Dave's Not Here

Confessions of a Cheeter

by on Apr.08, 2010, under Dave's Rants, Workout Logs

My family is on vacation right now in Destin, FL.  I’m there too, but I’m working from the hotel room.  I still get a little bit of vacation though 🙂

Anyway, I decided to have a little mini vacation of my own.  First, I decided to drink as much Diet Coke as I wanted.  And, 2nd, I decided to pick an evening, go completely off plan, and have some fun.  This post is to describe those two events . . . neither of which went how I thought they would.

First, I started with the Diet Cokes.  I love having them around. . . I tend to drink way too many, but, I enjoy them, and, they tend to really be nice when I’m feeling a bit hungry. . . or so I thought.  After the third day of drinking Diet Cokes, steadily, I noticed that I was starving — ALL THE TIME.  I know that aspartame is supposed to mess with your insulin response. But, I’ve never noticed it, personally.  Until now.  By the end of the day on Tuesday, after drinking sodas heavily the weekend, and Monday, I noticed that I was absolutely starving between meals.  And, when I drank a soda, I was sated, for about 10 minutes, when I either needed food, or another soda.  Very scary.  At least now I have a definitive reason to stop them all together.  They are still a treat when I’m eating out, etc.  But, my decision to keep them out of the house was 100% correct . . . . way more than I thought it was.

Next, the evening of debauchery.  Besides a bit of pre-pigging out due to Diet Coke hunger, I snacked on the following Tuesday evening . . . and, amazingly, most of it, especially the sweets, rated a “meh”.  That was extra surprising, since I LOVE sweets.  I should have forced down some ice cream (Blizzards are my demise), but, I simply had no more room 🙂

  • Fried pickles – as good as I remember.  This one was a “wow, I miss that” food.  But, I only had a few . . didn’t pig out like I used to.
  • Fajita Nachos – My normal staple meal.  One of my favorite things in the world.  They used queso fresco, like I like too (white cheese).  These were still as good as I remember.  This is one of the few foods that I still need to be careful of.
  • Coconut Fried Shrimp – still all kinds of goodness here too.  I only had one, but it was good.  I’m not a huge fan of shrimp, so, this indulgence won’t cause me many problems in the future.  But, they were good.
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap – I’ve had better . . and . . It was only ok.  I’m sure I can make a reasonably healthy version of this meal — the only really “Bad” part was the lard filled tortilla.
  • Pollo Loco wrap – Big meh here.  Simply food.
  • Fudge – I’m a huge fudge fan, but, I could live without it easily
  • Praline – I had a pecan praline – I love these . . and, again, it was a “meh”
  • Divinity – I think I’m one of the only people I know who loves divinity.  Most people say that it’s too sweet — as if there is any such thing as too sweet . . hehe . . but, again, “meh”.  Wasn’t too sweet, but, I just wasn’t impressed.
  • Fresh pulled Taffy – Big meh.  Sweet, chewy, and I simply wasn’t that interested.
  • Beer, frozen drinks, etc – Now this was all good — but, likely from the effects more than the taste.  Best beer of the night was my standby 420.  Others were “meh”, but got the job done 🙂

I think the biggest surprise, overall, was how little I missed things.  I didn’t get all excited about the food.  And, as I ate it, I had no regrets over not eating it the last few months.  It strengthened my resolve to finish what I’m doing, and, occasionally, I can eat those foods . . . . Fajita nachos just doesn’t need to be a staple — it needs to be an occasional treat!

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