I got on the scales Monday and discovered someone had been tampering with them. I had gained 5 pounds. Obviously it wasn’t me…someone fiddled with the little dial that regulates the balance of the scale and tipped it up 5 pounds. I’m staying with that.
It couldn’t possibly be the overindulgence of the holiday season already. It’s far too soon to gain weight; there has only been one substantial “holiday” meal; Thanksgiving. I don’t overeat on Thanksgiving routinely; just one serving of a few things. The traditional foods chosen for Thanksgiving are not my favorites. I abhor hot, roasted, carved-up turkey. Blechh. Not interested in potatoes, but I’ll eat a little stuffing. Devoted Spouse hates pumpkin pie; I hate mincemeat. We usually skip the pie and have a little ice cream. So why the 5 pounds?
Well, I read somewhere that if you eat while sitting in front of a tv you will gain weight because you consume more calories without thinking. I believe the magic number was something on the order of 288 extra calories. Multiply those extra 288 calories by a few tv sessions and pretty soon you have 5 pounds. That made sense to me; we do eat in front of the tv entirely too often.
In fact, many of our meals are taken while one of us is on the couch and the other in a recliner and both of us are tuned into some mundane program. Come to think of it, Thanksgiving Day dinner was also eaten while sitting in front of the tv. Since it was just the two of us, it was a casual meal and it was served in the family room, not the dining room. And, I may have eaten an extra roll and had more cranberry sauce than was actually needed.
Darnitall, I think I’m on to something here. Empty calories consumed in front of the tv = extra weight on already too large backside.
From now on I’m turning off the tv. I’ll eat my cookies and ice cream at the dining room table instead, where they won’t count because there’s no tv in the dining room. Stupid tv. Problem solved.