“Why are you eating an advert?”, said Mr WLB. It was the new Morrison’s advert with all of the meat on it…and I have to admit that I found myself drooling. Apparently my mouth was making funny movements too…oh the joys of a boyfriend that sneakily watches me doing stupid stuff!
He then started laughing as he remembered a kids programme, ‘The Family-Ness’, where a monster eats the notes floating across the screen from the bagpipes (have a look here if you like) – and has now christened me ‘Ferocious-Ness’. Actually, the ferocious bit might be applicable…I completed the ‘Psychopath Test’ today online and scored a whopping 82%…which is a great deal higher than their survey findings so far…
If you fancy taking the test then have a look on the Channel 4 website. This Saturday is psychopath night…I reckon I might take a gander as my love for the workings of the human mind needs to watch this kind of thing!
Eating adverts and psychopath tests…what a day it’s been!
I also read an article about food pictures on apps like Instagram. Research suggests that seeing photos of certain foods, as opposed to eating them, still gives you a feeling of satiation, which makes those foods less appealing. Now, I am not so sure about this one really. The more I look at the bloody porno-esque brochures that Hotel Chocolat put through my letterbox, the more I want to sign up for the ‘Tasting Club’ (again!).
It used to be the same with adverts for places like McDonalds and KFC…if I watched the advert, I HAD to have the food. As for ‘Man v Food’…that has me planning a road trip across America to eat at those places!
Anyway – this research was conducted by professors Ryan Elder and Jeff Larson who recruited 232 people to rate pictures of food. Half the participants looked at and rated pictures of salty foods while the other half looked at and rated pictures of sweets. At the end of the rating period, all the participants were fed peanuts.
People who observed salty food the whole time weren’t so excited by the peanuts, even though peanuts never appeared in any of their salty food photos. Apparently, just seeing salty foods made those participants all salted out, satiated on the experience of saltiness without physically consuming any salt.
You do have to look at foodie photos more than once to get this effect though…now where has my Walkers crisps brochure gone?
For me, my food photos keep me on track. Since taking pictures of what I have eaten, and putting them on my blog, I have managed to get my eating under control – no more binge-eating episodes. It was one thing to talk about what I ate…I wasn’t in denial…but having a photo of it, well – that was like an episode of ‘Secret Eaters’, or a visit from Gillian McKeith with her ‘before’ tables of food! It was like holding a mirror up to my habits, and that mirror wasn’t at all flattering.
So today has been okay. Along with the above stuff, I went to the gym and worked on my new programme with increased weight repetitions. That was tough! But I did it. I also got chatting to a girl in the gym…who turned out to have five children…it was a WTF?! moment for me as I thought she was about 22 years old! She had a fantastic figured – and yes, I paid the compliment – and we chatted whilst we both lifted weights. I then got another backhanded compliment by another lady who said that she could tell I had lost weight since I joined…and then proceeded to tell me that she could only do 10 minutes on the elliptical machine, and when she glanced at my display and saw 26 minutes she couldn’t contain her shock! “Well, gosh…you are doing better than I am!”, she said, incredulously. I really am going to have to get one of those t-shirts…’Yes, I can move well for a fat lass…I have already lost 17st! ”
And here is the last instalment from Mr WLB…although I really do doubt that it will be the last…he is liking the sound of his voice on my blog!
“It’s been a great day for me. I have lost 2lbs in a week! I haven’t been 100% on plan but I didn’t exceed 2500 calories per day, despite having some junk food over the week.
Going to the gym six days a week must have had an impact!
I’m just hoping that WLB gets a decent loss this week as since she has started going to the gym her weight loss has plateaued a bit, and it won’t be fun in our house tomorrow if I lost 2lbs and she hasn’t at least matched that. I just wish I could transfer my 2lb loss over to her this week. Keeping our fingers crossed!
Anyway that’s it folks. I attempted Slimming World for a week and lost a bit of weight. I now realise it’s a lot harder than it looks to stick to.
I will chip in from time to time on this blog during WLB’s journey if she allows me to!”
Whilst he wrote that, I painted my nails. He checked that they didn’t look like poo-sticks and gave his approval for my shimmery pale mushroom kind of colour nail varnish – not really selling it well am I?! This evening will see a few more episodes of ‘Lie to Me’…and I caught up on some ‘Person of Interest’ today too…it has been a productive TV day!
Another good food day. Bananas to fuel my workout. Followed by a good dose of protein with my fish dish – toasted wholemeal rolls topped with spinach, topped with sardines and red onion, topped with cheese and decorated with cherry tomatoes. Dinner was leftover roast chicken, with homemade coleslaw – a bag of ranch salad without the dressing…I added my own mayo and garlic – with some pepper, tomatoes and pickled onions. Not liking the sweeties very much…far too sweet for me…can’t believe I used to eat giants bags of this shite!
Exercise: 5 minutes treadmill, 50 minutes weights, 30 minutes elliptical machine.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx