Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Reflections on a Virus

My computer caught a virus. Monday night we had a crash - even turning it on was impossible. My husband tried every trick he knew, safe mode, hitting lots of buttons at various times, even loudly lamenting. Nothing worked

I made an analogy to my computer crash, this may be a stretch but play along. You know how over eaters on the Oprah show or The Biggest Loser all say that they had lost control over their eating that they felt like a slave to food? Couldn't that be just like a virus? We are helpless to stop it once it makes it through to us.

Everything I know about virus I learned in first grade. "Germs cause viruses, stay away from germs, wash your hands, cough into your sleeve, get plenty of rest, drink liquids etc."

Everything I know about fat loss I learned from the school of hard knocks. Viruses spread because we catch germs and bring them into our body. Hips spread for the same reasons. Too much food and not enough exercise causes fat. Keep bad food out of your kitchen and car. Wash your habits and change them for new ones. Warn friends and family that you are eating healthy and ask them to please encourage and not sabotage. Get plenty or rest 7-8 hours a night (fatigue makes me eat to stay awake and my defenses are down.) Drink fluids, having yummy drinks for treats makes you be able to reward without the terrible consequences of peanut m&ms. I keep gum in my kitchen to chew when I am making something I can't keep out of. When I watch t.v. and eat I become out of control, I am no longer consciously aware of how much I shovel in to my mouth. And the food wins. I need a no eating while watching rule.

Our computer has a firewall that filters out 99% of viruses and is on guard constantly. Our computer crashed anyway. Be careful, create a firewall against fatty food, keep bad food out of your house even if it is quicker and easier and "just for the kids - wink wink" If then one temptation does get through your firewall the damage will not be as bad as it could be.

This morning I caught a virus. My husband bought peanut m&ms. I should have sent them all to work with him, but I saved some "for the kids" I caught myself in them this morning (after all I am a child at heart) I can't over react. If I caught a flu virus I would never say "well I blew it. I might as well expose myself to Ebola and Scarlett fever" I would do all necessary to get better. The m&m virus will not get better if I throw oreos at it. I have to get rid of the germs, I have to make a plan, make a menu, eat better, not give up. Get back on the straight and narrow and then follow it.

My posts will be a bit sparse until my computer is fixed, so good luck one and all. Stay healthy, be hopeful and eat well!


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you got a virus! That totally sucks. Be sure to recycle your old PC if you can't fix it.


Denise said...

*gasp* How did you know I ate peanut M&Ms today?! I swear you are my own personal food conscience. You hit the nail on the head every time.

I love the virus analogy. If I can just think of Oreos as Ebola, maybe I can get my ducks in a row. You rock!

Yvonne said...

I'm terrible because every time I read one of your posts I'm thinking "after the first of the year". I can't keep waiting. So I appreciate this post very much.

Sorry about the virus--I love my MAC.

happy mommy said...


I just love the way you think. And the way you make me think about what you thought about.


Lucy said...

I thought of you when I was out shopping the other day and almost picked myself up a pack of peanut m&ms. You'd be surprised how little bits of your posts get in my head during the day.

I hope you and your computer are well soon.

Rebecca said...

"The m&m virus will not get better if I throw oreos at it. "

I love that! I've been barely hanging on to the weight loss,(I might have gained one pound back but I'm not sure) but I figure at this time of year maintenance isn't too bad. I feel flabby though, because from illness, ice storm and back pain I haven't worked out in over two weeks. It's snowing now, so when that goes away I'll head to the chiropractor!