BLOG: Clark prepares to tame her inner Cookie Monster

Ellyn Clark
Nov 10, 2010


Busy, busy, busy! That's what I've got to say.

Every week I sort of have to "rack" my brain to think of something to blog about that pertains to weight loss, exercises and eating right. Just because there is so much more going on behind-the-scene that affects all of these.

So, this past week was week No. 45 of the FIT Challenge. We have about seven weeks left. Wow! that does not seem like a lot of time, 49 days.

Like I said, this past week has been so busy. Today has really been the first time in a week where I've had a large chunk of time to sit down and write/blog.

So what does one eat while on the go, go, go! I have what I call grab-and-go food. What is grab-and-go food? It's food you can grab and eat on the way to wherever. It doesn't need to be prepared. For example: hard-boiled eggs. I love to put spicy brown mustard and a bit of salt on my hard-boiled eggs so I grab those as I'm walking out the door.

Another example: Nut butters. I make my own cashew butter, awesome stuff! I love peanut butter and mix some honey in with it and eat that on a banana or an apple.

How 'bout cottage cheese with some fruit in it? Or I'll grab some lunch meat and eat it right out of the bag, low sodium and as an unprocessed as possible.

I will buy a roasted chicken from Wal-Mart, divide it into baggies, grab that and eat it on the go. Yes, people, I like cold chicken. I always, always, always, have iced tea sweetened with Stevia ready to grab and go. I have a portable water bottle that holds 24 ounce that I keep in the fridge. Fresh veggies, such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes, are grab-and-go foods. How 'bout an apple, a banana, a peach, along with that chicken or lunch meat? You've got a quickie snack and in a pinch you could call it a meal.

The important thing is no matter how busy you get, you have to remember to eat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Never ever skip breakfast. If you skip one meal, your body will go into starvation mode and hold onto every ounce of body fat it can. Eating stimulates your metabolism and this actually causes your body to burn more calories.

We are about to embark on the most celebrated time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, three holidays that could sabotage me, if I'm not careful. These holidays will be a real test of my willpower. I can't wait to see if I've become strong enough to resist that extra piece of pie and that
extra helping of sweet potatoes or how 'bout those homemade cookies?

My sister always makes a lot of homemade cookies at Christmas. She makes snickerdoodles (my favorite), creme wafers (another favorite), lemon cookies, seven-layer cookies, cookies, cookies, cookies!!! Oh who am I kidding? I love them all! But will I cave? Will I only eat one or two? I don't know! But it will be interesting for you and for me to find out.

Remember to keep eating and tune in to find out how strong my will power is going to be through the holidays.



Prayers for you during your fight.  I am sorry to admit with the holidays approachng fast, I am very weak and will gain at least five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.  I will have the rest of the year to get rid of that extra weight.  This cycle happens to me every year.  Too many parties at too many places along with family gatherings is extremely hard to beat.  Good luck to you.

Ellyn Clark

Dear Taxpayer,

Thank you for your comment and thank you for your prayers. I whole heartedly believe in the power of prayer.

Five pounds isn't all that much when you truly think about it. You can lose that in two weeks time or less. And you are absolutely right, you will have the rest of the year to get rid of that extra weight. Keep up the good attitude and effort. I know I will and we both know that it will have it's pay off. Prayers to you as well. Thanks again.