The temptations of Thursday are as follows:
When I got to work Thursday morning after a brisk 1.9 mile walk I made myself a cup of coffee and noticed that a coworker brought in half a lemon meringue pie. One of my favorites. I did not even have a nibble! I thought about it but I was still full from my big Mexican scramble so it was easy to resist.
Around 11:30 when I normally would have my apple for a snack I skipped the apple and ate 1 mini Butterfinger’s Egg (42 calories). Not the best decision but at least it was just one. (When I was 250 I used to love Easter time because I’d buy bags and bags of those Butterfinger Eggs at Target and just mow through the bag in one sitting.)
I ate my lunch and went for a short walk in the sunshine. Surprisingly Spring arrived in the blink of an eye. The sun was bright, the air was crisp and the flowers were blooming.
I got back from lunch and settled into work again only to feel a small pang of hunger at the exact same time as another coworker brought out chocolate chip oatmeal cookies that everyone was raving about. They were at the front counter and I walked by them about a dozen times. I was so tempted. I almost had one. Or half of one. Just a taste! Just one taste I told myself. Each time I walked by the cookies I almost got one. But I didn’t. I resisted.
Around 3:30, when I usually get the munchies, another coworker made microwave popcorn. Like the good kind too. I could smell the fake butter oozing off of it and all I wanted to do was hunt down whatever cruel coworker did it and eat their popcorn. I restrained myself. I got a piece of gum instead.
Thursday I had a reminder of “The Old Days.” The Old Days being when I was stricter with my calories and trying to lose weight. I was reminded that the little cravings can be beaten; reminded that the hunger pains are NOT the end of the world. I was reminded that I can wait until dinner to eat.
When I got home from work Michael was settled in watching hours of The Masters and I settled in to watch the first season of Cougar Town (what a goofy but fun show–it reminds me of Arrested Development). The time passed and my stomach started to growl. Normally I would have gotten up and gone into the kitchen to graze a little bit before dinner but I resisted. I got a glass of ice water and waited for Michael’s friend Jeremy to get home with pizza.
The capicola was salty and just what I was craving apparently. They were about 280 calories a slice (I’d round up and call the big piece 300 and the two small pieces 250). I wasn’t feeling too bad about it because I had over 900 calories left for dinner. I had wanted to have a glass of wine with dinner but I chose not to drink my calories and have water instead. Another good decision.
I even had a few extra calories for some dessert. Total for the day: I went over my Rest Day allotment of calories by about 50. BUT I was still under 1800 for the day, so I’m really happy with my restraint. If I can maintain this for the next week I think I can break myself of the nibbling habit.
QUESTION: What landmines did you dodge this week? How did you do it?