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Getting smarter about my food choices

Monday, May 07, 2012

I took my Advanced Art class on a field trip on Friday. We went to the small hotel owned by friends of mine - earlier in the year, all my students helped paint murals for this hotel, and the owners hosted a lunch for one class. Since my Advanced class did most of the work, they were the natural choice.

My friend ordered nachos for starters, since she knows the kitchen is slow. I didn't eat any nachos. I ordered a plain chicken burger, with lettuce and tomato, and a side of grilled vegs. The kids ordered pizza, or the dorito chicken burger, or a quesadilla - most with a side of fries. And my teacher friend (who helped us by driving half the class) had the big burger, smothered in bacon and cheese, with a side of fries. And yes, the teacher is thinner than I am, because she's been surviving on one of those diet-bar-and-smoothie-diets for months - so she blew it out on a big loaded burger and fries.

I just was feeling very virtuous about my lunch choice - virtuous and smart. Happy with the taste, satisfied with the nutrition, and lower in cals than just about anything on the menu (short of a salad with no dressing).

My hotel-owner-friend insisted the kids get dessert to go - so they all ended up with small boxes of cheesecake. I also declined the cheesecake, despite the fact that one of the options was tiramisu cheesecake, and I told the kids that tiramisu was one of the best Italian desserts ever, so of course they all were asking for tiramisu (since there were only two slices of regular cheesecake left in the kitchen). Aaaah, the psychological manipulation of a teacher of 25 years, LOL!

So I'm just patting myself on the back for making a smarter choice!
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    VERY smart choices . . . and also excellent "teaching"!

    Thanks for your comments on my outfit today: yours sounds very cute also! I was just putting together stuff I hadn't combined before . . . and I really liked it, felt good all day, will wear that again. I would love to be clever about photos but I'm not. And: would love a "Vaintainers" team that posted pictures/descriptions of outfits daily, like "fashionistas" but just candidly acknowledging that for most of us a big part of the motivation for weight loss/maintaining is getting to wear pretty clothes!! Superficial sure . . . that's me!!
    2229 days ago
    You are definitely the master of your nutrition-that is real success!!
    2232 days ago
    emoticon You have to feel good when it starts to feel like 2nd-nature. emoticon
    2232 days ago
    Yah Phebe!
    2233 days ago
    Good for you for being able to make great choices while everyone around you was indulging!! Love that you were happy and satisfied with what you had, rather than feeling bad or deprived. Win!!
    2233 days ago
    It's amazing how good choices start to FEEL better than poor ones. Over time, I've found myself saying "I don't *want* the other thing, I want this [healthier] choice, it just tastes better and makes me feel better." Not always, mind you, but more often than it used to! emoticon
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    2233 days ago
    Love those little victories!
    2233 days ago
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