I learned a lesson today.....an IMPORTANT lesson! I can NOT eat just a couple french fries!!!
I'm in Chicago, away from home, and chasing an almost 2 year-old barn-storming little speed demon on wheels around for a week. I've lost 3 pounds since I've been here, but it has been just the "little one" and me most of the time and I've been fixing the meals, sooooo, food really hasn't been a problem, buuuuuutttttttt..........
GD's other GPs came to visit today. We always have a great time together and enjoy our children and mutual grandchildren, so that was a good thing! Gma M and I pick over the last of D and Son-in-law's wonderful vegetable garden (hey, they're in Florida, and the garden is winding down anyway),
and then Gma M says, "We're treating... Italian beef sandwiches from Johnny's. You take the orders, and I'll drive!"
So off we go to Johnny's where the line is out the door. We immediately make friends with the lady behind us who won $20,000 on Family Feud, and a car on The Price is Right! I asked if I could touch her for good luck.....tacky, huh?!? She said yes! lololol
So - the order was: 3 hot dogs for the kids (they come with fries)
4 Italian beef (yummmm) sandwiches for the adults, Oh I didn't tell you SinL's Brother and his kids were there too!
4 French Fries (they're big, and if you are keeping count, we are up to 7 orders of fries now!)
2 Italian Ice Lemonades (like sno cones, only the ice is super fine)
1 Diet Pepsi (not for me, I don't like soda)
and then home again, home again, jiggity jig.
Alright, the Italian beef was deliciously yummy and I didn't feel bad about that, but all of a sudden I realized I was mainlining french fries!!!!! Fast!!!!
You have to realize I never go out to fast food at home and I usually don't buy french fries, and I don't particularly like them unless they are super crunchy......and these were so NOT crunchy, but did that stop me?????? NOOooooooo!
When consciousness reared its head, I asked, "Who wants fries?" and the 2 guys did so I quickly, like a rabbit, passed them all over to the male eaters at the table! But the damage had already been done.
I have come to the horrible conclusion that I am not safe around food unless I can plan it, and I definitely wasn't planning this meal!!!
Now I have another trip to Chi-town in November, with a river cruise on the Danube in the middle of Nov., then back to Chicago for Thanksgiving, and Christmas in Philadelphia......the opportunities for overeating are going to be abundant and costly if I don't seriously think about my meals and plan ahead.
PORTIONS and CONSCIOUS eating are my lessons here.
I'm not really worried about eating so much today, (I have a tummy ache, and desire nothing more for the rest of the day!) I know I'll be able to be good for the rest of the time here, but I learned an important lesson.
I really thought I had conquered my "bad" eating habits, and developed "good" habits......
Little did I know, they were lying in wait for me!
So now that I know, I really have to plan ahead, and think about how I'm going to handle those temptations!
(There he is again!)
Oh well, lesson learned, and I have my little
angel (read speed demon) to keep me happy and busy. Plan, plan, plan!!! That is my new motto!
Oh, and I'm so off of French Fries! The thought of them makes me feel a little woozy, (that's probably because I ate too many of them already!)