Saturday, November 01, 2008
You know the moment. When a lightbulb goes off in your head, the way it does in a cartoon.
A moment of brilliant realization. An epiphany.
I was logging in last night's meal. We moved last week, I've been unpacking after work, my dinner was a quick scrambled egg and multigrain bagel, I was tired and didn't go online.
About 8 PM (after I had eaten), DH decided we needed to do a garbage dumpster run, and get rid of all the empty boxes. And grab a bite of dessert while we were out.
I knew I was mid-range in my calories for the day. I had skim milk with my morning coffee, had reasonable meals, and was doing okay. But in the restaurant, hearing about the chocolate cheesecake, well, my resolve crumbled.
But I knew, from the Spark Food Showdowns, that cheesecake was a better dessert option than many. For example, better than the peanut butter ice cream pie that DH had. Possibly better than the key lime pie smothered in whipped cream.
So I had a slice of chocolate cheesecake (well, DH had several bites of it). It was delicious, it sated my ever-present desire for dark chocolate, it felt like a nice Halloween celebration.
Fast forward to today - log in time - and my .75 slice of cheesecake (based on the fact that it was 1/8 of a cake, not 1/6 as measured in the SP tracker) was all of 193 cals.
I'm only 23 cals over range!!!!!!!!
So the lightbulb - THE CHEESECAKE WAS A GOOD OPTION FOR MY SPLURGE!!!!!!!!! I realized that I don't need to mentally calculate each and every calorie, I have been fairly well educated in my 660+ days on SparkPeople, I have the information to make good decisions about my cals!!!!!
THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!!! I feel like I've earned a Spark PhD!!!!!!
It just made me feel so smart and competent.
And I know I'll make the occasional not-the-best choice. And there will be days when I'll backslide.
But just for this one day, and this one decision, I was brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!