Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I've started my diet several weeks ago, and have recently 're-joined' SparkPeople to help keep track of my progress. I've also wanted to get some support for this difficult goal. I'm facing the difficult challenge of altering my lifestyle to achieve, not just weight loss, but a healthier lifestyle all around. One that involves activities, instead of shopping. Or finding an exercise buddy, instead of watching tv. All of this is challenging; but the greatest challenge I have is my own habits (and my friend/family habits).
I socialize at meals. ALL THE TIME.
And my family is the worst when it comes to picking places to eat, or meals to eat. Which puts me in a difficult position.
My personality is one that is very laid back, non-confrontational, and not very high maintenance. As such, I tend to be the person who goes with the flow... and doesn't stress of specifics. Therefore, I'm the one who is caving in and going to the fast food places because that's where everyone else goes.
I've started to declare that this has to change, and no one has really respected that declaration. So this past weekend, when I was driving my mother around for her weekend errands, she wanted to go to Burger King. And I said NO. I made her choose something healthier.
And that was when we ran into the problem. Where - exactly - could we get healthier foods?
I haven't really put much of a thought into it. So I couldn't come up with anything better than the local WAWA. I thought at the least there was a better selection of food.
She didn't want to go there, but she begrudgingly agreed. Then, instead of choosing a healthy wrap, salad, etc. She opted for the hot dogs.
And then guess what? So did I. I was really hungry, I had been out all day for hours with nothing more than a yogurt early in the morning. So I grabbed a hot dog (no cheese, no bacon!), and slapped on some relish and mustard. Then I grabbed a fruit and cheese platter so that I could introduce SOME semblance of freshness into the meal and called it lunch.
It was better than Burger King. But I have to come up with a solid game-plan for when I'm on the 'road' and unable to grab items from my own kitchen. And when the snack bar in the purse isn't enough.
UPDATE: Karmakitty66 brought up an excellent point. She mentioned that I'm on the diet, not my mother. And in all fairness, her counter-point is spot on. I can't make everyone join me in my dietary goals, and I have to solve how I'm going to handle this going forward. All true.
But it made me realize that my blog entry lacked the whole 'other side' of the story. My mother is also on a diet. Or says she is. I can't tell. She eats less; but less of the worst food choices around. So on that particular day when I denied her Burger King... it was in support of BOTH of us trying to find healthier alternatives. Which failed. haha. But I liked KarmaKitty66's perspective and fairness and wanted to acknowledge that I wasn't just forcing my diet onto everyone around me! Thanks karmakitty66. :)