Confessions of a Diet Cheater, My Week in Review:
This week has been rough to say the least. I was off to Minneapolis for work monday through wednesday. I love attending press trips but the abundance of food can be incredibly tempting. But I found it was actually easy when I kept in mind my prescription from Dr. V this week.
I used the abundance of food to my advantage. I made it a point to ration out the space on my plate with at least half the space being taken up by veggies. Even though I may have drooled over the site of potato salad with bacon, I realized that the meager amount I would have been able to eat simply wasn’t worth feeling hungry later. Instead, I allowed my body to fill on delicious veggies, going back for seconds because I could! I even came back home a whole pound lighter. It’s nice to be rewarded by swapping out more for less.
But then it was Wednesday.
When I arrived home Wednesday, I immediately went to a study session for my test thursday. I spent all night and all the next day studying before taking my exam Thursday evening. Normally in these high stress situations I fuel my body with sugar loaded foods and drinks of the worst kind. Soda and candy both provide sugar to sustain me, plus they’re conveniently placed in vending machines outside study hall (clearly someone other than myself is out to get me).
I tried to avoid temptation as much as possible this week by making it a point to keep a bottle of water on me at all times and eating actual meals during study breaks. But I am a diet cheater after all. I did end up having a soda right before my test, but I went for the 16oz instead of the 21 so that has to count for something right? But later I realized I had wasted 100 calories on that soda. Instead, I could have had an entire bowl of vegetables or the Veggie Chips I fell in love with a few months ago. It still amazes me at how much more you can get with vegetables – who wouldn’t want to get more for less? Check out this info infographic to see just how much more you can get with Green Giant.
It makes me stop and think, a little niggle in the back of my mind the next time I reach for something undesirable. It’s a start right?