Wednesday, December 8, 2010

and so it goes.

Yesterday was our annual holiday office party. It's not like a "fancy" office party where people dress up and have cocktails and dance and get drunk and accidentally make out with each other. It's a celebration in the middle of the work day, where there is super fatty tired-inducing food and some games.

This year, I opted out.

I spoke to my boss, who knows my situation with food. She was just a colleague 3 years ago when I was losing all my weight. She was very impressed and inspired and asked me to help her at the gym. I did. We worked out together, we talked about food, we traded cookbooks. I knew she'd understand, and she did. I got a get out of jail free card.

I went home and prepared myself a healthy lunch. I went to the gym. I ran some errands. It was definitely a better choice.

I did, later, on a whim, head out to a little cafe to play a couple games of cribbage with a twitter friend. I had 2 beers when I meant to have one. I'm not beating myself up about it because had I chosen to go to the Holiday party, I would have had 0934438395845 more PlusPoints than I ended up having with those 2 beers, which I earned because I had the points for them.

I'm starting to come around again to the fact that this is a barter and trade system with myself. If I want a beer, I have to work out longer. If I want to be lazy, I have to eat less. It's a simple concept, but it's so easy to feel that it's "unfair" or that no one else has to live life this way. Which is somewhat true, because a lot of other people don't want to eat until they can't move. That's not a "normal" thing for them. So, because I have food issues, I have to keep myself in check.

When deciding whether or not to skip the party, I did solicit some advice from other dieters on some good solutions. Here's what they said:
  • Fill your plate with vegetables and carry it around.
  • Always keep a glass of water in your hand so you have one less hand to shovel food into your mouth.
  • Use this time to visit with those people in other departments you rarely get to see. If you're talking, you're not chewing.


Ann said...

Great job!!! It sounds like you made an awesome choice!!

Lee said...

Those are great suggestions. I especially like the carry around a glass of water strategy.

Rebecca said...

I'm with you.. it really is a bartering game and yet can still feel so unfair at times..

Splurgie said...

I like the idea of carrying around a plate of veggies. You're partaking without indulging.