate buffets. Anyone suggesting we go to one is my enemy. I think the food has been touched by way too many people. I hate that varieties of smells. I hate how the people who want to go eat like pigs. Ummm … I think you get that I hate buffets – right???? Who invented them?
    Anyway, love the idea of Octoberfest. Potato pancakes are delicious. YUM ….!!!!

  3. Never mind.

  4. No worries, Peg. No calories in doo-doo.

  5. I couldn’t …chomp….agree more….munch, munch. It’s just a….slurp…gurgle..matter of will….lick, lick…power. That….bite, swallow….chocolate chip….crunch,crunch…cookie is just….crunch,munch,crunch a waste of calories. Wait, gobble, gobble, (loosening belt) what are we talking about again?

  6. Yes, that’s it. I knew we were different in some way or another… 😉

  7. 🙂

  8. Yeah, I guess with all those summer cook-outs…oh well, just avoid those straws and you’ll be all set!

  9. If we’re just now heading into the packing-on-the-pounds season either I get extra credit for getting started early, or I’m in deep doo-doo.

  10. Now look what you’ve done. I’ve just seen one fly past my window

  11. That’s where we’re different… I put junk food in and feel goooooood…

  12. Thanks! 🙂

  13. The Shar Pei feels the same way! 😉 For me, it’s all about health, not vanity. I put junk in my body and I feel awful. I put good food (and not too much of it) and I feel better. Pretty simple, really. But I’m with you on the clothes thing. I’s rather wear loose clothing and let people imagine what’s underneath… 😉

  14. There must be societies in the world where people do not care about their appearance as much as we do. I care about my health, that’s why I watch what I eat. But obsessing on food (not eating it) just makes people want to eat more of it. It’s kind of like telling someone not to think about pink elephants… 😉

  15. will do!

  16. Lorna, I don’t know if you read Peg-o-leg’s blog, but you totally must read her latest post! – http://pegoleg.com/2013/09/19/how-to-lose-weight-and-look-years-younger-with-absolutely-no-effort-on-your-part/

  17. All good tips. I’m one of those people who I would not consider ‘fat’ as such, but who has to always watch his weight in case he becomes to. With the passing years I’ve grown more tolerant of a little spare tyre or two, and I’m seldom in my bathing trunks thank goodness. That also means I don’t have to work on my tan. Mind you I still have to comb my hair, so I maintain the minimum standards

  18. Now I’d like to say I liked this post… but then there you go telling me not to do all the things I do…. I just find it easier to buy bigger clothes, then I’m not feeling any bigger…. loose hanging clothes makes me feel much better…

  19. Good one! 🙂

  20. Hey thanks for the reblog! Glad you enjoyed my zany post! 🙂

  21. I’m not a stress eater, either. My stomach puts up a “closed for business” sign when too much stress heads my way. I eat more when I’m happy. Oh no! 🙂

  22. I’m really craving sausage and beer now since you mentioned Oktoberfest, and we don’t even really celebrate it much in England! Which is strange considering we are way closer to Germany than you guys. Rather like St Patrick’s Day, a much bigger celebration in America than in England! I got rather buffet’d out when I lived in Las Vegas for four years, so if I come across a buffet now I don’t over indulge – I still like them, but I’ve learned that it’s not necessary to have a bit of everything! Also stress, I actually go completely off the idea of eating when I’m stressed, so I don’t suffer from that weight-gaining problem either. I don’t get enough sleep though, and I definitely don’t eat more at the start of the day than the end of the day, so I fail on those!

  23. Reblogged this on AntiRadiation.

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