Beyond The Wrinkle, Ch. 2 "The Wrinkle of Ease"
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Sometimes wrinkles can become predictable. The wrinkle of the day? The wrinkle of ease. It's Friday night and it's just me and my son at home for dinner. Normal? "Let's pick up Chinese or would you rather have pizza?" Oh how I soooo wanted to just go grab something. I had plenty of food at home to prep but it would be soooo much EASE-ier to just pick something up. After much internal struggle I finally decided not to take the ease-y way out and I ended up fixing a very quick and ease-y HEALTHY supper - totally on track. :)
Now just a quick note about BEFORE this wrinkle: just a few hours earlier I had met some co-workers at a local restaurant for a TGIF drink (and yes, I tracked it). I'm not a heavy drinker by any means - don't keep anything in the house other than wine to cook with...normally (lol) - but an occasionsal drink with friends can be just what the doctor ordered. I found myself in a dilemma: I could go and just have water or get a soda or have a beverage... Normal? Margarita with chips and salsa or loaded potato skins. Today? One amaretto sour with a shaved turkey sandwich on thin rye, no cheese, no mayo. Was it the best choice? No. But was it a small victory? Oh yes!!! Was that drink REALLY worth at least 200 calories...ummm...no. So NEXT time (and we all know there WILL be a next time) I'm going to prepare myself ahead of time to go for the company and enjoy a diet soda with a side of wrinkle cream....ok, that sounded gross, but you get the idea. ;)
This next week is going to be full of challenges: lunch tomorrow with a friend (I chose the spot so I can enjoy an amazing grilled chicken salad!) then a dinner party in the evening (I volunteered to bring a side dish so I can be sure I have an option I can enjoy without worries) - manageable challenges. But after that...? I'm going to be on the road 8 hours on both Tuesday and Thursday. Why hello Ease... how nice to see you again. Not. Then I'll be out of town the following weekend. Ease + temptations from well meaning family - normal gym opportunities = S. O. S.
To survive the week - heck, I might even enjoy it! - this is going to be my mantra: it's ease-ier to make right choices now than it is to undo the results of wrong choices later. Lord, strengthen me moment by moment to make the choices that will keep me moving beyond the wrinkle.