A night of moderate indulgence
Feb. 2, 2014 10:15 am
Updated: Feb. 4, 2014 10:29 am
Overdoing it occasionally is not failure but merely part of the process.
During my first 3 weeks on Simply Filling, I passed up many a temptation: baked goods at work, giant cookies at meetings, big colorful cocktails, fresh bread, and so on. Each time I declined was a personal victory. I was not abstinent, though. On several
occasions, I had a glass of wine, one cracker, a taste of this or that. But it was always a considered choice. A part of my healthy lifestyle. Last night may have pushed the limit a bit more, but I still made many conscious choices, and that is a new and
positive thing that I will continue.
Last night, my husband and I had our first "date night," complete with babysitter for the kids, in more than six months. Two good friends joined us. We started with dinner at an elegant restaurant. I planned to skip the bread and have one glass
of wine. I chose a higher end glass of wine than usual and enjoyed it immensely. Changed my mind about the bread and had one piece--the first slice of regular (non-light) bread I have had it weeks, and the experience was sensuous. Totally worth it. I refrained
from a second piece, and that was a good choice. I ordered the pan fried rainbow trout with risotto and seasonal veggies. I knew the risotto would be fattening and thought it over whether to sub it out, although I really didn't want to. I asked the waiter
if it had chicken broth, which I avoid as a dietary choice, and learned that it did. The decision to sub it out became an easy one, and I decided that the fingering potatoes would be a smarter choice. That was not a Simply Filling meal because of the oil
on everything and sauce on the fish, but otherwise, I think it came pretty close.
After dinner, we went to see a band at another restaurant. I had two more glasses of wine over the night, plus one tater tot, and a several bites of a shared dessert of flourless chocolate torte with ice-cream. A whole plethora of foods unfriendly to
Simply Filling. But again, my choices were conscious, and far more moderate than what I would have eaten in the past--a whole lot more tater tots for one thing! I did a little dancing as well, so perhaps I worked off a bite or two of dessert.
Now it's the next morning, and I have only moderate regrets. My Tuesday weigh-in is near, and it would be disappointing to fail to lose any weight this week, or worse, to gain. But I have two and a half days of decisions to make between now and then.
Started breakfast with coffee and an orange. Oatmeal is likely the next course. Then I will plan my meals for the week--breakfasts, lunch, and dinner--making the effort in advance to help me face challenges that arise from poor planning. I will exercise
today and tomorrow. And those are good choices. Choices that I am making because I am following Simply Filling, and I know sustainable eating choices allow room for digression so long as they are part of a conscious whole to give myself the respect of a
healthy body and mind.