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Yea, though I pass through the valley of grease, I will fear no drive-thrus.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

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.
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    way to go! i am so proud of you.......

    i think i am gonna nominate you as a spark people motivator!

    because i know you motivate me :)

    3102 days ago
  • MONTY68
    It's amazing how we Can change. Very good article, I think importantly that you are aware of what you use to do and was able to really eat less and ejoy. Keep up ypur great attitude.
    3116 days ago
    AWESOME! I just had to come and read this blog when I read the title on Life on a Shoestring's front page! LOL Great title!

    Congratulations on your victory! I had a similar victory the first time I visited a McDonalds and was able NOT to buy fries. Made a lunch from a wrap, parfait, and yes, I ordered WATER. :-) Such a hard thing, but we can do anything with God's help! Way to make a stressful trip less stress-filled through great food choices!

    3116 days ago
    Oh wow that's wonderful! Aren't those victories wonderful! Congrats on a great day. emoticon emoticon
    3116 days ago
    Yahoo! emoticon emoticon

    Isn't it funny what we can accomplish when we practice intentional eating, even on the road while gassing up? The wonderful thing about SP is that we can eat anything we want as long as we're accountable about it. You did great! Thanks for the chuckle at your title, and an uplifting story.
    3116 days ago
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