Honesty and the munchies
Monday, December 03, 2012
Well, it was bound to happen some time. As I near my 1-month Sparkversary in just a few days, it was probably inevitable that there would come a day when I just wanted to munch and graze ... and munch some more. That day was yesterday.
Honestly, the day started out ok. I ate a normal breakfast (eggs with black beans and salsa on a corn tortilla), worked out hard at the gym, came home to a greek yogurt and clementine for snack, and had a delicious salad with anasazi beans I'd just made for lunch.
After chores, my afternoon reward was to visit my knitting friends. A few hours in, I opened a packet of Skittles that had been staring at me from a bowl of leftover Halloween candy. An hour after that, brownies appeared on the table, and I had one. It was good.
I'd planned to make butternut squash risotto and some sauteed fish for dinner. Unfortunately, by the time I picked up my daughter, I was too hungry to wait for the risotto, and she really didn't want fish. What to do? What to do? Think ... think ... think.
Even though it was similar to foods I'd already eaten earlier in the day, we cooked up some frozen black bean burgers, topped them with salsa, and wrapped them in tortillas. With another salad and a glass of wine, it seemed like a pretty good impromptu dinner.
Within hours, though, I wanted to eat more. I was honest enough with myself to know that I wasn't hungry, but I really did want to eat. I rifled through the cupboards for some trail mix. That tasted pretty good. Then I asked my daughter if she had any Halloween candy left. She went to her bedroom and brought us each one. Just one -- smart kid! But then I had some smoked mackerel and whole wheat crackers. That tasted really good.
By bedtime, I did not want to face the SP Tracker. I knew I'd have to be accountable for succumbing to the munchies, but I didn't want to face the music before bed. I wasn't ready to be that honest with myself yet.
This morning, however, I had to do it. I had to input all those munchables into my food tracker. It has become a point of honor that I will track whatever I eat no matter what. Even when it's hard to be honest about it.
Guess what! The damage wasn't so bad! Yes, I was over on some of my ranges, but not by much. It was so much better than I'd imagined it to be!
So, Lesson 1 is the power of tracking. No matter what.
Lesson 2 is the power of SP. A month ago, before I started, my munchies would have manifested very differently. Consider this:
* instead of 1 Skittles fun bag, I would have had 2
* instead of 1 brownie, I would have had 2
* instead of black bean burgers, we would have ordered a pizza
* instead of 1 glass of wine, I would have had 3
* instead of trail mix, I would have had buttered popcorn
* instead of smoked fish and whole-grain crackers, I would have had 2 bowls of cereal and milk.
And I probably still would have gone to bed feeling unsatisfied, because it wasn't real hunger anyway.
As for today, I'm right back on track ... with a lot of help from my SparkFriends!
Onward to Month 2!