A Compromise for Football Season
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
A couple weeks ago, I realized that I was about to face my first real hurdle since the first two or three weeks of losing weight. I realized that football season was coming up and that meant all sorts of food realted temptations. For me, part of the enjoyment of watching football has been having a big plate of nachos, most of a whole pizza, or some other unhealthy food option while watching the game. Further, I have several food realted superstitions tied to Ohio State football that I just couldn't see fitting into my diet. Part of me was actually dreading football season for the first time in my life because I was certain I was either going to watch overy game with a half empty sort of feeling or completely undo all of the progress I have made this summer. I searched all through two gorcery stores looking for acceptable alternatives that would meet my nutrion ranges and leave me satisfied and found nothing that particularly turned my crank. Finally, I came up with a solution I can live with. i came up with a compromise.
I picked 6 games off of the college and pro season: Ohio State's five biggest games of the year (USC, Penn State, Wisoconsin, Michigan, and the bowl game) and the one Titans game that I will go to with my friend in Ocotber. For those 6 games, I am going to let myself have what I want without guilt or worrying. For every other game this season, including the National Championship Game and the Super Bowl, I will need to meet my ranges on Sparkpeople for the day and will need to find gametime food that fits my diet. Above all else, I think this plan is one I can live with and do permanently on a yearly basis without feeling like I am missing out on something. I had my first shot at this last week with Ohio State's opening game against Navy and several other good opening week college matchhups, and I am pleased to report that I did well. I planned a menu for the Ohio State game that I enjoyed but that also met my diet and when I did snack at all during the other games, it was the same healthy snacks I would eat anyway. Never once did I feel left out or drool at a Taco Bell or Johnsonville Brat commercial (OK, maybe I did that once, but I made it through).
My first free game where I get what I want is this Saturday night. I have not yet decided what I am going to have(except for some watermelon), but whatever it is, I suspect I will enjoy it and the game far more by savoring it as a rare treat than I ever did eating it all the time.