Reflections: Planning to Plan
Friday, December 04, 2009
Adding to my reflections over my Thanksgiving weekend setback...had read JCORYCMA's blog "Planning to Plan," ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
) which inspired a few more thoughts. Ever read Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"...? Where he keeps replaying the same plot over and over, fleshing it out a bit more each time? Guess I'm doing that a bit here too.
Planning is the ticket, that's for sure!
Sometimes we have to plan above and BEYOND our plans, though...! For instance although I brought my shorts and t-shirt along so that I would have clothes for working out I did NOT plan for the hotel to charge $20 a day for use of the exercise facilities. Although I DID have the thought of getting out and going for a walk / jog I didn't follow through on this thought. Had I thought this through AHEAD of time and made a deal with myself to ACT on this plan I believe the odds might have been greater that I would have done so. I could have had a back up plan of a regimen of calisthenics, stretches, etc. which I could have done right in our room.
Buffets: At home my DW and I often go to Old Country Buffet and I've gotten that down to a science and can make healthy choices there and not go "astray." There was a buffet where we were staying and I thought: no problem! I've got this buffet thing down to a science! Well, don't know about your taste buds, but one of the things that helps me at Old Country Buffet is that their desserts totally SUCK! They're "known quantities."
Um...that was not the case with THIS buffet! Such a TERRIBLE mistake to begin to sample those desserts...! So...unless it's a buffet I *know* to be safe...best to avoid such places!
We had taken some apples and Flatout wraps for healthy snacking. One of the first thing I did upon arriving was to carry a 15 pack of bottled water back to the hotel on my shoulder. Began refilling the bottles from the tap which wasn't too bad for a change. Another snack I would have liked to have brought was a bag of baby carrots...just not enough room so I had to leave 'em in the car. But it was helpful to find them there when we returned to the car at the airport. Healthy snacking while driving home...felt like I was already reclaiming my routine!
Trying to make this more than a confessional...more like a detective teasing out the details of a MAJOR crime scene...lol!
Had a fine lunch today while out with my colleagues: Baby spinach salad with a piece of grilled chicken on top and vinaigrette dressing. It was yummy and I didn't feel deprived at all. Enjoy the off-work chit-chat with others.
Have a terrific weekend out there everyone and...be *careful* out there! :-)