Once again, it’s weigh-in day. I haven’t done badly this week, but I can’t say I was a ball of dieting fire either. The terms of the contract say I should try each week to lose two pounds. They didn’t define “try” in terms of the degree with which I must try. I’ve stuck to the menu for the most part. I have awaken determined to stay the course, but there were days I wanted a Mocha Latte. I’m still in the process of determining how many calories I need each day to lose. The rain kept me anchored on Monday and Tuesday. Therefore, as I step up on the metal monster, I don’t have any overwhelming sense of peace. The scale doesn’t care. Maybe I need to buy a talking scale. It could encourage me on my weekly weigh-ins.
Have you ever heard of the term “unclaimed” calories? I don’t see that many now that I don’t work in a diet hostile environment. Calories are “unclaimed” when they sit on the plate or lay on the counter. I don’t know how many times I was doing well with my diet and upon entering the break room for a cup of coffee; I’d see some unclaimed cookies on a plate. There were nice people who liked to make a plate of cookies for work. Others just needed to get rid of the calories in their house so they brought them to work.
Since I don’t go to the workplace anymore, I have to look more diligently for unclaimed calories. There are a number of them sitting on the table at my writers group. They don’t put them there just so I can find them; they are for people who didn’t get to eat before coming to the meeting. Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop me from finding a few calories.
Our church has a covered dish or theme dish lunch about once a month. I have no trouble finding a few unclaimed calories about on the various tables. The dessert table is particularly troubling. All those unclaimed cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and slices of cake just sitting there waiting for someone like me to find them. On any Sunday, I might find some bread people bring for the members. I really like a variety of bread. This last Sunday I found some rye, and a couple of other kinds. They were just sitting there—unclaimed. Not only does it help our budget, it offers me a chance to eat too much bread.
So if you want to find some extra calories, keep an eye open for unclaimed calories. They’re everywhere.