Anatomy of a weekend alone

From time to time I have a weekend where I am alone. My wife still volunteers with the Girl Scouts occasionally, and will sometimes make a visit to her parents’ house out of town to help with a project. My daughter also will have weekends away. When those things come together, I am home alone.

This doesn’t bother me. I have plenty of things to keep me occupied, and usually fill my days with things that interest me, that might not interest them. It is a win for everyone. But, in the past, these weekends would also have been a total eat-fest.

I cannot think of many weekends alone that didn’t involve at least one trip to McDonald’s. Truth be told, I think Mickey-D’s food is pretty yummy. And, it would not be outside the realm of possibility to go there twice on the same day. In retrospect, it isn’t really hard to understand how I came to weigh 345.

March 1, 2014 has changed my perspective. That was day one of my journey toward better health, so I thought I would share with you a brief look at my activities and meals this weekend, and how I have approached things differently. As I am writing this it is Sunday afternoon, but I will be publishing it on Monday, so the meals and activities will end with lunch on Sunday.

Friday Night

For this particular weekend, my wife’s departure was on Saturday morning. Typically we go out somewhere on Friday nights. Sometimes with friends, sometimes just the two of us. This time it was just the two of us, and we decided to have Chinese food. We went to our favorite place, and I had my favorite meal there – Kung Pao Chicken. As I wrote about previously, I immediately portioned the meal in half. At the end I asked for the rest to be boxed. As a result, I didn’t exceed my points.

Saturday

We decided to have breakfast together at a diner as she was leaving. I opted for 3 scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, rye toast. As a result of a mistake in the kitchen, I ended up with only two eggs, and I left a half slice of bread behind.

After she left I ran a number of errands. While I was out picking things up, I stumbled upon some friends and got invited to have a look at their new camper. We chatted a while, then back to the errands. In between I was stopping home to swap laundry loads.

Later I was invited for a bit of a “guys night”. I met up with some friends at a barbecue place that none of us had previously tried. I arrived a bit after them, and they were already eating. This is a place where you walk up to a counter and place your order, and it is filled immediately. I had many choices of meat, and could opt to have 1, 2, or 3 meats on my plate. The meal also included 2 sides. I opted for just one meat – Beef Brisket, and went for some jalapeno beans, and about a cup of Caesar salad.

Later it was off to one of the guys house to watch some hockey and play some poker. I was there a good 6 hours. In that time I limited myself to 4 beers, spaced with some glasses of water. Although there were snacks everywhere, including the hostess making a late night Taco Bell run, I ate nothing.

For the day, I came in about 10 points under my daily allotment.

Sunday

I decided on cereal for breakfast. I measured out 1.5 cups of Raisin Nut Bran, and a half cup of 2% milk. I added a banana for good measure.

Next I continued the laundry, getting the last of the loads for the week in progress. After that, I made a trip to the gym for a 70 minute workout.

I came home and heated the Chinese leftovers from Friday night.

The rest of the afternoon I will continue to work my list of things to do, but I won’t be eating anything that isn’t healthy.

Conclusion

While I was out driving the temptation to stop at any of a number of fast food places was great. For a while I was quite hungry. Instead, I stuck to my plan. On one of my trips home I opted for a zero point, fresh fruit snack.

In the past a weekend alone would have AT LEAST had a trip out for fast food, or a pizza delivery, or gorging on snacks at home. At the very least I’d have partaken in the snacking during poker. But now my attitude about food is different. I don’t need to eat to have fun with friends. I enjoy eating with friends to be sure, but the eating isn’t the central focus.

I still have a long way to go in this journey, and I know there will be days when I say “the hell with it” and eat like I used to. But, those days will be rare exceptions rather than the rule.

I would say this was quite a successful weekend alone. Oh, and I broke even on poker, and knocked off just about all of my to-do list too!

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