Everyone who's ever tried to lose a bit of weight knows that it can be hard to try and control what you're eating. It's especially hard when you're someone who has trouble saying no to that cupcake, cookie, or second helping of pasta. Even harder when you're worried that you might offend someone.
I'm very polite. I like to make people happy. I like to let them know that I appreciate the things that they do for me. I eat the food they make.
A lot of times, the conversation goes like this:
Well Meaning Friend/Family: I made cookies/cake/muffins/bread! Would you like some?
Me: It looks delicious! I'll just have a small piece.
WMF: Oh... come on, I made a whole plate/cake/dozen! You'll love it! Have some more!
Me: No, really, I'm sort of trying to eat healthy...
WMF: *laugh* It's not going to kill you!
Me: Well, I'm trying to lose a bit of weight actually and...
WMF: *scoff* Oh please! You look fine! Here, have another one/bite/piece!
Me::Oh. Uhm... thanks. Okay.
So I need to tell you something: I need you to let me say no.
It doesn't even matter why it is that I'm trying to eat healthier. Whether it's because I've grown out of my only pair of real pants, or because I just want to feel better, or because I want to be able to run around after my children without yelling at them to stop because Mummy can't breathe - I want to eat healthier, and I need your support.
I know that you're offering these treats out of the goodness of your heart, because you know that I'll enjoy them. I really do appreciate that.
But please; Stop feeding this animal.