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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.
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