Back from yet another 3 day trip out of town. Did about the same eating-wise. Way too much, not perfect choices for dinner and too much evening snackage, but bfast and lunch were okay–brought my own stuff. So even though I enjoyed the food I ate, and I try not to regret my choices, I end up a little frustrated that I ‘am not in control.’ I look at a menu, and I just don’t want the salad…Anyways, on the way home I called my brother, the only ‘naturally thin’ person in my family, and asked him how he controlled this ‘out of town’ eating. And he said he didn’t, you just have to make up for it when you go home. Which is basically what I do, and that seems to work okay when you are trying to maintain, but if you all remember, I stated that I want to lose the last 30 pounds…Anyways, it was comforting to me that someone who doesn’t have much trouble with their weight said that they overate when they ate out.
Here’s something I learned that made my overeating a little bit worthwhile…sorta. First, I have to confess to you all that part of my overeating was a really really great brownie from a bakery. I guess I should be proud I only got the brownie–I really wanted the brownie and 3 other cookies. Anyways, I ate the brownie in the car on the way home. I was going to save it for when I got home, but I find its better if I get right back to food as normal as soon as I hit the front door. So, I ate this brownie, and as an expert at eating AND baking brownies, I can tell you that this brownie was made of the ‘best’ ingredients–lots of butter and dark chocolate, some eggs and a little flour to hold it all together. Probably about 10-12 points, 450-500 calories. It was really excellent, but by the time I got to the end of it I was really too full. But of course, I couldn’t throw away the last few bites. Okay, here’s the part where I learned something. A while later (my drive home is 3 hours) I remembered I had a W.W. Chocolate Mint Crisp Bar (2 points) in my purse. And I decided to eat it to see if it still tasted as good as they usually taste to me, or if it tasted like crap compared to the ‘good’ brownie. And it really did taste delicious, and I really did like it better than the brownie, especially that I didn’t get that sick overstuffed feeling in the pit of my stomach. I also think that part of my enjoyment or non-enjoyment of food is related to knowing how many calories/points they have or don’t have. I don’t completely understand that, and haven’t seen much written about it. But for me this was a worthy experiment. I hope the lesson I learned from it will stay with me for a while.
One other thing that was good on this trip was the new ‘habit’ I have of waking up in the hotel, and immediately getting dressed and going to the fitness room to work out BEFORE I get my coffee and have my quiet time and breakfast. I really like this habit, and would like to incorporate it into my home life. Unfortunately, part of the motivating factor in getting me out of the room is my search for coffee, which of course is unnecessary when I am at home….
Addendum…good grief, people. I feel gipped. For the first time in my entire adult life, I forgot it was daylight savings time turn back the clock night. So got up at my regular time, and after I had been reading blogs for quite a while looked at the computer time and thought…whaaaat??? and that’s when I realized how tired I was and that I could have slept for another hour. And now nothing can be done about it. I will just be gipped until next year.