Weights and Balances (Year 5 Issue 28) March 14, 2018

Mar 14 2018 Year 5 Issue 28


The Importance of Chewing: A Lesson Brought Home

My mother and I recently went on a cruise vacation and there were some “firsts” for me even with this being my 21st cruise.  One of the most shaking was what happened to me a couple of days out into the cruise.  Here is what happened.

This day was landmark in many ways.  While on vacation we were at our first port of call and the weather was amazing.  We had a sea day with it cloudy and rainy all day long.  Secondly, at dinner tonight I got a piece of fruit, which I thought was pineapple stuck in my throat and it would not go down.  I drank water, nothing.  Got more water, nothing.  It was not impeding my breathing but felt like something was just stuck and would not go down.  I knew I had to get it out if it would not go down.  I walked out of the Lido dining area to a “lobby” of sorts and bent over and coughed.  It shot out into my hand. RELIEF!  Much to my surprise it was not a piece of pineapple but a piece of watermelon.  It should not have gotten swallowed when it did.  It was too large of a piece to be swallowed.  Luckily I could still talk and breathe while it was stuck.  A female crew member came over to me and asked me if I was alright.  I told her I was now, I had something stuck in my throat.  Luckily, I did not panic I did not cause a scene nor try to attract any attention or involving others.  AT the moment it was uncomfortable but not scary.  Afterwards, I realized it was scary!  Moral of the story is to make sure you chew your food thoroughly before swallowing it!  I think talking and taking a drink before I should have contributed to the situation.  It went down before it was supposed to!

Chewing not only aids digestion, the bottom line it can save your life!  CHEW before swallowing your food! Stop talking long enough to finish chewing or you could have a mishap!

In reflecting on this incident, this situation triggered a memory of my dad while he and I were out eating one day for lunch.  He too had gotten something “stuck” in his throat and had to leave the table. I knew he was eating very fast and wasn’t chewing properly luckily there were no life threatening incidents but it reminded me to not go down that same path.  It was scary for me when those times happened to him and I was an adult.  That memory scared me more than the incident but I am being much more mindful of chewing and talking and swallowing while I am eating.

Mental Fatigue of Dieting

When you begin to feel that maybe it is not worth the effort any longer since you are not seeing any results you want to see and then you realize that you are not doing what you need to do we get those results.  I call it “Diet Fatigue” You might notice the following are happening:

  • Sloppy Eating
  • Sloppy Tracking
  • Sloppy Portion Control
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Not making good choices the majority of the time
  • Relying on exercise only for results

Sometimes we need a “shake up” to regain focus, motivation and shift attitudes.  I started a recent cruise just two tenths of a pound from having to pay and being over my Weight Watchers goal.  That gave me some much-needed focus as I knew I needed to be “good”  to not have to pay upon my return.  By changing my environment and not being at home I felt this would give me a good “push” in the right direction.  I was forced to be more ‘mindful’ about my choices and portions.  I knew I could not “let myself go” and eat with abandon onboard the ship.  I sat a personal goal to weight less than I did when I got aboard the cruise.

One thing I did not count on was catching a bug while onboard the ship.  That put a big wrench into my plans.  I started getting sick about half way through the seven night cruise.  For 24 hours food smells did not set well with me and I was very limited in what I ate but when I got off the ship at the end of the cruise, I weighed point four tenths of a pound more than I did when I got onboard and was still sick so I did not have my official weigh in as planned.  My mother then caught what I had onboard and we did not make the meeting on February 10th but will hopefully both be well enough to make the meeting on the 17th.

I do feel I am being more selective of what I am eating and how much but I still am fighting the mental side “is this really worth this effort” at times too.  After five years of being on Weight Watchers, I am assuming this happens to all at some point in time on the journey.  I began in January of 2013 and we are in February of 2018 so five years and I have to get a grip on this mental hurdle for sure!