Staying In The Present
Yesterday was my two year anniversary of hitting goal. (Click here to see the post from Goal Day) It was a magical day I'll never forget. I had mentioned it earlier in the week on facebook, yet I DID forgot about it all day yesterday.
How could I forget?
It was a very busy Friday in radio land with my morning show, commercial production and a remote broadcast from 1 to 5pm. Not once did I reflect on the significance of the day. I focused exclusively on staying within the limits of my calorie budget.
It's appropriate really. I've spent way too much time celebrating my victory and not enough time taking care of myself in order to maintain. Instead of celebrating yesterday, I was planning my strategy for a successful food day. I was staying in the present. Being aware; realizing these are critically important times for my development is a constant focus.
I made sure to get up early enough to prepare and pack items to get me through an eleven hour day. I started with an egg white/mozzarella/turkey bacon breakfast taco with a couple extra strips of turkey bacon. I packed apples, carrots, and yogurt as snacks for the long day ahead. I came home and prepared lunch right before my 1pm broadcast. A good lunch was exactly what I needed, insuring I wouldn't feel hungry when the free pizzas arrived during the event. Because yes--free pizzas, and plenty of them are a regular feature of many of these. Of course hunger, with or without, hasn't necessarily been a binge factor to me. In other words, I never had to be physically hungry to dive into a binge. Not being hungry during the broadcast would be one of the elements helping me avoid the free pizza table, but really--probably the smallest element.
Learning how I react to certain foods has been and continues to be an ongoing education. Identifying my personal trigger foods is invaluable information for my continued success. Identifying foods and meals that satisfy me without torturing my resolve, without triggering the compulsive side is equally important.
This lunch was a delicious 300 calories. It was satisfying and it didn't send me into a feeding frenzy fight for my life.
I ignored the pizza table at my broadcast. Two different people suggested "better grab some pizza" and "there's pizza back there..."
Yeah...I know exactly where to find the pizza. I also know where I want to be mentally and physically and a mid-afternoon pizza snack doesn't fit into that plan. "Thank you, I'm good" was my response.
By the way--My broadcast was at a water company. It was a nice reminder to up my water consumption. Getting enough water has been an ongoing challenge over the last four years.
I finished my day with turkey burgers (yes two) and a late walk in the park. It was a very nice anniversary day.
Thank you for reading, goodnight and...