Look on the Bright Side
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Some days are more difficult than others to maintain a positive attitude. I am generally a very happy person, but there are days when stress, pain, fatigue, and yes laziness threaten to derail my plans for a healthier lifestyle.
I have been practicing portion control and some days I feel deprived. I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, and I don't like feeling deprived...especially when it comes to food.
However, those same feelings of deprivation have turned me into someone who manages her money pretty well. I can easily put off spending money in the short term, so that I can enjoy financial security or save for a big ticket item down the road.
I'm trying to apply that same mindset to my eating. I may have to give up that extra serving, but if I do that consistently, the long term payoff will be better health.
As I left work today, I was very hungry. My husband and I have a small balance on an Outback gift card. We had talked about stopping by there for appetizers and a drink. I was in such a mood today that I thought "What the heck- get the Blooming Onion." Fortunately, my wiser self prevailed because I had planned out my dinner and it was already cooked and ready to serve when I got home.
As I was driving home, I did talk myself out of the Blooming Onion (and Outback altogether), but had to look up the calorie count...are you ready...depending upon who you ask, a Blooming Onion with dipping sauce is 2,000-3,000 calories! WOW!
On days I feel "food deprived" I just recount all that I had to eat that day, and give thanks for my many blessings...and drink lots of water.