Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thump. Fall back onto side and keep going with the momentum: Roll. Dodge the next incoming foot. Find your strong side, roll back and use that momentum to Get back up.
It's a common drill at my kung fu school. We break out the mats, and start tossing each other around. It's important to be tossed around by different folks, too, because you never know what size and shape your attacker is in. (Or, if you do, you need to leave the bastard. )
And now, with my birthday and my friends' birthdays and summer barbecues and luncheons with friends... now it seems like it should be part of my food-fight arsenal.
Because while I don't want to crouch my lifestyle in terms of a fight, it's an apt metaphor.
I have to dodge bad decisions. Sometimes, they catch me in an arm-bar and it's better to go down than to get my shoulder dislocated.
Case in point: I had to bring dessert to day: and I could have gone all out to bring a nice Tiramisu with all the trimmings. All 400 calories per spoonful of it. Instead I got the low-carb chocolate pudding mix, and the low-carb cool whip and made a really pretty chocolate trifle without the cake. As I showed up and saw the _enormous_ spread, I felt like doing a victory dance. I had seriously dodged a bullet. Not only did I have a desert that I liked and could eat a serving of without guilt, so did my friend Susie.
So if I treat my next barbecue like a sparring match, and consider my portion sizes to be like my boxing gloves, and my witty conversation skills like the ring... and if I can just STAY IN THE RING and KEEP MY GLOVES ON.... I can win!
Because honestly, that's what got me through today. I had a quarter cup of white rice, some home-made Thai stirfry on top of that - peppers, chicken, soy sauce, etc. I also had half a cup of chillie - also home made. And I had a small cup of my dessert. And that's it.
I was there for hours! I could have had burgers and hot dogs and Suddenly Salad (no. It's not salad. It's pasta with sauce. Do not call it salad you jerks.)
But I didn't have those things.
I kept my gloves on. I stuck to my portions of two favorite things for the lunch, and I had one desert item.