I think yesterday represents a new first for me. I had to photograph an old friend's wedding in Calgary, Alberta. That's a five hour drive from where I live. That meant eating out and eating on the road without blowing my calories or triggering a flare-up of my diverticular disease by scarfing down crap food.
I got off to a bad start. I was so intent on making sure I packed all my photography gear into the vehicle that I forgot to have breakfast. My planned bran cereal with skim milk and fresh strawberries turned into a bacon and egg taquito that I grabbed while putting gas in the vehicle. Ooops. I did manage to limit myself to one instead of my usual three or four so I'm counting that as a moral victory.
I found myself in a Wal-mart around lunch time, just before I had to start setting up for the wedding. All of the Wal-marts in Canada seem to be contaminated with McDonald's franchises. This is problematic because I have a troubled past with eating there. I ordered a Big Mac and a diet Coke, which, again, is a fraction of the food I would have normally ordered (one tenth, actually).
The wedding shoot and formals were marvelous. The bride and groom were very relaxed and wonderful to work with. I was having so much fun that I didn't feel hungry at all since I mainly have an issue with hunger when I'm bored. So when dinner rolled around I didn't go off the rails. I had a chicken breast, half a potato croquette, about a cup of cooked asparagus, a dinner roll without butter, half a portion of corn chowder, and half of the custard they served for dessert.
When you add in all of my cups of coffee with cream for the day (you need a motherload of coffee for eleven hours of driving), my total calories came out to 1676. SparkPeople says I can eat between 2500 - 2900 based on my level of activity.
I wound up lowballing my calories for a change, which certainly won't hurt me, and I did this on the type of occasion when I would normally consume in excess of 7000 calories. Yay for me! Even better, I kept the grease and starch down at a low enough level that my gut wasn't screaming at me this morning. I've NEVER pulled this off before.
Maybe, just maybe, I'm starting to develop positive habits.