Thursday, September 13, 2012
Yesterday the daytime temp finally dipped under 85 for the first time in months. It was one of those rainy, cozy, stay-in-the-house days. The temp was in the 50's, which was about what it was during the night. So as much as I loved it, it was a double-whammy. It made for a relaxed, putter around the house, make a pot of soup and bake day.
Breakfast and morning snack went as planned. It wasn't long, however, before the aroma of the lentil soup was irrisistable. It was nutritional so I sampled - something I rarely allow myself to do.
My snack-sized lunch was consumed much earlier than my usual time. It wasn't long after that I was looking for my afternoon snack - still hours before the usual time.
I planned to make bread to go with the soup. Turned out I didn't have yeast. While I searched out recipes for yeastless breads the aroma of the soup continued to gently call me. Instead of sampling I opened the icebox. I found a very small portion of baked eggplant leftover from the night before. You guessed it - it became another unplanned snack.
Now to search out cookie recipes for hubby. I rarely eat cookies so this wasn't a problem. Maybe because I kept going back for "just a spoonful" of soup.
It was still raining when hubby came home. I had no problem eating another, albeit small, portion of soup with him. I then put the cookies in the oven. The aroma of soup was replaced by the wondreful smell of warm chocolate mint cookies.
Fresh out-of-the-oven with a glass of unsweetened almond milk I let myself have one. The second batch came out. Without even realizing it I reached for a second to go with the half glass of milk I had left.
I tracked before bed. I didn't do too bad because I had healthy choices (well, not the extra cookie). However, I realized I had kept sampling. I realized I was staring into the icebox numerous times. It was a good thing I was out of yeast because I know I probably would have indulged in more than one piece of bread, especially hot and fresh.
This day turned out ok, but I learned many lessons. There were trigger points I need to watch for as the fall days roll in. Aromas can lead to sampling and mindless eating. Allowing myself to eat whenever instead of spacing my meals/snacks throughout the day. Cookies out of the oven need to be in the day's plan.
I hope to reflect on this day as the holidays arrive, too, because many of the same trigger points will undoubtedly resurface. It's important to be aware and prepare. That goes for exercise, too!