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Treating yourself

Monday, January 26, 2015

I have never been a big fan of the concept of a "cheat day" or even a "cheat meal." I have found that varying off my plan will mess with my mind and I will vary a lot more than I need to.

I am following a plan that allows me "weekends off." This concept worries me because I am on my particular plan to get the concept of serving sizes under control. What I thought was a serving size is not what is really a serving size. My food consumption was cut in half and I am meeting my calorie goals. This is with 3 full meals and 2 snacks every day.

Yesterday was the first day I tried "off plan" and was very nervous. I wanted to go to my favorite restaurant and really test my will power. You see, I am by no means an alcoholic, but every time I go to this place, I order my favorite "adult beverage." It is the only place in town that makes anything like it and I have tried unsuccessfully to make it at home.

I ordered the food I was craving. I had done my research and knew I could eat half of the dish. I asked for a "to go" box upfront. I put half my meal in the box as soon as it was on the table. I ate half of the food on my plate and....

Wouldn't you know it, I was full! I put the rest in my to go box. I knew that I could eat it later for snack if I wanted. I was thrilled at my will power.

Later in the afternoon I ate the remaining part I did not eat for lunch and today at lunch I will eat the last half of the meal.

So, I made it through a trip to my restaurant, with no "adult beverage" and eating less than half of my meal! This is a first for me, at this restaurant, but certainly will not be the last! I am thinking I may allow myself one trip here a month.
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