Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I have very little self control when it comes to food (a big reason why I gained 15 pounds.) Parties, potlucks and buffets are disastrous in my world. I always go in with a positive attitude, hoping that maybe this time I won't over do it. I have tried all the tricks in the trade. I eat snacks before I go, I drink plenty of water, I fill my plate with veggies first, and so on. Those strategies don't work for me. Very rarely do I come out of these events unscathed.
Today we had a holiday potluck luncheon at work. Every indulgence imaginable was spread before me: glistening appetizers, creamy casseroles, buttery rolls, juicy meats, gooey desserts. I surveyed my options and I realized something - I didn't want all that stuff. Sure it looked tasty, but I could already imagine how I would feel after eating all of that food. For once, my mind and body were on the same page. As I moved down the line I chose green salads, fresh fruit, a small serving of pasta salad, grilled vegetables, and some turkey. Guess what? It was DELICIOUS! I even had room for a small piece of pumpkin cake. By the end of the meal I was satisfied but not stuffed.
I'm not really sure what made today different than all of the other times I've succumbed to the buffet. It didn't feel like such an effort this time. Maybe it was because I was focused on how much I enjoyed the stuff I did choose, instead of how much I missed the food I didn't choose. Whatever it was, I hope I can duplicate those results again. I have another holiday party on Friday, a dinner with friends on Sunday and then big Christmas dinners coming soon. I guess I just need to take it one day at a time.