Mar 062016

Ranch Pony

I think of dieting as being like a horse. I ride the horse, and sometimes the horse bucks me off. It hurts my pride, bruises my ego, but it doesn’t stop me from getting where I’m going. When I ride a horse, I always risk the possibility of getting tossed off. That doesn’t mean I should I should stop riding. It doesn’t mean I should avoid horses for the rest of my life. It just means that riding horses has it’s risks. It just means that I have to keep getting back on that horse if I want to get to where I’m going.

My PMS week plays havoc with my emotions and with my eating plan. I do the best I can to manage my emotions and my eating plan during this week. The same way a rider does her best to manage a balky horse. There are lots of little things that have to be accommodated and lots of micro decisions that have to be made. It’s complicated.

Sometimes, in spite of my efforts, I get thrown. I can’t always control that. I can manage it, but I can’t control it.

So when I find myself on my butt, on the ground, looking up at a smug horse, I have two choices. I can stop trying, admit defeat, accept my body where it’s at and give up any hope of ever reaching my weight goal. Or, I can look that smug horse in it’s smug little snout, put my foot back in the stirrup and climb back in the saddle. My plan is to keep climbing back on that horse.

It may throw me off, but only I can keep myself on the ground. I choose to keep trying. Every day is a new day. Every meal is a fresh start.

Today is my new day. Today is my fresh start. Today I get the luxury of continuing my journey. Whatever happened yesterday doesn’t matter. This day, this meal, this morsel, is all I have to worry about. One day at a time.


  • 1/4 cup soymilk
  • 3/4 cup coffee
  • 1/2 cup grape juice
  • 1 packet corn grits, instant
  • 2/3 cup egg beaters® 99% egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon margarine
  • 1/2 a small cantaloupe


  • 1/2 cup chicken liver pate, homemade
  • 1 each apple
  • 2 each rice cakes
  • 2 each celery stalks


  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 2 ounces sliced chicken
  • 2 ounces deli-style ham slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 each roma tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light thousand island salad dressing


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, bottled
  • Herbal Tea, Iced Tea, Lemon Water

Nutritional Data

Per Serving: 1213 Calories; 49g Fat (35.5% calories from fat); 64g Protein; 137g Carbohydrate; 18g Dietary Fiber; 343mg Cholesterol; 2664mg Sodium.

Calories By Percentage: 36% Fat; 44% Carbohydrate; 21% Protein.

Exchanges: 2-1/2 Grain(Starch); 7 Lean Meat; 3-1/2 Vegetable; 4 -1/2 Fruit; 7 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


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