Confessions of a Closeted Dieter

I’m on a diet. OK, maybe not a diet since everybody says diets are a remarkably unsuccessful way to lose weight. I’m on a quest to be able zip my jeans, sit down and still breath.

This is not my first attempt at breathing while sitting and it’s not my first attempt at dieting changing my eating habits. There are a few obstacles. I’m menopausal and if you aren’t or haven’t been, never mind. I’m remarkably sedentary. It’s one of the perks curses of the job.

I fall back on the excuse explanation that I work late afternoons when it’s really, really hot and nights when it’s really, really dark.

For me, dieting changing the way I eat, isn’t something I talk about because:

1. I might decide not to, in a day or a month and well, then, that’s embarrassing…

2. It invites tons (pun) of advice about diet eating differently and exercise

3. It’s just an a bad topic. If you need to lose weight and aren’t in the mood, nothing is more annoying than hearing someone ramble on about it. If you don’t think you need to lose weight (no matter what you weigh) then you’re either blessed with an incredible metabolism, you’re an overachiever in the area of self-control, you’re into things like being healthy or you’re not a female living in America – any of which makes the topic moot for you.

So, I’ve kept my quest to myself with the exception of telling Heidi and Henry, in the off-chance they should happen to encounter large or small flying objects (you know how dieting changing eating habits can make some people so moody).

I already had LIVESTONG.com (which is free) set up on my laptop. It’s a simple program: enter your activity level and weight goals and you get a suggested calorie count. Eat something. Type it in and it breaks it down into carbs and proteins and fats etc…

We began working with this rig on March 5th. My regular exercise regiment consisted of going up and down the 4 steps of the RV dozens of times each day. When that made me tired, I decided on April 1st – no fooling – that I had to make some changes.

Of course I haven’t said anything to the guys here on the rig. Seriously, only slender women talk to men about their need to lose weight. Mostly, only women who are a size 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 talk to anyone about their weight! The rest of us pretend like it’s invisible and we’re the only ones who see it.

Once our Company Men decided that we were “family”, they decided to feed us. Sometimes they cook for the whole rig. Sometimes just for themselves and us.

It’s been 2 months to the day since I’ve been faithfully typing my food into LIVESTRONG. These are just some of the meals we’ve been graced with (I haven’t always remembered to take a picture) in the past two months. I’m including partial descriptions since the specific content is sort of unclear in some of these shots.

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Chicken Fried Steak, Black Eyed Peas, Fried Okra, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

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Breakfast Tacos

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Steak, Potato salad, Scalloped Corn, Green Beans, Peach Cobbler

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Breakfast Burrito – almost forgot to take a picture as you can see!

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Pigs in a Blanket

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Steak and Sausage cookout

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Flintstone Ribs, Sausage, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans (both w/bacon) 😀

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Steak and Ribs (buried under the huge steaks) and Sausage Cookout

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Chicken Fajitas from the FRAC wagon (even though it wasn’t our site)

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Catfish, Shrimp, Mac and Cheese, Green Beans and Cobbler

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Steak, Shrimp, Mashed Potatoes, Corn (no meat added to corn) 😉

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Fried Chicken, French Fries, Fried Potatoes, Fried Okra from the FRAC Wagon

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Louisiana Crawfish Boil

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Amazing Steak! I’m from Iowa. I know my pork and beef.  The steaks here are so tender, you don’t even need a knife, Scalloped Potatoes, Cobbler etc…

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Shrimp, Steak & Chicken Kabobs, Bacon in the Green Beans, Wild Rice and Banana Split Cake

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Our Directional Driller’s Homemade Jambalaya

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Ribeye Steak, Gigantic Baked Potatoes, Texas Toast & Beans, of course

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Homemade Hot Tamales – and yes, I knew not to eat the husks this time! 😀

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Cajun Meat Pies

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Homemade Crawfish Etouffee (left), homemade Guacamole which Heidi claims was the best in the world, & what was left of the Chorizo and Eggs (on top of the guacamole) when I got up! 😉

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Grilled Pork Steaks, Cajun beans, Potato Salad and Squash (that even I liked)

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Our CM’s batch of his special Cajun Creamy Taco

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Yep. Now you can see why I’m a closeted dieter trying to fit into the clothes in my closet!

No complaints. Not only can we make 3 meals out of every meal, we never buy meat, except for an occasional package of chicken!

And I always say:

If you gain five pounds….it’s water.

If you lose five pounds….it’s weight.

If you gain 15 pounds….it’s Cajun cookin’ y’all!