At my company, thanks to a contract negotiated by the union, we get Federal Election days as a company Holiday. I am not a member of the union, but the offices are also closed. So, biannually I get the second Tuesday of November off. Whenever this comes up on the calendar, I automatically book the day before as a vacation day. It gives me a nice, long weekend in early November to work on some pre-holiday projects around the house. My wife’s company doesn’t get election day off, and she gets fewer vacation days in general than I do, so I spend these two days home alone. Yesterday was particularly difficult for me in terms of my journey.
In past years I would have risen with my wife, seen her off to work, and then headed out for a super tasty, fast food breakfast. It was a special day, so I’d probably have opted for something like the steak, egg and cheese on a bagel at McDonald’s. Then I would have come home and worked on my projects for the morning. At lunch time I would probably have headed out to Wendy’s for a more “healthy” alternative. Probably something like a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger, and whatever they call their grilled chicken wrap. Later, when my wife got home, I’d have a full dinner.
I don’t even want to calculate what the Weight Watchers Points Plus would be for that kind of an extravaganza, but I think I am safe when I say that it would likely approach double what my allowed points are today. Did I mention that in between all those meals I’d have probably had some tasty, salty snacks?
Since March 1, I have been re-teaching myself about eating. I am actively working to break my old eating habits. I now try to only consume foods that have points at meal times, and have zero point snacks between meals. I do allow myself a few points in the evening for some Skinny Pop popcorn, but generally speaking, if it isn’t meal time I try not to consume points.
Yesterday was hard. All day long I kept thinking about making a trip out for food. I had to run an errand that took me past one of my favorite diners, and thought about stopping for lunch. After all, a salad or a gyro at a diner is better than Wendy’s, right?
I am happy to say that I didn’t succumb to the temptation. I had my own breakfast at home (2 scrambled eggs with some mushroom and two thin slices of ham, accompanied by a single piece of toast), and I avoided the diner. For lunch I had a half of a ham sandwich with some cheese. But all day long I wanted more. The fruit that I normally have as a snack weren’t satisfying me. It was a struggle.
Ultimately I won out in the struggle. I stayed on points for the day, and went to bed feeling good about my choices.
I guess the point of this post is that as far as I have come, it is still not automatic for me. My old patterns, my old habits are still there, lurking just below the surface. I made good choices yesterday, and I plan to make good ones today, but the temptation is always still present.
How are you doing with re-teaching yourself about eating? What mechanisms do you have in place to help keep yourself on track?