Friday, August 09, 2013
Thanks to my strength training, I was able to help move a ridiculously heavy filing cabinet this morning that no one else could budge! This evidently helped earned our office a "pizza party" lunch for the person we were helping reorganize.
Yay!!! Wait... um... OH CRAP!!! LOL Trust, I was not-so-much feelin' the plain old ham & lettuce on sandwich thin that I brought from home today. Usually we have leftovers which I really look forward to - and LOVE being able to just copy from the prior day on the food tracker - but it was one of those slap-together-lunch mornings. That said, I'm learning after almost 7 weeks of being really disciplined that straying too far from my healthy habits has consequences. (i.e. unwanted water retention, being ridiculously hungry later to stay within calorie range, digestion problems)
I could have opted out. But DANG IT, I didn't want to! I already know what we're having for dinner, so I balanced my calorie budget with the pizza included and planned ahead. I decided to go easy on the pepperoni and opt for the lower-cal, more tummy-friendly Hawaiian. I knew how many slices ahead of time. I ate slowly, savored every single bite, and took frequent sips of water. ....I even found myself wishing I had a salad!
I know full well there is still delicious & FREE pizza in the conference room. In the past, that would have been my gateway to the rationalizations of why I should help myself to more. But "free" comes with another cost and as Grandma Karleen used to say, "Some kind of help is no help at all!"
It's nice to be free of the guilt today. I neither feel guilty for eating pizza (food isn't good or bad - it's just food) nor guilty for going off the pizza deep end (because I didn't). Had I been stressed today, I may have opted out just to be sure I wasn't emotionally eating. And had I not demonstrated self-control, well that would just be a lesson to learn from; a lesson that I'm not ready to go there yet. I planned for success and had to gumption to stick to it. And you better believe I'm giving myself a pat on the back for it!! = ) Get to know yourself and give yourself the chance to succeed. WE CAN DO THIS!!!