Friday, August 14, 2009

A Good (Re)Start

Yesterday went fabulously on the eating healthy/not giving in to emotional eating front. I woke up early to make a veggie sandwich (with homemade hummus my husband made the night before) so that I would have a healthy and yummy lunch. I arrived at work to find not only a BBQ with all the fixins but also a make your own sundae bar, complete with gummi bears and other candy. Oh how I love gummi bears, especially in ice cream. It was calling to me. Crap.

My coworkers decide to eat in the BBQ/ice cream room and being fairly new to the company, I joined them. They offered me burgers, they offered me potato salad, but I resisted. Having made the sandwich myself and putting the time and effort into it really helped me say no. Would I like a bag of chips with my sandwich or a soda, they asked. No, no, no.

I ate my sandwich while they ate their plates of burgers, slaw, beans, and potato salad. I really enjoyed my sandwich and I definitely was conscious that this was a lesson in resisting temptation.

There was one thing I couldn't resist though and that was the sliced watermelon at the very end of the table. I enjoyed two small pieces with my sandwich, and then two more once everyone started eating their sundaes. It was SO good, and I left lunch feeling really proud of myself. More than that, I felt better throughout the day and I know that if I had filled myself with burgers and greasy potato salad I would have been dragging.

I woke up this morning feeling energized and made myself a blueberry smoothie (blueberries, vanilla non fat yogurt and a splash of non fat milk, best combo ever). I'm starting the day off on the right foot, but I'm trying to decide what to make for lunch as I'll be having a birthday dinner out and while I will make the best decisions possible there I know that it will end up being a higher calorie day so I'd rather have a lighter lunch.

Lesson I have been learning throughout this process: I love, love, love the foods that are good for me. Fruits, veggies, lean protein, low fat milk products, etc. I don't know why it's a struggle. I don't know why I even get tempted by the stuff that will make me feel like crap afterwards, but I do. After feeling so great yesterday with my food choices I know that will help me tonight in deciding what to have at dinner. I don't want to come home or wake up tomorrow with a tummy ache, and I won't because I am in control of what I eat.