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Day 67-Taking My Spark Out to Lunch

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today is day 67 of my Spark Streak of staying on my healthy lifestyle and logging into Spark. And today was a new challenge that I haven't had to face in the past 67 days. My whole family met for lunch at an Indian food brunch to celebrate my daughter's birthday.

Before I entered the restaurant I already had an idea of what I was going to order. I thought I would just have a good curry soup and some naan bread. But everyone got caught up in the food on the buffet and so I took a look and decided that I could eat it and still stay well within my calorie count. (Of course, I have no real idea how many calories were in the dishes, but I was just doing an estimate by past experience)

So how did I approach the food. First I put one spoonful of basmati rice on 1/4 of my plate. Then I took 2 small pieces of Tandoori chicken on 1/4 of my plate. Then I spooned on a potato/ bean curry dish on the other half, along with a lentil type sauce dish, and some fresh fruit.

During the meal I helped feed my Granddaughter. She loved the lentils and so she ate most of that part of my plate. I had a 1/4 piece of naan with my meal, and a taste of a desert that looked like it was made from sweet potato and a bite of a mango mousse. And for drink some chai that was unsweetened, so I was able to keep the sweetening to a minimum. All in all I think I really succeeded in enjoying my meal and yet not overeating. This is a huge win for me because in the past I would never have approached a meal like this and stay positive. First, I would have been very anxious that I was going to overeat. Second, I would feel that if I don't eat, the cost of the meal would have seemed exorbitant. Third, afterwards I would have felt like I had thrown my whole plan out the window and so I might as well just give up.

Tonight I feel like a winner. I went out to Lunch and took my Spark with me. I didn't over eat, over drink, over analyze, or give up anything except feeling that I was limiting myself. I honestly felt like I was in control and not the food or the social situation.

And this afternoon I came home and ran my day 2 week 8 of C25K - took a 1/2 hour walk with my dogs, and now have time to do some Sparking. emoticon
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  • MEREDITHB51
    emoticon I aspire to be able to cope with a social eating situation like that.
    2992 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12568371
    emoticon emoticon emoticon methinks this is a real & profound change & it worked for you! Sparktacular! simply & truly Sparktacular :)


    2992 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
    You did much, much better than me at the Indian buffet. emoticon
    2993 days ago
  • SHARON10002
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    YOU DID GREAT! Watched your eating, and did lots of exercise!
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    2993 days ago
  • HANNAHEP
    Congratulations! What a terrific accomplishment! And it sounds like you weren't controlled by your food choices--you were still able to have a nice meal with your family. Sounds like a really good start to a really great week!
    2993 days ago
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