Is fried chicken the devil?

At Weight Watchers yesterday, my leader challenged us to be good at least ONE weekend day. To track our points and stay on plan. Well, this is something I’ve been trying to do for weeks… months… heck, maybe even years. So I was up for the challenge.

Here I sit at the end of my Sunday, a complete failure.

I knew I was going to splurge a little on Saturday. I always do. That one is hard for me to not do. But if I could just figure out how to be good on Sundays! I don’t think it’s genetically possible.

I posted a blog about this a while back and I got a comment back from a very nice gentleman suggesting that I change my perspective on splurges and indulgences. If I could eat the food that I like on a regular basis and still stay on plan, that would be the answer.

I’ve actually been doing that lately and it’s really been helping my weight loss. I’ve lost a total of 3.8 lbs over the past 3 weeks. I’ve been eating primarily low carb/high protein/high fiber foods (Weight Watchers calls these Power Foods). I haven’t been watching the fat content too closely, though, but it seems to be working.

The most important part is that I truly enjoy the food I’m eating on a regular basis. I eat full fat cheese, regular eggs, bacon, real mayo, etc. I just eat less of it and concentrate the majority of my diet on low carbs/high protein, etc.

So why the heck do I splurge on crap foods on the weekends!?

I mean, when I say I’m thoroughly enjoying my diet (not the word diet as in the “d” word, but the word diet as in the type of foods I eat). I can eat foods I haven’t eaten in years and I’m loving it. In fact, I keep small 1″ cubes of full fat sharp cheddar cheese in my fridge to snack on whenever I want. I usually on eat 1 or 2 squares at a time and I only do this once or twice a day, but it’s there for me whenever I want it. And I love it!

This is what makes me mad… Saturday night I had fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I didn’t even want it. I knew what the breading, grease and potatoes would do to my body. I knew I’d feel like crap as soon as I got done eating. And boy did I! I literally thought if I could just puke, I’d feel better. I had so many tums that night it was sad.

Then I woke up this morning and we went to McDonalds for breakfast. Why?! I don’t know. Neither one of us wanted the junk food. And for dinner… Wendys!!

I’m so stinking mad!!!

You know the sad part about it? I don’t even like bread, so I don’t miss it one bit! I don’t really miss potatoes because when I ate them this weekend, they didn’t really taste that good. I kept wishing I was eating a steak and veggies. Or a lettuce wrap roast beef sandwich.

I truly believe the only reason I splurge and indulge like this on the weekend is… well, is… is because I can.

I know I don’t want to.

But I do it because I can.

And now I feel like a complete failure.

I’ll bet I gained those 4 pounds back just over these past 2 days. And look at what I ate! What the heck! I don’t even like Wendy’s!!!


  • Hi there. I found your site randomly over the weekend and subscribed. I had a similar weekend to you.

    You realized after the fact that you didn’t want it though. This is still self-awareness. We have disordered thinking. That’s the part they never address on the weight loss TV shows.

    The thing that tweaks my buttons that I needed to comment about is how WW (and other people) say things like, “challenged us to be ‘good’” because placing an inherent good/bad label on foods and behaviors as “good” and “bad” digs deeply into our psyches. My husband takes what I would normally and just pecks at it. I throw down. He was never told things were “bad” or “good” just that he could have them occasionally, so he does. I was berated with the concept of “bad days” and “good days,” “bad/good foods,” my whole life. Interesting thought. Would be interested to hear yours.

    • I would just like to clarify the comments made by your Weight Watchers leader. What he suggested was that we follow the PointPlus Plan 100% during four of the seven days this week and that one of those days we try to make a weekend day. I am sorry to hear that you found the weekend had run to foods that were not the best choices for you personally, but everyone has thoses days during the best of weeks! I do not recall the term “be good” mentioned during the meeting and if it was then it was definately a very serious error in judgement for which you are due a serious apology. Please do your best to make the rest of the week count for you by sticking as close tot he plan as it practical. After all, we are all human, and to err is human, don’t you agree?

      • Ned, you’re right, you did not say to “be good”. That was my mental interpretation of it. In my mind, for me to eat on plan is for me to “be good”. I remember you did say to follow the Pts+ plan for 4 of the 7 days this week, and to try to make one of them a weekend day. I just really wanted to do it. I have the next 4 days to do better, though. I don’t think I’ll have a problem.

    • Carrie, Yea, I guess you’re right about good and bad food. I never really thought about it that way. All food is good. I mean, it’s more of how much we eat that makes it “bad”. I do know that weight loss is 99% mental, so I’m sure there’s a lot to what you said.

  • I found your site from a google search today, and I read through a few of your posts. I can totally relate to what you went through this weekend. For me, if I start the cycle of poor eating, I figure “what the heck, I already blew it” … this leads to more and more bad eating. I had a WW leader tell me once that if you screw up, own it, track it, and move on. Best advice ever for me!

    I’m a new follower, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  • Aww don’t feel bad Cara! So you had a few bad days. I’m sure we’ve all had terrible days. As long as it doesn’t turn into a Diet Disaster Week you can make it up. You’ve been doing great so far :D

    And I’m quite sure you didn’t gain 4 lbs in two days, hah. 14,0000 calories in two days is more of a challenge than most think.

    Good luck!

  • i will definitely stay away from fried chicken if i wana lose weight haha!

    great post!

  • Well, I agreed with weight loss. In Fried chicken problem is that you also eat lots of carbohydrates that is not healthy.

  • I’m sorry this happened to you. We cannot be perfect in our goals of changing entrenched behavior. I like your attitude and how you are so transparent with your feelings. My guess is that you will handle this situation from a much stronger position the next time it presents itself. Regaining 4 lbs. is pretty minimal if the benefit you get is a more positive eating behavior for the rest of your life.

    That 4 lbs. will come off again…and stay off.

  • Hi Cara, just started reading your blog. I’m starting my weight loss program! Have to lose 60 pounds. I’m taking a year off from Jan 12 to achieve this. I have a question – is bitter chocolate fattening, and does it help with weight loss?
    And I agree with you, it’s mind over matter. Don’t give up. Keep it going. I’m sure you’re going to achieve it. It’s the last leg!

  • O yes you can eat and look nice if you try to eat small often and drink a lot of water i mean about 3l per day water and 5-6 meal per day and go to walk if you have time no ordinary walk but fast walk don`t run and that is the plan who gives a result…….

  • I see some weight loss gurus saying it’s important to have a cheat day once a week. So maybe your indulgence wasn’t so bad?

  • I don’t know if it’s the devil but it sure tastes good and it’s easy to eat. Now, how really bad is it? There are theories and theories.

  • Hey Cara – I found your blog a long time ago and I check up on you from time to time. You are an amazing person and I’m glad to share your journey with you. I cannot imagine losing as much weight has you have – I hope you come back and blog again soon. You help people in ways you never realize – I’m one of them. See ya girlfriend!

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