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A Stumble, Not A Fall

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!
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ABUFFKIN 4/30/2013 10:42AM

    Those work parties always mess me up too, and then I am so angry with myself. You are right, a stumble is not a fall. Way to go with not getting discouraged and getting right back on track.

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KKAZEBEER 4/29/2013 6:03PM

    As I read your post I feel as if I am reading about my own self! Friday nights are my "cheat night" where I eat something that is maybe not-so-good for me. Well this past Friday was a doozy. I met up with my girlfriends (we meet every three months) for a beer. One beer turned in to three and then dinner came & I meant to order veggies instead of the fries that came with the meal, but I was distracted... when the food came I was still distracted and I ate the fries. Then the waitress came around with the dessert tray... at that point I knew I had totally blown that meal & said oh well, I might as well have dessert too.... I didn't stop there! When we got home I had a couple pieces of chocolate. I was so ashamed of myself that I didn't dare log in the mass amounts of food I ate. The good thing is that I woke up on Saturday still feeling the guilt, but ready to get back on track. I was fortunate that I did not allow that one night to undo all of my hard work by continuing for days... weeks... and so on. Thank you for sharing your post & next time I fall off the wagon I hope to have your strength and courage to actually log in the overindulgences! emoticon

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LEANIE64 4/29/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon Yeah..for getting back on track..and tracking your foods..I love the food tracker as well.

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