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Accountability – Confessions of Impulsive Eaters


We have good intentions, really …  we do.

We’re about to end week 4 of 2011 and I speak on behalf of Anita when I say we really could be doing better with our quest to become healthier. Don’t get me wrong, we have made some positive changes. In fact we are eating better than ever. The only problem is, we are still eating more than we need to and certain food we consume is just not necessary.

The culprit foods are not that bad, it’s just that if our goals are to shed a few pounds or a few inches, we are not completely on track.  I’d like to get through a day without succumbing to accessible foods such as snacks that fellow co-workers bring in, and various food items that are readily available and consumed while in the process of preparing dinner. Cheese and crackers has always been a favourite ‘appetizer’ and I sometimes mindlessly (or mindfully) go through a lion’s share while cooking meals. Anita will sometimes smack them right out of my hand if I get carried away. It’s pretty funny actually, to see the cheese and cracker fly across the kitchen! And I can’t get upset with her for doing that because I ask her to watch out for me. We try to watch out for each other and it;s funny how we pout when our partners are simply doing what wee ask of them.

So we must hold ourselves accountable for this, and I will report back here at the end of each week with a brief update of how we are fairing in the quest to cut out unnecessary consumption of needless foods. Of course, step one is to not have them around but this is not always possible.

We will grade ourselves on how well rounded our eating habits are.



I ate all of my healthy snacks that I packed for myself, nothing went to waste but also dipped into items around the office such as some ‘donut holes’ and enjoyed a piece of someone’s birthday cake (it was ice cream cakem so gard to pass up!). I remember back when I was quite overweight and in the zone, I had the self discipline to say no to things like these. I need that eye of the tiger back!  A couple of days I did not make the best food court selections. This is timely as we are about to report on chapter 4, Jack of Spades - Food Courts. Around the house, I often reached for a few things  leftover from the holidays. Items such as cheese and crackers, chocolates and also raided the cookie jar a few times. Overall, not terrible bad but not nearly as good as I hoped I’d be. Now that I have put this in writing, I am hoping it will inspire me to be better!

So, this week, I give myself 7/10


I had a slightly better week than Dave.  I start every day with good intentions, magic muesli, a coffee, water, banana, salad or sandwich.  I could not resist a trip to the frozen yogurt place across the street with my colleagues one afternoon.  My nemesis in this life is all things that resemble bread and baked goods.  I will never miss a potato chip but if there are cookies around, lock ‘em up.  I knew when my dear son asked to buy Presidents Choice Chocolate Chip cookies that it was only a matter of time.  3 of them yesterday–I cannot have access to bad things. On a positive note though, since Ace Your Health came into our life, I am down 5 pounds and that is simply from cutting out some of the bad stuff.  Imagine if I can avoid the cookies!

This week, I give myself 7.5/10

Dave & Anita

Dave & Anita

At age 43 and neither unfit, nor of perfect health, we have a lifestyle that requires constant focus. The “go, go, go” lifestyle of a being working parents gets the better of us. 5 years ago, we made major life decisions to quit smoking and get healthy, which for the most part has been successful. Anita, is an outstanding partner in our busy lifestyle and manages to be a dedicated mother. As a full time worker who travels regularly, she is no stranger to the dangers of living the life where meals are being fit into tiny windows of time each day. Together, we are making this journey even more interesting as we move through the Ace Your Health program and share how they apply it applies to our entire family. As a recreational runners, you can follow along to see how this quest of 'Ace Your Health' improves our marathon performances - click here to visit my running and fitness blog

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    February 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Week 5

    It was a roller-coaster ride. Up, down, all around. Healthy habits were marred by inconsistency and ‘fall off the wagon’ moments. The bad offset the good and I end up with the same score as last week. On a fitness note, I upped my running mileage some more (about 80k) and got in a couple of strength workouts.

    Overall score – 7.5/ 10

    I continued on my path of improvement. Breakfast Magic Muesli every day (trust me, this is doing wonders!) and snacked very little, especially after dinners where Dave struggles the most. Smart shopping helped although the kids were wondering why every meal is really leafy and the Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies did not make a return. My exercise routing needs to be increased. Busy schedule and a couple of last minute occurrences played a part in that.

    Overall score – 8/10

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