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A New Month...and An Epiphany

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I just totaled up all the riding I did in May, and found that I rode about 360 miles total. Not bad for fizzling out towards the end of the month. I'm pretty happy with that.

I've also come to a realization; the other night, Dan and I went out to dinner. We never go out alone together for dinner. We couldn't decide on a place to go. The place we wanted to go to, we couldn't get a table. So we eventually settled on a place that Dan had been to before, and he said it was really good. That should've been my first clue! Everything on the menu was fried. Except for the Italian beef I had, and since I'm from Chicago, I have a good idea of what Italian beef is supposed to taste like, and that WASN'T it. Also, I ordered a Sprite for the first time in YEARS. I don't know why, I just felt like having something sweet. But I had the waitress bring me a Sprite AND a water. I drank the water, and left more than half the Sprite, and didn't finish my sandwich.

All of this made me realize that in spite of my frustrations this year, I have actually come a long way. I used to eat at restaurants like this all the time, and I used to order Sprite wherever we went. I no longer eat fried foods, and I now drink water wherever I go. I keep a bottle of water with me at all times, and I have gotten into a great exercise habit.

So along with this realization, I also came to the realization that I probably no longer need to concentrate my efforts on water and exercise like I have been for so long, because they are already good habits and I'm good about logging them. It's the food. The food is the only piece of the health puzzle that I still struggle with. So instead of blogging about all the miles and all the triathlons and bike rides, what I really need to work on is celebrating each and every small victory I can manage on the food frontier. So today, I'm going to start by saying that I took my son to the store last night to pick up some ice cream for the family. I let him pick out one flavor, and I picked out the other one. I got Cherry Vanilla, and I had a small scoop of it in a bowl. But I didn't think it was all that great, so I took a few bites (the ones that had big black cherries in them...) and gave the rest to my boys. I probably only had about 4-5 bites of ice cream. This is huge for me; I generally can't usually stop at one dish of ice cream. So I am calling this a victory. Yay, me! :)
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  • JWARD199
    It sounds like you are really starting to internalize the changes. You are doing great!
    2102 days ago
    Great progress! It's great how once you get in the habit of eating well, those old favorites don't have the same appeal. I do like fried chicken once in a while (like once a year) - but only if it is homemade excellent.

    2112 days ago
    That is a victory! Congrats! Having just a few bites of something is the key to getting any craving out of your system, especially when you realize that it just doesn't taste as good as you remembered.

    2113 days ago
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