Thursday, October 22, 2009

Making Time For Myself

The next few days, right through to the end of the weekend, are going to be incredibly busy. This will be a new opportunity for dealing with my eating issues under different circumstances. In the last couple of months I have had to learn how to cope with frustration and sadness without running for the nearest cheesecake, but now I am faced with a tougher enemy: deadlines.

The lack of time that I will be facing in the coming days is going to be significant and I know that in the past when I have been faced with that particular challenge I tend to grab food that is easy, on the go, and often comforting. In the past doughnuts, cookies, hot chocolate, fast food burgers, and chocolate bars are a few of the things I have generally turned to as I flew from one jam packed moment to the next.

This time I am doing my best to prepare myself. I am taking stock of how I am feeling and – while time may not necessarily be on my side right now – I am going into this with an awareness of the challenges I will face and ways that I can attempt to tackle them. I know that I can find salads in most of the places that sell French fries. I can’t convince myself to make unhealthy choices with lies about how candy will give me as long lasting an energy boost as fresh fruit. I won’t conveniently forget that water is an option at pretty much every establishment.

I may be embarking on a very busy few days, but I am still preparing for me to walk away from them with little to no consequences of poor choices while amid their chaos. I can do this. I will do this.

- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 plum
- 1 toasted whole wheat English muffin with light peanut butter and strawberry jam
- 1/2 cup of steamed cauliflower with margarine
- 2 slices of ham with mustard
- 3 cups of salad with lettuce, cucumber, celery, apple, raisins, carrots, and fat free Italian dressing
- 1/2 cup of raisins

- 1 hour and 30 minute walk


  1. Good luck during these busy days! Try to have some fruit and veggies washed and cut, ready to grab and go...that has been very helpful for me when I know I'm going to be running around a lot. Keeps me from stopping off for something fattening when I know I have snacks in my bag.

  2. It's all about planning. I dont know if you read my blog but I did an entry about planning ahead for this weekend where I know I will be eating and drinking more than usual as we going to a 30th and then its my 5th wedding anniversary and we in Frankfurt, will be having brunch in the hotel and I dont want to worry about what I eat, I want to eat and feel guilty the whole week have been planning ahead.

    You did a long walk...well done on that....

  3. You can do this. It's all about planning. :)

  4. Planning ahead sure helps, and it sounds as if you are trying to do that. Rearranging foods in our minds like you have with the salads instead of fries, water being an option always, are good starts. You can do this. After the first few times, I'll bet it gets easier as you go along.

  5. planning and prep sure make life easier wishes!

  6. It's just one more step to a lifetime of better choices...