#158: I Need Willpower
Friday, December 04, 2009
Do you have a willpower problem like I have?
At a restaurant I'm okay with my choices, but at home? Well, that's when temptation looms strongest. Maybe because dining out means I only order one meal whereas at home I see or know of food surrounding me to some extent.
Today a friend invited me to lunch at a small, cozy neighborhood luncheonette. The kind where the plates are piled high but the checks are small. You likely have one near you. The special was pot roast, mashed potatoes and heated cinnamon apples. Next to us a couple eating the special made a point as we sat down of telling us how delicious it was. I admit, it looked delicious and was tempting.
But as I looked at the amount of food on their plates and tried to tally up the potential calories I decided it wasn't worth the overindulgence. Plus, I really craved biscuits and gravy so that's what I ordered, with the following results according to SP food tracker:
278 Calories, 48 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
Not bad for one meal. It hit the spot and filled me up. Good self-control I thought as I left feeling self-satisfied.
It was when I got home that trouble stalked me. Although I had just eaten, I again felt hungry. More from boredom or stress than hunger I'm sure.
So here it is nearly 9:00 at night and I've been grazing since I got home.
Right now I feel disgusted that I've had so little willpower at home after a good start on the day after breakfast and lunch. So much of my eating is at night for some reason that many times it takes me over my daily calorie limit after being good most of the day.
If I can get the grazing and night time eating under control I believe I would be more successful with my weight loss than I have been.
Do you have this problem? How do you handle it? Can you offer any advice?