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Learned a Lesson

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I felt really good when I wrote yesterday's blog about my "attitude adjustment." But I made some crucial errors and I feel the need to 'fess up.

Yesterday I was asked to join my coworkers for lunch and I agreed, knowing it would be the last time we will all be able to have lunch together for awhile. We went to a new burger restaurant in town. (SURELY they will have something healthy, I thought to myself. After all, this is 2011 and the obesity epidemic is on the news every night, right?)

WRONG. NOTHING BUT FRIED CHICKEN, BURGERS AND FRENCH FRIES. The ONLY -- and I mean ONLY -- lo-cal offering was a pitfully small side salad -- limp iceberg lettuce with some microscopic diced tomatoes and a bit of shredded cheese. I rounded out The Disappointment with FF dressing and a glass of water.

Then back to work for an afternoon full of meetings. No opportunity to eat.

Got home, ate the salad I had taken for lunch (which looked a h3ll of a lot better than the one I paid for). Had my attitude adjustment and did some Sparking. Then made and ate my planned dinner.

Recorded my food after dinner; not even 1000 calories.

Then I watched TV, and like an idiot watched the FOOD NETWORK!!! Started to snack, and 1000 calories later, I was stuffed and finally done!

After checking my GoWearFit I found out I broke even on calories -- I ate 2000 but I burned 2000 so it wasn't horrible, but it was definitely NOT a proud moment!

So what's the takeaway? What's the lesson? What COULD I have done differently?

* I could have said no to a restaurant I wasn't sure about.
* I could have eaten a granola bar in the afternoon (if I had thought to put one in my pocket.)
* I could have gone back to my office and eaten my packed salad after the last meeting, instead of waiting until I got home.
* I could have watched something other than the Food Network!! emoticon
* I could have eaten fruit or popcorn rather than what I did eat.
* I could have gone to bed instead of starting to snack in the first place.

So, lots of alternatives IF I had just slowed down to THINK.

I will tell you what I DID do right:

* I'm coming clean right away.
* I posted it on my Resolution/Revolution Team's "Slip Up" Discussion posting where I analyzed the slip.
* I consider it a "slip" rather than a crisis of epic proportions.
* I recorded (to the best of my ability) the calories consumed during the slip, which is DEFINITELY a new behavior for me. (like it didn't happen if I don't record it.)
* I learned that it's true; if I don't eat enough during the day I overeat at night.

So Moving Forward: I can state that I had a great day today; I've met all my goals and eaten a tangerine and an apple for my snack!!

Tomorrow will be another great day!!

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    I love how you don't consider this a crisis and I also love how you mentioned about tracking your food, i find my self sometimes not tracking because if I don't see it written down then I didn't eat it.
    3611 days ago
  • CHAS1949
    You are so good!! I am so proud of you for "fessing up'! It is such a good thing to analyze, honestly, how you slipped up and how to avoid it from happening again. You did a good job!

    I do similar things when I goof. I immediately forgive myself..that's important...guilt does nothing for me. Then I map out the day and the circumstances that lead me to the goof. I add a bit of exercise the evening of the "incident" and then the next day start with a clean slate.

    3612 days ago
    You did a good job of damage control; all was not lost and you didn't throw in the towel.

    Check out the calories for a burger; if it was a good restaurant then they probably served good grade burger. If there is a next time you'll probably be better off eating the burger and taking the hit for those calories.

    I don't miss those group lunches at all.
    3612 days ago
    The "bad" day never happened because you followed it up with a "good" day.
    3612 days ago
    The takeaways are the important things. And the attitude that it's a slip-up, not a crisis. Good for you!
    3612 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You Rock!!!!!
    I just hate restaurants with lame offerings.

    3612 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3357505
    You realize where things went wrong, you learnded from them, so you actually have gained positive insight with a negative situation! You did awesome! Thanks for your fess up!
    3612 days ago
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  • _CYNDY55_
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    3612 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2011 1:55:54 AM
  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Well you certainly leave me nothing to criticize - you've analyzed it pretty well.

    Tell me how come in this day and age that ANY restaurant can't serve something that a health conscious person would want to eat? I guess it all goes to the profit motive - I bet 95% of the people who go into those places with good intentions (that is if they had good food) give in the smells and visuals of a greasy burger and fires so the good food probably gets tossed.

    Oh well - a break even day is better than another alternative I can think of! You are still doing great this year and I know you will hit your target!


    3613 days ago
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