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Trying to not be obsessive about nutrition

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Yesterday I chaperoned my daughter's sixth grade field trip to Cedar Point. Part of the fee we paid included lunch at the amusement park. Normally when I'm "dieting" I can get very obsessive about my nutrition. The times when it is out of my control drive me insane. I have fears of consuming thousands of calories and gaining weight.

This time, I made a conscious decision to accept that the day was not completely in my control. I would do the best I could and return to normal the following day. I was not going to let it stress me out.

When I entered the buffet I saw that it included salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and cookies. I took a large portion of salad (sadly just iceberg lettuce and tomato) with a drizzle of ranch. I took a hamburger patty, skipped the bun and cheese, and topped it with lettuce, tomato, mustard and pickles. I had a slice of watermelon and one single cookie (talk about willpower!). For breakfast that day I had a banana and a yogurt. I brought a protein bar in case I was hungry later in the evening (I was). Maybe not the most nutritious day, but good enough for what I had to work with.

When I returned home and entered everything in the nutrition tracker, I found that I was well-within my calorie range. Plus, I did a ton of walking at the park. All-in-all, I was very pleased that I did not freak out and that I made the buffet work for me.

This all goes with the "lifestyle change, not a diet" approach. I need to be able to handle real life while maintaining health. This is something I will keep working on.
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