Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Gimme More

Alright, I'll admit it. I've been listening to Britney Spears lately. I...uh...acquired (I'm sure it was all very legal) her latest album Circus. It's okay. Mostly I really like the song, Circus.

Anyways, although I like a lot of crap, and by crap I mean pop, I was just as surprised as you to find myself listening to Britney. Seriously, I just had to pause in my blog writing to blast Circus and dance in my kitchen. Moving on...

Why this sudden Britney love?

Here's my theory. Since December I have been trying to slim. Gawd I hate losing weight (then why do I put in on in the first place?). Given a choice I will eat whatever I want whenever I want it. I used to go the gym all the time in university. Mostly because I had convenient gaps in my day and it was right there. I have been no good at maintaining any kind of physical fitness routine since leaving university.

Anyways, I have several reasons for why the gain happens and several reasons for wanting to slim down a bit (I smell another blog post) but I was having trouble finding the motivation.

Then one day I saw the videos for Circus and Womanizer (a video on Much More Music? yes, I was just as shocked as you are). And damn, Britney is back to being in shape, you can't even tell that she just went through a squishy, flabby phase. And she's singing catchy, kicky little tunes.

I realized that if Britney could make a comeback so could I! All I have to do is eat less and excercise more!! I don't even have serious mental health issue to deal with! I just have to get over my damn self, stop putting everything I see into my mouth, and get off my ass and go for a walk once in awhile.

That's right. My role model is Britney Spears. Feel free to gag a little. I still do.


Sterling Lynch said...

No gagging, but a fine lol. I guess only goes to show the power of the Brittney. Or her PR / Marketing team.

My tip for eating responsibly: avoid thinking of eating food as an expression of your identity. Once you recognize food is just fuel for the body and not food for the soul / ego, it becomes much easier to control.

Lady Rose said...

but what if my soul loves cake?

One of my issues is that I love food. So I've always had a problem thinking about it as fuel. Food can be so much more than fuel.

Sterling, you've eaten my Christmas baking. Would you call that fuel or would you call that a lesser form of art.

It's not like I sit down and eat a bag of store bought cookies. I go out and buy fresh ingredients and bake delicious pecan chocolate chunk cookies, or brown sugar cookies, or coconut oatmeal raisin cookies.

man, I want a cookie.

what was I talking about?

Sterling Lynch said...

Of course, food can be much much more than fuel and your baking is a fine case in point. And in the same way, it doesn't always need to be seen only as fuel, it should not also only be seen as soul-food.

I guess my point is that there is choice here. And I think once you see the choice and internalize it, you will actually enjoy the non-fuel aspects of food even more and create better day to day habits.

For example, part of the reason eating your baking was so good is that I rarely even eat butter -- so having those treats was mind-blowing.

At any rate, I suspect but do not know, that those folks who have the hardest time controlling there eating habits are those people who -- for whatever reason -- treat eating as an expressions of their identity or well being. And it shouldn't be. Sometimes, it should actually just be thought of as fuel. Sometimes, it can be a glorious treat. But it is never what a person is.

Meg said...

...mmmm, glorious treats.

Wha? Huh? What was that? I think I hear the butter calling my name.

Also, now I need to find something ELSE to fuel my soul. It's bad enough that my boss made an appointment for us to go see a clairvoyant.

No, I'm serious. A clairvoyant.

Bake me some cookies, woman!

Lady Rose said...

maybe your boss just needs a good cookie.

eating as an expression of my identity or well being.

I'm not sure. I feel actual physical cravings for food. my cravings for cake and french fries are much like my cravings for nicotine.

but maybe, maybe I overeat and overeat on bad types of food so that I have something to hate myself for. I certainly struggle to love myself. But why? Have you met me? I'm pretty awesome. Couldn't I just accept myself instead of creating situations in which to punish myself for failure?

quick! make a joke so it doesn't get too heavy!

blog therapy. so much cheaper than a therapist!

cookie anyone?

Sterling Lynch said...

It wasn't too long ago that I used to have a very strong physical craving for chips on a daily basis. Now I barely even think of them anymore.

Chips were very much a comfort food when I was a kid. It was a thing I bought when I had money and was a kind of expression of having money. It was a treat that turned up around holidays and parties when my mom tried to pretend we had money. It was a physical pleasure that helped me deal with loneliness and boredom (e.g. I'm not watching TV by myself because I have nothing better to do, I am treating myself to TV and chips! Hurray it's a party almost!)

The comparison to nicotine is good. You don't crave nicotine, you crave the effect it has on your body and want to avoid the difficulties of withdrawal. Presumably, at some point your body learned to generate certain effects / solve certain problems by ingesting certain foods (comfort foods, e.g.) I suspect the hating that comes after may just be the equivalent of a hang-over.

and yes you are pretty awesome.... :)

Deb said...

I'm going to disagree with Sterling. While his approach would work for many people, I don't think it would work for you.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "some people live to eat, others eat to live." I think there is a lot of truth in that. I also think that it is easier to work within your type then to try to change it.

The idea of viewing food as fuel is very much a "eat to live" type viewpoint.

I think you are obviously a "live to eat" type person.

I think for that type of personality, you have to find different ways of enjoying your food.

Go to the farmers market and pick out some delicious juicy cherries. Make a stirfry with your favourite vegetables. Bake a tasty whole grain bread (and eat it in moderation)...

Once in a while, perhaps when company is coming, make those delicious pecan chocolate chunk cookies. And, because you rarely have that type of thing, those cookies, which were already great, will be even more amazing.

My point is, you can still love your food while eating healthy. It takes a lot of work to stay in the mindset at first, but after a while, it starts to feel more natural.

But, what do I know? If I really knew what I was talking about, maybe I would be slim and sexy by now.

Call up Brittney and ask her secret.

Sterling Lynch said...

Deb, you are right to point out that there are different strokes for different folks and your recommendations are very much in line with own my view on the matter. If there is a disagreement here, I think it because I don't see it as a choice between "eating to live" and "living to eat".

My observations are meant to suggest that some people (whether or not Amanda falls into this camp I can't say) end up always "living to eat " and often for the wrong reasons -- in the same way someone might always live to fulfill any addiction. Moreover, by paying more attention to the "eating to live" function of food, people will, I think, actually get much more enjoyment of its "living to eat" dimension. When food ceases to be a means to some other end, it is actually way more tasty and enjoyable. Or so I have learned in my own experience.

I for one still love to eat good food and still eat unhealthy food. The important difference is that I can control my cravings for the unhealthy stuff and enjoy it far more when I have it. Even the healthy stuff is way more tasty! Moreover, I don't feel guilty after the junk food because I know it is an exception rather than a daily rule.

Now it possible I got to this place for some other reason, but I think the best explanation is that I got out of the mindset that I could prove something with my eating habits (e.g. look I am rich enough to eat steak everyday) or that I could solve some other problem other than my nutritional needs ( e.g. tasty food will make-up for loneliness). Whether or not I will work for Amanda, I can't say, but it is certainly worth a shot.

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