30-Day Plan: Day Four

It’s wedding day!  We are celebrating my friend Jenn and her now-husband Dan’s wedding today.  It’s the first time since I started my 30-Day program that I’ve had a challenge in the shape of a celebration.  For years, I have associated food with celebrations.  Whether it’s holidays, family gatherings, birthdays, or just general good news, celebrations usually involve eating and drinking!  Weddings, of course, are no different.  While I’ve got no idea what’s on the menu for tonight’s celebration, I do know it’s buffet-style so at least I will be able to make some of my own choices.  That being said, to make this “diet” liveable I know I have to have “cheat meals” (or even “cheat days”) now and then and still be able to get right back on track.  Here’s how today is looking.

Breakfast:  After a night of not sleeping well (damn mosquitos keep getting in our house and buzzing right in my ear!), I woke up with a headache this morning.  I was extremely slow moving and just wanted to laze around.  This being said, I did not feel like cooking up my regular turkey bacon and eggs.  I decided to “treat” myself and chose to have 1 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios and 1 cup low-fat milk.  Definitely not the healthy breakfast I should be having, but I did carefully measure out the correct portions (did you know that most cereal bowls nowadays are about two portions of most cereals?!  For this reason, I used the smallest bowl in our cupboard to trick my mind into believing that there was more cereal than their actually was – on that note, I have also started eating off a smaller plate as opposed to the dinner plates which, in our set, are huge!) I also had a coffee and again, carefully measured out my 2 tbsp of cream.  Then I lazed around watching HGTV and enjoying a slow morning.

A "treat" breakfast

A “treat” breakfast

Lunch: So this is going to sound incredibly boring but I ate the same thing for lunch that I’ve eaten the last three days!  Haha.  I am definitely a creature of habit!  But my turkey burger with feta cheese and grilled veggies is just so delicious and so low in points that I couldn’t help it!  Plus, I knew I might be eating a not-so-healthy dinner so I decided to keep lunch as low in points as possible.

Only 3 WW points for this delicious meal!

Only 3 WW points for this delicious meal!

This afternoon, my husband and I attended my friend Jenn’s wedding. It had been raining off and on most of the day, but the rain stopped just enough for a beautiful, short ceremony in a very picturesque setting.  Naturally, the bride looked stunning and the wedding was romantic and beautiful.

Waiting for the bride to come down the aisle!

Waiting for the bride to come down the aisle!

Snack: As soon as the wedding was over, my husband and I came home for a refresher and to pass the time between the ceremony and cocktail hour.  I knew I’d need to eat something to tide myself over between my 2 p.m lunch and 7 p.m dinner.  I should have looked in the fridge because I had forgotten I had thawed out some shrimp which would have made a healthy snack full of protein.  Instead, my teenaged daughter was cooking chicken nuggets  and pizza in the oven.  The smell was amazing  and I was already feeling hungry, so I indulged.  I did, however, check the Weight Watchers points and carefully count out the proper number of nuggets and managed to stick to it (even though I could have easily devoured the whole pan!) It was still an extremely high-points snack (8 points for 10 tiny little nuggets) and I am feeling a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t plan that snack a little more carefully.  Alas, I have to remember that changing eating habits isn’t about being “perfect” 100% of the time.  It’s about making the healthier choice more often, and the unhealthy choice less often – which is exactly what I did.

Dinner:  As mentioned above, tonight’s dinner was served buffet style. I was definitely nervous that there would be too many temptations, especially when I realized our seats were right next to the dessert table! But a trick I learned in the past was to try to take a look at the entire buffet table before you choose what you are going to have.  That way, you don’t end up putting a little of everything on your plate as you move down the line.  You can take a mental snapshot of the options and make a conscious choice about what to have and what to pass on.  For me tonight, I passed on the bread basket (the most difficult thing to pass on because I love bread), a tray of cubed cheese (way too easy to pop these tiny things in your mouth which are loaded with fats and calories!), the pasta option (even though it looked cheesy and delicious), and the Caesar salad (most likely high-fat dressing).  Instead I stuck with a veggie side dish, a small portion of roasted potatoes, two small slices of beef tenderloin, and a small chicken breast (with some kind of sauce on it… since I wasn’t sure what kind of sauce it was, I chose the breast with the least amount of sauce).  For dessert, I selected two small brownie squares and a tiny slice of vanilla cake.  The great thing about this meal (besides how delicious it all was!) was that I didn’t have to feel guilty about any of it because I had carefully thought about it, and made choices about what I was going to have as opposed to just grabbing everything I saw and overeating mindlessly.

Me and the gorgeous bride! A great co-worker and friend!

Me and the gorgeous bride! A great co-worker and friend!

Party:  I had decided previous to tonight’s event that I wasn’t going to drink any alcohol.  I’ve never been a big drinker and I’m just the type of person that would rather save my calorie intake for other things- like cake and ice cream!  Instead, I stuck to water which I sipped on throughout the evening.

Workouts:  Unfortunately today I did not work out.  This being said, I do believe in having 1-2 rest days a week so I will go ahead and count today as one of them!  Realistically, I could have worked out this morning but with how slowly I was moving this morning, it just wasn’t going to happen (that, and I’ve never been much of a workout-in-the-morning kind of person).  I also could have gotten some dancing in at the wedding but seeing as my husband and I didn’t really know anyone else in attendance, we decided to call it a night early and were home by about 10 pm.  I’ll be sure to work extra hard during tomorrow’s workout instead!

So, all in all, I think I faced today’s challenges pretty well.  I am not going to lie – I was nervous about not having total control over what I would eat today.  I always feel like if I “cheat” it’s going to be the end of my good efforts and I will totally fall off track again.  This time, however, I don’t feel that way.  I took the time to consider my options today, and although I indulged, I did so consciously knowing full well that I can jump right back on track tomorrow.  And that’s exactly what I plan to do!

4 days down, 26 to go!

 

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5 thoughts on “30-Day Plan: Day Four

  1. You’re doing great! I love your attitude. Do you like apples? Apples with thin slices of sharp chedder or a shmear of natural peanut butter is a delicious snack. I’ll also eat Greek yogurt and an orange for a snack.

    Your turkey burger and veggies look delicious. My ‘go to’ lunch right now is this amazing salad: a few handfuls of spinach chopped, chopped chunks of cucumber tomatoes and red peppers. A crumble of feta cheese. A handful of chickpeas. Garlic Expressions dressing (you need this in your life. It is not low in fat but it makes eating salads very enjoyable ). I’ve been eating this salad several times a week for months now and I will never tire of it!

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    • Thank you for these wonderful ideas! I don’t really like apples but I could try them with a bit of peanut butter and maybe that would help? The salad sounds yummy! I have never heard of that dressing….. Is that the brand name of it?

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      • The brand is Garlic Expressions. It is a brand you can find in a store like Whole foods (so it is higher end and not available everywhere). I find it at a local gourmet market. $7.99 a bottle. Liquid gold 😉

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      • Hmmm. We definitely don’t have a Whole Foods here. Do you happen to live in the US? I’m in Northern Ontario, Canada and up here we have a hard time finding a lot of the brands that are marketed and so easily available in the US. It’s a major bummer! (Not to mention that Target totally bombed here!) Maybe I can buy it online though? I’m definitely curious to try it if you say it makes salad-eating a lot better!

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