I Need a Support Group and My Food Journal

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Last Friday I went down into San Diego for my every-eight-weeks hair appointment (see photo, the bangs are new). Since I was allll the way down there, I decided, as usual, to go to my happy place, my nirvana, a little slice of heaven on earth:

Fashion Valley Mall. Sigh. I love that mall. It's so full of shopping promise. Granted, pretty soon I'll only be able to shop in the JC Penney wing (we're getting an H&M!!) because of all the high end stores that are coming (Jimmy Choo! Kate Spade!) but I don't care.

I can happily browse for hours surrounded by all the pretty things. Add a piece of cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory and it really is like a drug high for me (although, never having done drugs I'm not sure I can really say that, but you know what I mean). And despite me saying to myself, "No more spending! Budget! Budget! Budget!" I didn't leave empty handed.

In my defense, Bath and Body Works is having a massive sale (the sugar scrub? 75% off!). AND I needed the hand soaps for tomorrow's Works for Me Wednesday. AND my current MAC face powder is so old it's making me break out. (Are you buying it? No? Well it's the truth, so there!)

I have zero impulse control! Zero! Why can't I not control myself when it comes to green leafy veggies? Or housecleaning? Or spontaneous s*x with Drama Dad? Any of those would be much better financially (and make DD
really happy!) than my secret shopping. Sigh.

I HAVE to get better at not spending. Which means I'll be at home. A lot. To minimize the temptation.

On another note, I realize I haven't posted my food journal in a few days. I saw a neighbor friend over the weekend. She said I look a little thinner. Yeah! I have to say, the food journal at least makes me pause a little because I know I'll have to write down whatever I'm about to eat AND post it here. So, here's what I've eaten since Monday 6/9:

Strawberry smoothie from Panera Bakery (love that place!)
Bagel with peanut butter
Lean Cuisine
Tazo Apple tea
Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte
100 Calorie Oreo pack
100 Calorie Chips Ahoy pack

Rice (2 helpings, I'd rather eat all the sides than the main)
Mike's Hard Lemonade (the redder the better!)
1 piece of Godiva

Chai tea latte
Peanut butter cracker
Small cake sample at Costco
15 Goldfish pretzels
Bottled water with Lipton To Go
3 Hershey's Bliss chocolates
4 Gummy Bears
Pasta with marinara sauce

1 bowl of Cornflakes
My smoothie
Chick fil A (free fried food rocks!)

Granola bar
Jamba Juice breakfast meal
Hamburger Helper with ground turkey (won't do that again!)
Bottled water with Lipton to Go
Skinny Cow Vanilla Caramel cone

Odwalla bar
Mini cheese pizza from Trader Joe's
2 bowls of cereal (Capn' Crunch with Crunchberries and Golden Grahams)
Bottled water with Lipton To Go

Sunday (Father's Day, hubby made breakfast)
Baked potato
Corn on the cob
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie with vanilla ice cream (thanks Bakearella, it was really good!)

2 bowls of Golden Grahams
Jamba Juice breakfast meal
Chicken mini tacos from Costco (SO good!)
Refried beans with shredded cheese
3 Redvines
1 package lemon creme cookies
Chai tea latte

Is anyone else keeping a food journal? How's it working for you?

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  1. Despite the fact that I live in Maryland, I can actually say that I too LOVE that mall! We get out to the Temecula, CA area usually once a year and always make time to got to San Diego. We usually do Seaport Village but sometime we end up at the mall as well.

    One thing I've noticed about malls in CA - they are so bright and airy, with lots of window and skylights. Go to a mall on the East Coast and it's like walking into a cave. Yuck.

  2. HJ- Yes, we love our outdoor shopping! Thouh South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa (the Rodeo of So Cal, LOVE it!) is indoor but the skylights keep it so bright you hardly notice.

  3. I'm not a shopaholic. Unless they are tech toys involved. Then? I'm like a junkie craving a fix. It's sad. But it should make you feel better about your purchases 'cause hey, at least you're getting more than one tiny little gadget for your money, right?

  4. I should probably start keeping a food journal again - my weight is starting to creep upwards.

    Just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi!

  5. Steph- If I had more $$ I'd be with you on the tech stuff. There are many cool gizmos that I'm convinced will make my life better!

    DMD- Thanks for dropping in. Hope you'll be back. Drama Dad had ice cream tonight and I was going to have some too but reconsidered because I'd have to "admit it" it my journal!


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