Tuesday. I’m bummed because I snuck onto the scale this morning and I’m still up. (I thought yesterday’s weigh-in was a fluke, but I guess not…) I have to get really tough this week. I have to wage war on these new pounds.
Last night Steph and Mary called to go out to celebrate Mary’s new apartment (yeah Mary!). Of course I had some champagne and wine and a roll with dinner. (At least I didn’t put butter on it, thank God for some restraint!!!). I ordered two appetizers and I think they were pretty healthy so I’m not kicking myself about anything I ate there. I am kicking myself for all the crap I ate in Memphis and upon my return from Memphis. Stop. You can only focus on what is ahead of you, not behind you. What is done is done and now you need to deal with the enemy at hand.
Okay, my plan of attack.
Gather weapons. I need a few days of strict Core eating. I figured maybe if I went back to some of my tried and true recipes it would help. Yesterday I made my fried brown rice with 15 veggies and shrimp for lunch and it was satisfying and healthy. I also bought a few groceries. Today I’ll go down and buy more.
Assess the enemy. Looking at my calendar for the upcoming week I have 3 scheduled social outings where food/wine may be at issue. I am going to try to plan now for how I will deal with them. First is Thursday night, my season court tennis group is having a party at one of the gals’ apartment. It is pot luck and I already volunteered to bring my wheat berry salad which is yummy and healthy and I can know that at least that will be there. I will also try to bring some kind of “festive” seltzer so I won’t be tempted into the several glasses of wine which turns into sampling the cookies and chips and pasta. I seem to be okay with wine when it is confined to dinner, but when we have an “open” evening, I drink the third glass and then I start nibbling on things like nuts and chips and whatever passes under my hands. So for this week I will keep the wine at bay.
Saturday a bunch of us are picnicking in the park during the day. I don’t think this should be too much of an issue either. I’ll bring a big salad or something to share and I don’t think we will be drinking during the day so should be okay. I think the key here like Thursday night is to bring stuff with me.
Big problem will be book club on Monday night. I think I just have to say no wine period. I tend to drink too much at book club and snack on fattening things like cheese and breads and whatever exotic foods are served. If I don’t have the wine, I will be able to control the portions better with the food. This will be harder for me because I associate book club with good wine, good food, good conversation about books and life in general. The more wine we drink the more “profound” we get, lol.
So the theme seems to be limit the wine and the food issues are not that hard to handle. Alcohol in general makes all lines of restraint a little blurry. I’m the first one to say “hey let’s grab dinner,” but I realize that too many dinners = too many opportunities to slip up. I’m starting this week with 3 scheduled opportunities to go out and slip up. That’s scheduled, there are always two or three more opportunities that pop up last minute.
Last Tuesday night after practice, Mo and I went to Georgio’s for dinner. It was one of the best dinners I have had in a long time. I ordered the seared tuna steak with grilled vegetables and I had two glasses of wine. Totally core dinner (sans wine). It was the way I want to eat. Healthy, fresh food, good conversation. Mo doesn’t eat bread either so she sent that away right away (thanks Mo!) That’s my goal dinner — healthy food with a little wine. I need to stay away from evenings of Thai food, french fries, endless bottles of wine and lots of snicky snacky things around. The endless buffet is one of my worst enemies.
So how am I going to avoid the snicky snacky things on Thursday and Saturday? Pot luck is such an easy way to overeat. I’m already comparing my dinner at Georgio’s where they served me one portion of grilled fish with lots of grilled vegetables to upcoming Thursday night where it will be a smorgasbord of dishes that everyone wants to share so you know there will be a lot of “fancy” food with tons of hidden calories and fat. So here are my ideas of how I will win on Thursday:
1) Defense. I will eat a good snack before I go. If I wait until 7 to start eating I will eat too much. We are supposed to arrive at 6:30 so at 5:30 I’ll do a yogurt and peaches before I leave the house.
2) Reinforcements. I will bring a dish that I know I can eat — my wheat berry salad. I will also bring a fancy seltzer to drink. I may also bring some grapes so in case I feel a need for dessert I will have that there.
3) Survey. I will look over all the food before I put it on my plate and choose one or two items that seem healthy and select small portions so I won’t get zapped with hidden “costs.”
4) Retreat. I will limit myself to one plate. When I finish that plate, I will get up and put it in the kitchen. No lingering around the buffet with an extra plate….
5) Diversion. I will concentrate on conversation, not food. By eating more slowly my food will last longer.
I will use these same strategies on Saturday for our picnic.
The enemy has infiltrated. But this week it’s my battle to win. I’ve been slowly losing ground and I’m not going to let the enemy gain another inch (or pound as the case may be.)
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb.”
I think I’ll be reading a lot of the “Art of War” this week.