The Month After Chanukah (poem)

RebDee
By RebDee Latest Reply 2015-01-05 16:03:06 -0600
Started 2014-12-25 02:03:55 -0600

'Twas the month after Chanukah, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibble, the latkas I'd taste
At Chanukah parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine or the egg creams, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt—-
I said to myself, as only I can
"You can't spend the winter disguised as a man!"
So—away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of all chocolate, each cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
"Till all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie—not even a lick.
I'll want to chew only a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore—-
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!


34 replies

NewSong53
NewSong53 2014-12-28 09:00:23 -0600 Report

Hilarious!! Thanks for sharing it. My New Year's resolution this year is to eat healthily and substitute veggies for bread with my morning eggs & coffee, to pack my own lunch (too many breads, sweets and starches offered at the workplace cafeteria — there goes my $4 lunch!) and to make blended meat & veggie soups or lettuce wrapped sandwiches for dinner. Also, yoga and walking. Wish me luck!! (Still chuckling over your poem . . .)

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:16:45 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:16:22 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:16:21 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:16:08 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:15:59 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

Kats49
Kats49 2014-12-27 21:06:52 -0600 Report

So funny and sadly so true…when I look back at how I use to eat I am not surprised I gained weight. But through education and practice I now know I can have little tastes of different and new tasty and satisfying foods. These foods do not spike my BS. I hardly ever eat corn or white foods of any sort except white radishes. Not missing any any more

Fefe12
Fefe12 2014-12-27 14:58:25 -0600 Report

Very funny and sad at the same time. Grateful my blouse still fits! But i know its hard for others. Keep up the good work and don't stop. EVER! Lets not go down without a fight. We are all on the same boat lets make it as healthy, stress free, fun, hilarious, soulful as possible. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 00:28:32 -0600 Report

Fefe: I see your purple hair. Are you a red hatter like me?

Fefe12
Fefe12 2014-12-30 03:14:46 -0600 Report

Lol, I'm old enough but no I'm not. I get lots of comments about my hat. Not sure if I should laugh or cry, I made that hat for Easter. Oh well, I guess I will be known for purple hair! Funny thing is I really have no hair, I've cut it all off. I always tell the barber if I can put a comb in it, its too long!

Fefe12
Fefe12 2014-12-30 03:14:42 -0600 Report

Lol, I'm old enough but no I'm not. I get lots of comments about my hat. Not sure if I should laugh or cry, I made that hat for Easter. Oh well, I guess I will be known for purple hair! Funny thing is I really have no hair, I've cut it all off. I always tell the barber if I can put a comb in it, its too long!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-26 16:22:38 -0600 Report

Hi RebDee,
just wanted to tell you how wonderful your poem was. It made me laugh.
made me think. Your the best…Happy New Yeears, Vl

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-26 16:26:51 -0600 Report

Vi: So glad James is with you for the holidays. When is the wedding? When do you move back to LV? RebDee

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-25 21:31:09 -0600 Report

Hey RebDee, this is really funny. Thanks for sharing this with us. I think those January regrets are pretty universal. I am hoping to not be too regretful. We'll see, another week to go.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-25 12:01:19 -0600 Report

Today I am doing Jewish Christmas which means the modern tradition of eating Chinese food (not too many years ago, only Chinese restaurants were opened on Christmas). My friends and I are going to the Hokkaido Buffet in Encino, CA (for the 4th year). I want to see how I do at a buffet (since I usually take home half of my meal but you can't do that at a buffet) If you live nearby, and come to the restaurant, we will all be wearing red dodads in our hair. So my diet starts tomorrow.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-25 20:07:03 -0600 Report

I just got home from the buffet and I am STUFFED. I ate about 1/4 of the amount that I had eaten last year, but I did eat sashimi and shrimp cocktail which is what I really wanted. Then when I went for the Chinese food, I actually brought it back to the table and it sat there and sat there and I looked at it but could not bring myself to put a bite in my mouth. The only other thing that I ate was red bean ice cream which slid down my throat and did not hurt my stomach. Wonder how much weight I gained?

NewSong53
NewSong53 2014-12-28 09:03:53 -0600 Report

Good for you on your restraint! I'm finding that the "buzz-head" I get from eating starches makes it easier to avoid them . . . I still think about them . . . over and over . . . but in the end I can let them go!

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:17:28 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:17:28 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:17:27 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:17:26 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-28 16:17:23 -0600 Report

I find that I make one meal a protein drink, keeps me going and helps my BS stay where it should while helping me to lose weight. I use Premier Protein Drink. It comes in vanilla and chocolate so the flavors are satisfying. They used to make strawberry which was my favorite but apparently they stopped making it (boo-hoo):( And BTW, it fills me up enough that I am not hungry until the next meal or snack (I am on 3 meals and 3 snacks per day). And I no longer am on my insulin pump although I still have to take my BS before each meal.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2014-12-28 09:03:44 -0600 Report

Good for you on your restraint! I'm finding that the "buzz-head" I get from eating starches makes it easier to avoid them . . . I still think about them . . . over and over . . . but in the end I can let them go!

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-12-26 14:36:47 -0600 Report

Thanks for the poem and congratulations on enjoying the buffet without going overboard. ~Lynn @Glucerna

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-26 16:24:41 -0600 Report

Its not that I wouldn't have liked to eat more but since bariatric surgery, I CANNOT due to my smaller stomach.. But I still gained a pound.