Day 2.5: Sweet Potato Pie Means Resetting the Count (but it was great!)
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
I did not have a chance to blog yesterday. On my chosen food plan, eating anything that's processed means resetting the 21 day count. I knew there was one day this week where there'd be a lunch that could be off plan, but I thought it was going to be a welcome lunch out for a new coworker and hoped it would be at a restaurant nearby where I know I can stay on plan. BUT, there was a Community Social Responsibility (CSR) lunch and learn with food provided yesterday. The topic was about pollinators. I anticipated lunch would be pizza which, while I love it, would be easy to skip right now. It was deli sandwiches and crudités. I took half a sandwich and added the broccoli, zucchini spears, cucumber slices and grabbed a mustard packet. I left the bread and the cheese and ate everything else. The sandwich meat was the packaged, processed variety, so that was the one thing I ate off plan at this educational, fun and exhilarating lunch.
When I got back to my desk, a coworker had left me a sliver of sweet potato pie that smelled really good. We had shared a hug and supportive words in the morning and this was a wonderful surprise. I've not had this pie since my college days in Arkansas decades ago and I was curious to see what the NC version is like. The inner dialog started: I could just leave it. But it smells great! I am starving! (drank more water). I've already eaten off plan and have to reset, so I could have this slice. But I don't want to log this into my SP food tracker...
I eventually had a bite of the pie and a piece of the edge crust. It was good! I shared the rest of the slice with my partner who's never had this pie and he loved it. It was not overly sweet and had a bit more of a delicate flavor than pumpkin, which I do love, and this was very nice.
This morning, back on plan. I did get in over 7K steps and exceeded my water goal yesterday. I aim to do the same today. Breakfast: a turkey sausage link, a medium hard boiled egg, a mustard packet and some spinach leaves and a banana. I am still getting used to plain black coffee. I used to put in nonfat milk and sweetener, but can't do that post-gall-bladder-removal surgery. I miss the taste, but I don't miss the gut issues!
In other news: no word from my friend and coworker Linda about the family emergency, but I continue to pray and hope. Great news about my cousin's grandson. They did emergency surgery and he is on the road to recovery! Prayers answered.