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Planes, Shuttle Busses, and Automobiles

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday started when the alarm went off at 2:45 am. Everything went well, the conference was OUTSTANDING. It was held in the new Cowboy stadium in Dallas, which impressed everyone but me because I'm not a sports fan. We got to have our breakout sessions in the Press Box and Media Room, and that WAS pretty impressive!

I did my best at lunch and will give myself a C+/B-. I ate the salad with no dressing. I ate the small roll with no butter. The entree was tillapia sauced with hollandaise, asparagus bundle on top of whipped, piped potatoes. I ate more potatoes than I should have and tried not to eat any more sauce than I had to, but come on -- short of dipping the fish in my water glass to wash it off, what could I do?

I ate one bite of the cherry tart, just enough not to make a big deal that I wasn't eating it.

But then I missed the 5:00 pm flight home! It was TOTALLY MY FAULT, it was a disaster with my coworker getting ON the flight while I was left in Dallas -- with the keys to the vehicle in Little Rock! I called TC and he dropped everything to drive to the airport to meet my coworker to take her home. (Sidebar: He is the greatest husband in the world and I OWE HIM BIG TIME!)

Back to me in Dallas: the 6:00 flight was filled, but I finally was able to get on the 7pm flight which didn't leave until.....9:15 pm! I had my snacks so I ate two homemade bran muffins and a fiber-one granola bar.

While driving home from the airport I wanted to stop for (a) a big mac or (b) a bottle of wine or (c) both.

But I gave myself a big Sparkpeople pep talk: YOU ARE NOT HUNGRY, YOU ARE RESPONDING TO STRESS WITH EMOTIONAL EATING/DRINKING. YOU ARE A GROWNUP. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE IN TO EVERY RANDOM THOUGHT THAT PASSES THROUGH YOUR HEAD.

And I didn't.

I got home about midnight. My 18-hour day became a 21-hour day, but all's well and I'm proud that I didn't use a stressful event as a justification to blow my plan. Even if that was a 1,000 calorie lunch I still ate within my range.

I'm very proud of myself and giving myself LOTS OF CREDIT (although still beating myself up for missing the *A#&%$*# plane!)
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  • HIDIANE
    Someone quoted you in this blog and I had to read the whole thing. Fantastic! Love the pep talk and that you were sane enough to remind yourself of that under the circumstances. Kudos to you!
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    3528 days ago
  • HIDIANE
    Someone quoted you in this blog and I had to read the whole thing. Fantastic! Love the pep talk and that you were sane enough to remind yourself of that under the circumstances. Kudos to you!
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    3528 days ago
  • HIDIANE
    Someone quoted you in this blog and I had to read the whole thing. Fantastic! Love the pep talk and that you were sane enough to remind yourself of that under the circumstances. Kudos to you!
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    3528 days ago
  • HIDIANE
    Someone quoted you in this blog and I had to read the whole thing. Fantastic! Love the pep talk and that you were sane enough to remind yourself of that under the circumstances. Kudos to you!
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    3528 days ago
  • HIDIANE
    Someone quoted you in this blog and I had to read the whole thing. Fantastic! Love the pep talk and that you were sane enough to remind yourself of that under the circumstances. Kudos to you!
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    3528 days ago
  • HIDIANE
    Someone quoted you in this blog and I had to read the whole thing. Fantastic! Love the pep talk and that you were sane enough to remind yourself of that under the circumstances. Kudos to you!
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    3528 days ago
  • SPARKYMORRISON
    Wow, you had quite the day. It is unbelievably hard to diet and travel. I usually try to hit my treadmill in the am before I fly knowing I have to get rid of a few calories. Was there any place to walk at lunch? Could you do some stairs several times? Calories in need to go out somehow. It sounds like you were really stuck and did the best you could.
    3529 days ago
  • SUCHAHOOT
    WOW! What a great job in a very stressful situation. I'm just beginning Beck's book. I look forward to the day I react to a similar situaion in a similar way!!
    (Maha sent me your way!)
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    3529 days ago
  • ID_VANDAL
    Knowing the full story - all I can say is VERY VERY WELL DONE!!

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    Have ANOTHER great day!

    I'm off to the gym so you don't get too far ahead of me!

    Vandal

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    3529 days ago
  • BIGLITTLEWOMAN
    I don't think any of us can top your experience nor could we top your controlled reaction to it. You are one determined tough woman. It must have been exhausting.
    3529 days ago
  • NANCY-
    What a long and trying day and just think you made it through with flying colors.
    Besides giving yourself credit... you deserve a reward!
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    3530 days ago
  • FREELADY
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    What a woman! I hope you know you have just taken away every excuse I'll ever have for unplanned eating. When I'm feeling super stressed I am sure to think, "Remember when TRAVELGRRL missed the plane from Dallas and had that whole fiasco, and she talked to herself like a grown woman and she DID NOT get the wine or the Big Mac? Take a deep breath, kid, if she did it, you can do it right now." And poof, there goes my junk food pity party!

    Seriously---I am exhilarated by your tale. I am whooping and cheering. I would be applauding, but that slows down the typing. You could write something on your plane ticket to commemorate this milestone (like Beck's memory cards).

    Very impressed. Very happy for you. And thanks very much for telling your conversation with yourself. Those scripts help me enormously!!
    3530 days ago
  • COFFEE666
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    Man sitting in airports is the worst! Great job on getting through it and not self-medicating on the way home.
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  • TRAVELGRRL
    Vandal, MUST I finally confirm to all of sparkland that I am a total idiot? emoticon I've been working so hard to hide it!

    We arrived at the airport at 4:00 pm and our 5:00 flight was actually delayed until 5:30. I got up at 5:15 to talk a walk. (Now this is where it gets really idiotic). I go by my maiden name but my MARRIED name is on my driver's license -- hence, what is on my airline ticket. When they were making the announcement for me to report to the gate immediately, with all the background noise and the mispronounciation of the last name I never use, I just kept on walking! In addition, my watch was 5 minutes slow, so when I got back to the gate at 5:25, they were GONE!

    My coworker was TOTALLY TRAMATIZED at leaving me but she made the right choice. It wasn't her fault! I just didn't feel it was fair for her to have to pay for my BLUNDER.

    After reading the chapter on "giving yourself credit" this morning in Becks, I really am proud of myself for NOT making a bad situation worse. It shows a major shift in my thinking.

    Read Freelady's blog today, "Getting Somewhere", she's expressed SO WELL the ephiphany I had as well.
    3530 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2010 12:13:50 PM
  • ID_VANDAL
    What an outstanding job TG - I'm very very proud of you!!

    That situation was a formula for a total disaster but you came out with a win.

    Your streak remains in tact!! Way to go on the wine and Big Mac attack you did a simply AWESOME JOB!

    Now you have to tell us why you missed the flight?? Come on - give it up!!

    Vandal

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    PS - and I thought I was the greatest husband in the world!!
    3530 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2010 11:36:38 AM
  • THINAGIN2
    "All's well that ends well!" It sounds like you did a pretty good job, considering the temptations. Keep on keeping on! You can do this!
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    3530 days ago
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