Today was a bittersweet day. I celebrated the birthday of the woman I work for, who was recently widowed. She wanted to go to the cemetery to bring flowers to her husband's grave. We spent a peaceful morning there, and then went to an early lunch. The solemness of the occasion slowed me down and eating became an afterthought of the day. I learned something interesting about my eating. When I am anxious or rushed, I want to stuff my food down. When I am peaceful and relaxed it becomes much less about the food. (Although it was still really good.)
Friday, September 19, 2014
Last night I went out to dinner with good friends. I try to stay away from Mexican restaurants and Italian restaurants when dining out, because I find that I have less control surrounded by some of my favorite fattening foods. Our friends picked the restaurant which turned out to be Italian. I made sure that I looked at the menu first online so that I would have an idea of what I could order and not be tempted at last minute. Surrounded by many delicious sounding pasta and pizza entrees, I found a steak salad on the menu. Before I even left home, I decided that's what I would choose. The salad was still probably more than I should have eaten for a weeknight, and it did have shredded cheese and lots of steak on it, but I still did better than everyone else at the table who opted for big plates of pasta. I left the table feeling more than satisfied and very happy with my choice.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I know I'm in bad shape when a random man at the gym comes up to me and tells me that I'm doing a good job. He then goes on to tell me that "weight loss is 90% what you are eating, not exercise at all." Gee, thank you kind stranger. I'm so glad I got my fat butt out of bed this morning to go to the gym at 6 am!
However, he is right. Exercise is obviously good for me, but several small low calorie meals throughout the day will help me continue to lose. I have not made food preparation a priority or a habit yet. Today I will make it a priority with the help of my new meal boxes. If I can make today a success, perhaps I can make a habit of it in the future.