Friday, October 1, 2010
Initially I loved it, I felt so good about my diet and my life. My mental state pertaining to my diet was in a great state. My meals consisted of veggies, meat, and fruit for the most part. My sweets intake was at an all time low, though I made up for that with peanut butter straight from the jar!
I was on my way; the first week was cake (but not really because I couldn't have cake)!
• Parties - Food tables at parties are sooo tempting with processed deliciousness!
• Restaurants - Almost every dish at a restaurant is covered in some sort of sauce or packed with all sorts of goodies that are processed and re-processed, making the ingredient amounts reaching triple digits no doubt.
• Vacation - Try taking a vacation and sticking to a diet where every meal you have is at a restaurant and your options are limited.
• Cravings - Come on, let's be real...do you think I just don't want a peanut butter cup or some ice cream? I want nothing more than to snack on some pretzels or have some delicious comfort food laden with high fructose corn syrup and words I can't pronounce.
• People That Don't Get It - I don't mean this in a negative way at all, but some people just don't get what you are trying to do and tempt you with anything and everything because they think it is just easier that way...and guess what - it is easier! But easier isn't the point...
Kicking 'Challenge' Out the Window
Alright, I've hit the one month mark, which means I have figured out how to navigate through the challenging waters that are this diet. Here are just a few ways that I have learned to overcome the things above:
• Parties - Ok, well let's start with Step 1: Eat before the party so you will be less tempted...Step 2: Mentally prepare yourself for the challenge that is before you - stay strong!...Step 3: Be a nice guest and bring something to the party to contribute to the table. Here is the catch, make it something you CAN eat. I went to a party and brought grapes and Triscuits - both of which are on my list of things I can eat. I stuck with those and the veggie tray, minus the dip...Step 4: Congratulate yourself on success (when you leave of course)!
• Office Kitchen - Gotta love this one! Simple solution - bring enough snacks of your own that include fresh fruit and veggies that will keep you full and satisfied so that you are not tempted. Be mentally strong enough to resist!
• People That Just Don't Get It - Yes, it is true that some people just don't get what you are doing. Explain your motivation; explain why it is important to you and then just practice saying, "No, thank you." Trust me, it is empowering!
So there you have it - that is one month of me trying this new thing. So far so great - I really love it and feel better about doing it. The next month will be a challenging one and I do have one cheat day on the books, I'm taking a cooking class focusing on pumpkin...mostly desserts. But you know what - when you try to change something like this, you have to allow yourself some slack and not be so rigid with everything. That cheat day is something I am working towards because I LOVE pumpkin everything! My goal is to earn it, and so far I am. Bring it on Month #2!!!