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Last night, I attended a social function for my alumni association where I knew there would be lots of temptation. Anticipating being challenged by all kinds of tasty appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, I made sure to pack my day full of protein, yet leave myself enough calories to enjoy a glass of merlot or two.
I also didn’t want to skip a workout, since I had two days off earlier in the week from traveling/being sick, so I packed a gym bag to get a quick run in at lunch time. My office conveniently has a small gym on-site, with two treadmills, two ellipticals, two stationary bicycles, and pretty nice showers. Generally, the type of workout I like to do is too long to get in during work hours, so I have been using the gym after work instead. I was grateful to be able to get 3 miles in yesterday, as it’s been some time since I’ve done a good treadmill run. I think maybe the rest period plus my new sneakers have made a difference – no knee pain, woo hoo! I also noticed an added benefit from working out mid-day – I had a lot more energy and focus to get through my work in the afternoon, no additional cup of coffee needed. I’m thinking I should re-do my training schedule to include one mid-day run each week.
Anyway, I was feeling pretty strong as I headed out to the alumni event. It was a Social Silent Auction to raise money for our chapter’s scholarship fund. I placed a bid on this bottle of wine, because I liked the label:
I learned I am pretty terrible at silent auctions. I read the bid sheet and saw “Value = $17″ and, as the opening bidder, promptly bid $17. Totally missed that the minimum bid was only $8. So, needless to say, I easily won it with no other competing bids. Oh well, it was for a good cause.
I figured there would be a few of the more traditional finger foods (like veggies and dip or cheeses and meats) that would get me through the rest of the party, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m proud of myself for passing up:
- Cocktail Franks
- Egg Rolls
- Mini Pizzas
- Mini Quiches
but totally indulged in:
- Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
- Veggies and Ranch Dressing
- Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Cubes
- Mini Meatballs (At the time, I didn’t think meatballs would be a problem – but have since learned there MAY have been wheat in the recipe. I’m not 100% sure.)
I had one moment of mindless-ness. As I ordered my second glass of merlot from the bar, I reached into the bowl of snack mix and pulled out a small handful. I was about to just pop it into my mouth, but then looked down at what I would be eating – a mix of Pretzels, Fritos, and Sesame sticks. Nice try, wheat. It was easy to just grab a cocktail napkin and toss them aside, and it was a good reminder to myself to “stay present” whenever I’m near food. I managed to make it through the evening satisfied, happy, and guilt-free.
My next foreseeable challenge lies on Sunday – I’m supposed to bake cookies for my husband again. (I promised to bake for him on the 14th of each month to keep Valentine’s Day alive. Last month, it ended in disaster -I’ve learned my lesson and would not attempt to bake without him being present). Some of the good reasons to go forward with baking include:
- I still have Lemon Bars that I am enjoying, and can treat myself to one of those instead of a cookie.
- We are expecting guests on Sunday that can help eat the cookies.
- If something happens and we don’t have guests on Sunday, my mother is visiting next weekend and might appreciate having a cookie or two – I can always freeze them and pull them out when she arrives.
For all of the good reasons to go forward with baking one of the mixes as planned, though, I am tempted to ask my husband if it’s ok to put off baking until I meet my 14-day wheat free/binge free goal. An alternative that might be good for all parties involved would be to bake the Wheat Belly Cookie recipe I found this month, and save the baking mix for next month – but these are calorie-packed and would require me to find ingredients I don’t have on hand. It’s a cookie conundrum.