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Food choices and falling off the wagon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Too late to edit the previous entry so I'll make a new one. :)

Today I am traveling. I left the house at 4:45am for the airport and then the flight was delayed, causing me to miss my connecting flight. So I'm spending the night in Denver at a very nice hotel courtesy of United Airlines.

So what did I eat all day, you ask?

I started off well. I had brought some granola bars and fruit, so I started off with a nonfat latte in the airport and a banana. After sitting on the runway for an hour I ate a granola bar and an apple. When the stewardess came with drinks I had water and added Emergen-C vitamin powder. So far, so good.

Arrived in Denver two hours late and got in line behind about 50 other people to try to arrange another flight at customer service. Drank a bottle of water (2 cups). Still ok.

Getting the new flight and hotel arrangements handled took another hour or hour and a half. By that time I was over hungry, my last snack having been hours ago. So I saw "burrito" on a restaurant menu and I fell off the wagon. What is it about burritos that they tempt me so? Oh yeah, they are huge and full of carbs and fat... dangnabit.

If not for that burrito, it would have been a perfect day. The DoubleTree Hotel's complimentary warm chocolate chip cookie (310 cal) was worth splurging on, and would even have fit within my "allowance". The mediocre burrito I had in the airport for lunch (over 700 cal according to the nutrition tracker even without dairy) was NOT worth it.

I had an excellent dinner and made good choices, even knowing I had already used up all my calories for the day. (glass of port, mediterranean hummus and eggplant, green salad w/o dressing, pita bread).

It would have been SO easy to stay off the wagon and order the "Loaded Smashed Potato Fries" for dinner (potatoes, melted cheddar, bacon, horseradish sour cream). I wanted it so bad I could taste it, and it was tempting to just write off the whole day as a failure. But having just finally lost the two pounds I had re-gained last week, I knew that choice would be sabotage of the worst kind (i.e., self-sabotage).

So while I didn't win the war today, I did win some of the battles. Phew.
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    I think that it is great that even though you went a little overboard ( we all do at stressful times) that you continued to make good choices. emoticon
    1990 days ago
    Its especially hard when your traveling. You made some good choices and some not so good, but all in all, I think you did OK. Have FUN on your trip, I'm so happy for you getting to go!! I wish I could go somewhere =)
    2007 days ago
    I think you did great too! Being overhungry is a recipe for nutrition disasters but you did what you could to avoid it with everything in your power. And when you were back in power after the burrito, you made good choices again! I say, "way to go!!!"
    2008 days ago
    I think you did better than I would of
    2008 days ago
    Well, I wouldn't call one extra burrito falling off the wagon. I'd call that a little bump in the road. Especially since you stayed on track the entire rest of the day. Had you started with the burrito, continued with the Smashed Potato Fries and ended with some reeses pieces, some brownies, a pack of chocolate cookies, a huge glazed jelly filled donut and a big bowl of leftover Christmas cookie frosting (like I did) THEN you could call it falling off the wagon. I'm not sure burritos are even considered bad.. I have them for lunch sometimes: 1/2 c fat free refried beans = 90 cal + 1 flour tortilla = 120. That only puts you at 210 for a meal. Most of my non-burrito meals are more calories than that. Just sayin. You're doing great! I, on the other hand, am eating like there's no tomorrow. Just in case the Mayans are right!
    2008 days ago
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