Social Eating Situations
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Before SparkPeople, I used to write journals that were kind of like how-to manuals for myself about losing weight. They never really worked because I was never consistent for long enough to make significant changes, but I did put some good thinking into them. I remember writing to myself about social eating situations. I told myself I had three choices:
1. I could be good throughout the party, eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only water and diet soda. I'd continue my weight loss but may feel deprived.
2. I could eat a moderate amount at the party. I'd blend in best this way, may gain a bit, but this method would take the most willpower.
3. I could binge my heart out at the party. This isn't preferable but I knew it was likely that if I started to eat junk food I wouldn't be able to stop.
I was right back then, but now I know that really only option #2 works. Option 1 is not sustainable over the long term, and option 3 just makes you feel sick....which I was reminded of on Friday when I overate and then was in pain throughout the night. The "fun" continued into yesterday, when we went to a lunch party followed by a dinner party. I ate too much, for sure, but I also worked out, guesstimate-tracked everything I ate on SP, and easily returned to my normal eating habits today.
I leave you with a picture from yesterday - I didn't want my picture taken (messy hair, no makeup, I'd been swimming) but my dad took it anyway. I like that even after two days of major overeating I still didn't look overly chubby.
PS - 18 days til we buy our house!