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Bad Planning Isn't an Excuse

Monday, April 13, 2015

I've known about this short business trip for several weeks. I had meal planning/ healthy snacks on my to do list all weekend. As it stood, I left my house seconds after finishing my packing and knew I wouldn't get to my room until 11pm. I did manage to pack in enough water, but that was about it. At check-in, they gave me a nice fresh cookie. I should have just said no thank you, but instead I walked away thinking "I'm doomed. Darn, I did so good today. Well, that's what you get for not having your plan firmly in place!" I walked past the elevator and smelled the warm cookie lurking in my purse all the way down the hall. I unpacked and felt sorry for myself after looking at tomorrow morning's schedule and then the clock. I went to get my phone and then saw the cookie. Great, that's just perfect. I thought of throwing it in the trash, but knew that was no use as I could easily retrieve it. I flipped it over and saw the 310 calories. That's ridiculous. That's a meal!! I saw the 8 grams of saturated fat and marched to the bathroom and started crumbling it into the toilet and flushed. Their was gooey dough and warm melted chocolate chips on my fingers and I held the remaining 2/3 thinking I should just have one little bite. I crumbled another 1/3 and flushed and kept thinking about the one bite. I knew I couldn't have just one bite and more than the 100 or so empty calories that would quickly follow, I dreaded the downward spiral that may follow by starting off the trip on such a bad foot. I made it through without even licking my fingers. I grabbed some water, paid for internet access and came to say thank you SparkPeople. Thank you for teaching me how to calculate that eating that extra cookie every day for one year would turn into 32.3 extra pounds. More importantly, thank you for helping me learn that just because I failed at my initial plan for packing healthy snacks, it doesn't mean I am doomed to just give up on better choices in the future. I'm giving myself a 5 tomorrow on my SparkCoach check-ins for both healthy food choices and motivation and I deserve it!
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