Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tempting?? NOT anymore!

This week has been a little nutty! AND will continue to be for the next few days. I've figured out something that some of you I'm sure will say, "UM, DUH!" I've come to the conclusion that I need to figure out how to live in this crazy food filled world and still maintain healthy eating habits. I really don't do awful in situations of temptation and always have "just a little" but I'm seeing lately how often those situations REALLY come up in my life. It seems like this summer we've been part of a LOT of gatherings and they are ALL built around some sort of meal or food of some kind. And get this...not EVERYONE in the world eats healthy!!! Crazy, eh? new focus is on those situations. Chris and I do really well when we are in the confines of our own home, but put us in a different situation and we stumble and sometimes just fall flat on our face. I think I used to justify eating the junk because it's a special occasion, or I didn't want to hurt someone's feelings, or it's JUST THIS ONE TIME. But I'm very much realizing lately that it's more than just "this one time." It's ALL the time.

So... here's the deal. I'm done with that. We're going out for dinner tonight and I'm going to eat according to ME and what I need in my body, not what everyone else is putting on their plate. (It's a buffet!) DANGER DANGER! We're also going to my sisters on Sunday for lunch. I'm going to ask her to grill and take something healthy along to grill for Chris and I. We'll also provide a lettuce salad on Sunday so that we are SURE to be ok. My sis is an amazing cook and LOVES to do it. I LOVE to eat it so it's always been a good combo. But it's time that it ends. :) She'll love me even if I don't eat her food... Right?

I think I just need to prove to myself that I can function in the real world. We've mastered making our home a safe eating place. We don't buy junk. We don't bring it into our house. But we find it anyway out in the world. I'm going to live my life like it's one big TEMPTATION, like on Biggest Loser! I can do this! I can control what I put in my body in ALL situations!

How do you do it? What do you do to limit what you eat in social situations? Do you find it hard to?


  1. Hey Cheryl! Thanks for opening up this part of your world to all of us! You guys have learned so much already...thanks for sharing!

    This issue is a tough one and one that I've thought a lot about in the past weeks, too. For me, I'm such a horrible "grazer". You know, that girl who doesn't take a plate, just stands by the food table taking one chip at a time until the entire bowl is gone. I'm trying to just take a small plate and then walk away. It's a small step, but I'm trying to be more aware.

    Love you! See ya tonight!

  2. I totally agree, it's SOOO hard to eat in the "real world" outside of the little controlled environment I've created at my house.

    I do the same thing, I bring my own food when I go over to people's houses. Yes, it takes more time to explain why I'm asking them to cater to me but I would rather face a tough conversation then cry on the scale.'s all within reason.

    Enjoy your time tonight. A buffet means they will have good optiosn too so consider it a blessing! And just remember whatever you eat is going on your ass - better to eat healthy and not have to bust your butt to get rid of all that fried, crappy food anyways!

  3. I have to have something really filling before I go anywhere like that, just so I'm not tempted (as much). I'll eat an apple or two, literally in the car on the way. That way it's easier to pass up all the tempting goodies. Plus it puts me in a virtuous mood. :) Another trick is to drink a LOT of water, it just fills your tummy up (the downside is the constant trips to the loo in the middle of the party).

    I think your plan sounds perfect - it IS okay to have a little bit of something wonderful at each party. You don't want to reach the end of the summer BBQ season and feel like it's a chore to visit your friends, a food-fest at which you've been just a spectator. As long as the rest of your choices are healthy, and it fits in with whatever plan you're following, then the food isn't "bad" or "good", it's just food. This is a concept I struggle with ALL THE TIME. It's one of my biggies that I'm working on, so I completely understand what you're saying. It sounds to me like you two are going about it exactly the right way!

  4. Thanks for your advice!!!... I really should have eaten something ahead of time. ugh.