Thursday, March 11, 2010
Quite a challenging day I must say. We had a seminar at work, which came with its apparently requisite abundance of pastries, candies, cookies and pre-ordered lunch.
Skipping the morning croissants wasn't very difficult as sweet foods don't appeal to me in the mornings - one of very few natural respites I have from an otherwise vividly ED-colored life. However, at the first coffee-break, I had a piece of semi-sweet cake, joined by another piece a few minutes later. In the afternoon, the two pieces of chocolate candy turned into six, rounded off by a chocolate chip cookie.
I had ordered the tomato mozzarella sandwich which I assumed to be fresh tomato. Not so. It turned out to be more of an eggplant & bean sprout sandwich with a tiny piece of mozzarella and a generous portion of oil-drenched sun-dried tomatoes. Who has heard about such a "mozzarella and tomato" sandwich? Not the delicious fresh option I'd had in mind, but what to do?
So, I had very little control over lunch, but I did have control over my snacking so that's what I don't feel all that great about. The thing is that there were fruit baskets too. And I brought a pear to my place in the morning -- and that pear stayed patiently in front of me the whole day and was eventually carried back to my desk for later consumption.
Oh well. What I DID DO, was to choose NOT to have even more chocolates. No croissant in the afternoon. I skipped the additional cookies that were left over by the end of it all. So I want to pat myself on the back for the GOOD CHOICES that I DID make because the day could have looked very different from 2 pieces of cake, 6 pieces of chocolate and 1 cookie. It could have looked VERY VERY different indeed without the choices that I made in the end.
I am also happy to say that knowing I "had" to log all my intake here on the website when I got home, I chose to pass on the extra serving for dinner, and I chose to pass on the previously obligatory creamy cookies when picking up some groceries on my way home. It wasn't all that self-evident in the moment, but I feel great now. Peace. Strengthened from having made good choices at the end of the day, despite of its beginning.