I was doing awesomely well on exercising and eating, and then Tuesday night trivia happened.
Beer. Reuben. Beer.
I went in there having looked at the menu, having decided to order a salad and have just one beer…and then I got caught up yet again. Why make a bad decision “in the moment” if I planned for a good decision? It’s so easy to say “screw the salad, I want a giant nasty sandwich that I NEVER have,” but was it really worth it? It was really good, but it was over quickly (the water retention, however, stayed around a day and a half). Was the splurge worth the setback? No! I need to tattoo this on the back of my hand. In the moment, I think “my friend is eating X, Y, Z, I should be able to, also,” or “I NEVER have reubens! It’s ok to have one now!” Yeah, I might never have reubens, but if I say “I never have this, this, or this” with numerous things, I’m still eating a lot of different crappy things fairly often. Logic FAIL. Instead of a tattoo, I’ll try this:
- Go in with a plan. Don’t even LOOK at the menu, because the temptation will sway me from my plan.
- Order water or Diet Coke first, spend a lot of time picking which beer I want, and savor the one.
- When I’m done with my beer, switch to 100% water or Diet Coke and DON’T LOOK BACK.
I was faced with challenges yesterday, too, and I did better but I’m still not calling it 100% successful. Mom had the day off, so instead of working on things that I needed to do, I spent the day gallivanting with her. Responsibilities put off for another day. [shakes head]
We did go to the gym where I did try to run, but I think the residual effects of my beer/reuben bender were still messing with me. I made it 12 minutes, felt too heavy and blah to continue, and left the gym dejected and pissed off. For lunch, we went somewhere I hadn’t been in years – the Flight Deck.
The decor and menu are aviation-themed. So cute!
I had the Avenger - “hot buttered pita bread topped with strips of grilled marinated chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Greek cucumber yogurt sauce” – sans tomatoes (because they’re a thing of the devil) and butter (because it was unnecessary!). With green beans on the side. Yay good choice!
Their dessert case is insaaaayne, and I wanted something from it so badly but decided against it. Yay another good choice! Instead, I got one of these little chocolate squares when I picked up a couple of things from World Market.
I will mention that later that evening, we saw Despicable Me in 3D – such a good movie!! But I won’t mention we shared popcorn and Reese’s Pieces. I sound like a broken record, but I never get snacks at the movie. So why did I this time? Who knows…
Do you have any tricks for sticking to your guns in a high-temptation situation? How do you balance feeling good about your choices and possibly feeling deprived when others are indulging?