The Slippery Slope
Thursday, November 19, 2009
My week started off bad. I woke up Monday morning to learn I had worked on the wrong presentation over the weekend and I had to finish the other presentation for Tuesday evening. Not too bad except I was teaching the CASA volunteer training that evening and wound't be home until late. I planned to do some research for the project during lunch but my volunteers had not turned in their court reports, that were due the week before, so I spent my lunch break working on reports. Needless to say, I stayed up until after 1 am working on the presentation. Tuesday morning I went to print the slide handouts and it pulled up blank so I had to make copies of the outline to hand out in class. I was so tired and nothing was going right so I left the house in tears and headed off to work. Half way to work I realized I had forgotten to pack my lunch. At work i found a movie sized box of Skittles my secret turkey and left on my desk. That is when I fell off the edge and started sliding down the slippery slope.
I was only going to eat a few Skittles, just enough to give me a bit of a sugar rush and wake me up. Next thing I know I had eating nearly the whole, three-servings-sized box. Lunch time came and I was in a bad mood so I went to Jack In The Box and got a chicken pita and large fries. I hated myself with each bite but I kept on eating.
Once you start sliding down that slope it is hard to stop. Yesterday I brought my lunch and water but ate a hand full of those darned Skittles that were still on my desk. (I threw the last of the box in the trash so there are no more temptations laying around.) I did much better though. Today I packed my lunch, fat free turkey and 2% cheddar cheese slice on one piece of whole grain bread, a large bowl of mixed salad greens (dry), and a 100 calorie pack of dark chocolate dusted almonds. I also brought my water bottles. Tonight I will be cooking dinner at home but I am taking my daughter to the midnight release of New Moon. The theater does not offer any healthy snacks so I will really have to be really strong. Our office is also going to the movies tomorrow afternoon to see The Blind Side because it is very relevant to our work. Again, have to avoid the popcorn.
I am determined to climb back up this slope and not let it defeat me. Though I have a lot of homework to do this weekend and a whole lot of planning (birthday party, hosting the appetizers for the church progressive dinner, holiday menu) I will also get exercise. It is a battle that I am determined to win. I am also going to do some organizing to ensure I am prepared for the next slide.