Sunday, April 24, 2011
So, I'm not big on making excuses, but I really didn't have the best situation going on the past week to help me succeed. Instead of whining about it, I'm going to put all my stupid excuses in a list and figure out how I could have done better.
1. I had training all week at work, and we had breakfast and lunch brought in every day, M-F. Ordered by a guy who likes meat and potatoes. The healthy stuff on the menu...wasn't all that healthy. There was some salad for 2 days, but one of the days the salad had bacon, cheese, pasta, eggs, and some creamy italian dressing in it. Way to de-health a salad. Oh, and the alternatives that day were hot dogs and tamales :(.
So, how could I have done better? Well let's be real, no one forced me to eat any of the food. It's not like they duck-taped me to a chair and force fed me. After the first day or two, I did try to enjoy the food in more moderation then the first couple days.
2. I had two after work group dinners this week. Neither of them had anything healthy, they were full of sauces, italian food, tiramisu, and alcohol. I rarely have dinners after work, so 2 in one week, on top of the killer lunches, really did me in.
How could I have done it better? I could have skipped dessert, and I didn't need to try all the different kinds of pasta (2 different kinds at EACH dinner). And I didn't have to sample one of everything.
3. There was candy all over the place for the afternoons during the training. And I partook of it. Daily. I did well one day, but wow it's hard to avoid chocolate.
How could I have done better? Chewing gum really helps me curb my cravings especially when there is food staring me in the face in a standoff. But did I bring my gum to work? Nope. It would have been so easy to just drop the gum in my purse in the morning but in my rush I just forgot it every single day.
4. Easter. Nuff said.
How could I have done it better? Well, I was in control of it since I had people at my house, so I certainly didn't have to make the stuff I did, but it's tradition and I'm just a sucker for needing food traditions (really, if I wasn't I would be in this place now would I?). But, I could have definitely eaten LESS. I didn't need 3 pieces of bread, or all those deviled eggs, or the ice cream afterwards. GAH.
After all that, there were a couple of things I did well last week. I drank my water EVERY day, without a doubt. Sitting in training all week actually made it very easy to drink my water. But really, I'm just calling last week a bust and I'm moving on from this point because I can't change what I did but I can change the future. And that is all that matters.