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Jack of Temptation

Pre-Kids Heather

That photo there – that is me before kids. Dear reader,  that is me 17 pounds ago.

You know, there are days when you just want to give up. You ask yourself, why am I doing this? Is it worth it? I am seeing no results. And you know reader, today is one of those days.

I did my weekly challenge at the start of the week. Today is the end. In the middle, I spoke with Theresa, saying, “I rarely eat at food courts.”

Why, why, why, did I utter those words? Because today reader, I found myself facing temptation. The red-eyed devil of fast food beckoned, calling my name with each delicious inhale of greasy smells I took.

I had to stop and make a decision. Do I honour myself and my journey or do I succumb to enticement; accepting tomorrow will be another day.

Before I reveal my decision reader, let me tell you about the past week. Monday and Tuesday I woke up early and ate my Magic Muesli. Wednesday, I made some Hemp Chocolate Spread for my MumVet group (which they devoured!) and had an awesome workout with my “trainer” Katarina Simons. Thursday was pilates with Katarina and it was a great class; I felt strong afterwards. Friday I ate well.

Then today, Saturday, I tumbled down the stairs and hurt my arm and my derriere. No sure which was bruised more – my tailbone or my ego. But you get the idea. I was hurting. I rested most of the day, but then had to head to the mall to buy a present.

While there, my arm started to ache more. Next thing, I got grumpy with the crowds and super hungry. No, let me rephrase that, I felt sorry for myself and wanted a burger. A big juicy burger.

Oh reader, I justified that burger every which way possible. Surely that tumble down the stairs was worth a few calories? A little extra fat could have saved my tush? Why not, tomorrow is a fresh new day.

But then, I heard Theresa in my head. “Resist. Eat well. How much fat and sodium is in that burger?” she kept saying.

And then there was my doctor. “Your BMI is too high and you are considered overweight.”

WTF do I do? Oh the siren call of the fast food burger, are you worth the pain I will feel tomorrow when I look in the mirror?  Really, I was undecided.

So, out came my trusty iPhone and I started flipping through the photos, until I got to one of me. The one you see. And I saw how I look. And I remembered why I had to curb my urge. And you know what, I did. I was not happy about it. I craved that burger and it hurt to walk away. Real bad. But I did.

Yeah me!

Just in case you’re wondering why to move along at the food court – here is a breakdown of what I eat and how much sodium is contained within. Eeegawd!

Food Court Outlet Favourite Dish Serving Size Sodium (mg)
Bento Nouveau California Roll 8 pcs – 200 grams 592 mg
Teriyaki Experience Beef Teriyaki 1 serving – 482 grams 325 mg
Hero Burgers Hero 6oz Burger 6 oz 600 mg
Jimmy the Greek Chicken souvlaki with pita 1  with pita 500 mg
Freshies Custom made salad with chicken, feta cheese, nuts and dill dressing Regular salad size 800 mg


Heather Lochner is a mother to two wonderful and energetic children and a freelance writer. Together with her children, husband and dog, she has recently relocated to Toronto after spending 15 years on the West Coast – many of which were spent living aboard her sailboat. Heather loves to exercise but always finds a reason to sit on the couch. While she knows carrots, whole wheat pasta and lean meat are good to eat, Heather loves to munch on a burger, chicken wings and poutine. Heather loves to cook, but is notorious for ruining every batch of chocolate chip cookies. She looks forward to seeing what’s in the cards during this Ace journey....www.heatherlochner.com


7 Responses

    February 1, 2011 at 6:16 am Reply

    Yay you, indeed!

    It really is a mind game at this stage and you hit the nail on the head. Its the entitlement that traps us, the justification. I do it to! And some day, when you have hit your goal weight, you can cave in to it once in a while. But for now, you made the right choice. For you, your kids and your derriere. They deserve a healthy mom who feels good about herself and can wear a stunning dress to their wedding with pride! Your tailbone will heal faster with nutrients than with fat and salt, too!

    As for the sodium in fast food, a healthy body tries to keep the limit at 1500 mg per day, interesting how that “salad” gets you halfway there, hunh?

    Heather G
    February 1, 2011 at 9:43 am Reply

    I love your writing and your honesty (and your name!). I am really enjoying following your journey. Good luck!

    February 1, 2011 at 10:55 am Reply

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    February 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm Reply

    excellent post Heather – you give us inspiration to ‘resist’!!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm Reply

    It’s not easy. I have so many times, at lunch, chosen poorly citing the fact I will be better tomorrow and that night a dinner. Often, these are lies to myself.

    It takes 2-3 weeks to break bad habits and form good ones. We need to challenge ourselves and get through those periods.


    February 3, 2011 at 10:54 am Reply

    Heather, what a great post! Food courts can be evil. Congrats on resisting!

    February 6, 2011 at 8:58 am Reply


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