Sunday, August 21, 2011
Last Friday and Saturday, I visited my parents' house for my Dad's birthday party and to just help them out around their farm. My parents are the sweetest people who love having their children at home, and when we're home to visit, they love to spoil us, often with food. It is virtually impossible to retain any semblance of a diet while at the farm.
I had called my Mom before driving out, and let her know my husband and I were trying to eat healthier and exercise more. She was cool with that, and we agreed on a nice grilled chicken salad for dinner that night. When we got there, my Dad was flipping steaks on the barbeque! I was okay with that though - I've been taught that you can't be picky when others are cooking for you. Mom did make a lot of vegetable dishes for me too - boiled beans, beets, and potatoes. (However, they were all dripping with butter, salt, and pepper too. Not healthy at all - but I also LOVE them this way!) I ate half my steak, and filled up on beans and fresh cucumber from Mom's garden. That night, we all went for a short walk around the farm yard, but nothing strenuous. I went to bed on Friday still feeling full, and more than a little guilty.
I did lug along my 30 Day Shred video, my dumbbells, and my running shoes. I did my workout that morning, and then had a one-egg omelette and half of a farmer's sausage. I figured I was doing okay. I went outside, mowed their lawn, and helped move garden wall bricks. I was outside until about 1 p.m., then started to feel the effects of the sun and heat, and went inside for some lunch, which consisted of the rest of my farmer's sausage and some rice cake chips. (We didn't feel like making a formal sit-down lunch, as there was so much to do outside).
Finally we finished with the outdoor chores, and I went inside to relax. And then it all went downhill! Maybe I didn't eat enough at lunch, maybe I was feeling like I'd worked out enough that I had earned it, but I reached for the box of Turtles that my Dad had been munching on the night before for his 'dessert'. He's the kind of guy that can eat and eat without gaining a single pound. I figured, "I'll just have one." About 10 minutes later, I thought, "Boy, that tasted good. Maybe just one more." And then, "Well, I guess I kinda already blew my calorie count - how about a couple more." So I sat there and ate four Turtles, then moved onto the rice cake chips, and rummaged in the cupboard for a fruit bar (filled with sugar!). This was about an hour and a half before dinner, but I just couldn't seem to stop or feel sated. Now that I reflect, I'm sure it was because I hadn't really eaten much for breakfast or lunch, and my body was craving some nourishment. I just didn't give it the proper food!
We had a healthy dinner (stuffed green peppers with lean hamburger, onions, tomato sauce, and basmati rice), but after my binge, I could only eat about half of my stuffed pepper. Feeling miserable, I went for a long walk along the gravel roads, where there are two very steep hills which really add some power to the walk. I felt better after my walk, and came back with more resolve to continue on my healthy path of better eating and exercise.
So, I guess my question is - what do you do when faced with temptation? How do you resist when you are a guest in a home with lots of treats and goodies available? How do you build up that willpower? It's easy to say you won't eat crap when it is offered to you, but quite another to DO IT. Let me know - I'd love your ideas and suggestions!