Today was a stressful day. I faced two food challenges and I am happy to say I did ok. Not perfect, but ok.
1. Eating lunch out with a friend at Olive Garden. I love Olive Garden. The salad dripping with dressing, the rich, creamy sauces, the garlicky breadsticks, the mint at the end. These are all the things I had to avoid. I had looked online and already knew what I could eat, so I wasn’t too worried about that part of it. But I hate being picky, so when the salad arrived, I didn’t want to seem picky and not eat any, nor was I willing to ask for it without the dressing. So I only ate a very, very small amount. Then the Venetian Apricot Chicken, with the sauce on the side, was delicious! I told myself, “If you really, really want it, you can have a bite – ONE BITE – of a breadstick.” But I found myself ok to not eat one! I cannot believe I passed up bread… So, all went well.
2. Potluck dinner at small group. I love potlucks. About as much as I love Olive Garden. I love tasting other people’s styles of food. But I knew I couldn’t do it… So I took a big, beautiful salad so I could eat something and not make everyone wonder why I wasn’t eating. I did OK. I did have a few small bites of other folks food, but was mostly controlled. At the end, they brought out ice cream sandwiches, fruit popsicles and fudge bars. Oh how I love ice cream sandwiches and I haven’t had one in ages. BUT I gracefully declined and got the heck out of there! I had a Dutch Chocolate Medifast shake in the car and while it did not taste like an ice cream sandwich, I felt victorious as I guzzled it down on the way home.
Have I mentioned that I’m a closet dieter? I have chosen to not tell anyone but my husband about this new adventure. I have lots of reasons…but those are for another post, another time.