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Almost everything about aging–except grave illness and death–can be funny as well as disturbing. I try to find the funny and help us all get through it!

Internal donut wars

This morning, at 10:30 a.m.:

I’m sitting in the waiting room at Bredemann Toyota, where I’ll spend the next hour-and-a-half. My RAV4 is in for its 50,000-mile oil change, tire rotation, and all that other stuff ($$).

It’s a comfortable room, with a TV currently showing The View, a machine that lets you choose from a variety of coffees, and…this is key…a tempting tray of donuts. In the past 7 years I’ve been bringing the RAV4 here for service, I’ve avoided even glancing at that tray to keep my sweet tooth from itching. But today, as I walked into the room, scanning it for a good spot to settle in, I saw it. And right smack in the middle of the tray was my favorite, a cake donut with chocolate frosting. I’m not sure I’m strong enough to resist it.

But I sat down and began writing this post to keep my mind focused on something (anything) else. Just before starting this sentence, another customer got up and walked over to the tray. After a few seconds of contemplation, he chose one and took it back to his seat. It was my chocolate-covered donut! Now I’m wondering: Is there another one on the tray? And…and most important…should I be happy or unhappy if the answer is yes?

A little applicable background: I’m now in that iffy zone of Weight Watcher’s Life Timer status that can be dangerous. After losing weight on the plan and keeping it off for more than a year, I’ve started to gain again. My pants still fit, but they’re snug. Those are the roomier ones. As women everywhere know, our clothing sizes are not consistent. So you can buy a size 10 of different brands, or even the same brand, and the fit will vary from not being able to pull them up past your hips to an easy zip, button, snap, with an inch or two to spare.

I’m trying to nip the gain of a few pounds (okay, five) in the bud. See? Now I’ve managed to distract myself for over a paragraph and haven’t given the donut tray a thought.

But suddenly, that’s all I’m thinking about.

The last time I was here (5,000 miles ago), I weakened in the second hour and walked up to the tray. By that time, it was empty. I figured it was meant to be. Maybe today I can hold out long enough to have the same outcome.

I’m tired of writing now, and I’m going to read a book about wrting by Elizabeth Berg.

Follow up: I read and read…and read. Then I put the book down, stood up, walked over to the donut tray, and took one of the other chocolate-c0vered cake donuts. It was delicious.




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9 thoughts on “Internal donut wars

  1. Cousin Bobbie on said:

    Good Girl. Sometimes you just have to give in to temptation or you’ll binge on something a lot less satisfying.


  2. Donuts — sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Keep up the WW!


  3. Sharon Telpner on said:

    Good for you. Mercedes only offers bagels! Happy new year ❤️sharon

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. I am a big fan and look forward to your blogs. I have a cat and although I am really a dog person first and foremost, I too am enchanted by cats quirky personalities. But, an even more important similarity today, I am a former Weight Watcher Leader. You are not alone, almost all lifetime members and a good 90% of the staff
    have trouble keeping it off. I too have three sets of clothes and have yet to figure out why it is so easy to keep it off some of the time and so easy to fall off other times. Myself and others have tried to find a common denominator for falling off, it doesn’t exist. Do not beat yourself up, just know it is a hard job and be happy you have the skills some of the time. If you haven’t found it yet I will suggest another former leaders blog, ORNA BAKES. she shares all the point values for great foods from Trader Joes, Whole Foods and even Costco. She is a real foodie and I think you will enjoy her info.

    Keep up the writing, I love your blogs.


    • Judith,

      Thanks for your wonderful comments. I plan to write another cat post soon (er, I mean my cat is going to write the blog…). As for Weight Watchers, I see Lifetimers coming back all th time, so I know it’s common to gain back some of the weight, although I was naive and didn’t think it would happen to me. I’ll look for the blog you recommended. And I love your blog too.


  5. I can’t believe you sit there and wait for hours. They need to give you a loaner so you can go about your important day and return that car later or the next day, whenever they are done, I have a 2002 BMW and they still give me a loaner each time I come in. My days are as important as theirs and so are yours. They are treating you like a woman, I.e. Housewife. Think better of how you’re treated and you won’t have to sit around and think about chocolate doughnuts. Love ya, d


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