Monday, April 29, 2013
OK. I had a bit of a stumble the other day. My perception was that I'd had a bad week with several indiscretions. One thing led to another and I ended up making a very bad decision involving fast food.
This is how the whole thing went down...
Each week, I plan to have one "bad" meal. My husband and I go to our favorite little diner and I have a burger dip and French fries (like a French dip but with a burger instead). Normally, knowing that I have that one planned "bad" meal a week keeps me making good decisions the rest of the week.
Last Saturday, I went a little astray. We had a party at work to send a co-worker off to a new job. There were fried dumplings, sandwiches, bean dip & chips, veggies, cupcakes, crackers with cheese & meat. So many yummy things to eat! I started off just eating veggies with no dip. I didn't plan ahead, though. I sat back there on my lunch and ate things I knew were not good food choices. I kept track of everything I put in my mouth anyway.
Later that evening, as I was driving home, I thought about all of the things that I had consumed that day on top of having my weekly "bad" meal a few days earlier. I was so tired (having worked an extra hour and a half), I decided to indulge in one of my husband's favorites: fast food. We hit the drive-thru at his favorite place. Even as I ordered, I knew I was making a horrible choice. I ordered a deep-fried, chicken-bacon-ranch sandwich with a side of curly fries. Bad. Bad. Bad.
When I got home, I was feeling so guilty, I wasn't even going to enter the fast food into my food tracker. Then I realized, not logging that food wasn't helping anything and I was only being dishonest with myself. I added everything I'd eaten at work (which ended up not being nearly as bad as I had thought) and the fast food to my food tracker.
If only I had taken the time to log my lunch before making a decision on dinner, I might have made a better decision! The food I consumed at lunch was actually heavy in vegetables and I had only eaten a small amount of the poor choices. In fact, even though I had eaten small amounts of several different items, the nutritional counts were exactly where I should have been for a mid-day meal. And even having eaten the fast food, the only nutritional count that was over my recommended amount for the day was fat -- and even that wasn't too far off my daily target. Yes, I made a bad choice but I was really beating myself up inside over it.
In the end, I learned few things:
1. I make a lot of good choices most of the time.
2. I need to realize that my perception of things can be a bit skewed.
3. There is truth to the everything in moderation philosophy.
4. Track first then make decisions!
Even after having a rough end to the week, I turned around the next morning and went right back to making healthier food choices and eating right. And guess what?! I still lost 2 pounds last week!