Friday, February 13, 2009

I did it!

I survived a birthday foodfest!! I am so thrilled with myself. I posted earlier today about my food/activity up through lunch. Since then, things were a bit iffy for awhile, but I got through it and I am SO proud of myself.

We had cake. I stuck with my one piece. It was NOT that good. I probably should have just left it on the plate, but I did that thing where you keep eating it, trying to make it taste like you want it to taste. Doesn't work. But I had my piece, and then got started making the dinner I mentioned earlier.

At dinner, I took one look at the meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy and thought about how much of that stuff I have eaten in the past, and how much I *could* inhale if I let it get away from me this time. In the past, 3 or 4 thick slices of meatloaf were the norm, plus 3 heaping servings of potatoes with gravy (plus rolls... can you believe I *always* used to make rolls for any dinner involving gravy... and I *always* would eat at least 3, but usually 4 or 5 (or 6) buttered dinner rolls with all that food. Heck, I probably ate 3-4 Tablespoons of butter on those rolls, easy. This time I was in the grocery store, picked up a nice big loaf of bakery bread to have with dinner "for the kids," and then realized I would eat half of it with butter myself, so I put it back and got outta there). So tonight, in the moment as I was gazing upon this food, I grabbed the tongs and started heaping green beans on my plate. I'd steamed a big bowl of frozen green beans. I just kept adding them and adding them to my plate... at least a cup and a quarter of green beans. I figured if I ate all those green beans, there is no way I could pig out on meatloaf and taters. It worked. I ate all the green beans, a slice of healthy turkey meatloaf, and maybe a cup of potatoes with a bit of gravy. I also ate about a half cup of rutabagas roasted in olive oil (very good... recipe to come). By the time I got all the veggies down I was pretty stuffed. I *wanted* to eat more, but I couldn't. I ended up taking another 1/4 slice of meatloaf and 1/4 cup of potatoes and that was all I could handle. I was too full and felt like I might be sick, but I wanted cake. Go figure.

Yes, that stupid, fluffy, tasteless, boxed cake was dancing in my head, even though I was so full I could puke. But I knew I didn't really want it. It wasn't a very good cake. And thankfully, I'd bought 4 different kinds of sugar free, nearly calorie free jello cups at the store today, so if I want a sweet ending I can have one of those later. But for now, I feel done.

I am sooo tired from the long day but I am going to bike as soon as I am done typing this. I will try to ride for at least 20 minutes. I told myself, I have to do ten, at least, and then if I hate it I am going to stop. Something is better than nothing. I'm going to bed early tonight. Hoping for a few pounds gone for this week when I report on Monday.

13 comments:

Andrea said...

Good job with your eating! I have to admit that I didn't do so well tonight. I'm disappointed with myself. I overate SO much food that I puked. I am disappointed in myself. Well, it's not the end of the world, I'll just do better tomorrow.
You did a great job though!

Karyn said...

Good job, Lyn!

ani pesto said...

Fantastic day. You have great thinking and strategy and step by step it's working really well for you. Hope you have a great Valentines Day :-)

Ron said...

Sounds like you did very well once again, congrats!

new*me said...

good job!!! Surviving birthdays can be challenging! We have Gracie's coming up next weekend!

Lea said...

Your accomplishment in ignoring that cake is impressive! I know how tough that is, and how amazing it feels when you are successful. Good job!

Meg said...

I'm so pleased for you, Lyn!

clickmom said...

Good for you!

Twix said...

HIGH FIVE!!! :D

foodfoodbodybody said...

That's fantastic. I am so impressed and glad for you. I know that must feel SO good. And what a great touchstone to have, to be able to remember this in the future and what it felt like... HOORAY.

Heather said...

great job, I knew you could do it!

Juice said...

Great job! I love the filling up on veggies trick. :) You are doing really well - way to get back on that wagon!!

Ria said...

Good for you, Lyn - it's SO hard to negotiate celebratory dinners. Great strategy with the veggies!