November 21, 2014
As you read this Lovely Husband and I will be en route for a family gathering. This is a rare event where two sides of the family are getting together – some of us meeting each other for the very first time.
I know from past experience that family events can be great fun… and the food is always fantastic. I know from WLR wisdom that “all things in moderation” is a good rule. Nothing is banned, I just have to make sure I don’t end up eating too many of the treats or too much of the deserts.
I did briefly toy with bringing my own food. A friend was also considering taking along his own “picnic hamper’ because he is a strict vegan… just as Lovely Husband and I both decided to take along a few items (for me skimmed milk, satsumas and crunchy green apples; for LH some farmhouse bread, some half-fat cheese and his favourite ‘on the vine’ tomatoes. It seems a happy compromise whilst we are still in the process of ‘bedding in’ our new eating habits. It gives us a little safety net but we know that we need to trust ourselves around food because life will be full of events, outings, celebrations, wining and dining and although it’s probably would be possible to pull out the pre-prepared salad box at these occasions, days like these also provide a wealth of opportunities without the trusted Tupperware.
I know that I am going to face a buffet of epic gastronomic proportions… there will endless choice and that’s what today’s thought is about – choices. I could choose to pre-prepare my weighed and measured meals for the day…. Or I could choose not to.
I can choose what to put on my plate during the day…. Pasta, salad, fried chicken, full-fat lasagne, fried potatoes - you name it and it will be facing me. But I choose to trust myself. I choose to opt for a “freestyle” approach for today. The choices I make are completely down to me, and the consequences of the choices I make are entirely my own responsibility.
With choice comes responsibility. Whilst I write this I am utterly sure that the salads will look so delicious and the lean cooked means smell so divine that it will be easy for me to make a “weight loss-compatible” choice. Our friend, equally, has decided that his vegan requirements will be catered for and he will be able to make choices that suit his chosen lifestyle. Whether or not our resolve holds once the buffet is spread out before us is another matter completely. But again… the choice is ours.
I can’t guarantee that I will stick to my guns but what I am absolutely certain of is - the choice is mine and the “mental impact” of those choices will be my responsibility… a feeling of satisfaction if I do avoid the foods that have led me here in the first place; a sense of guilt if I do get led astray by something that was simply too good to pass up; the choice to stick with the plan or to allow myself “a day off”; the choice of deciding that “one-day does not a diet break” or the choice to quit the whole weight loss journey.
The last thing on that list definitely WON’T happen….
But any of the others could…. I have to be aware of the choices in front of me; the consequences of my actions; and to be able to “balance the books” in my head. I really can’t predict what choices I will have made by bedtime tonight. I know which ones I would like to make at this early hour of the day… and right now I trust myself to make “good” choices. But the reality is that only time will tell what choices I make; how they impact on my WLR journey; and how I deal with the outcome of them.
The other thing that I’m sure of is I’m not the only one who will face choices on the journey today. … but I hope that whatever you face .. you continue to move forward and make good progress.
Have a great day and a wonderful WLR weekend.